We've started playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PS4 here at Short Pause, and we want to tell you, our fair reader, all about it! Every copy of A Realm Reborn comes with a free 30-day trial of the subscription based MMO, and we intend to put ours to good use. Over the next 30 days, we'll chronicle our exploits in the land of Eorzea in explicit detail, regularly updating you of our progress and where we stand, before eventually delivering a verdict as to whether it's worth it to start paying for this game via a monthly subscription and continuing to play. Today, it's time to render our verdict!
When Ben, Brent, and I began our trial subscriptions to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we weren't sure what to expect. None of us had ever subscribed to a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game before, but we decided to give this one a shot. We said that we would play the game, document our experiences, and let our readers know if it was worth paying to continue playing beyond the 30-day trial period. Now that our 30-day trials have expired, is it “Game Over” for us at Short Pause, or shall we continue playing this MMORPG? Well, we’ve already made our decisions, but there are two things you need to consider before making yours.
Is it fun?
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will give you a lot of enjoyment for a long time. If you like to beat up bad guys, this game is for you; there are plenty of enemies around every corner just waiting to test your strength. If Player vs Player suits you more, take a look at the folks in the Wolves' Den. Do you fancy yourself an explorer? Not only is the world of Eorzea vast and awaiting discovery, but there are quests to find distant items, and treasure hunts as well. You can hunt for animals, go fishing, buy a house, decorate it, have some pets, garden, bake a pie, and hang out with some really cool people. But these are just a few of the things you can do in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
I enjoy playing the game so much that it uses all of my willpower to turn it off — either that or my body forces me to. Hunger, thirst, and a full bladder are only strong enough to make me pause the game for a hot second, but sleep deprivation usually makes me rest for a few hours. (One time, Ben fell asleep in the middle of a game the three of us were playing.) That's how fun it is.
What I like most about the game is the struggle for self-improvement. My character can become stronger, faster, richer, more skilled, and learn a slew of abilities, if I put forth the effort. Those achievements are what drive me to continue playing — always for just a few more minutes. It's a rewarding feeling to make it big in the world, even if it's a Final Fantasy world.
And Is It Worth It?
Considering how much enjoyment I get from playing A Realm Reborn, I think the subscription is well worth the price; It's in the ballpark of $15/month. I pay $20/month for a gym membership, and use it way less! (New Year's resolution be damned.) So, I recommend that you give it a shot too, but don't just take my word for it. Of the 2 million subscribers of A Realm Reborn, I know at least two others who have some good things to say about it.
Should you subscribe
to this game?
Oh Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, how you’ve changed me! Up until this past month, I could never get into anything Final Fantasy. Everything from the cheesy fantasy setting to the annoying crybaby characters; I just couldn’t find anything positive to build a connection with. Thankfully, A Realm Reborn captured everything I find appealing about cooperative online gameplay and blended it perfectly with a very fun combat system. I’ve enjoyed the MMO so much, that I recently went out and picked up the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the PlayStation Vita in an effort to give a non-MMO Final Fantasy game another try.
The sheer amount of activities to take part in while playing A Realm Reborn is overwhelming, but in a good way, as you’ll never be without anything to do in Eorzea. If you’re not working on your Disciple of War character's combat ability, you could easily spend six hours – like I did with my Blacksmith – crafting items for your Disciple of Hands character. The XP system is implemented into every class in such a way that you’re rewarded handsomely for do just about anything related to your class.
During my trial period, I played an extraordinary amount of A Realm Reborn. I actually set up my subscription about a week before my trial ended. My main character – the mesmerizing Kandy Kane – is a level 25 marauder, while my subclasses are in their mid-teens; and even then, I know I haven’t scratched the surface of what this game truly has to offer. With everything that was packed in at launch, and extra content being added regularly going forward, there is just way more content here than there is in any other multiplayer experience out there. I know I will be playing this game quite a bit, so I wholeheartedly recommend subbing to this game.
Should you subscribe
to this game?
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an easy recommendation for the PlayStation 4. Brimming with a ridiculous amount of content, I’ve played the game for hours on end and I still don’t feel like I’ve “begun” the game in earnest. Sure, I’ve hunted monsters, vanquished pirates, and set out on my quest to be the next great adventurer of fabled Limsa Lominsa, but it pales in comparison to the scope, grandeur, and unforgettable journey that await dedicated and focused explorers over the course of their stay in the land of Eorzea. And yes, game and life distractions notwithstanding, I’ve still yet to get that airship pass I’ve been coveting since the beginning of this feature. The Ammazon keeps telling me, “Hang in there man! You’ll have it soon! Then we can get into all kinds of stuff!” I remain the rabbit to the airship pass’ carrot, dangling precariously at the end of the proverbial stick.
Eorzea is immense, and I have to believe that 95% of the gamers out there would have trouble getting even remotely close to seeing all that this fantasy world has to offer. All but the most ardent and hardened of veteran MMO players will run out of things to do in A Realm Reborn. Personally, I’ve only been in and around my home turf of Limsa Lominsa, and I’ve never been wanting for things to do. In fact, I can see the exclamation points hovering over the heads of the NPCs in Summerford Farms in my mind, housing my next set of quests and challenges. This immensity is one of the primary reasons that a monthly subscription can be justified for this game.
I like the way Square Enix has provided an element of choice when it comes to the aforementioned subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. Players have the option of paying monthly, quarterly, or every six months. The longer you choose to subscribe, the more you save. The game is $14.99 a month for the standard subscription, allowing you to create 8 characters per server (should you choose), up to a maximum of 40 characters overall. A quarterly subscription sees that price drop to $13.99/month, while the six month plan represents the biggest savings at a rate of $12.99/month. A fourth option – dubbed the “Entry” plan – allows prospective gamers the opportunity to lock in their sub at the discounted $12.99 rate, provided they sacrifice their max character per server count. This option only allows one character per server, up to a maximum of 8 characters, which is a mere 20% of the potential character slots available to fans in the Standard pricing tier. This is actually the option that I chose to go with. I like the price (obviously), and when I play these kinds of games, I become attached to my character, so the option to create a new character and start fresh is something that is typically not appealing to me.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a console MMO done right. The interface is intuitive, and the developers have done a fantastic job translating a game seemingly tailor made for a PC into the console space. There is a wealth of content, and as with any persistent MMO, the game continues to grow and evolve, adding new quests, monsters, and the like with each passing update. At $12.99/month for the basic subscription, you have access to an almost endless amount of content for less than the price of a digital download. Looking at it from that perspective, it’s hard not to go ahead and sign up for the long haul. I know I’m looking forward to my continuing adventures as Arcanist Donner Kohl, and I can’t wait to see what the future in Eorzea holds for me!
Should you subscribe
to this game?
With 3 out of 3 "Yes" votes, Short Pause unanimously recommends...
You should subscribe
to this game!
Find us in Eorzea as The Ammazon (Taz), Kandy Kane (Brent), and Donner Kohl (Ben) on the Marlboro server! We'd love to see you on there! In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you think of A Realm Reborn!
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