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Final Fantasy XIV Online, like its predecessor Final Fantasy XI, is a MMORPG. Upon subscribing, a player can create a custom character (chosen between the five races - each having two different clans - available in the game: Hyur (Midland and Highland), Miqo'te (Seeker of the Sun and Keeper of the Moon), Lalafell (Plainsfolk and Dunefolk), Elezen (Wildwood and Duskwight) and Roegadyn (Sea Wolf and Hellsguard) to explore the world of Eorzea, starting in one on the three City States: Limsa Lomina, Gridania and Ul'dah.

The class of the character can be changed at any time by switching the equipped weapons or tools. They are sorted into four disciplines: Disciples of War (Gladiator, Marauder, Pugilist, Archer and Lancer), Disciples of Magic (Thaumaturge and Conjurer), Disciples of the Land (Fisher, Miner and Botanist) and Disciples of the Hand (Carpenter, Blacksmith, Armorer, Goldsmith, Tanner, Weaver, Alchemist and Culinarian). The Disciples of War and Magic's skills are battle oriented, while Disciples of the Land use theirs to gather Materials on the field, which are used by the Disciples of the Hand for crafting various objects.

The battles are skill based: the player chooses the skill to use, which then needs to charge up, do its effect, then recharge to be available again. In party play, the skills can be coordinated following tactics called Battle Regimen. Defeating enemies yields experience points and skill points. Experience points will have the physical level of the character increase, and the skill points increase the character's current class rank. Enemy toughness can easily be assessed by the color of their aura, displayed next to their names (blue being the easiest and red the toughest). Unlike FFXI, playing in a party (of up to six members) affects the enemy's difficulty, and the aura color will be displayed accordingly.

The main way of getting by in Eorzea is to use Guildleves, which allow to participate in Levequests. They are tasks given to the character to complete (sometimes under a time-limit) to gain more experience, skill points, money and various awards. Once acquired, Guildleves can be used at Aetheryte Crystals or sometimes by talking to a specific NPC. If the Levequest consists of eliminating specific targets, these targets can only be seen by the members participating in the quest. Upon completion, an aetherial node appears and can be used to instantly teleport back to the Aetheryte Crystal.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Project Rapture" -- Working title
  • "Final Fantasy 14" -- Common title
  • "FFXIV" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Oct 17, 2010 76 out of 100 76
3D Juegos Nov 12, 2010 6.7 out of 10 67
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 2010 57 out of 100 57 / Nov 26, 2010 52 out of 100 52
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer Oct 28, 2010 4.5 out of 10 45
GamingEvolution Oct 11, 2010 4.4 out of 10 44
GameTrailers Oct 08, 2010 4.2 out of 10 42
NZGamer Nov 09, 2010 4 out of 10 40
GameSpot Oct 06, 2010 4 out of 10 40
Game Revolution Oct 12, 2010 D 25


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The game had a rich history of announced platforms. A timeline:
  • April 2006: Original announcement for Windows and PlayStation 3.
  • February 2007: Xbox 360 version announced, PlayStation 3 version pushed back as possible platform.
  • August 2010: Xbox 360 version cancelled (according to Square Enix because Xbox Live does not allow cross platform servers), PlayStation 3 version announced for 2011.
  • September 2010: Windows version released. Because of the negative reception, the PlayStation 3 version is put on hold until the Windows version is fixed.
  • October 29, 2012: Beta testing for the expanded relaunch Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, announced for Windows and PlayStation 3, begins.
  • November 11, 2012: The Windows version is shut down.


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    • 2010 - Worst Game Everyone Played (Editors' Choice)

Fred VT (25910) added Final Fantasy XIV Online (Windows) on Oct 02, 2010