We are coming to the end of this series of posts, and, as is typical, some of the best has been saved for last.
The story behind the sexy beast that is Final Fantasy 14 is an incredible one. After the success of FF11 I’m sure Square Enix was ready to tap into the MMO market one more and reap that sweet, sweet lucre, but the bitter taste of FF13 was bad for a lot of people. FF14 needed to be a hit for SE to recover, but that didn’t seem to be in the cards.
Final Fantasy 14 was a game people wanted to love, but couldn’t. There were too many issues with gameplay, with balance and with the system for it to be an enjoyable experience.
Set in the world of Hydaelyn, in the realm of Eorzea, players could create a character from one of several races (mostly recurring from FF11, but with different names), then assign them a job class based on their equipped weapon. From there they could join parties with other players and tackle dungeons, quests and Guildleves, special tasks that would garner experience and treasure.
Square Enix says they went wrong by trying to make a game that “just wasn’t FF 11”, instead of trying to make a new experience, and it showed. The players rejected it. Rather than abandon the game altogether, Square Enix did one of the things they know how to do best:
They destroyed the world.
The preceding video may be kind of lengthy, but it shows the dedication SE had to making this game work, and is a prime example of why I will always be a fan of the Final Fantasy series. The developers integrated and end of the world scenario into the game! Players got to witness the moon, Dalamund, be summoned from the heavens by a cult, only to have the great dragon Bahamut break free from its core and rain destruction down on the realm!
All was not lost, however, as the legend says that the four warriors of light were able to help protect the people and, after much time, Eorzea has been reborn. This lends to the games new title – Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn!
This game is a Final Fantasy fanatics dream come true. Everything that was lacking in the old version (1.0) of the game has been redone and made into an incredible system! The story itself is worthy of the FF moniker, and the amount of throwbacks and references to older games in the series cannot be missed, and each one is a welcome surprise! The games mechanics are much more than point and click, many of them require thought and deep interaction with your party members.
Though its not a great quality you can certainly watch my slightly epic battle against the fiend Ifrit:
Everything about this game is very, very good. The visuals are astounding, right down to the scales on armor, the reflections off of water and the soft shadows of the forest trees. The music is incredible and cannot be described, it must be heard! Just listen to the songs that accompany these video clips!
Because this is a currently running game I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that if you are looking for an MMO to get into or even if you are veteran who wants something different, try Final Fantasy 14! Look me up! Takhisis Darkhart on Lamia server!
PS: For those of you who have never played an MMORPG and are wondering why I play a female character remember this: You plan MMO’s from a ‘behind the character’ view. Personally I would rather spend several hours looking at a shapely behind (or worse, a Roegadyn. Or even more worse, a Lalafell….).
Coming up – the much awaited conclusion. What lies in the future for the Final Fantasy series?