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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Taps Nostalgia For Its Rebirth

In an E3 presentation, the team behind the game discussed how they are focused on bringing classic elements from the franchise into the MMO space.

The trailer they showcased captures this ambition perfectly with moogles, summons, limit breaks, cactuar, and none other than Cid and his infamous airship. The developers also aren't forgetting what fans love about Final Fantasy: the story and characters. A unique way they want to go about that in the MMO realm is to let you create your own Final Fantasy story and character. It's one thing to be an observer of Final Fantasy; it's another thing to live it. 

MMOs usually lock you into a class, but in a Realm Reborn you can choose your combat style on the fly, since weapons dictate class. Change your weapon and your class follows suit. While many MMOs encourage playing with others, A Realm Reborn isn't shying away from embracing those who want to play solo. Lone wolf players can rely on Chocobo companions, who take damage and heal you, so you can get through the game without human players at your side. 

Also taking a cue from successful MMOs such as Guild Wars 2, Fates (full active time events) happen as you explore the world. These public challenges randomly appear and provide unpredictability and realism to the vast world. 

I also got some hands on time by taking on the Ifrit challenge with other players. Being thrown into an MMO without time to get your bearings isn't the easiest, but I eventually got through the initial barrier. Playing on the PlayStation 3, commands are executed by holding down the R2/L2 button and selecting attacks and skills that are mapped to specific buttons. Things got chaotic fast. Not only do you have work as a team successfully, but Ifrit could make the floor crumble, harming players. If you were too focused on what commands you are dishing out, you could get wrecked in his fury. I liked the challenge of juggling attacking, coordinating with the team, and paying attention to Ifrit's attack pattern. There's something to be said about overcoming the obstacle with a group, but the battle started to feel very mechanic after a while. 

Square Enix hopes A Realm Reborn rights its mistakes with Final Fantasy XIV. Time will tell if it gets there, but I did enjoy that the game feels like it was made by fan with little queues to Final Fantasy hallmarks.

The MMO releases on August 27 for PlayStation 3 and PC. A PS4 version is coming in 2014.

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Comments
  • Really looking forward to this game!

  • What in the name of all that is holy is that chick wearing in the first pic? Perhaps it is the combination of what she IS wearing and what she is BARELY wearing that is blowing my mind.
  • I really want to play this now.
  • I'm cautiously optimistic about this game. I'll wait until I read positive reviews before trying it again.
  • Well this is coming to PS4 so I'll join in.

  • Now that a PS4 version has been announced, i am back on board!  My laptop just would not be able to handle the game, and the differences between the ps3 and pc version just looked too big for me to justify the ps3 version.  But with the extra power of the ps4 i am thinking that it will hit the same level as the pc, so that makes me happy!

  • They should have just let this game die
  • Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online. (Home more information)  

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  • its gonna suck just like the last 2 ff mmo
  • I'm going to be optimistic about this one. I didn't get the chance to play the first one. But, this one is sounding like it's going to be a great experience.

  • I'm excited. Even though my internet sucks too much to play this, I'm very excited for it. I hope it helps the Final Fantasy series. Obviously FF has been having some trouble recently, and I really want by favorite series to be back to the greatness it deserves. Hopefully XV is also as good as it seems to be. I know for a fact I'll be preordering that :)

  • Never picked up my reserve on the first edition of 14 because of the stank that was already online from it. Going to be a good fanboy and at least buy Realm Reborn for a one month play since I talked my wife into playing on the PS3 with me. FF11 was a harsh taskmaster sometimes but it still holds many of my favorite mmo memories. Who knew waiting for an Airship could be such a community builder!

  • entered beta testing, and now... I wait. looking forward to this game!!

  • Really? That's the voice-acting for the narration? Anyways, the game still looks nice. Holding out hope that it's more playable now than its predecessor.

  • One of the few JRPGs i still play.

  • Really glad they are turning this game around and making it presentable.

    Looking forward to this!

  • So I haven't played either Final Fantasy MMO but the mention of Cid and his airship made me think it'd be awesome if every town had its airship port and there was always a Cid there like the Nurse Joy/Officer Jenny gag from the Pokemon cartoon.

  • Eh, I'm not actually a fan of loose to no class definitions in this type of game. Allowing you to jack of all trades pretty much kills any reason to group with people for anything but dungeon content, as well as running more than one character.
  • Kool, I'll wait for PS4.

  • Hmmm, still a bit skeptical, but I'll give it a chance.

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