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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn  



Reviewed: 9/10: Superb
( ps4 version reviewed )





9:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Celebrate Halloween in Final Fantasy XIV with 'All Saints' Wake'

Do you like witch hats? Well you're in luck if you play Final Fantasy XIV, as the "All Saints' Wake" event is starting today. From October 20 to November 3, you can start up a short questline to earn some extra costume items....

Chris Carter




2:11 PM on 10.18.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's new 'Heavensward' expansion looks really badass

Live at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest event in Las Vegas, Square Enix revealed the newest expansion for the game, titled Heavensward. It's due out in spring 2015, and a number of details have been given as to what to ex...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Shiva does her thing in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's 'Dreams of Ice' update

Square Enix is gearing up for the release of Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.4, titled "Dreams of Ice." As expected it will feature Shiva as the new badass Primal encounter, with the new storyline leading up to her rise. Th...

Chris Carter




9:30 AM on 10.14.2014

Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy XIV Game of the Year edition

On November 14th, Square Enix will release a "Game of the Year" edition for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It comes with a lot of physical goodies, including a printed book and five art cards. On the digital side it ...

Chris Carter




10:00 AM on 09.22.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's new TGS trailer features Shiva

Later this year (hopefully in October), Final Fantasy XIV is getting a new major update. As patch 2.4, it's called "Dreams of Ice," and will feature Shiva as the core focus. Additional content includes three new dungeon...

Chris Carter




10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.38 brings personal housing, new Relic quest extension

Patch 2.4 for Final Fantasy XIV, which is set to bring the Ninja job and a ton of other content is still a tad off, but in the meantime patch 2.38 has dropped. Inside you'll find a number of quality of life updates, as w...

Chris Carter




10:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off Dragon Quest crossover event

Square Enix has started the Dragon Quest X crossover event in Final Fantasy XIV, bringing over Golem enemies into the world of Eorzea. You can start the quest over in Ul'dah, which leads to a series of FATE battles for a...

Chris Carter




2:15 PM on 09.05.2014

CONFIRMED: Shiva will snap her fingers for Diamond Dust in FFXIV

Rejoice, Final Fantasy fans. Some time ago we got confirmation that Shiva would be coming to Final Fantasy XIV in the form of boss fight, but one lingering question remained -- will she snap her fingers for her Diamond D...

Chris Carter




7:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Lightning Returns to Final Fantasy XIV

Lightning is back again in Final Fantasy XIV, allowing you to participate in a number of quests with her, as well as earn a ton of weapons and armor from XIII. Male characters will get Snow's armor for completing the quest, a...

Chris Carter




3:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Final Fantasy XIV celebrates its anniversary with 'The Rising' event

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a year old as of yesterday, and to celebrate, a new event is happening in the town of Limsa Lominsa. Fans will be able to complete a small questline (about 10 minutes) to unlock the "Huzza...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is having another free period this month

In addition to its 14-day free trial campaign, Final Fantasy XIV is hosting a one-year anniversary login period. From August 22 at 11:00 GMT to September 1 11:00 GMT, players who have previously purchased the game and do...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.35 allows you to change your Chocobo's color, adds more content

Patch 2.35 has hit Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and in addition to adding some new content and questlines, it also tweaks a few things. Some of the major changes include the addition of Ixali beast tribe quests, al...

Chris Carter




6:00 PM on 08.08.2014

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn's anniversary site opens, events detailed

Square Enix will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's launch starting this month. Although the game technically launched on August 27, it'll be celebrating all throughout August and Septem...

Chris Carter




8:30 PM on 07.31.2014

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off the 'Recruit a Friend' campaign

In addition to offering a 14-day free trial for Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix has launched a new campaign aimed at bringing in newcomers. The concept is simple -- you log into Mog Station, recruit a friend (link accounts, es...

Chris Carter




2:45 PM on 07.31.2014

Final Fantas-free: 14 day Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn trial

Square Enix is offering 14 days of free Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PC. As someone who doesn't like MMOs, but likes Final Fantasy, I might just try it out. Fourteen may be the perfect number of days for me to get my fill. Or maybe I'll find myself a convert and end up a paying customer, as Square Enix likely hopes. 

Steven Hansen




4:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3)

The last time we left off in our assessment of Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.3, I had experienced most of the tertiary level content, ready to face off against the big boss Ramuh himself in his true form, alongside of playing m...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's free weekend rescheduled for July 18th through the 21st

Square Enix has shifted the free weekend for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn around a bit. Instead of taking place last week right after patch 2.3, the free period is going to start on July 18th, and run through July 2...

Chris Carter




9:30 PM on 07.11.2014

A grand social experiment: Final Fantasy XIV's monster hunts

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, variou...

Chris Carter




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




4:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.3)

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...

Chris Carter




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




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




7:30 AM on 06.24.2014

Watch Ramuh wreck shop in this Final Fantasy XIV story trailer

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 ...

Chris Carter




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




1:10 PM on 06.12.2014

FFXIV stream details personal housing, Chocobo colors, and new raid content

Final Fantasy XIV producer Yoshi-P is sharing some more info today live from E3, by way of his producer liveletter series. New Chocobo colors are confirmed, though they are purely cosmetic -- Chocobo raising will come mu...

Chris Carter




10:30 AM on 06.12.2014

Final Fantasy XIV could come to the Xbox One, if Microsoft cooperates

Tell me if you haven't heard this before -- a developer wants to bring a highly successful multiplayer game to an Xbox platform, but Microsoft refuses to budge on some requirement, usually Xbox Live Gold. That's what's been h...

