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  • The Greatest MMOs of All Time - Numbers 15 to 6

    What makes a "Great MMO"? Well, in our voting we took into account both the technical and community achievements of each title, but also its wider effect on the MMO genre as a whole. In short, this list isn't just about what we think is "The Best", but also about what we think has had the most significant impact on culture and gaming as a whole.

    Posted on 10/09/2015 by William Murphy
  • Free-to-Play Fatigue Part II: Bad News for Game Design

    Last week I discussed how the free-to-play model has altered both game industry business practice and the collective profile of the gaming public, neither necessarily for the better. This week, I'd like to talk about the negative effect free-to-play is having on the creative side of the game industry.

    Posted on 02/16/2014 by Neilie Johnson
  • Diving into A Realm Awoken

    This week Square Enix finally added in the highly anticipated patch 2.1 known as A Realm Awoken. ARA is the first major content update for SEs reimagined Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Guild housing, player versus player combat, and a slew of new features made their way into the game with this update. Read on for our impressions of all the new content so far.

    Posted on 12/19/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Glory or Death - Part One

    Square Enix is preparing to relaunch Final Fantasy XIV nearly two years after the first iteration was disastrously panned by nearly MMO player on the planet. In part one of a two-part EDITORIAL at, we take a look at whether or not players should care. See if you agree with Adam and then add your voice to the discussion in the comments.

    Posted on 10/18/2012 by Adam Tingle


  • Yoshi P on the Eve of Heavensward

    Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward launches in just a few short days, and yet the team at Square Enix was busy showing the game off to press, fans, and other industry types at E3 2015. We asked Yoshi P why they’re so crazy, and the answer was simple: they’re very proud of what they’ve done, and they want to show it off.

    Posted on 06/18/2015 by William Murphy
  • More Beta Impressions

    Over the past weekend, the final beta phase of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn took place and we managed to slide into the game to learn more about it. In this exclusive look, we offer more impressions of the beta overall and the game itself. Check out our thoughts and then tell us about your impressions of the game in the comments.

    Posted on 07/03/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • First Impressions of ARR

    Now that the NDA has lifted somewhat, we can finally begin to talk about the resurrection of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV. Is it really "A Realm Reborn"? Find out what our first thoughts are an dthen let us know what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 06/26/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • E3 Preview

    Our team will have boots on the ground during next week's annual E3 convention in Los Angeles. We've got a preview of some of the games we'll be tracking during E3 and coverage you can expect to see in the next couple of weeks. Read on before telling us what you'd like us to check out in the comments.

    Posted on 06/10/2013 by Garrett Fuller
  • Ready to Lift the Veil

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is ready to hit its beta phase of development, a long process since the original disastrous launch not many years ago. We've got a special preview from a recent event hosted by Square Enix. Check it out before heading to the comments.

    Posted on 02/21/2013 by Blake Morse
  • A Realm Reborn at Gamescom

    We've had our team on the ground during Gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany to check out some of the hottest titles there. In our first preview, we take a look at Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. See what we found out and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 08/16/2012 by Cassandra Khaw
  • Eorzea Preview

    Now that Final Fantasy XIV has officially launched,'s Carolyn Koh has a first hand preview of Eorzea. In this comprehensive look at the new game world, Carolyn covers basic information about races, classes, the armory system, combat, harvesting, crafting, questing, travel and something called "old school gameplay". Check out Carolyn's impressions of her first day in her Eorzea Preview.

    Posted on 10/01/2010 by Carolyn Koh
  • Disciples of the Hand Pt. 2

    Last week, correspondent Thomas Allegood wrote a preview of some of the crafting professions in Final Fantasy XIV, members of the Disciples of the Hand. He continues the crafting preview with a look at the Goldsmith, the Armourer, and the Woodworker.

    Posted on 07/19/2010 by Thomas Allegood
  • Disciples of the Hand

    Once again, we delve into the world of Eorzea to find out more about the new crafting system. Unlike many MMORPGs where crafting and gathering are side jobs, Square-Enix has brought these jobs into the mainstream, by actually making them playable classes. Let's see what they have in store for us using this new and somewhat controversial system.

    Posted on 07/12/2010 by Thomas Allegood
  • Answering the Basics

    Final Fantasy XIV is a keenly anticipated game but with information hard to find at times, players and fans are left with many questions.'s Thomas Allegood lifts the lid of the latest MMO entry from Square Enix and does his level best to answer some of those questions.

