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FF XIV: Heavensward

Final Fantasy XIV is second SE's MMORPG. The game got its first expansion in june 2015. FF XIV is one of a few games which still use subscription model.
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Graphic

FF XIV is MMORPG based on really fabulous graphic. All characters are well made and look so real. Open world here is really huge and everything is  detailed made. World Hyadelyn and its beauty will devour you. Flowers, trees, animals, everything looks great. World, progressive weather, everything looks so much realistic. Equally good and maybe even better are cities, which look magnificently and they are very detailed made aswell. FFXIV has many strong sides, anyway its graphic is one of the strongest part of the game. Graphic quality of FF XIV is definitely currently number #1 in MMORPGs.

10/10

Customization

The game has a lot of possibilities how to create your character exactly how you want to. Even when character creator is not overcrowded of possibilities, there are more than enough to choose what you want. I did not miss anything special. Color palette is really huge, so you can choose the exact hue you really want to. In game we can find many costumes, weapons, accessories, etc. which you can make, drop or buy for your character (depends what you want of course). FF XIV has pretty decent housing system. You have your own room available from every innkeeper in the game and you can even buy another room from your free company (guild) house. Both u can edit as you like and put there some decorations. Customization of FF XIV is more than decent and most of you will like it a lot.

9/10

Combat system

Combat system in FF XIV is very traditional. Players have many abilities and they use classic "tab" targeting. Basically the combat system is not bad, it still work quite well, it can feel a bit slow though. I have no big problem with FF's combat system, anyway a bit of innovation would be probably good.

8/10

Game content

FF XIV has good potential focused on PvE. In the game there is even possibility PvP which received a bit of enhancement in HW, but the game feels a lot of like mainly focused on PvE, which is good by the way. There are so many dungeons in whole game, many of them are for leveling or for quests, others are for end game. End game is focused on a lot of on collecting points every week, which you can spend for gear. We can find in game another group content called Trial, there you will face one boss and your reward can be weapon, armor, accessories or in some of them even mount. Main game raid is constructed for 8 players and have 2 difficulties. The hard one is really challenging for hardcore and semi-hardcore players. Another kind of PvE event are FATEs, which spawn on every map and people can do them alone or in groups. Currently the main function of fates are just leveling. Game content is quite good in FF XIV, there are a lot of possibilities what you can do, it tends to be a bit repeatable though, anyway to be honest every MMORPG tends to be repetable/ farmable.

8/10

Story

Story is in many MMORPGs something what is not priority and usually it is pretty bad. That is not case of FF XIV. Here we can find long main scenario quest line, where you can see huge improvement since the game has started until now. Especially HW's story is simply amazing. Definitely the best MMORPG story I have ever seen. There are many character and you will like them a lot (at least many of them lol), after short while you will see that you are in the story. Story line is enhanced by many awesome cutscenes. This is definitely another very strong part of FF XIV.

10/10

Music

Music is something what Square Enix has always amazing. FF XIV is not different. FF XIV: ARR's theme song was so much amazing, Heavensward's main song is at least equally good. Many of in game songs are catchy and relaxing. Music part is just simply excelent in FF XIV.

9/10

Value

Value of game is good for me. It is definitely one of the top MMORPGs and even when it uses subscription model I can see high quality game for our money. To be honest I think it would be even worthy game if you would just play it's amazing story, which give you about 60 hours of story fun. Developers upgrade their content a lot, so the game doesn't feel static at all. If you like progressive and challenging PvE content, this game is definitely what you are searching for.

Overal: 8,5

Final Score

8.5

Pros
 
 Graphic
 Cutomization
 Story
 Music
 PvE content
Cons
 
 PvP
 
 
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