Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix’s rebooted MMO, fourteenth mainline installment in the long-running Final Fantasy series and proof if proof were ever needed that you can polish a turd… by disassembling it completely and turning it into something totally different.


Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: Windows PC/Mac, PS4


Articles about Final Fantasy XIV

Waifu Wednesday: Anniversary Special - So, I wanted to do something a little bit different today, and I hope you’ll indulge me in a somewhat more personal post than usual. Today is the third anniversary of my marriage to my wife Andie, you see, so I thought it would be nice to show her some appreciation, what with said anniversary … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Anniversary Special
You Can Keep Your “Games as a Service”, I’m Fine with Single-Player, Thanks - EA’s recent announcement that it was shuttering Visceral and “pivoting” (ugh) the Amy Hennig-fronted narrative-centric single-player Star Wars project it had been working on probably didn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It did, however, rekindle a discussion that last cropped up back in 2010 — once again involving Visceral, interestingly enough, this time with … Continue reading You Can Keep Your “Games as a Service”, I’m Fine with Single-Player, Thanks
Stormblood: The MMO as Musical Theatre - “Video games aren’t movies.” That’s a line of criticism that those who prioritise mechanics over narrative like to level at cutscene-heavy games, particularly those by creators such as Hideo Kojima and David Cage. And while it’s true that making effective use of games as a form of interactive media tends to emphasise actual interaction over … Continue reading Stormblood: The MMO as Musical Theatre
Stormblood: It’s a Great MMO, Too - We’ve already discussed how, despite its massively multiplayer online nature, Final Fantasy XIV as a whole is very much an authentic Final Fantasy experience in its own right. But is the opposite true? If you’ve read the headline you’ll already know that yes, of course it is. But one of the most interesting things about the game as a … Continue reading Stormblood: It’s a Great MMO, Too
Stormblood: Yes, It’s a Great Final Fantasy - Final Fantasy XIV and its long-running spiritual predecessor Final Fantasy XI are in an interesting and slightly awkward position. They’re numbered mainline installments of the long-running Final Fantasy series, which, in theory, should attract series veterans, but they’re also massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The latter is a genre typically (and not necessarily correctly or fairly) associated with … Continue reading Stormblood: Yes, It’s a Great Final Fantasy
Stormblood: This Ain’t No Action RPG - Today we’re going to take a closer look at Final Fantasy XIV’s combat mechanics, and how they’ve been refined between the original release of A Realm Reborn and Stormblood. For those who’ve never played a massively multiplayer online RPG before, Final Fantasy XIV’s mechanics may require a bit of an adjustment, as they’re rather different from the … Continue reading Stormblood: This Ain’t No Action RPG
Stormblood: Introduction - Square Enix’s second Final Fantasy MMORPG is a big success now, having just enjoyed the release of its second expansion pack, but things weren’t always so rosy. In fact, the story of how Final Fantasy XIV came to be what it is now is one of the most interesting in all of gaming — and certainly an … Continue reading Stormblood: Introduction
Eorzean Diary: Lonely Explorer - One of my favourite additions to Final Fantasy XIV over time has been the randomly generated dungeon Palace of the Dead. I actually like it specifically because it’s one of the few pieces of content in the game that can legitimately be run solo while it’s still “relevant” to you. Other dungeons and Trials in … Continue reading Eorzean Diary: Lonely Explorer
Eorzean Diary: The Benefits of Being Left Behind - When I first started playing Final Fantasy XIV in A Realm Reborn’s open beta, I was keen to experience everything the game had to offer as soon as new things became available. There’s a benefit to this approach, of course: coming into new things “blind” when no-one else knows what to do either allows the … Continue reading Eorzean Diary: The Benefits of Being Left Behind
Eorzean Diary: Tips for Being a Filthy FFXIV Casual - One of the biggest challenges you’ll encounter as an MMO player is the prospect of planning out your time effectively so that you can do everything you want to do. I’m not just talking about in the MMO itself, either; if you’re anything like me, you don’t want just one game to take over every … Continue reading Eorzean Diary: Tips for Being a Filthy FFXIV Casual

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