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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

2 weeks ago

Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.5 adds new story, blue mages and mahjong today

New quests, a new dungeon, a new raid, an oddball new job and mahjong of all things - today's Final Fantasy XIV update does not mess around. Patch 4.5 - A Requiem For Heroes - caps off the MMORPG's current run of content bridging from the end of the Stormblood expansion into the upcoming Shadowbringers. This update includes one final return to the world of Final…

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2 months ago

Feature: The cacts of life

What a giant catfish taught me about happiness at Final Fantasy XIV fan festival

“If you notice,” says the catfish, “everyone is smiling around me.” It’s true. This huge fish person has been waddling through crowds of people who grin even as they duck under the beast’s massive barbels. Several people are taking photographs. I peer into the gaping mouth of the fish. Two human hands suddenly lurch out, gripping onto the creature’s lips from the inside. “I’m a…

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Final Fantasy 14 announces its third expansion, Shadowbringers

At Final Fantasy 14's fan-festival today, Square Enix announced the third expansion for their increasingly popular MMORPG. Shadowbringers ups the ante, story-wise, promising players the chance to finally take on the technologically advanced Garlean empire directly. Of course, there's yet another world-ending threat to contend with too. On top of the usual new classes and a raised level cap, Shadowbringers is also introducing the "Trust"…

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6 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV launches Monster Hunter collabo today

The PC launch of Monster Hunter: World is still a few days away but one of the game's hunted monsters has escaped Capcom's cage and sought sanctuary inside Square Enix's MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. The dinodragon mascot Rathalos hits FFXIV in an update today, letting Fantasists fight the "King of the Skies" to score loot including armour made from his guts, a diddy Rathalos flying…

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Monster Hunter and Final Fantasy XIV’s crossover blends the best of both worlds this August

Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World are both games near and dear to my heart, and colliding in a major crossover event next month, at least in the case of Final Fantasy XIV. While I'm hopeful that this crossover will accompany the PC release of Monster Hunter: World on August 9th, we're poking Capcom for confirmation either way. Headed to Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is the…

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8 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV’s Under The Moonlight patch due soon

Few games make patch day feel even half as momentous as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In-between each major expansion, the MMORPG receives five massive episodic updates bridging between story arcs, adding new features, dungeons and more, each accompanied by a dramatic trailer and a novella's worth of patch notes. The third episode of this season was officially unveiled today. Due for launch on May…

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1 year ago

Final Fantasy XIV’s next update gets down with the clown on a ghost train

Final Fantasy XIV's update trailers continue to surprise and impress me. To call these 'patches' sells them short. Every few months in-between major expansions, the revived and highly successful story-driven MMO receives a good slab of episodic content continuing both the main plot arc, as well as expanding outwards into various side-stories and crossover events. The next such episodic adventure, entitled Rise Of a New…

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3 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV Patch Promises Dragons, Fluffiness, Pompoms

If you've been browsing Cobbo's RPG scrollbars you'll have noticed how he likes to mention that Final Fantasy XIV [official site] is a pretty good MMO. That is, if you manage to beat the ARG of opening a Square Enix account and actually starting the game. The announcement of Patch 3.3: Revenge of The Horde for the 7th of June seems like a pretty good…

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Feature: The RPG Scrollbars

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere... well, mostly online... are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it's a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here's a few of the events going on…

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4 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV Mac Sales Suspended, Refunds Offered

What happens when you release a wonky version of a game with performance problems? Acknowledging its shortcomings and temporarily pulling it from sale is a nice start, and freely offering and encouraging refunds is a good follow-up. Where Warner Bros. forgot the second part with the shambles of Batman: Arkham Knight, Square Enix have delivered with the Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV [official site].…

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Feature: Eorzeas for Corzeas

The RPG Scrollbars: Back To Final Fantasy XIV

Some games stick with you more than you expect. Final Fantasy XIV certainly did for me. I never played the original version, the one released in such a horrific state back in 2010 that Square Enix was forced to stick a knife in it and go back to the drawing board. You know it's bad when even a game's publisher openly admits they've released a…

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Feature: Abracadavers

The RPG Scrollbars: The Declining Magic Of MMOs

There's a basic rule of the universe - everything is better when it's a dream. A new car. A new toy. A revolutionary new way of playing games. As a dream, they're magical. They're promise. They're an opportunity yet to be bled dry or squandered. When we get them... they're a thing. It's hard to see the impossible in something right in front of you,…

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FFXIV Heavensward Expansion Heads Final Fantasy V-ward

Upcoming MMO expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward [official site] brings with it a whole bunch (technical term) of new dungeons to explore and die inside. With the FFXIV development team taking heavy inspiration from past Final Fantasy games, this Dungeon Walkthrough trailer feels like a trip down memory lane, from FFX to FFXIII to… Is that the Library of the Ancients from Final Fantasy V?

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Test ‘Em Up – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Benchmark

Final Fantasy XIV [official site] may have launched in a sorry state, but I've heard good things from MMOers since its revamped relaunch with the A Realm Reborn subtitle. A big ole chunk of newsness is coming in June with the first expansion, Heavensward, and you can have an in-engine peek at that now running on your own computer thanks to a new benchmarking tool.…

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Going Up: Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Expansion

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion this weekend. It's named Heavensward and does the usual MMORPG expansion things. Look, it's 8 o'clock on Monday morning. I don't know what you want from me. Is it jokes? Do you want jokes? Here: What do ghosts use to wash their hair? Shamboo! What. Isn't that enough? What do you want? Do you want blood? Is…

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Final Fantasy 14 Launches Two-Week Free Trials

Final Fantasy 14 is pretty good since rebooting under the subtitle A Realm Reborn, They tell me. It's got quests, They say, and monsters and numbers and treasure and all that MMORPG stuff, and colours too. Something like that, anyway. But I don't know, and if you don't know either, perhaps we can all find out together. See, Square Enix are launching fourteen-day trials, ooh,…

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5 years ago

Finally: Square Realizes Final Fantasies Should Be On PC

The PC is not entirely bereft of Big Hair And Superfluous Zippers: The Neverending (Candy) Saga, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as "Final Fantasy." The series' MMO entries, FFXI and FFXIV, got their starts here, and PlayStation One classics FFVII and FFVIII recently received refurbished Steam ports. That majority of numbered Final Fantasy games, however, have stuck to the realm of buttons, thumbsticks, and cameras…

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Would You Like To Try Again? FF14 Re-Released

It's very rare to see a game get a second chance at greatness. Publishers don't react well to perceived failure so the ongoing saga of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is more than a little heart-warming. After a, to put it nicely, not so good original release the rebooted version of the game has been barn-storming its way through my friends list since early…

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6 years ago

Behold! The Graft Of A Million Concept Artists

The fourteenth Final Fantasy game is very pretty. It's a very pretty MMO, too, which hardly makes it unique, but it does make it very likely contain more swords than the Samurai Blade Library of Scabbard Isle. Some of those swords will be as big as three men. Since this is actually Square's second attempt at making a fourteenth Final Fantasy game, I wonder if…

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