    Posted on 07/07/2010 by Thomas Allegood


  • Masayoshi Soken: Sound Director for One of the Most Iconic Series Ever

    This year at PAX Square Enix made available Masayoshi Soken to the press. Read on to find out what he had to say to Rob Lashley about being the Sound Director for one of the most iconic RPG franchises in video game history.

    Posted on 09/08/2015 by Robert Lashley
  • Naoki Yoshida on the Heavensward Expansion

    During last weekend's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fan event in Las Vegas, Square Enix, Naoki Yoshida and the development team announced the first expansion for the game called "Heavensward". We caught up with Naoki Yoshida to find out more about Heavensward. Check out our exclusive interview.

    Posted on 10/24/2014 by Chris Marlow
  • Gamescom Roundtable Interview

    There’s certainly a lot in FFXIV’s 18-month development pipeline. An imminent launch in China, Mac client, DirectX 11 update and Gold Saucer content are all in the pipeline. During Gamescom, columnist Gareth Harmer grabbed a seat at a roundtable interview, where Game Director Naoki Yoshida outlined his plans for the future.

    Posted on 08/23/2014 by Gareth Harmer
  • E3 Interview with Yoshi P. - What's in Store?

    This year at E3 I took part in a round table interview of Naoki Yoshida (aka Yoshi-P) director and lead producer on Final Fantasy XIV. Also at the table were the fine folks from Gamer Escape. Read on for what Yoshi - P had to say about what he and his team has in store for FFXIV.

    Posted on 06/16/2014 by Robert Lashley
  • Chatting with Naoki Yoshida at PAX Prime ‘13

    We caught up with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn game director Naoki Yoshida to discuss all things ARR at this year's PAX Prime.

    Posted on 09/02/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Catching Up with FFXIV at E3 2013

    With Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn set to launch in just over two months, we caught up with game director Naoki Yosihda at this year's E3 to find out how the game is coming along.

    Posted on 06/18/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • E3 2012 'Version 2.0' Interview with Naoki Yoshida

    We sat down with Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida during this year's E3 to discuss Square Enix's plans for the relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV. Read on to find out what we've learned!

    Posted on 06/18/2012 by Michael Bitton
  • The Future of FFXIV Interview

    We had the chance recently to sit down with Naoki Yoshida, producer on Final Fantasy XIV about all the changes coming down the pipe to the game, and how the new team expects to really turn things around for the venerable series' second MMO installment.

    Posted on 03/07/2012 by Adam Tingle
  • Game Overhaul Interview

    During a recent conference call, Associate Editor Suzie Ford had the opportunity to speak with members of the Final Fantasy XIV team including Naoki Yoshida, Director & Producer, Sage Sundi, Global Online Producer and Michael Christopher Koji Fox, Title Translator. The discussion centered around the just-revealed 'road map' for development leading up to FFXIV v2.0 in late 2012. Check out the interview and then let us know what you think in the comments!

    Posted on 10/19/2011 by Suzie Ford
  • A Talk With Robert Peeler's Derek Gordon recently spoke with Robert Peeler, the Community Planner and Service Manager for Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV about the game.

    Posted on 09/15/2009 by Derek Gordon
  • Q&A At E3 2009's Carolyn Koh interviews Hiromichi Tanaka and Nobuaki Komoto, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV Online.

    Posted on 06/05/2009 by Carolyn Koh


  • Six New Shots

    Six new screenshots of Final Fantasy XIV from today's massive official website update!

    Posted on 08/07/2009 by Michael Bitton

General Article

  • Heavensward Review in Progress Part 3

    Over the last two weeks we have touched on the build up to Heavensward and some of the new systems in the game. This week I want to talk about the reason we have headed north to begin with, the remaining two classes; Machinist and Astrologian, as well as the Mac brewhaha. Next week I’ll do the official review and put a bow on it.

    Posted on 07/09/2015 by Robert Lashley
  • Heavensward Review in Progress #2

    Last week I talked about the lead up to actually being able to set foot into Heavensward. This week I’m going to take a look at some of the other peripheral features that surround that game as well as examine one of the new jobs that have made their way into the game. I’ll save the next two jobs for future installments of this series. I’ll still keep this review spoiler free until next week. Even then I’ll keep them to a minimum and clearly label them.

