Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
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- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
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- Platform: PlayStation 4
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Platform: PlayStation 4 | Edition: A Realm Reborn
Enter the realm of Eorzea with players from around the world in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PlayStation 4.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for PlayStation 4 that invites you to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.
Form a party and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea.
Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar Final Fantasy monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting!
Embark of the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea!
- All the hallmarks of the Final Fantasy franchise, including an engaging storyline, genre-leading graphics and HD real-time cut scenes.
- A unique Armoury system that allows you to change to any of the nineteen different classes simply by changing your equipment. Develop your character however you want, anyway, anytime, anywhere.
- Experience dynamic events with the introduction of the Full Active Time Events system (F.A.T.E.). Take part in open world events and help shape the world around you.
- Incredible new graphics engine that delivers a high level of detail and quality.
- Breath-taking musical score by renowned Final Fantasy series composers.
- Complete cross-platform play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
- Now in full HD (1080p) and able to display hundreds of characters on screen, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn delivers a truly beautiful and smooth gaming experience.
- With Remote Play for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita open up your gaming experience with the high quality graphics at home or on the move. An ideal function to help you with your crafting and gathering needs.
- By using the SHARE feature on your PlayStation 4, you can quickly share your gameplay, screenshots and even live stream your game to friends around the world.
- Use the PlayStation 4 Controller Touchpad to navigate menus quickly and easily.
- Compliment your play style with the PlayStation 4 controller, or with a mouse and keyboard.
Eorzea. A land embraced by Gods and forged by Heroes.
Seeking control of this realm and its abundant crystal resources, the Garlean Empire sends forth a massive host on a campaign to conquer its southern neighbour. Driven by madness, the commander of the invading forces silently plots to tear the moon from the heavens and hurl it down upon the land. The people of the realm soon lean of this foul scheme and join their hands in prayer in an eleventh-hour attempt to entreat the aid of the gods, only to see their endeavours fail. From within the moon emerges Bahamut, an ancient terror seething with rage fueled by countless generations of imprisonment. Sensing the tug of fate, a powerful magus channels the last of his strength to send Eorzea’s heroes in to a temporal rift. There they wait, untouched by the flames of destruction, until they are needed again. Those heroes are you, and the hour of awakening is now. Come and witness… A Realm Reborn.
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Pick your starting character and your starting class and off you go into a tutorial that shows you the basics of questing. Pick up every quest in sight and you'll be running around your starting town picking up teleport points for faster travel, gathering gear, learning the difference between main campaign quests, side quests and job quests and collecting lots of helpful pop-up tips that are stored forever in your online help menus to peruse at your leisure.
Once you hit level 10 the game opens up even more, allowing you to change jobs at whim and learning magic, combat, crafting and gathering, letting you take skills from one discipline that you find really handy and adding it to another (like learning Protect and much later Stoneskin on an Arcanist and then using them on your Gladiator, who can later evolve into a Paladin).
Getting all your classes to level 15 enables you to unlock all advanced jobs as well as learning how each class operates, which is handy for when, during your campaign quests, you'll sometimes get bottlenecked by having to form a party of 4 players (later 8 players) to progress through the storyline. Fortunately FFXIV makes this incredibly easy - just select the dungeon you need to do, make yourself available and the game finds the other players you need, groups you altogether and starts the ball rolling automatically.
Whilst bottlenecks like these can get annoying for the lonewolf 'solo everything' type players, there are only a few of them, the majority of the game is amazingly soloable, especially when you factor in that your Chocobo Mount can later be used as a fighting companion who joins you in battle.
You'll also want to join a Free Company as soon as possible. Basically guilds of players with their own chat, joining one allows you to listen in on what everyone is up to, allows you to ask questions and you'll learn about lots of different aspects like how to make Gil, how to farm efficiently, boss tips, rare spawns like Behemoth and Odin and you might also be lucky enough to be allowed access to the Free Company's Chest (extra storage for goodies which you can throw things into like crafting materials, and take things out of, like Materia to upgrade your gear) though this is at the whim of the FC leaders.
