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