Oct 3, 2010

By Request. FFXIV Review.

I will start by saying that I am not a pro-gamer, nor am I a Senior player in the game. I have been playing for a few days. I must say that the graphics blow most other games out of the water! Granted my Computer is capable of running the game at its highest settings. The game says its casual gamer friendly (1-2 hours daily game play.) I am personally not seeing this at all, but it is an MMO so that is to be expected. My chief complaints are the targeting system is a pain to use especially while tanking. The story line starts off well right away, but as with all Square-Enix games is a long story line so very little details in the beginning. This game is not like WoW in any way. That game is really easy to level in and honestly after playing that game its too easy to level. ( I did 28 lvls in one weekend) Any way I digress, FFXIV is challenging in that you will need to level 2 jobs at a minimum so you can truly compliment what ever position you want to fill for example: Marauder-Gladiator then you will be a stronger Area of Effect (AoE) tank, if you are Marauder-Lancer then you will deal higher Damage Per Second (DPS). There are a lot of combos and not a lot of people putting guides out for higher levels. This is the other interesting thing in FFXIV; there is a fatigue system in which after a certain point (I have not found it yet) You will no longer gain physical XP, and after that your job will stop gaining XP, this can be countered by leveling another job; so not a lot of concern for the hard core gamer there. The game is fun, there are a million things to do as is standard with Final Fantasy Games and Square-Enix in general. The graphics are amazing if your computer can handle it. If you have some time to spend and are looking for an MMO this is a good one that is still new enough to not be crushed with end game players.


  1. Great review bro! Argh.... you are really tempting me with this game. I am a sucker for RPG, and craze for stats & stuff.

    I think you r playing as a tank right (since u like weight lifting so much). =) So I take it the battle system needs some tweaking... maybe a future patch would fix that up.

    With all the stuff going on in my life right now, I probably cannot afford the time to delve into a MMO thats this deep.

    So will my rig run this on highest?
    - Intel Core 2 CPU X6800 @ 2.93Ghz
    - 3 Gig of RAM (I have 4 Gig of RAM, but stupid XP only can read 3)
    - Nvidia GeForce GTX295

  2. I'm by no means an expert, looks like you can, but this is the best way to know. Its a time consumer for sure though. Not sure I will be able to do it between new surfboard coming the mail, my pure love of gundam, and life some where in there and oh yeah work. lol. But it is for sure a good time. http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/media/benchmark/na/