Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Developed by Square Enix
Published by Square Enix
*Are you one of those Adventurers?*
*Warning this part of the review may contain spoilers for the original Final Fantasy XIV*
During the events of Final Fantasy XIV, the Garlean Empire launches a campaign to subdue the beastmen and city-states of Eorzea.To this end, one of their Legatus, Nael van Darnus, uses ancient magic and technology to summon Hydaelyn’s second moon, Dalamud, so it would fall on Eorzea and cleanse it. Though the Legatus is defeated, the damage is done and the moon continues to fall. The Garlean Empire and the Eorzean Alliance finally clash on the Carteneau Flats in Mor Dhona, the impact site of Dalamud. As they fight, Dalamud breaks up in the sky and releases the ancient Primal Bahamut, who proceeds to start laying waste to Eorzea, instigating the Seventh Umbral Era. After the attempt to reseal Bahamut fails, the Archon Louisoix sends the remnants of the Eorzean Alliance’s army, including the Adventurers (player characters), forward into the future while remaining behind to face certain death. Five years later, the Adventurers reappear, their memories blurred by the journey, during a time of reconstruction of Eorzea. The story of A Realm Reborn revolves around old and new players piecing together the intervening events between the unleashing of Bahamut and the present, and helping with the rebuilding of Eorzea, which brings them into conflict with the Beastmen tribes, the Garlean Empire and the secretive Ascians.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an MMORPG which plays similarly to other games of that genre such as World of Warcraft or the other online Final Fantasy Titles. Before you can start the game you have to create your adventurer and there was plenty of choices ranging from different species and genders aswell as numerous facial features. The game features a main quest storyline and side quests which give you plenty of things to do. The controls are actually pretty simple considering the layout of the attacks and movements looks complicated. As with most games on PlayStation, The basic movement controls are by using the left analog stick to move the character and the right analog stick to move the camera around. You also get numerous commands to choose from outside and inside of Battle such as Sprinting and teleporting to a safe area outside of battle while inside of battle depending on your chosen class; You can choose a different array of attacks and defense spells to use to either deal out more damage to your opponents or to reduce the damage you take against certain enemies. In addition to this you can also use the quick control scheme to check which of your friends are online among many other things. Like most games similar to it; You can customize your character with new gear which adds certain abilities and skills.The game also has its fair share of enemies which grow in level as your character does with some resembling giant ferrets, Tree Spiders, Crabs, Birds and more along with plenty of boss battles to boot. To top it all off, This game even makes it possible to purchase your own residence in a huge and beautiful looking tower which as far as I know is a first for the series. Anyway moving on.
The Soundtrack for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is beautiful with even more breathtaking music for the franchise from video game composer; Masayoshi Soken who only entered the music world of Final Fantasy with the first try at Final Fantasy XIV. The tracks in all the different parts of the world are very well composed and sound extremely vivid like the colors of the game. In terms of voice acting; There is not too much of it except for cutscenes but most of the time when voice acting is involved; Its actually rather shoddy and some of the weakest I’ve heard in a Final Fantasy game (Bar X-2).
The Graphics in A Realm Reborn are absolutely phenomenal with the cutscenes making the characters look like living breathing actors while the settings looked like actual locations with a Fantasy element to them. The In-Game models on the characters were a bit cartoony but other than that; Absolutely no faults with the graphics whatsoever.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has plenty of different objectives and plenty of exploration to keep you going for hours with the addition of leveling up your character to be the ultimate maximum level.
All in all, A Realm Reborn is a fantastic and welcome addition to the Final Fantasy series with great music, easy combat mechanics and beautiful graphics. A Must play for any Final Fantasy fan or fans of MMORPG’s and is a great first entry for Final Fantasy on the Next Gen.
My Score = 9.5/10
- Great Storyline
- Easy to learn Gameplay
- Beautiful Soundtrack
- Stunning Graphics
- Plenty of things to do
- Voice Acting is Poor
- In Game Models look slightly cartoony
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 & PC. Thanks go out to Square Enix for supplying the game and the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee