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  • Release Date: September 22, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

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Embark on the myriad journeys of an epic in FINAL FANTASY XIV, the revolutionary MMORPG from Square Enix. As denizens of the new and visually stunning realm of Eorzea, players will actively engage in compelling storylines narrated through high-definition, real-time events featuring the players' own highly personalized and versatile characters.

While exploring even the farthest reaches of this magnificent world, adventurers are given the freedom to entirely alter their gameplay experience by simply swapping out equipment, and realize objectives with or without the aid of others. The entire experience is crafted to accommodate the widest variety of play styles-from the lone mercenary with only moments a day to spare, to the legion of comrades campaigning for days on end, and every combination in between.

Join players from around the world in an adventure of infinite possibilities.

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The guardian gods and goddesses known as the Twelve watch over the city-states of Eorzea. These tiny nations carved out a history of blood and betrayal, forging and breaking alliances as each warred over territory and sought to impose uncompromising interpretations of their patron deities' will.

The fate of the land would, however, soon change. Not fifteen years past, a new threat appeared from the north and east-the mighty Garlean Empire. With its fleets of behemoth airships and warriors brandishing weapons that spewed streams of fire, it crushed Ala Mhigo, the most powerful of the six Eorzean city-states. Galvanized by fear of a common foe, the remaining nations joined in a clandestine alliance. Fortunately, the dreaded invasion never came and an uneasy peace prevailed. Thus it was that Eorzea slipped into the Age of Calm.

As the city-states continued to develop regular standing armies, a growing number of mercenaries and hedge knights found themselves without employment. Concerned at the rise in number of armed men and women resorting to acts of villainy to survive, several respected leaders gathered together to form a network of guilds. The guilds provided these lost souls with the chance to utilize their talents for the benefit of themselves and others.

Through the foresight and resolve of these leaders a new industry had emerged-and the Age of Adventure had begun.

  • A persistent and evolving world with immersive storylines and well-developed characters
  • HD-quality, real-time cutscenes
  • Guild-based activities focused on catering to players with different gaming styles
  • Both quick and extensive gameplay sessions, accessible in solo and group play
  • The freedom to entirely alter the gameplay experience by equipping any of a wide array of weapons and tools in the Armoury System, one of the foundations of the FINAL FANTASY XIV experience and the driving force behind character development
  • A breathtaking musical score by renowned FINAL FANTASY series composer Nobuo Uematsu

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 GHz); AMD Athlon X2 (2.0 GHz)
RAM: Windows XP: 1.5 GB; Windows Vista / Windows 7: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 15 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series with 512 MB VRAM or equivalent; ATI Radeon HD 2900 series with 512 MB VRAM or equivalent
Additional Info: DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c);
Broadband Internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection); Subscription fee required for play

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254 of 301 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if this technically qualifies as a game October 9, 2010
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Going to get the strong points out of the way first. Graphics and music. As far as I can tell, that's about it. The cut scenes and story are nice, but they make up such a tiny fraction of the game they're barely worth mentioning.

As for the bad... it's pretty much every thing else.

UI/controls - This has been beaten to death, but I want to hit it one more time. Quite simply the worst UI for any PC game in the past decade. UO and EQ1 were leaps and bounds ahead of FFXIV in terms of the interface. There is no drag/drop, clicking rarely does anything, limited keymapping, and everything is buried behind several menus.

Combat - Sluggish and consists 90%+ of hitting 1111111. Threat is extremely broken in groups, ie you can get aggro for casting 1 spell even if you don't jump in until the mob is half dead. There aren't any special mobs or mechanics to deal with. You just stand there punching each other in the face until somebody dies. It's like Rockem Sockem robots online. Although the music kinda works against the combat because you're rocking out to a pretty hardcore battle theme while fighting tiny rodents and insects well into your 30's.

The world - The cities are actually really well done, albeit inconvenient. Once you get outside though you find a barren, empty world. There are essentially some random mobs thrown around and aetherite camps where you can activate guild leves. The few actual buildings and settlements are not functioning. They have NPC's who don't do anything and all the doors are locked. There aren't any really dungeons, unless you count being underground as in a dungeon. It's just the same mobs as everywhere else but now underground.
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120 of 141 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At a complete loss. October 9, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm at a complete loss at what Square was thinking. Have they played ANY OTHER mmo's in the last five years? I say this because the UI is so, so bad. I am a veteran of the original EQ. That game's interface was entirely more user friendly than this piece of garbage. People constantly bring up WoW as a comparison. Shoot, bring up a free to play Korean mmo and you will find a better control scheme and UI. Sure, nice graphics.....big deal when the game is completely barren with nothing to do. For those who have played Fallen Earth, that game has more going on in the environments than ffxiv.

