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Stormblood helps Final Fantasy XIV soar to new heights in storytelling, visuals, and gameplay, inching one of the best MMORPGs ever created even closer to perfection.
If you want an enthralling Final Fantasy story, with likable, beautifully depicted characters and interesting enemies, that will keep you hooked with a monumental crescendo driving like an unstoppable phantom train towards an explosive climax, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will provide exactly that, and then some.
Stormblood doesn't do much to shake up the general design Final Fantasy XIV has followed since its relaunch, but never before have its familiar elements worked quite so well. You'll find some boring sidequests, yes, but it makes up for that flaw with an unforgettable story filled with moving cutscenes and acting, great new primal fights and dungeons, two wonderful new combat classes, and new lands that reward the explorer in us all.
Naoki Yoshida and his team are at the top of their game here, producing something that is at both worthy of the Final Fantasy name and carrying on the astonishing work of A Realm Reborn's turnaround. More than that, it's a magnificent foundation for the coming months of patches. Long may it continue.
Final Fantasy XIV just keeps getting better. Stormblood stands as an improvement over the great Heavensward, with a strong story grounded in people attempting to free themselves from oppression. There are some stumbles here, but when Stormblood is on, there's an excellent adventure, great characters, and some awesome enemy encounters. Stormblood is the ongoing foundation of something magical for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.
Final Fantasy XIV is like a sculpture that has been handcrafted. Beginning as a rough stone lacking definition or vision, through unrelenting developer perseverance and support by fans that stone has been drawn into something beautiful and magical, an awe-inspiring work that sits proudly representing the Final Fantasy IP for all eyes to see.
The release of Stormblood only cements what some players have known for a very long time; Final Fantasy XIV is a phenomenal MMORPG. The structural changes to combat and PvP, as well as the two new classes, introduce plenty for both veterans and newcomers to sink their teeth into, while the emotionally charged central campaign is easily amongst the best the franchise has offered in years.
Thanks to Stormblood and all the innovations - Final Fantasy XIV is back on the honorary Olympus of the best MMORPGs on the market. Naoki Yoshida and his team did the impossible by making a great game even better, while fixing the annoying problems. Ultimate Final Fantasy of our time is here - and it's Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
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Stormblood is one of the best expansions we had seen in any MMORPG in recent years. It offers a great story; new and amazing regions to explore; a great ammount of addiitional contents that goes from missiones to FATES, dungeons or raids; and corrections to its gameplay mechanics that redefine its own experience. If you are a recurrent player of it, then there is no reason to not own it, as simple as that.
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With Stormblood easily being their strongest expansion yet, and with at least two more expansions to go, there is seemingly nowhere for the already immensely popular MMO to go but up from here!
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood in some aspects is worse than the previous add-on, in others - slightly better. However, we get fun for several dozen consecutive hours with a promise of a few hundred more in further updates.
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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is one of the best MMORPG expansions in recent years, with a compelling and well-written main story, intriguing Far East setting, a wealth of new content and important QoL refinements.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is one of the best expansion for an MMO RPG. It already builds on a fantastic base game to continue the journey with it narrative while introducing new gameplay features and playable classes.
What this all amounts to is an expansion that doesn't push Final Fantasy XIV in bold new directions because, quite frankly, it doesn't need to. Stormblood takes everything that makes the game good and doubles down on it, expanding the world of Hydaelyn and filling it with more to see, do, and experience. Minor issues with its story and storytelling notwithstanding, this is everything I could want from a Final Fantasy XIV expansion.
Stormblood is simply amazing. Not much more can be said about it. With a very well-crafted story, some tense and epic battles, two new classes, and wonderful zones, saying anything else would ruin so much of the expansion and what makes it great.
While the voice acting can be hit and miss, if you were disappointed by the surprisingly small amount of story content in Final Fantasy XV and want something reminiscent of classic Final Fantasy you should definitely give Final Fantasy XIV and Stormblood a go.
Narratively, the goal of Stormblood was to create change for the better. In reality, the developers ultimately succeeded in this same goal. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see how this is reflected in the upcoming content patches that will further build on what the expansion is seeking to achieve.
Final Fantasy XIV second expansion pack, Stormblood, is a storytelling achievement, but nothing more. The game it's a showcase of the archaic scheme that governs every MMO in existence. Nevertheless, it's a rich and vibrant world which proudly carries the name of Final Fantasy.
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While it doesn't quite soar the heavens like its predecessor, Stormblood is ultimately a solid addition to Final Fantasy XIV, with plenty to see, loads to do, and lots of little improvements to make the whole experience better.
Stormblood is another heaping helping of what Final Fantasy XIV offers the MMORPG genre. It's set in its ways and is absolutely confident with providing fans with more of the things they already love. With an MMORPG experience this good, that's hard to find fault in.
Final Fantasy XIV has always been an episode of the series in its own right, but Stormblood solidify that statement with style. Far from resting on his laurels, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood clearly continued the successful Heavensward recipe, and tries new approaches to attract new players, with an exciting storyline full with great characters, involving the player at the center of this new universe. If you haven't played it yet, or been on a hiatus, this is a great expansion pack to grab.
Stormblood tells an intriguing tale of resistance and rebellion, with well-defined characters, exciting dungeons, and awe-inspiring new classes, but leans just a bit too heavy on the grind.
Stormblood is the perfect expansion for Final Fantasy XIV players who want something new and refreshing. With gorgeous visuals, new areas to explore and an immersive questline, it's something players won't want to miss.
The best Final Fantasy XIV has ever been. Ever moving forward, Square Enix has managed to craft one of the most focused storylines in the game thus far, backed up by exceptional voice acting and a desire to keep quests fresh with great boss battles, characters and dungeons. The main area Stormblood suffers is postgame, where there is little desire to top that subscription back up once the main story and few unlockable dungeons and raids have been completed. Whilst it lasts, though, thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
For all you lapsed players, 4.4 continues the good will Square Enix has garnered since Heavensward. It's still one of the most polished games on the market right now by any metric, and even if you don't stick around forever you'll get something out of it.