Friday, July 15, 2011

Final Fantasy XIV - Worth Playing?

Ok, I'll admit it -- I'm a bit of a closet Final Fantasy fan.  I got my first taste with Final Fantasy VII (yes, I'm one of *those*) and have dabbled in various iterations since, most especially every single Tactics game that's been released.  I tried to play Final Fantasy XIII, but it killed my Xbox.  And the replacement Microsoft sent me.  The brand new 360 Elite I purchased to replace the replacement Xbox can't even read the disc, so I've left well enough alone and pretended I don't have the game and don't want to play it.

I've never really played any of the MMO versions though.  I tried to play the trial for FFXI a few years back, but the graphics seemed weird (like playing on an old TV with those interlace/whatever-they're-called bars) and I just couldn't get immersed in the game.  I was interested in Final Fantasy XIV until I started reading about it, and got turned off by all the things the developers were doing that just didn't make sense, differences from the MMO norm done solely for difference's sake, rather than actually making a better game.

Square-Enix paid for it too, with a fairly miserable showing at launch and thousands of angry customers.  So much so that they didn't start charging subscriptions, and promised big changes to the game.  It's been almost a year now, and I know the developers have implemented a lot of changes to the game.  What I don't know is whether those changes have made the game worth playing for an average (rather than die hard) Final Fantasy fan.

Anyone have any input?


  1. I'll take the deafening silence as a "no" then :)

  2. I played in beta last year, it was pretty awful. If you're looking for a Final Fantasty MMO, spend some time with FFXI. It's a bit dated, but it's still easily one of the best MMOs I've played to date.