Spellcasting or Stabbing Long-time readers will know that I’ve historically been a big fan of spellcasters. Whether it’s throwing fireballs or arcane missiles, I’m a sucker for standing back and hitting those big DPS numbers. More recently, though, I’ve shifted away. Being stuck to a spot when casting felt painful, and there was a trend by designers to go heavy on the glass fragility while leaving out the fun damage cannon. Self-healing melee and pet classes started to win me over, alongside more dynamic combat. … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIV: The Latecomer Review
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Winner Will See Their Armour Set Created by the Dev Team LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2018) – FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online players the world over are being offered the opportunity to see their armor designs implemented in-game with the latest Gear Design Contest. Focusing on melee and ranged physical DPS gear designs, the competition is underway now, and fans have until May 21, 2018 to submit their designs for the chance to see them created by the dev team and added within the realm of Eorzea®. Tank Edition Winner (July 2016): あおいん (Aoin) … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIV New Gear Design Contest Press Release
In general, both dungeons and trials follow the more streamlined Heavensward design philosophy, reducing trash and keeping with three bosses per dungeon. There are no genuinely new or surprising mechanics: ultimately every boss fight boils down to a combination of avoidable AoE attacks, stacking to share damage, tank busters, and add management. By now, players entering Stormblood dungeons should be familiar with these dungeon tricks. Perhaps that, combined with a streamlined skill set for all classes, is why encounters have become increasingly complex, stacking more of these mechanics into a single boss fight. Victory comes not to the strongest, but the smartest and the fleetest of foot. Or at least, the ones who pay attention. These encounters are different enough that no boss feels like a clone of some distant boss, except for perhaps one boss encounter that tests your ability to remember encounters from all the previous primal fights. And as for Shinryu – well, let’s … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Launch Review
We’ve all been there when Final Fantasy XIV, or 1.o was shut down. Did it deserve the brutal criticism as a rushed, unpolished game that was doomed from the very start? Absolutely. The key lessons learned from that mess was used in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and how times have changed. FFXIV AAR is a success and comeback story that will be talked about for a long time to come, and the testament to that is the newer content and expansions.Therefore, if you’ve been thinking of checking out the modern iteration of FFXIV, here’s why it’s never too late to jump in. … [Read more...] about Should You Play Final Fantasy XIV In 2019?
Square Enix Listens To Their Players When it comes to MMO developers, we judge them on a multitude of factors, especially how they react to player feedback. Square Enix does indeed care, albeit they take their time implementing improvements to the game. The benefit of jumping into Final Fantasy XIV four years after release is that you’re getting the best of the changes now. One of the major complaints of the base game is that PvP requirement. The new Stormblood expansion now makes it faster to get into PvP, beginning at level 30. This is a significant change that allows the PvP enthusiasts to experience it sooner and the scaling is great too. … [Read more...] about FFXIV Shadowbringers Is Coming: 4 Things We Love About Final Fantasy XIV 2019