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TSA’s Top 100 of 2011 – #89 Final Fantasy XIV

Finally.

Square Enix’s second foray into the land of Final Fantasy MMOing is available right now on the PC. By all accounts, however, the fact PS3 owners have to wait until at least March of next year to visit Eorzea might be interpreted as a god-send. At least by then some of the well-documented issues afflicting the PC version may be resolved.

Reviews have been less than glowing (to be blunt, they’ve been mostly bad), with numerous gripes surfacing. Noted issues range from a cumbersome interface, a broken job system, baffling quest restrictions to, and most damning, the fact that it’s just not fun to play.

The PS3 version itself has been the subject of many column inches, its lateness compared to its PC counterpart attributed to challenges with the console’s limited memory allocation. Based on the almost universal negative reception received so far, in terms of the much mooted 360 version, don’t be surprised if Microsoft simply push away from the negotiation table and say: “Thanks, but do you know what? We’re good.”

We’re still mildly intrigued about the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV, if anything to see how a big, financially well-backed MMO actually performs on the console. But the prospect of paying monthly subs, with the bad reaction the game has already received niggling at the back of our minds, looks increasingly unlikely if we’re being entirely honest. That said, we’re still wondering how all this pans out in the end. We’ll find out next year.

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21 Comments
  1. mcduff1979
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    i cant wait for this game i think its going to be alot of fun but have silly hard trophies

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:05.
    • Charmed_Fanatic
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      very silly hard trophies!

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:17.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Bronze: “Run for fifty hours.”

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:21.
      • yogdog
        Member
        Since: Feb 2010

        Gold: Find the mythical ‘man furismo jive’ game

        Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:31.
      • muse88_James
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        @ Kovacs

        “Run for fifty hours” which is translated as push up for 30 hours and occasionallyy pressing X.

        Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 22:11.
  2. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    in it’s current state ffxiv looks to be a disaster.

    some of it can be fixed, but there are some issues that that klook like they won’t be fixed with a patch any time soon, if ever.

    like on top of your subscription, you also have to pay for every playable character slot, including the first even if you only have one.

    and player shops instead of a unified auction house, now i’ve played mmos that do that, and it’s a bloody nightmare, the cities get crowded with thousands of players sitting there doing nothing selling their items, and with each player having an npc to run their shop for them while they’re offline or doing something else it’ll be even worse.

    in fact that non playable npc is the only free character slot you get, you can buy more of course.

    some of this could be forgiven in a free to play mmo, but charging a sub and then you have to pay another fee on top, every single month, to actually play the game? well, it’s taking the piss is what it is.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:25.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      oh and then there are limit on how many quests you can do in a certain time period, either 36 or 48 hours i think it was.

      the only way i would be any way interested in this, is if it’s goes so badly they change to a free to play model by the time the ps3 version launches.

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:28.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Yes, but how do you really, feel about the game?
      ;)

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:51.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        if it wasn’t for the lack of transports, the player shops likely to be clogging up every city and the exorbitant price structure, i’d have to say formerly very excited, but taking those into account, not so much. :)

        Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 19:28.
  3. mcduff1979
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    well depending on costs to play on ps3 im still wanting to get this, hopefully everything else can be patched, provided they support the game

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 18:45.
  4. topgear
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Am I the only one who has never played FF? :L

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 19:17.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      i think there are some monks in a mountain in tibet who have never played an ff game either. :)

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 19:25.
    • kivi95
      Member
      Since: Oct 2009

      No i have never ever played or seen an FF game irl juSt seen some gameplay on FF13 and that’s all.

      Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 20:55.
      • G_The_Enemy14
        Member
        Since: Jan 2009

        Me neither :p

        Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 23:00.
      • X_Yoshy_X
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        nope nether played or seen game play of one. Just a trailer 4 ffXIII (13) and that was here on TSA

        Comment posted on 31/10/2010 at 00:00.
    • JoshHood
      Small briefcase w*nker
      Since: Forever

      Me neither.

      Comment posted on 31/10/2010 at 09:11.
    • emekcrash
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Never played it. Never will. Not my type.

      Comment posted on 31/10/2010 at 10:21.
  5. mcduff1979
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    hopefully the subscription wont be too inflated in the conversion from dollars to pounds…

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 20:59.
  6. MadBoJangles
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Despite the crappy PC reviews, I still have hope for this game :D

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 22:29.
  7. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I’d like a big MMO on PS3, but if this hit’s, and it’s a load of old knackers, will other devs bother?
    I’m very interested in joining but I certainly don’t want to rue the decision.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2010 at 22:43.
  8. Yahavage
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Well, having eagerly awaited this game, and having played it… I can honestly say it doesn’t quite have the same appeal to me at the moment which XI did. However, XI had 2 expansions out already by the time I got my paws on it, and SE have already announced a lot of fixes for the problems (some of which are just bemusing, to be honest – no inventory sort, what the hell?) however I think by the time it comes out on PS3 (I hope…) they’ll have addressed many of the issues. At the moment though… well, not sure if I want to start paying monthly just yet. (SE did give us an extra free month, so that was nice of them)

    Comment posted on 31/10/2010 at 20:23.

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