If leveling up (which is pretty fast if you take advantage of LeveQuests and FATES) and gearing up wasn't enough, the game tracks everything and offers more things to do. Your personal hunting log at level 10, Guildhests (mini group fights) at level 15, Sightseeing at level 20, PvP at level 30, Treasure hunting at around level 45, Beast Quests, Grand Company Quests, Supply and Provisioning Missons - so much so that it's incredibly easy to get distracted from your main campaign as you get sucked into doing something else. My personal favourite is Fishing, it's such a change of pace from everything else to just cast out a line and watch the stars move through the sky or a beautiful sunrise as you mooch up a big fish.
End game is surprisingly organised. Certain dungeons have 'gear level' requirements, so no more elite players telling you you can't join because you're not up to par, if you meet the gear level requirement as set by the game, you're in. At the initial stages you can get by with crafted gear and spending your tokens from daily Beast Quests, later on you'll be more dependent on the rarer drops from certain dungeons. Ultimately end game currently consists of gearing up via Relic upgrades and the higher level dungeons. However, if you're a crafter or a gatherer you have your own little endgame too of continually upgrading you stats to allow you to access the higher grade crafting materials. Being in a Free Company where existing crafters can just make gear for you makes this a whole lot easier, but if you want to go for it yourself it's possible and will take a long time.
I started playing at the PS4 launch, I now have several level 50 classes and I'm just scratching the surface, so I signed up for a further 6 months of gametime. At the rate they're adding new content I think I'll always be playing catchup unless I bite the bullet and ask the FC just to craft me my high end gear instead of doing it myself, but I like doing things myself :)
Graphically the game looks gorgeous, (some of the screenshots I upload to Twitter/Facebook look better than many of their PC counterparts) from a control point of view there's a VERY deep configuration menu to allow you to tweak things just how you like them so nobody will be able to tell if you're on PS3, PS4 or PC (Square Enix have made it cross-platform so we all play together, just like they did with FFXI, bravo!), and personally I use a Sony Gold Wireless Headset too, so no complaints about audio either. Comms is mostly via USB keyboard hooked into the PS4, but we sometimes use PSN party chat and my FC also has a Teamspeak Server set up for the more advanced PC players running endgame activities.
Finally, if you have a PSP, you can take advantage of Remote Play with the PS4. When my daughter comes over the TV and XBox 360 get taken hostage by Assassin's Creed Black Flag. Not a problem, just turn on the PS4 then use the PSP to login and get some vital mining, logging or fishing done, although chat with your mates on a PSP can be a bit of a fiddly chore.
In short: One of the most user-friendly, soloable, beautiful and well-designed multiplayer games out there. Lots of fan service for long time lovers of the Final Fantasy franchise (say 'hi' to Cid for me when you see him), lots of customisation via the games 'glamour' and dye systems so nobody looks the same and something for everyone if they take the time to find it. As with most MMOs you'll get the odd few hours downtime for patches/updates/maintenance each week, for me that's simply an opportunity to look up what the best bait is for Hammerhead sharks so I can make Shark Oil for profit.
You get your first month free of charge, £7.69 per month thereafter with additional 'add-ons' available for a small fee, e.g. want an extra storage retainer? That's an extra £1.15 a month, probably worth it if you're a crafting fanatic, but not really necessary if you're a well-organised crafting fanatic :)
Years and years ago I played FFXI, but I only played it for three-months... I had trouble getting time to play it while juggling work and a long commute; I never felt like I made any progress and I wasn't there from the beginning.
When FF:XIV came out, it got such a lashing from the gaming community that I wasn't even going to look at it. (It was also only PC at the time in the UK.) However, SquareEnix actually listened and totally revamped this, giving out loads of Beta testing passes in Spring 2013. It was announced that the "Realm Reborn" would be out on both PC and PS3, so I applied for a beta code.... I got one for my PS3, and I didn't play anything else for a whole month. (And I mean every evening and most weekends).
The Beta phase passed - issues/bugs were fixed, but the core simplicity of the game was intact. (I can't compare it to the original version at all.) After it's official release in Summer 2013, there were login issues as the demand for the game had been monstrous. I got annoyed that i couldn't login having spent so much time playing through the Beta stages. But these issues were overcome in a couple of weeks - new server and bandwidth were introduced - and since then it's been fine. It's now March 2014, and honestly since those Beta stages, I have not played anything else. All I need to do now is buy a PS4 and upgrade in April.
