Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

92

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
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Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Jul 9, 2019

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers is one of the best MMOs available for both fans and newcomers

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2019

Shadowbringers is more than just a masterful arc in a beloved tale; it's one of the best Final Fantasy stories ever realized, showcasing an MMORPG at the apex of its craft.

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The Digital Fix
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Despite a consistently high standard in previous expansions, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has defied all expectations to better all of them, even at this early stage in the journey. The darkest tale in the ongoing saga has proven to be the most inviting; with some excellent refinements to existing mechanics and some great quality of life improvements. Absolutely essential for Final Fantasy fans and MMO enthusiasts alike.

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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Jul 10, 2019

With Shadowbringers, the development team has proven that they have perfected everything that Final Fantasy XIV is known for and does well.

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Screen Rant
Jul 9, 2019

Square Enix's third expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, Shadowbringers, raises the bar for MMORPGs into the night sky so high it's tough to see anymore.

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Daily Star
Jul 10, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is a step above anything that has come before it. The perfect blend of captivating gameplay and a truly memorable story that rivals those heralded by fans for decades. It’s time to step out of the shadows and become what you must Final Fantasy XIV; the best MMORPG in the world.

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MMOGames
9.5 / 10.0
MMOGames
Jason Bassett

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is without question the best Final Fantasy XIV expansion yet. The gripping story gave me quite a few gut punches. Shadowbringers is fun, fast, and fluid, largely due to the latest changes made to the battle system. If you're looking for a brand new MMO or just want to get back into Final Fantasy XIV after a long hiatus, now's the time to do so as this edition is wonderfully done.

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IGN
9.5 / 10.0
Kyle Campbell

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

Shadowbringers has only further solidified XIV's status as one of the greatest Final Fantasy games ever made.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is more XIV, and right now that's something I'm still happy with. The story delivers with its effortless whimsy and urgency, the battles are filled with spectacle, and the core fundamentals have only gotten better over time.

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DualShockers
9.5 / 10.0
DualShockers
Vanessa Brangi

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Become the Warrior of Darkness in Final Fantasy XIV's most epic expansion yet.

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Gamer Escape
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jul 8, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has had the smoothest launch of any MMO I’ve ever seen[...]The amount of polish that we’ve seen in other aspects of this expansion also shine through with some great quality of life (QoL) adjustments.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Jul 10, 2019

Shadowbringers brings a completely new level to an already fantastically evolving world. From it’s deep, personal story about inner conflicts and shattered, dying worlds. To it’s emotional cast, musical scores and gorgeous landscapes.

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Gamefa
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is an excellent choice for New Players and Experienced Ones. The story is very attractive and gameplay mechanics are so deep. Besides thd improved trust system make you explore dungeons more and more. It's the best time to walk in Final Fantasy XIV world.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

Even though some ambitious additions need a little refinement, Shadowbringers' fearless execution pays off in spades.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a pretty cool game. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is an awesome extension of it, adding features that further distills the game's core appeal and adds an entire new game of shockingly excellent storytelling in terms of scale and quality. I don't really know what happens between those two points yet, and I have a long road of Final Fantasy XIV ahead of me yet. But after my experiences so far in learning the game, experiencing its latest expansion, and seeing just how much I have left to see and do, well, I'm in it for the long haul.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 10, 2019

Shadowbringers is simply the best MMO extension ever made, period. The new world to discover is amazing, the story is amazing, the soundtrack is amazing and the updated battle system is amazing. We will only complain about one thing: please Square Enix, fix the way characters are animated during cutscenes because it is painful to watch in 2019.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

Shadowbringers delivers on all fronts, offering up great new instances, vast new zones to explore, and a new storyline worthy of almost any best-of list. Despite its few early day hangups and minor missteps, Stormbringers excels on almost all counts.

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Easy Allies
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019
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USgamer
Jul 9, 2019

Final Fantasy 14 set a high bar with its previous expansions, but Shadowbringers stands above the rest. Expected additions come in the form of new regions and the new jobs, Dancer and Gunbreaker. Both bring their own flavor to the game, though the Dancer is the standout. More importantly, Shadowbringers tells a tale that not only contains some meaningful real-world connections, but also provides an experience that's firmly Final Fantasy-esque. Great writing, solid voice acting, and an excellent soundtrack wrap Shadowbringers up in a package that should satisfy Final Fantasy 14 fans and neophytes alike.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 8, 2019

Shadowbringers solidifies Final Fantasy XIV as the best MMO on the market.

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PCWorld
Jul 13, 2019

Full of emotion and high adventure, Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers expansion brings MMORPG storytelling out of the shadows. Two great new combat classes, two cool new races, and a nifty system for running dungeons solo round out the experience of FFXIV's best expansion to date.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is one of the best MMO expansions I've ever played. The story is incredibly good, the new jobs are ridiculously good fun, and the mechanical updates work well. The word of the First is a beautiful treat, and music is top-notch. If this sounds like your jam, you should absolutely play it.

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The Games Machine
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2019

Thanks to a substantial story developed along the ten new levels available and to the rather well-built antagonists, Shadowbringers manages to bring the player to moments of tension, epic battles and espionage missions, allowing himself some dramatic moments that make us almost hope history took an even more tragic turn.

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MMORPG.com
8.5 / 10.0
MMORPG.com

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2019

Shadowbringers brings a lot to the table. From a great story, to amazing areas to discover and explore, Square Enix has truly outdone themselves this time. With many changes not only to the Jobs system, but also FATEs and just general gameplay, it's more than enough to bring new players and returning players alike to the game.  Unfortunately, it's not all perfect, but the flaws are mostly revolving around issues not related to actual gameplay. Still, some will find the content boring, as per usual, but to me, it's pure fun!Score: 8.5/10

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Digital Trends
Jul 3, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is the strongest start to an expansion since Heavensward.

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