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Final Fantasy XIV

1 week 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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5 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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6 months ago

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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11 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV is adding a mega-scale hunting ground

We might be devoting a lot of column inches to the good, good boys of Final Fantasy XV as of late, but let's not forget that its immediate predecessor is still one of the most successful MMORPGs on the block. In-between expansions, Final Fantasy XIV is supported by massive episodic updates, each one effectively a small expansion. The second episode of the current season was so big,…

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12 months 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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1 year ago

Final Fantasy XIV’s plan to alleviate to housing shortage

Final Fantasy XIV [official site] has been firing on all cylinders as of late, with the well-received Stormblood expansion recently seguing into patch 4.1: The Legend Returns, the first of several episodic mini-expansions planned between now and the next full retail release. While the update brought a slew of lovely new additions, including a return to the world of Final Fantasy Tactics in the form of a…

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3 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV’s Revenge Of The Horde Update is Live

FOR THE HOR—wait what? Different horde? Well this is awkward... anyway, the new 3.3 update for Final Fantasy XIV [official site] is live today. It's called Revenge of the Horde but has surprisingly little to do with shamanism or the phrase "zug-zug!" Patch day is always a fun day because it means another hearty helping of things to dig into, and Revenge of the Horde…

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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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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

Alice is at GDC, which is why it falls to me to ask in her place: WATYPWPATWPAWAPTPYPWAWPAPTPTP this weekend? If you need time to think about it, you can peruse our own selections below, with Joe and Medoly kindly standing in for Adam and Pip as they have done all week.

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Feature: Live from the Halls of Celebration

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls of Honour – 2015

As the dragons finally return to their nests to hibernate and the ghosts don their chains to help remind misers of the meaning of the season, we approach the end of another year. As is tradition, that is time for we at the guild-house to award both quests and questers the ceremonial Scrolls of Honour™. (Chorus of affordable angels) Scribed upon only the finest vellum…

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4 years ago

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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6 years ago

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Continues The Saga

The real world saga of Final Fantasy XIV's original disastrous and lurching launch, that is. But it looks like this sorry tale might be in for a happy ending. A Realm Reborn is the MMO's relaunch, and Square Enix have gone hell for leather to completely rework the game into a state more acceptable to their audience. Almost everything has been redone in some way,…

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Final Fantasy XIV Rebirthing Its Realm In August

Final Fantasy's naming scheme broke down the moment Square decided to make a second one, but that was only the beginning. Now we're having a second go at a realm that's a distant relative of a different realm that wasn't supposed to be reborn 43845952 installments ago. The series has taken a long, strange road to get to this exceedingly confusing point, and the first version…

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Hark, An MMO: FFXIV’s ‘Reborn’ Quests And Combat

Final Fantasy XIV caught me right at the tail end of my MMO junkie phase. I'd put a fairly significant amount of time into Final Fantasy XI before it, so I figured why not? And honestly, I have to give Final Fantasy XIV some credit: it replied to that question very, very quickly. It was as though Square had developed the thing inside a bubble.…

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RIP Final Fantasy XIV Long Live Final Fantasy XIV

I must confess I know essentially nothing about Final Fantasy XIV, as FF has become one of those game series I'll cross the street to avoid. I do, though, admire both the relative honesty and the steely-eyed resolve in Square acknowledging that MMO spin-off FF XIV was such a screw-up that it had to be killed off - with plans to relaunch it as 'A…

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