As far as the actual game goes, it's a relatively simple process. You choose a world (a server!) to play on, and proceed to create your character. Choices include race, sex, DOB, class, and the physical appearance and voice – you can spend fricking ages doing this.
Once that's all done, you start the games story. (In my case, I started in the town of Gridania, so I got that intro. If you're from one of the other two towns/cities, you'll get a different start).
After your initial welcome into the game, you get to progress the class you chose (Conjurer in my case) which also progressing with the story. However, you don't have to continually stick with the storyline - you can opt to do 'levequests' (which are side missions) and simply go out grinding, all in the name of levelling your character.
After reaching level 15, you get to start dabbling in even more things. You can start trying other classes (Thaumaturge, Pugilist, Warrior, among others) if you so wish.
When you take any class to level 30, you then get to progress a "job" type. In my case, at level 30 my Conjurer becomes a White Mage, but you have to develop another specific class to level 15 in order to progress. (This might sound limiting but it's really not!)
Every class develops into a "job" at level 30. (Another example: Pugilist becomes Monk).
As you progress through the story you unlock certain dungeons and bosses (called Primals) which you can then grind later if you like. So, for example, Satasha is a low level dungeon. but you can replay it endlessly.
When I played, I focussed mainly on my Conjurer White Mage, reaching the maximum level of 50. I did this while completing the main storyline. Once the storyline finishes, you kinda think there's nothing more to do (you just saved the world, y'know). You could continue levelling up other classes, until the reach their peak. This can be classes of war or magic, or maybe you'll start doing craft jobs (like Leather Worker). However that may get a little boring if you've not actual greater task to achieve – this is where the patches/updates come into play.
After completing the game, the "Relic Reborn" story comes into play, which basically allows you to attempt to fight against certain bosses on a harder strategy/fight. But you'll need better weapons and gear to be able to defeat them.
For example, although you're level 50, your equipment needs to be stronger - so you can tackle the Crystal Tower dungeon to gain new, stronger gear, as well as obtains Tomes to buy some gear, too.
Aside from this, other mini-stories appear (one about King Mog for example) and new dungeons become available (Pharos Sirius). A more recent patch extends the story (related to Leviathan) and adds more dungeons and a general wealth of content.
The social side of the game is a nice benefit to playing something that's got me so hooked. During your time, obviously 99% of the other characters are real people, of which you team up. When you first start doing dungeons, like Satasha, you will probably do it with some random players, and if you "Fate grind" in parties, you'll soon make friends (Keep them listed on your Friend List).
You can also join a Free Company, which is essentially a clan of people - in my case online friends - of which you can have banter with and help each other with quests and boss fights. I cannot tell you how happy i am I got to join a Free Company... when it comes to doing the challenging post-storyline stuff, you need people you can rely on. Even if you don't bet that badass boss, at least you learnt from it for the next attempt, and you get to work at it together. This brings me to the negative side: the whinging, miserable and rude players. Some people are impatient, immature and selfish – Ignore these people. If you focus your time on them, you'll undermine your enjoyment.
I've realised that this review isn't exactly well-structured, but there's quite a lot to do in one game. I understand that this can be daunting if you're new to an online game that's been running nearly year. Seriously, don't stress it. The actual storyline goes at the pace you want, there's no rush to do everything (although if you find it as addictive as me you'll want to!) and there's no pressure for you to do everything. There's always something to do, weather that be grinding a class/job, challenging a boss, doing a dungeon, crafting/making, or doing a special event quest. It's up to you in what you do.
For anyone that's not played this, I recommend you do. The initial cost is now less than a tenner on PS3. That give you a months free access to your server. If you're like me, you won't leave it alone. If you decide to keep playing, it's about £8 per month, but a little less if you pay for 3 or 6 months upfront. If it's £8 a month, and you play like i do, it's peanuts. (That maybe easy for me to say, given that I'm employed, but it's not expensive. A new game release is still £35). Try this out, you will probably like it.
Also, if you buy it on PS3 pronto, you'll get a free upgrade to the PS4 version (if you buy a PS4 obviously).
Hopefully i didn't bore with this review - it's a good game, I'd whole-heartedly recommend it.
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