    Posted on 07/02/2015 by Robert Lashley
  • Heavensward Review in Progress #1

    Two years ago I dived into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn not knowing what to expect. Turns out the game had gone through a complete revamp and it made great use of a proverbial phoenix down that are prevalent in the Final Fantasy series. You can read the 2.0 review here. If you are a masochist and want to relive how bad 1.0 truly was you can take a look at that boondoggle’s review here.

    Posted on 06/25/2015 by Robert Lashley
  • 2014 April Fool's Day Round Up

    Nothing spites a news manager more than the arrival of April 1st and the attendant, and expected, games industry jokes. To celebrate the day, we've rounded up April Fool's pranks for your amusement into one convenient feature that we will update throughout the day. Keep your eyes right here to see the industry's best!

    Posted on 04/01/2014 by Suzie Ford
  • FFXIV - This Time on PS4

    We gamers are a grudge-holding bunch, as Square Enix found out last year upon releasing Final Fantasy XIV. The game failed fans in spectacular fashion thanks to inadequate server support, bugs and obtuse mechanics. Despite public opinion and unsettling financials, Square vowed to redeem its failed MMO and against all logic, has actually done so. In fact, the game's fortunes have so reversed, Square's on the cusp of releasing it on the PS4.

    Posted on 02/15/2014 by Neilie Johnson
  • Review in Progress #4

    We have spent the past three weeks examining different aspects of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In our final installment of our Review in Progress, we wrap up the weekly series in preparation for next week's final review. Check out our thoughts on questing, leves, reputation and more. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 09/20/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Review in Progress #3

    Now that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has "matured" to nearly three weeks since release, we have more thoughts to offer about the game play and more on our way to our final review. See what this week's installment of our Review in Progress has to say before heading to the comments to add your thoughts.

    Posted on 09/13/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Review In Progress #2

    Now that some of the issues plaguing the first week's release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we continue our series of Review in Progress articles. What did we find in our second week in Eorzea? Find out and then tell us what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 09/06/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Review in Progress 1

    Quick! Name a major title that launched earlier this week with several issues causing player headaches. If you said "Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn", you win a hearty handshake. We begin our review in progress series today with a few early impressions and many thoughts about launch day. Read on and then share your experiences in the comments.

    Posted on 08/30/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • PAX East 2013 Panel Report

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was at this year's PAX East, but if you were looking for any new information, you may have come away disappointed. Read on for our breakdown of the Final Fantasy panel.

    Posted on 04/01/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • 1.19 Patch Impressions

    The arrival of last week's Final Fantasy XIV v1.19 patch has been heralded by many players as a 'game changer', a great step in the right direction for the troubled game. Others, however, are less than impressed.'s Adam Tingle has taken a look at the v1.19 patch and offers a few impressions from the perspective of FFXIV veterans and for those returning/new players. Check it out and then weigh in with your impressions in the comments.

    Posted on 10/11/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • Any Better a Year Later?

    With the v1.19 patch set to hit Final Fantasy XIV later this week,'s Adam Tingle decided to check out the game. It's been over a year and a lot of updates and changes have been implemented since Adam's last foray. He's got a lot to say about Final Fantasy as it stands now. Read on!

    Posted on 09/27/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • A First Look

    In her latest feature for, writer Carolyn Koh takes on the Herculean task of writing about Final Fantasy XIV. Carolyn readily admits that the article is a 'first look' at the game as the depth of FFXIV will require more time to pen an authoritative review. However, Carolyn has some strong opinions about what she's experienced thus far, even going so far as to call it a 'love hate' relationship. Check out Carolyn's thoughts about Final Fantasy XIV and then add yours on our forums.

    Posted on 10/14/2010 by Carolyn Koh
  • PAX Panel Report

    At the recent PAX convention,'s Carolyn Koh sat in on the Square Enix panel. The discussion, of course, centered on Square Enix's latest MMO, Final Fantasy XIV. The team presented information about player community, quests, boss mobs and more. Keep reading to find out what else Carolyn discovered during the PAX panel.

    Posted on 09/15/2010 by Carolyn Koh
  • Sometimes You Just Have to Grind It Out columnist Michael Lafferty tackles one of MMO players' biggest complaints: THE GRIND. Michael has discovered that, as his title says, sometimes you just have to grind it. With this in mind, Michael talks to several game developers about the issue. Find out what they have to say about THE GRIND, leveling, starting areas and trying not to make games feel like work.

    Posted on 07/14/2010 by Guest Writer
  • FFXI to FFXIV – Jurassic Park to The Lost World contributor Eric Barnett writes this look at what will happen to Final Fantasy XI when Final Fantasy XIV launches.

