Ok so as of Tuesday 27th August this game is now officially live. it has had issues in early acess but that doesnt affect the now paying public. It has also since undergone a huge maintenance downtime which has now resolved also server full and connection issues.
in short this game is purely amazing. from the mess it was in version 1.0 this game has truly been reborn.
For anybody new to the MMO/RPG genre this game has a bit of a steep learning curve, i do play games like this ranging from WoW, Lord of the Rings and Guild wars.The controls and interface can be very overwhelming but stick with it, just follow the quest lines and you will soon be absorbed. the graphics and art work are beautiful for this kind of game, it also takes heavy influences from every final fantasy game that has come before it. It also implements active/dynamic events inspired by Guild Wars 2 dynamic events called FATES (full active time event) these are random group events that let you slay monsters/bosses for high xp as a group
Im over 20 hours into this game now and while it isn't ground breaking or revolutionary, BUT it does have that spark that makes you want to keep playing and never turn it off. The quests are so perfectly focused that they effectively make you experience near enough EVERYTHING that is possible to do in an mmorpg without you feeling lost or confused. your story will make you travel to every major city, it will take you to the dungeons where you squad up for raids/instances, it will let you join a grand company and buy a chocobo. ive played many games where ive been like woah how do i do join a dungeon or where do i fight this boss etc, the game takes away the element of feeling helpless and you waiting for hours for a good Samaritan to have the time and patience to show you the ropes, and that for me is going to be the sticking point of the longevity for this game......everyone albeit in different classes are on a level playing field until at least level 50,where by then everyone knows what they are doing, you wont have characters missing out on making materia, you wont miss out on obtaining chocobos, you wont miss out on fighting bad asses like ifrit because the game guides you through everything you could ever want to do without forcing you to do anything. and just know that whether you are a veteran or a newbie, your journey through eorzia is one will will love and never want to leave. for £21 and £7.60 a month this game for me is a definitive PS3/PS4 game and it also goes to show that consoles are ready for this kind of game....if your on the fence id say take a chance, even if you dont end up liking it £22 is nothing, and this game will last for years with all the support it will get, good mmorpgs dont go away, world of warcraft has proven that, this game is truly a realm reborn to be played.
ALSO all buyers of the PS3 version can now upgrade to the PS4 version for FREE and the PS4 BETA begins feb 22nd 2014
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