Square is lucky that they have the ff name to cling to and all the fans of the series. If this was a new mmo, like APB or Tabula Rasa, it would be shut down within a month. Shame on the people who blindly defend this game and all the flaws it contains. A company like Square/Enix needs to listen to their fans and not completely depend on brand loyalty.
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163 of 194 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in frustration October 2, 2010
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I wanted to like this game, but I just can't do it. I've heard some people try to defend the game by saying that it's challenging or that it has a steep learning curve, but so far it's been easy. It's just been frustratingly slow and tedious.

Horribly slow. Painfully convoluted. Everything is menu based. You'll have to wade through lists to do anything. Unfortunately, every new menu that appears takes a few seconds to appear. When you've made your selection, be prepared to reconfirm your choice up to 3 times, and wait again for your selection to take effect. Waiting seems to be the theme of the game.

Change equipment? Wait a few seconds. Also, be prepared to wade through your entire inventory, rather than just the items available for the particular slot you're changing.
Activate combat mode? Wait a few seconds.
Attack an enemy? Wait a few seconds.
Initiate a trade with a vendor? Wait a few seconds. Choose buy or sell? Wait a few seconds.
Want to walk through a door? Wait a few seconds.
Want to store some of your items on your retainer? Wait a few seconds for each item, after you've waited the few seconds for each of the several choices leading up to summoning your retainer.

Oh, how I wish I could jump. Or that I wouldn't stop for half a second every time my character comes in contact with another. Or that npc's were processed separately from players so that I could actually talk to the npc I need without waiting tens of seconds for it to load in under the crushing server lag.

Tradeskills are largely similar to each other. Gathering skills are largely similar to each other. They're all very slow, and feature enough randomness to make them very frustrating.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Second Guess This Title (Buyer Beware) October 8, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Where to start with this abomination wrapped in a gaming abortion?

Anyone in the very least familiar with the previous brilliant Final Fantasy titles should be fully warned before jumping headfirst into this game. It is lacking major accessability and approachability in almost nearly every aspect, and even some of the key elements that make a Final Fantasy title feel like a final fantasy game are totally void here.

I will pinpoint my perspective proto installation as this game in its current state couldnt even reach a full week lifespan on my harddrive. It is that bad people!

First and foremost.

UI: The design is a complete clunky obsolete antique, the amount of menu's one has to traverse in order to complete simple actions is appaulling at best. This is only compounded by the fact that every action in this game is server based so working your way through the maze of menus is a total sludgefest, bogged down entirely by lag that can often times exceed 3 seconds. Unless there are major plans to completely recode and redesign the game this is something that wont be seeing any changes anytime soon.

I could write an extensive novel based on the frustrating mess that is the UI, however I will leave it as is above because this game isnt worth the effort or the depth a write up would require.

Subtance: This is where the game is lacking the "fun factor" all potatoes, no meat! The options to progress or level your character in game are dismal. There are quests sure! But be prepaired for the hollow, mundane chores that ensue. The quests consist of killing X amounts of woodlands creatures well into the mid level range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The CD did its job well :P
Published 19 days ago by A.N.
1.0 out of 5 stars ... am not giving this one star because the game sucks, since you...
I am not giving this one star because the game sucks, since you cannot play basic anymore and Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is out, but because you are literally getting a case... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James E. Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great xmas gift
Published 2 months ago by J. Iliff
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
This game is pure poop. I wasted like what? 4, 5 years for it to get better? Then 2.0 came out and it was even worse. SE needs to go out of business.
Published 4 months ago by Pinkamena Diane Pie
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS

The game servers for this game DO NOT EXIST you CAN NOT play this game. I can not make this any clearer, YOU CAN NOT PLAY THIS GAME. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David McNally
2.0 out of 5 stars Servers permanently down
Received timely and safely packaged. Installed easily. This was a Christmas present and I had purchased it over a month in advance, so did not know until Christmas Eve that it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Maxey
2.0 out of 5 stars Servers permanently down
Received timely and safely packaged. Installed easily. This was a Christmas present and I had purchased it over a month in advance, so did not know until Christmas Eve that it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Maxey
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost account: Fun game but you can not rely on SE's lack of customer...
I really hated having to give this one star but SE's customer service alone brings the entire game down for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Erik Kamradt
1.0 out of 5 stars Square Enix support was absolutely worthless
I installed the game registered it got a square enix account spent over four hours and the game does NOT load or start, I click on the desktop icon and all that loads is a dialog... Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Buscemi
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame
It doesnt work, doesnt even start, no support from SE. Selling this is same as thievery. Collectible?? You cannot collect a software if it doesnt work on the day of sale! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Serdar Ciner
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