Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn


I’ve been playing around with the character creator and benchmark for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

This utility is one of those things I wish more MMOs made available. It certainly piqued my interest in the game. I’m a sucker for detailed character creators to begin with and the benchmark test takes the character created and puts it in a series of scenes, so you can see it in action.

If only this wasn’t a subscription-only game, I would give it a chance. Sure, the word is out that it’s just okay in gameplay, but it would be nice to play something that felt like a Final Fantasy again. The environment of the game is strongly reminiscent of the Ivalice setting. I’m already gravitating to the chance to play the Dragoon and Summoner classes. However, it doesn’t strike me as a game that’s worth $30 for the base PC version, plus $13 per month minimum to play, unless I played it hard for a month or two, then dropped it.

I’ll keep watch for news of the game going buy-to-play with micro-transactions and a likely VIP subscription model. If it takes that route, I’ll pick it up and give it a try. Who knows, maybe by then, the devs will have turned the game into something fun and engaging, worthy of an AAA title.

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