    Posted on 04/16/2010 by Eric Barnett


  • The Best of 2015

    If this year of MMO releases can be categorized by any one thing, it might be that the existing MMOs in the landscape had great years, while we wait for the next big thing to come along. Meanwhile, the single player RPG had an absolutely stellar time, with some truly amazing games and expansions released throughout the calendar year. We’ve polled our staff, and these are the games we loved the most in 2015, and the ones we’re looking forward to the most in 2016.

    Posted on 12/11/2015 by William Murphy
  • MMORPG’s Best of E3 2015 Awards

    It’s that time of year! Time to blather on about the games we drooled over the most at E3 2015. Yes, we know these awards mean very little in the grand scheme of things. But stop being so pessimistic. Games are fun, and being excited about the ones you want to play in the future is part of what makes this hobby so great. So without further ado, here are our picks for the Best of E3 2015.

    Posted on 06/25/2015 by William Murphy
  • The 2013 Awards

    A new year, and that means it's time to look back at the past. Our annual Players' Choice awards where you get to vote on your favorite games from the year are coming soon, but we're leading things off with the Staff Picks for the best games of 2013 across a range of categories. Read on and find out what we picked!

    Posted on 01/02/2014 by William Murphy
  • The 2011 Awards

    It's that time of year when the staff of gets together and looks back over the long list of 2011's MMOs in order to hand out our coveted "Best Of..." awards. See what we think were the movers and shakers of 2011. Have different thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

    Posted on 12/19/2011 by William Murphy
  • 2010 Awards: Biggest Disappointment

    The month of December has come and gone, taking 2010 with it. Some say good riddance, some look back fondly, but no matter how you slice it, that puppy’s behind us and we’re all moving forward to 2011. For the team here at, we’ve just got one tiny loose thread to tie up before we officially start the new year: We have to announce the winners of the 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards! Today we take a look at the Biggest Disappointment of 2010.

    Posted on 01/06/2011 by Jon Wood
  • 2010 Awards: New Game of the Year

    In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at, we invite you to check out this year's crop of new games and select your favorite, or even 'none of the above' for 2010.

    Posted on 12/03/2010 by Jon Wood
  • Most Anticipated Game of 2010

    The editorial staff here at has made their decisions, and today we continue to unveil the winners of the 2009 awards by naming our Most Anticipated MMO of 2010.

    Posted on 01/08/2010 by Jon Wood


  • No MMO can Please Everyone

    Victor believes that no MMO, not even FFXIV, can please everyone all of the time. Do you agree?

    Posted on 04/12/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • What to Expect in Patch 3.25 and Beyond

    The Latest Letter to the Producer Live was a trove of information for feature updates in the coming patches. Let’s have a look!

    Posted on 03/29/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Say Hello to the Feast PVP and Hatching-Tide 2016

    A new PVP mode for level 60 players is here, while a new seasonal event is slated for March 15. Victor takes a look at both.

    Posted on 03/14/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Patch 3.2 Brings the Fun Back

    Victor takes a quick look at some of the new things FFXIV's Patch 3.2 brings that make it worth playing.

    Posted on 03/04/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 'The Gears of Change' is Coming!

    Victor gives a brief overview of what’s coming when The Gears of Change rolls around.

    Posted on 02/19/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • On Two Different Kinds of Content Grind

    Victor compares two games with differing attractiveness when it comes to content grinds: FFXIV and Warframe.

    Posted on 01/20/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • What to Expect from FFXIV in 2016

    Naoki Yoshida’s greetings for the new year brought some cheer, as well as some mystery, to Final Fantasy XIV fans everywhere. Read on to find out what's in store for FFXIV in 2016.

    Posted on 01/06/2016 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Fantastic Gifts for Final Fantasy Fans

    Looking for a gift to give a Final Fantasy fan? Look no further than this humble gift guide.

    Posted on 12/11/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 5 MMO Incidents that Showed Solidarity Against the Real World

    With the recent terrorist attacks in mind, I send out my condolences to all of those who lost or even have an injured loved one. In real life, we tend to stick together in such tragedies, give each other a pat on the back and help each other out of these tough times. On the other side, in the world of video games, it’s not that different, since it’s the same people in real life who play them.

