Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) is an immense MMORPG from Square Enix, and part of the Final Fantasy franchise. FFXIV offers deep storylines, expansive content and progression, dozens of classes, mini-games, collections, and much more.
Although its original “Version 1.0” launch was met with negative reception, Square Enix has since rebuilt the game completely and relaunched it under “Version 2.0”, better known as Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn. The new version of the game has been widely praised, and has been online for ten years as of 2023, having launched four expansions with a fifth announced in July 2023.
The game offers a Free Trial, which includes A Realm Reborn and Heavensward, and all content through level 60. This trial does restrict some chat channels, and the player cannot use the auction house or the retainer system.
Hydaelyn: a world of hope and light. Her denizens have faced a great Calamity, but thanks to the nameless Warriors of Light, they have forged ahead with hope for a new era. To this the hero arrives: a new Warrior of Light, who will challenge the beast tribes, the Garlean Empire, and many other enemies as they seek to heal the realm and prevent future catastrophe.
► An immense storyline encompassing hundreds of hours of content, placing the main character as the central hero.
► Over a dozen classes across combat, crafting, and gathering disciplines.
► Expansive multiplayer content including dynamic world events, 4-player dungeons, 8-player raids, 24-player alliance raids, and faction-based PvP battles.
► Optional content including the famed Golden Saucer, Chocobo Raising, Deep Dungeons, player housing, mini-pet battling, and more.
► Hyur, Miqo’te, Elezen, Roeadyn, Lalafell, Au Ra (Heavensward), Viera (Shadowbringers), Hrothgar (Shadowbringers)
► Core: Archer/Bard, Gladiator/Paladin, Lancer/Dragoon, Marauder/Warrior, Pugilist/Monk, Conjurer/White Mage, Thaumaturge/Black Mage, Arcanist/Summoner/Scholar
► Heavensward: Astrologian, Machinist, Dark Knight
► Stormblood: Samurai, Red Mage, Blue Mage
► Shadowbringers: Gunbreaker, Dancer
► Endwalker: Sage, Reaper
► Dawntrail: to be revealed
► Disciples of the Hand (Crafting classes): Alchemist, Armorer, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Culinarian, Goldsmith, Leatherworker, Weaver
► Disciples of the Land (Gathering classes): Botanist, Fisher, Miner
►Heavensward: The hero journeys to the city of Ishgard and surrounding areas to attempt to mend the rift between man and dragon. Adds Astrologian, Machinist, and Dark Knight classes, plus the Au Ra race.
►Stormblood: The hero looks to liberate not one but two lands from Garlean rule. Adds Samurai, Red Mage, and Blue Mage classes.
►Shadowbringers: The hero journeys to a new world to save it from complete annihilation – and discovers machinations beyond everything they’ve known before. Adds Gunbreaker and Dancer classes, and Viera and Hrothgar races.
►Endwalker: The hero looks to tend to Eorzea once again, venturing to Thavnair, Garlemald, and beyond to set her people free. Adds Sage and Reaper classes.
►Dawntrail: The hero adventures forth to the New World. Further details to be announced at a later date.
Microtransactions: Yes; optional items include cosmetics, mounts, emotes, level jump potions, and story jump potions.
- Status: Released
- Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
- Business Model: Subscription
- Developer: Square Enix
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Category: Stand-alone
- Genre(s): 3D, MMO, Adventure, RPG, Fantasy
- Platforms: PC, Steam, PS3, PS4
Editor's Score: 4/5
- +Wide range of classes and professions to choose from.
- +Hundreds of hours of content available.
- +Impressive and generous free trial.
- -Subscription fee required in addition to the purchase of the game.
- -Graphics may feel slightly dated.
- -Limited time events make it difficult to collect items without spending cash.
- Recommended System Requirements:
- OS: Windows® 10 64 bit, Windows® 11 64 bit
- CPU: Intel® Core™i7 3GHz or higher
- RAM: 8 GB
- GPU: 1920 x 1080: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX970 or higher AMD Radeon™ RX 480 or higher
- HDD: 80 GB
- Also available on PS4 and PS5.
- Description: Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) is an immense MMORPG from Square Enix, and part of the Final Fantasy franchise. FFXIV offers deep storylines, expansive content and progression, dozens of classes, mini-games, collections, and much more.
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