Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jul 3, 2017

Samurais vs. Chocobos.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Jul 10, 2017

Stormblood's epic narrative, gorgeous new locales, spectacular battles and some fresh gameplay mechanics make a great game even better.

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Scored Reviews

PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2017

While Stormblood doesn't strike away from Heavensward or other modern MMOs in terms of quest design and content, almost everything it does is exceptional.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2017

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.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2017

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.

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IGN
9.2 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

9.2 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2017

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.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jun 27, 2017

Stormblood's rousing tale of rebellion and exceptional boss fights aren't just exquisite by MMO standards, but rival even the most beloved Final Fantasy games.

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MMORPG.com
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2017

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.

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Easy Allies
Jul 21, 2017
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USgamer
Jun 24, 2017

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.

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Game Revolution
Jun 30, 2017

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.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 29, 2017

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.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 5, 2017

Stormblood is a great successor to Heavensward, proving that Final Fantasy XIV can always improve.

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Game Rant
Aug 20, 2017

Final Fantasy 14's second major expansion, Stormblood, delivers yet another fantastic story that would please even the most discerning of Final Fantasy fans.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG
OkaRin

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 5, 2017

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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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 6, 2017

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is the most polished version of the game to date.

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Atomix
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 6, 2017

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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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2017

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!

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2017

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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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 6, 2017

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.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2017

Yet more proof that Final Fantasy XIV is the best MMORPG around.

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2017

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.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jul 18, 2017

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.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 31, 2017

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.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Jul 8, 2017

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.

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2017

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.

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LevelUp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2017

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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RPG Fan
87%
87%
May 17, 2020

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.

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MMOGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2017

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.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2017

More than ever, it's time to join the Final Fantasy XIV community. You will not regret it.

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VGProfessional
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2017

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.

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GamesRadar+
Jul 20, 2017

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.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 10, 2017

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood tackles somber themes with unexpected polish, proving that an old dog can indeed learn new tricks.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2017

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.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 3, 2017

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is an exceptional expansion that unfortunately refuses to take any risks.

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Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Parallel

Top Critic

Jul 12, 2017

If you're into Final Fantasy XIV, you're definitely going to want Stormblood, but it's not for everyone just yet.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 29, 2017

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.

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FourFaceButtons
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 22, 2019
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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

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.

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