    Posted on 12/07/2015 by Mostafa Hossam
  • The Problematic Diadem

    Are exploration missions in FFXIV fun? Or is the fun being optimized out of the experience? Let’s take a look.

    Posted on 11/27/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • FFXIV Patch 3.1 and FFXI’s Final Fantasy

    Victor discusses the Final Fantasy XI’s last formal story content update and the FFXIV 3.1 Patch and its fun activities!

    Posted on 11/13/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Telling Us What's Next

    Everything this week is meant to ramp up the hype for specific gameplay aspects of Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.1. Over the past two weeks, Square Enix has been teasing screenshots and a little lore regarding what we should expect in As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness.

    Posted on 10/16/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Five MMOs for Experienced Players

    In the same vein, we’re going to piggyback on last week’s List of the Five Best MMOs for New Players and suggest five more MMORPGs that you should at least give a try if you’re looking for a new game. And next week, we’ll take it a step further and recommend five “deep cuts” for the hardcore crowd!

    Posted on 10/05/2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • A Leveling Experiment and Other Tidbits

    Changes are coming to the Eorzea Reborn column. Learn about this little experiment and Victor’s plans for FFXIV moving forward!

    Posted on 10/02/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness

    Naoki Yoshida dishes out info on Exploratory Missions and the Lord of Verminion minigame for FFXIV Patch 3.1 As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness!

    Posted on 09/20/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 5 Things We Learned from the Eorzean Census

    A few days back, Square Enix released slides for the Eorzean Census on the following Lodestone post. I had quite a bit of fun just looking over each bit of information, figuring out WHY certain things were the way they are. While I don’t really have any answers for that, I thought it might be nice to discuss my 5 favorite takeaways from the Eorzean Census.

    Posted on 09/11/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • FFXIV From the Eyes of a Game Hopper

    Victor looks at FFXIV from the lens of comparison after playing through three other games.

    Posted on 09/04/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Plans Past 3.0

    Victor outlines what Square Enix has planned for FFXIV players beyond 3.0 based on their recent anniversary livestream event.

    Posted on 08/28/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A lot of Celebration, a bit of Metal

    Victor discusses the two celebrations that are occurring for Final Fantasy XIV this month, as well as showing off a new music video from Square Enix.

    Posted on 08/21/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Wait for Catch-Up Content

    If you’ve finished the current story and are tired of the dungeon grind, waiting seems long. Luckily Victor’s got your back with a short wish list of things to come for future content.

    Posted on 08/02/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Taking a Look at Savage Alexander and Seal Rock PvP

    The first big patch post-Heavensward is here, and Victor's been trawling through it like a good little Lalafell. Let’s take a quick look at what you get with the introduction of FFXIV Patch 3.05!

    Posted on 07/24/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Five Games to Watch in the Second Half of 2015

    It’s hard to believe that it’s July, and we’ve already seen a number of highly-anticipated titles release in the first half of the year. Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher 3, and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward are all out, The Elder Scrolls Online has launched on consoles, and there have been open beta or “live” releases for Trove, Heroes of the Storm, and Skyforge.

    Posted on 07/24/2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh
  • Why Rush to Endgame?

    What makes not rushing through content more fun than being a world-first slayer of evils? Victor discusses the slow burn in this week’s Eorzea Reborn.

    Posted on 07/17/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Top 7 Best MMOs of 2015…So Far

    I’m not going to lie to you: 2015 hasn’t exactly been full of big moments of big announcements. Maybe it’s because all of the best ideas are already taken, maybe it’s because everyone likes different things, or maybe it’s because developers and publishers are getting lazy, but there’s no denying the fact that the MMO genre has seen better years. From a lack of real excitement or hype around releases, to a lack of innovation, it’s not like it used to be.

    Posted on 07/13/2015 by David Jagneaux
  • Chasing Alexander

    Taking a cue from my favorite Seinfeld actor (Yes, the title is a pun on Jason Alexander), I wanted to touch on the new raid that happens to be the latest endgame for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

    Posted on 07/12/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Echo and Heavensward Gating

    Victor muses about the Echo, a story element in Final Fantasy XIV that allows Heavensward gating to seem less annoying from a lore standpoint.

    Posted on 07/03/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The 5 Best Games and Announcements from E3 2015

    E3 2015 was a historic event for the gaming industry. Whether you’re an old-school gamer that was dying to finally see Final Fantasy VII’s remake announced, one of the few people that held out hope The Last Guardian was still a thing, or just a fan of gaming looking forward to the biggest and best new games the industry has to offer, there was something for everyone. Hell, we even got the first ever PC Gaming Show this year! That has literally never happened.

