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A grand social experiment: Final Fantasy XIV's monster hunts photo
A grand social experiment: Final Fantasy XIV's monster hunts
by Chris Carter

For those of you who haven't played Final Fantasy XIV, a new patch just arrived that implemented a major mechanic into the game -- worldwide monster hunting. The concept is simple enough. Across the world in each zone, various rare monsters randomly spawn throughout, granting those who kill them extra bonuses and rewards.

These encounters are not instanced -- or -- they do not take place in separate locations for each party. They are on the same world as every other player, leading to conflicts, jolly cooperation, and everything in-between.

They're also one of the most fun things I've ever played in a game.

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6:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's free weekend delayed until next week

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn just dropped its Ramuh-heavy 2.3 patch, and alongside of it, Square Enix was going to run a promotion that let people into the game for free this week. But after a few post-patch fixes, ...

Chris Carter



Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3) photo
Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3)
by Chris Carter

MMOs are constantly evolving beasts. Particularly in the subscription realm, developers are always searching for ways to keep players hooked, usually in the form of major updates -- big content patches that help ease the wait between even bigger expansions. The latest MMO to get an overhaul is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is seeing its "Defenders of Eorzea" patch this week, bringing up the current version of the game to 2.3.

Since this update is even bigger than the vast majority of $60 retail releases, I'll be looking at everything it has to offer to supplement to our already existing review of A Realm Reborn, which covered up to patch 2.2.

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10:45 AM on 07.07.2014

The Hunt feature in Final Fantasy XIV's 2.3 patch is basically Monster Hunter

One of the biggest additions to the upcoming patch 2.3 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are the Hunts. While we didn't really know much about them before, a new producer stream has shed some light on a few details, ...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Final Fantasy XIV 2.3 preliminary patch notes have been posted

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.3 is set to drop next week, and with it, comes lots of changes as well as three new dungeons, a Ramuh hard and extreme boss fight, Chocobo raising, a Parley mini-game, tons of extra sidequests...

Chris Carter



Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign photo
Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign
by Chris Carter

Square Enix has a new trailer out for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, and it's decidedly focused on legacy tunes. Billed as the "Legacy of Music Campaign," the developer is kicking off a new series that is aimed at introducing fans to how Final Fantasy got its start.

This first video shows off the first three Final Fantasy games, all of which were on the NES before IV started the fruitful SNES era. All in all, Curtain Call will feature 221 songs and 60 playable characters -- without DLC.

As for DLC, this song is confirmed, and it's all I need.

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5:15 PM on 07.01.2014

Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi announces new mobile Mistwalker RPG

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the man behind all of the good Final Fantasy games, and founder of Mistwalker, announced today that he'll debut his new game at Japan Expo in Paris. This July, Sakaguchi will also be the Guest of Honor at ...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 07.01.2014

You'll be able to learn multiple jobs at once in Final Fantasy Explorers

Jobs are a tried and true staple of the Final Fantasy series, and Square Enix has been experimenting with them for years on end. In Final Fantasy Tactics (among other games like Final Fantasy XIV), you could learn skills...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 06.27.2014

Fairy Fencer F is headed for Europe this September as well

NIS America keeps bringing the thunder, and I keep waving my wallet around like a madwoman. We knew Fairy Fencer F would be available as a digital and physical download for PlayStation 3 in North America on September 23, but ...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 06.26.2014

Hironobu Sakaguchi revealing surprise project at Japan Expo

Hironobu Sakaguchi is making an appearance at Japan Expo next Wednesday, during which he'll discuss his prolific career and a secret project he's got in the works. I'm hoping it's a Final Fantasy kind of secret, you know what...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Final Fantasy XIV will be free from July 11th through the 14th

MMO subscribers often come and go, no matter how much they love the game. Whether it's real life responsibilities or a momentary retirement until new content comes out, there's a lot of reasons people may unsubscribe. With Fi...

Chris Carter

8:30 AM on 06.25.2014

Square Enix details info for Final Fantasy XIV 2014 Fan Fest

Square Enix is holding a special fan festival this year for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn subscribers called The Final Fantasy Festival. This year the event is being held in the US in Vegas on October 17th through th...

Chris Carter



Watch Ramuh wreck shop in this Final Fantasy XIV story trailer photo
Watch Ramuh wreck shop in this Final Fantasy XIV story trailer
by Chris Carter

MMO patches can often be bigger than full retail games. One of the reasons a subscription based game charges a fee is to pay for the maintenance -- the other is to pay for all the research and development that goes into new content.

In the case of Final Fantasy XIV, it's getting quite a bit of it in patch 2.3 -- a Ramuh boss fight (hard and extreme), three new dungeons, a new sidestory questline, a second portion of the raid Crystal Tower, a new 72-person PVP mode, monster hunts that take place on the world map, personal housing (in the form of a room for now) and a lot more.

Although it's a bit unconventional, expect a full review of patch 2.3 after release, and check out the trailer for a sneak peak above.

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8:00 AM on 06.23.2014

Final Fantasy Explorers has been trademarked overseas

News for Final Fantasy Explorers has been exploding over the past few weeks, ever since its debut during the week of E3 by way of Jump Magazine. According to Nintendo Everything the game has been trademarked by Square En...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 06.19.2014

Check out these additional Final Fantasy Explorers factoids and screenshots

If you're a rabid Final Fantasy fan such as myself, you're probably eagerly scouring the web for any additional details you can find about the upcoming projects, namely Final Fantasy Explorers. Square Enix released a bushel o...

Brittany Vincent

11:30 AM on 06.17.2014

Get a closer look at Final Fantasy XIV's 72-person PVP

In case you haven't heard, Final Fantasy XIV is getting the Rogue class and the Ninja job in patch 2.4 later this year, but before that, we're getting Frontlines in 2.3 -- a 72-person PVP zone. Thanks to the Lodestone we now ...

Chris Carter