Chris Carter




4:19 PM on 06.10.2014

Same-sex marriage confirmed for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix does what Ninten-don't. Today during the special E3 Final Fantasy XIV producer livestream, director Yoshi-P took some fan questions, and cleared up some things about player housing, new classes, new boss figh...

Chris Carter




3:48 PM on 06.10.2014

FFXIV producer talks about Shiva, the next iconic summon to invade the game

In the newest FFXIV trailer, Square Enix teased Shiva -- a new Primal boss fight that will be hitting the game. At today's E3 livestream, producer Yoshi-P noted that Ramuh, Ifrit and Shiva are the most popular Final Fant...

Chris Carter




3:35 PM on 06.10.2014

Square Enix reveals Rogue and Ninja classes for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Today during Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn livestream, director Yoshi-P revealed a new class and a new job -- the Rogue and the Ninja respectively. The rumor was that new classes would be coming out in...

Chris Carter




3:04 PM on 06.10.2014

Square Enix drops a new FFXIV Primal trailer, showcases Ramuh and Leviathan

[Update: watch the FFXIV E3 livestream below!] In anticipation of its new 2.3 patch that will arrive with the Primal Ramuh, Square Enix has dropped a new Primal-centric trailer that updates us on what's going on in Fina...

Chris Carter




2:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.28 brings lots of great changes

I play a lot of MMOs, and not all of them are as updated as often as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Traditionally, major patches (2.1, 2.2, and the upcoming 2.3) deliver the stuff everyone wants, like more dungeons, raids...

Chris Carter




1:00 PM on 06.04.2014

Final Fantasy XIV set to get patch 2.28 tomorrow

Square Enix has been really great about keeping Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn updated and relevant, and before the massive 2.3 content patch rolls out we'll get a smaller patch in the form of 2.28. What does it do, you as...

Chris Carter




11:00 AM on 05.26.2014

Arcade Arms recreates Final Fantasy XIV's Gae Bolg lance

Arcade Arms is at it again, forging real life versions of digital weaponry. This week they tackled the Gae Bolg, the Relic Weapon of choice for Dragoons in the MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Check out the video for s...

Chris Carter




8:45 AM on 05.24.2014

Producer's stream details upcoming changes to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

A producer livestream hit the net this morning, and the team over at Square Enix has detailed a ton of new changes to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Some of these changes are coming in patch 2.28 (pushed back to the first...

Chris Carter




5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn made me a fan of MMOs

I'm generally not that big of a fan of MMOs. I've checked out a good portion of what the genre has to offer, but for many reasons none of the games that I spent some time with could ever keep my interest longer than the beta ...

Brett Zeidler




1:30 PM on 05.13.2014

Final Fantasy XIV director to answer fan questions on patch 2.23

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still operating on its major update schedule before a full expansion drops, and the most anticipated update currently is patch 2.3. It's expected to bring about new dungeons (Hullbreaker I...

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 05.02.2014

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

At this point, we've talked about the early-game mechanics of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and the trip to level 50. Now it's time to really put out a final verdict based on everything patch 2.2 has to offer, up to and ...

Chris Carter




10:45 AM on 04.28.2014

Square Enix announces global Fan Festivals for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix has announced global inagural Fan Festivals for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for later this year. The North American one will take place this fall in Las Vegas, and similar events for London and Tokyo are als...

Dale North




9:00 AM on 04.24.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn patch 2.25 drops

Square Enix has dropped patch 2.25 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn today, and it mostly consists of minor things. Firstly, the strength of the echo buff has been raised to 15% for the Binding Coil of Bahamut, which...

Chris Carter




4:30 PM on 04.18.2014

Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

Last year close to its launch, we reviewed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- so what's with the retread, you ask? Well, that was before we implemented our Reviews in Progress program, which was designed to cover games...

Chris Carter




12:45 PM on 04.16.2014

Over two million registered for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix announced that the total number of registered accounts for MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has now climbed over the two million mark. The game is now available for play on the PC and PS3, and as of this week...

Dale North




10:15 AM on 04.14.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is now out on PS4

I'm mostly here for the launch trailer for the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, sharing it because I think it's pretty great. I love the action and the music. But I'm also here to share my excitement for thi...

Dale North




11:01 PM on 04.11.2014

Vita remote play for Final Fantasy XIV is viable for leveling

While I've already spoken about the general quality of the PS4 port for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I really got a chance to dig into the remote play feature for the first time today and get some extensive testing in. ...

Chris Carter




1:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Starting today, you can transfer your FFXIV license from the PS3 to PS4

Today is the day that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 hits Early Access for some folks out there, which also means that you can transfer over your existing PS3 license to upgrade at no additional cost. To be clear,...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4

The time has finally come for the last phase of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation 4 beta, which will carry over all of its data into the final release -- a release that's set in stone for next week (April...

Chris Carter




9:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Final Fantasy XIV producer defends subscription models

The free-to-play model has taken the game industry by storm, and with the ability to rack up easy money by charging consumers for "premium" content, it's easy to assume this route is a no-brainer for companies that create MMO...

Brittany Vincent




8:42 AM on 03.22.2014

See what Final Fantasy XIV would look like as a Super Nintendo game

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues to be an improvement upon the original release just about every month, as the content updates and support keep on coming. Now you can enjoy a rather interesting video from Square E...

Chris Carter




11:30 AM on 02.20.2014

Final Fantasy XIV producer to speak at GDC 2014

The 2014 Game Developers Conference is coming next month, and we're already hearing of some pretty good panels that we'd like to attend. One on my list is the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn panel, called "Behind the Realm ...

Dale North








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