    Posted on 06/22/2015 by David Jagneaux
  • The Last Words Before Early Access

    If you’re jumping into FFXIV’s expansion after a long day at work, here are some last minute reminders to lessen any logistical surprises.

    Posted on 06/19/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Starting FFXIV Today

    Is now a good time to get into FFXIV? Victor discusses the pros of starting FFXIV today.

    Posted on 06/12/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • How FFXIV is About to Get More Accessible

    Victor rounds up the changes coming to FFXIV that should making accessing Heavensward less troublesome for everyone. Read on for Victor's full thoughts and details on the recently announced changes.

    Posted on 06/05/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Is the Barrier to Entry too Steep?

    In a post titled, “New players and the expansion. Massive barrier to entry. You have been warned,” user Foomerang discussed how the currently-known requirements to access Heavensward content in the future were a bit of a frustrating thing for someone who preferred playing the game as a crafter-gatherer type. So, how bad is it really?

    Posted on 05/29/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going

    Victor discusses some new videos as the hype train for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward chugs along. Today’s talk is less of me talking and more of you folks watching a bunch of videos. To wit, there are actually four videos we’ve got in store for you today with regard to Heavensward, so we’ll start with the order they’ve been presented in YouTube, save for this one video that’s already been shown in a previous news release.

    Posted on 05/22/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Of Faith, Poetics, and Preorders

    The past two weeks have actually been quite calm in terms of big announcements, but Square Enix has made some changes to extend the bridge to more level 50 players seeking to complete the story in preparation for the expansion.

    Posted on 05/16/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Benchmark Tool and You!

    Square Enix released the FFXIV Benchmark tool, and Victor explains what it can do for those new to to benchmarking (besides just being cool to wet your Heavensward appetite for the next month).

    Posted on 05/01/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 7 Optional Goals to Reach Before Heavensward

    Aside from prepping for Heavensward’s release, here are 7 optional goals you can undertake while waiting for June. These goals are by no means required, but they’ll keep you busy while waiting for the expansion.

    Posted on 04/24/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A Disappointing Week

    As any fan knows, part of loving video games is also being disappointed in them every now and then. This week on Tales from the Neighborhood we’re looking at four disappointed blog posts about Neverwinter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and MMO communities in general, along with a couple of very positive posts about RIFT’s new wardrobe system.

    Posted on 04/22/2015 by Jessica Cook
  • Prepping for Heavensward

    Victor outlines what you’ll need to prepare for the Heavensward expansion of Final Fantasy XIV.

    Posted on 04/17/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Subreddits, Twitch Channels, and Multi-Game Guilds

    Is FFXIV more fun than Warlords of Draenor? Are subreddits a good replacement for official forums? Is there anything for MMO players to watch on Twitch right now? We’ll learn what the blogosphere has to say on the topic of these questions and more!

    Posted on 04/15/2015 by Jessica Cook
  • Why I Call Eorzea Home

    Which game do you consider your “home?” Victor talks about Eorzea, his second home.

    Posted on 04/10/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A Spoiler-Less Post on Patch 2.55

    Don’t have time to scroll through the often-long FFXIV patch notes? Here’s an overview you can get through in 5 minutes.

    Posted on 04/03/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Virtual Duty Finders and You

    Victor details the new Event and Party Recruiter on the Lodestone. It’s not just for in-game events!

    Posted on 03/27/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Top 10 Most Anticipated MMO Releases of 2015

    Right now we are in a bit of a lull in the MMO release schedule. Crowdfunding campaigns like Crowfall keep on trucking and the astronomically high level of hype around Star Citizen continues to escalate, but both of those games are pretty far off from a real release. This list isn’t going to mention any current crowdfunding games, nor will it mention stuff that will go into a closed alpha of any kind – only open betas and full releases.

    Posted on 03/16/2015 by David Jagneaux
  • On Heavensward's June Release

    Looking for answers to your burning FFXIV: Heavensward questions? Have a look at the archived information and links to some interviews!

    Posted on 03/13/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Shuffle or Boogie

    Victor discusses Eorzea’s Triple Triad card game. Is it just as you remember it from FFVIII?

