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Final Fantasy XIV – Intro

Howdy gamers!  Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) has a pretty interesting development story.  When it was first launched back in 2010 the game received widely poor reviews.  However instead of giving up on the game and moving onto the next project, Square Enux went back to the drawing board to essentially recreate the game.  Then in 2013 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released, essentially version 2.0 of the game, and was much more well received.  Since then 3 major expansion packs have been released; Heavensward, Stormblood and in 2019 Shadow Bringers.

FFXIV is an MMORPG set in the fictional world of Hydaelyn with 3 large continents, and is set in the Eorzea region.  Like other online role playing games, players gain experience points (EXP) form in game actions and level their character up, and enhance their characters statistics.  The main sources for EXP are quest, dungeons, Full Active Time Events (FATE) or killing monsters as you journey around the world.  FATE is a new game mechanic and lets a large number of players engage in the saem quest even if they are not in the same party or group.  Once your character reaches maximum level most players then focus on getting better gear.  While most of the game content is PvE there are a few modes that are PvP.

In The Wolves Den, a four-player team is created and challenges another.  Frontlines is a much larger battle scale with 24 players versus 24 and there are multiple rule sets that can be chosen.  Lastly, there is a battle arena mode when players control waves of minions and use a mech to take out the enemy objectives.  

One cool thing about FFXIV is the way the character class system works.  The player controls their class with the weapon and equipment choices, so it can be changed on the fly.  Each class is part of a Discipline that gives access to powerful items and skills.  There is also a in game economy that is mostly player controlled.

If you like MMORPGs then you probably already knew about FFXIV, but if not what are you waiting for?  Start questing on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3 & 4, or Xbox One right now!

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