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.