Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

A romp through Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

1:30 PM on 06.11.2013 // Dale North
  @DaleNorth

First hands-on with the upcoming MMO

I've been dying to get my hands on A Realm Reborn. But, being an MMO, you need other people to really get a feel for the gameplay. It wasn't much, but we've finally had our first hands-on for E3.

I was joined by several other members of the games media in a short romp through the world of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We jumped into pre-rolled mid-level characters (about level 35 or so) to try our hand at some of the game's new FATE battles. These Full Active Time Events have Square Enix jumping on the bandwagon with other recent MMO titles, giving players randomly generated public events that they can group together to tackle.

For example, a herd of Cactuar could invade a town, requiring all players to band together to fight them back. How great does that sound?

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PS4)
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release: August 27, 2013

Our FATE battles were a bit less prickly. I chose to play as a conjurer, playing a healing/support role for a lancer, a gladiator, and and a couple of air-headed archers. We first teamed up to mow down some giant tortoises with ease for practice, but soon found ourselves in our first FATE event, where we stood on a shore, fending back waves of Marlboro (remember these bastards?) and other poison-happy creatures.

Wave after wave of these bastards kept us on our toes; I kept busy on the status front, throwing out an Aero or Stone spell when the opportunity arose to help keep them down.

After finally fending off the last of them, we headed out into swamps toward another FATE event that had us going up against a huge rock golem. This creature had mountains of hit points, so it took us quite awhile to wear him down. I piled on the protect and healing spells while trying to watch my back from the wandering giant tortoises wandering around the area. 

This battle gave us a chance to try out one of A Realm Reborn's new features, the Limit Break. Final Fantasy fans will remember this ability from Final Fantasy 7; just like in the classic RPG, Limit Breaks can be used after a meter is filled. The MMO version has the entire party sharing a meter, which becomes filled as you explore and fight. There are three levels to the Limit Breaks, with the greatest attacks being rewarded to parties that stick it out until level 3 is maxed out.

The actual Limit Break move is dependent on party composition as well as the party member that initiates it. For example, a Dragoon brings an Omnislash attack, while a Black Mage could summon Meteor. Our lancer made a huge dent in the rock golem's HP bar with its level 3 Limit Break, but it still took us awhile to wear him down. While it was only a short taste, these FATE events were pretty fun to play through. 

A Realm Reborn looked fantastic on what I am guessing were some pretty high end PCs; these things were spitting out some serious heat. But that's not to say that it won't look great on the PS3 -- here's hoping. While we didn't have a chance to check out the PS3 version for this test, Square Enix says that they're pushing the system to its limits with visual effects and total number of onscreen characters. Expect full dynamic lighting and particle effects as well. 

And while we didn't get to try it out, we did see a bit more of how the PS3 version will be controlled. Square Enix worked to make sure that A Realm Reborn felt similar to other console Final Fantasy games. The left analog stick controls movement while the right controls camera, as you'd expect. The UI across the bottom of the screen shows two groups of controls, with their placement corresponding to the d-pad directional buttons and face buttons. By using the L2/R2 buttons, players can swap through these groups, much like you would with hot bars. Square Enix says that this control scheme will also be available in the PC version for those that don't feel like using a keyboard and mouse. 

A Realm Reborn looks to be exactly what Final Fantasy fans would want from a franchise MMO. We've had just a small taste, but with Square Enix digging around in their past to bring back things like Limit Breaks, it feels like they're on the right track. Expect to do battle with classic summons like Odin, Levithan, and Bahamut, and then earn the ability to use them as your own. Even things like Magitek armor and Chocobo AI pet companions will make an appearance. 

We're definitely looking forward to seeing more.

Photo Gallery: (15 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn


  Dec 02

Play Final Fantasy XIV for free for four days

96 wonderful hours of big burly pirates


  Apr 27

Check out the new Final Fantasy XIV Direct X 11 benchmark here

Some in-game footage and Au Ra character creation


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Roses are black, PS4 lights are blue; This is a game, and it has valkyries too?

Cblogs of 02/10/16 and WONDER-isms

Modern face of survival horror

Discussion Discussion on Games

PStoid Episode 38: Doomed from the Box Art

Cblogs of 2/9/16 - Only Slightly Late Edition

Narrative Mistakes: Mass Effect's Reapers As Primary Villains

Journey to Become a Jedi Knight - Jedi Outcast

Waifu Wars - The End

Hindsight Part II: Unreleased Games of the Past

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Occams avatarOccams
Naruto 4 installs on my PS4 and it updates. Game says it can't run story mode during installation. Nothing's installing though. Restarted PS4. Reinstalled. Nothing. Fucking dumb.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
This plays in my head every time I tell myself to stay determined.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Tonight, I learned what Flanx and MrNovember sound like in discord, listened to the best idea for a movie ever, and learned a little more about the depths of human depravity. A night well spent. Fuck us all.
Ckarasu avatarCkarasu
So, the artist that they used for Street Fighter 5's story mode(the arcade one) is kinda...not good. Go look up Laura's CGs. Colors are pale, and proportions sometimes end up kinda bonkers. Like, "extreme hourglass figure" level of bonkers.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
Justin Timberlake blasts Kuma in the ass and dies.
ooktar avatarooktar
I'm loving these fighting game elitists trying to give me shit because I criticized Street Fighters Fight Money business model.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Thanks to Dtoid I now have this gif in my life, and I can't stop laughing. I seriously can't get over it.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Finished SOMA today , was able to do a second run without enemies with the "Wuss" mod, found it actually more frightening has you get more time to think about what is really going instead of doing hide-and-seek with the AI (Alien Isolation I miss you)
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
I stayed up late last Saturday writing a Dead Space 4 proposal outline. Solved every plot hole, had plenty of badass moments. This is the state I live in, people.
Torchman avatarTorchman
WHY DO THEY GET SOUNDS BUT PIKACHU AND CHARIZARD CAN'T. WTF
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Finished my Storge set and 4/5ths of that was on the clock today o_O I also got a dragonlord eyepatch, which is totally practical covering the right eye when Cyndel's hair covers up the left eye.
Lawman avatarLawman
So Zack Furniss told me I should play Dying Light on Hard. Guess who's never listening to Zack Furniss again? :-/
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Deadpool spoilers: He gets cancer.
beargreasey avatarbeargreasey
So Kanye just announced his new game, Only Once. It looks beautiful and personal. It's just a shame that I still have no idea what it is.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I dunno why people are getting so huffy about Windows Store / XbOne Quantum Break crossbuy. It means double the gamerscore for me, and AW and AW:AN are rereleasing on the One so I'll have owned them 3 times over. Great games.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
I once considered pitching an idea for a Dtoid Australia podcast, but then I realised it'd probably just be Zyk and I getting drunk on Foster's and complaining about Atlus for half an hour each week while incessantly calling each other cunts.
Parismio avatarParismio
New Splatfest is Pokemon Red vs Pokemon Blue. Im Blue Team bitches!
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Been sick but these pills are fixing me right up. [img]http://www.azquotes.com/picture-quotes/quote-don-t-call-it-a-comeback-i-ve-been-here-for-years-ll-cool-j-63-60-01.jpg[/img]
KingSigy avatarKingSigy
Why is it impossible to find a raid group in Destiny? Am I just cursed or something? All I want is to get a clan and do a raid.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I don't even care how the rest of this day is.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -