Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

You're probably already familiar with Final Fantasy, and Square Enix's "Final Fantasy XIV" is just as enjoyable as previous editions. Even with upgrades, the game maintains its classic feel, letting players pick up the game even if they haven't played in years. This game has a rating suitable for teens and adults. In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the Square Enix Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
78 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Great for beginning, Tons of depth for the hardcore.
- Keen Gamer
March 4, 2019 | Full review
Underwater exploration is one of Stormblood's flashy new features, complete with mounts that let you hobnob with the fishes and ninja turtle-like denizens of the deep. It's initially amazing, at least for as long as I can hold my breath here in the real world.
- IGN
June 29, 2017 | Full review
A thrilling new chapter to the ongoing Final Fantasty XIV saga. Streamlined job class progression is faster, easier. Red Mage is the bomb.
- Kotaku
July 10, 2017 | Full review
There is a vast amount to do, which will please players looking to make a serious commitment to a new MMO.
- PC Gamer
November 6, 2013 | Full review
The changes to the combat system have also been wonderful. Animations have been greatly improved (especially when it comes to making each class feel different), and the removal of attribute points streamlines the leveling process.
- Destructoid
June 21, 2017 | Full review
It has beautiful graphics.
- Games Radar
October 20, 2010 | Full review
Part of the game's appeal is how much it doesn't change; Final Fantasy XIV doesn't reinvent the wheel.
- US Gamer
September 5, 2013 | Full review
Strong balance that makes all classes viable.
- Readers Gambit
November 28, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Content bloat can intimidate new players.
- Keen Gamer
March 4, 2019 | Full review
Story progress a bit too quickly. New swimming and diving mechanic woefully underutilized. No dancer job.
- Kotaku
July 10, 2017 | Full review
A certain amount of grind is, however, inevitable.
- PC Gamer
November 6, 2013 | Full review
The only thing I'm bummed out about is the swimming aspect, which isn't nearly as monumental as flight.
- Destructoid
June 21, 2017 | Full review
A total lack of direction or instruction. Possibly worst interface and economy in MMO history.
- Games Radar
October 20, 2010 | Full review
Struggling with leftover baggage from original.
- Readers Gambit
November 28, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

For newcomers to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, this bundle is the complete edition and includes the award-winning FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn and its expansions FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward and FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood! Join millions of others online and start your own FINAL FANTASY adventure today!

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1. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5
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2. Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.1
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3. Square Enix Final Fantasy XIV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Blizzard Overwatch
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5. Capcom Monster Hunter World
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6. Mojang Minecraft
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7. EA Sports FIFA 19
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8. EA Star Wars Battlefront 2
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An Overview On Online Games

Gaming is far more fun when you can do it with friends. Even gameplay with one or more strangers can ignite the spirit of competition, taking your experience to the next level. At one time, if you want a group game night, you had to invite friends over to your place. Today, though, thanks to the internet, you can hang out at home alone and play against people located across the world.

When you think of your favorite games over the years, you probably specifically remember the setup of the game itself. There were likely characters and a story that engaged you, but simple games can be just as enthralling. As games have evolved, though, gamers have begun to demand an immersive experience, allowing them to feel as though they’re part of the game, rather than simply watching as a spectator.

But while today’s online gaming landscape may be crowded, there are some games that stand out from the crowd. They’ve managed to find a way to capitalize on the popularity of online multiplayer gaming and create games that draw players in and keep them there. With each new release, these games provide crisper graphics and more realistic settings, further drawing players into their imaginary worlds.

But violence is an always-present concern, particularly for parents of teens who play. The Entertainment Software Rating Board helps with that, creating ratings for each game similar to the way movies are rated. Games that are rated E are suitable for everyone, while E 10+ is for players 10 years of age and older. Teen-rated games are approved for those ages 13 and up and games rated Mature are suitable for 17 and up. Some games are for adults only, and those games are marked with an “A” and warn that there can be prolonged scenes of intense violence or graphic sexual content. Games that involve players gambling with real currency are also rated for adults only.

DYWM Fun Fact

Playing others online was nothing new in the ’90s. It all started in the late ’70s when ARPANET connected universities across the U.S. in a way similar to what would eventually become the internet. Through ARPANET, end-users could connect a computer to a central mainframe, and then communicate with others who were also connected. In 1980, two students at the University of Essex in England created a game called MUD, which stood for “multiuser dungeon.” Users were able to connect up to play MUD in real-time, engaging in the first-ever online multiuser gameplay experience. As internet technology rapidly evolved in the 90s, several software manufacturers strove to make connecting and playing online easier, which pushed internet-based gaming to where it is today.

The Online Game Buying Guide

  • “Grand Theft Auto” fans have watched the game evolve over the years. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto 5” brings interesting characters and interwoven storylines that enrich the experience. You aren’t stuck following just one story. Instead, you’ll weave in and out between three characters’ viewpoints, keeping things interesting throughout.
  • Players have become fascinated with the Wild West-era setting of “Red Dead Redemption.” Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” introduces new protagonist Arthur Morgan, who goes on the run with the Van der Lidne gang as they try to evade federal agents and bounty hunters. The depth of the story does make it seem slow to some, as cowboy life sometimes can be, but the length of the game can deeply immerse the player in the story.
  • “Final Fantasy” has been a force in gaming since the 1980s, and Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” brings a new chapter. You’ll find the story in this one moves quickly as you battle other players.
  • Mojang’s “Minecraft” is popular for builders, giving you the opportunity to use supplies to create a 3-D generated world using building blocks and other materials. At the same time, you’re adventuring. With “Minecraft,” you get unlimited supplies and the option of playing either alone or with others online.
  • The gaming experience itself is what typically draws gamers to a specific online game. If you like an action-packed experience, you can’t go wrong with “Grand Theft Auto 5” and “Final Fantasy XIV,” which keep you on the edge of your seat throughout your gameplay. A richer, deeper experience comes with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” which lets you make decisions on missions. The gaming experience with Mojang’s “Minecraft” is more of a creative one, appealing to those who like building things.
  • At full 1080p resolution, “Grand Theft Auto 5” looks better than ever, giving you sharper detail on the characters and their surroundings. If you’ve played earlier versions of GTA, you’ll be surprised how far it’s come in recent years.
  • For those who prefer a more retro gaming experience, “Minecraft” has maintained its original block design, setting it apart from many other games on the market today. Square Enix “Final Fantasy XIV” has also remained true to its original design, allowing players to pick up and start playing even if years have passed since the last time they played.
  • Rockstar “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an open-world game, a genre that has become popular in recent years. You get to choose your own adventure as you make decisions throughout the game, enhancing the experience.
  • Violence is important to some buyers, especially those who have kids. “Grand Theft Auto” has always been on the violent side, but “Grand Theft Auto 5″” takes it to the next level once you progress farther into the game. It’s a level of violence not previously seen in the series. It does have an ESRB Mature rating, recommended for players 17 and older only. Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” is also rated Mature 17+ due to violence and sexual content, among other issues.
  • If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option, Mojang “Minecraft” is safe for all ages, and  “Final Fantasy XIV” is rated safe for ages 13 and up.
  • One problem with online gaming is that it can be prone to technical issues. You’re relying on an internet connection, as well as the dependability of the server storing the game you’re playing. You may notice some dropped flames and visual glitches occasionally with “Grand Theft Auto 5,” and the rare graphical glitch can also affect gameplay with “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Although “Minecraft” is largely bug-free, you may find it lacks the polish of some of your favorite games. It’s better suited to those who like a retro gaming experience.