    Posted on 02/27/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 9 of The Cutest NPCs in MMORPGs

    Ah, NPCs. They are such a staple in our MMOs that we not only take them for granted, but we can also ignore them. I always make an attempt to appreciate an MMO’s details, and NPCs are often some of most well-designed aspects of many of our favorite titles.

    Posted on 02/10/2015 by Beau Hindman
  • From the Community

    Looking for some recommended reading and viewing material for that time you’re not spending playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn? Look no further!

    Posted on 02/10/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Best MMOs to Play as a Couple on Valentine’s Day

    Love is in the air this time of year. Stores are lines with pink and red decorations, flowers poke out in every direction, and romantic gifts are littered across the aisles. In fact, the upcoming holiday Valentine’s Day just so happens to be on a Saturday this year.

    Posted on 02/09/2015 by David Jagneaux
  • The Game of Love

    To my darling beloved, I remember, back in the day, when we used to be together. You were the most beautiful game on the planet, and I couldn’t help but fall for your beauty.

    Posted on 01/31/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A Few More Days Before the Fall…

    A few more days before the Fall… a claim to splendor, one and all. A world of darkness does await, with little glories that won’t abate!

    Posted on 01/17/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Astrologian, The Machinist, and Patch 2.5

    Victor discusses the Astrologian and Machinist and the pre-Heavensward plans of Yoshi-P for Final Fantasy XIV.

    Posted on 01/03/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • An Escape into a Virtual World of Adventure

    As my habits demand, I check on older MMOs periodically to see what’s new and to possibly download a new trial or even restart an old account. I do it with EVE Online, Ultima Online and other games that just scream nostaglia. Normally I find that the games have aged well but do not change so dramatically that I feel like I am playing a brand new game. Things were different with this visit to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

    Posted on 12/30/2014 by Beau Hindman
  • Shooting for Longevity

    Focusing on the expansion may be premature, as shooting for longevity means giving people more things to try out for their enjoyment, even if they don’t completely become popular or well-adopted.

    Posted on 11/28/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The 5 Worst MMO Launches

    MMO launches are one of the trickiest things in the world for a developer and publisher to orchestrate. In the case of single player games, the experience can be perfectly balanced and simulated in a controlled environment. For standard multiplayer games, you can easily cap the number of players involved and know how it’s going to turn out in a live scenario. A Massively Multiplayer Game on the other hand, is something else entirely.

    Posted on 11/17/2014 by David Jagneaux
  • The Long Wait, An Era’s End

    Victor fleshes out some translated information from a Japanese interview held at the FFXIV London Fanfest and reminsces about the time before A Realm Reborn.

    Posted on 11/14/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Onward to the Heavens!

    Most of you are likely waiting to learn more about what comes after 2.4, so let’s do a Louisoux-ian timeskip and talk about Heavensward, the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

    Posted on 10/31/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Sayonara, PlaySpan Payments

    PlaySpan is gone for making payments to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. What now, pray tell? Read on!

    Posted on 10/17/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 5 MMOGs That Seriously Disappointed Me

    Video games almost always fail to measure up to the hype they generate during development. It's pretty unusual to see one that under-promises and over-delivers. Indeed, relatively few even manage to meet the expectations they promote. To be fair, this isn't entirely one-sided since many of us tend to look at upcoming titles through our rose-colored glasses. Naturally, relative to how we think or hope they'll turn out, some disappoint more than others.

    Posted on 10/06/2014 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Fantasy Hybrids: The Support Class

    Victor delves into a fantasy topic for FFXIV: ARR. How would a hybrid support class that can fulfill multiple roles work in a game like Square Enix’s?

    Posted on 10/03/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The State of Eorzea's Housing

    Today we’ll be discussing the Great Eorzean Housing Crisis. We’ll be tackling what happened, what went wrong, and what Square Enix is doing to lessen the sting individual housing news has brought.

    Posted on 09/19/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The Quest for Flight

    Some of you may be wondering what’s so special about this tribe of beastmen that merits everyone’s support all of a sudden? Simply put, the Ehcatl Nine Beast Tribe Quests mix tangible gameplay rewards for crafters in the game with the promise of a rousing tale told incrementally as you continue the questline.

    Posted on 09/05/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • New Friendships to Forge

    Unlike previous FFXIV mini-patches, Patch 2.35 provides an entirely new incentive to leveling a new crafting class. There’s a Beast Tribe that wants your help making items for them, and it’s up to you to be the goodwill ambassador and get them what they need.

    Posted on 08/22/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Diving Back Into A Realm Reborn

    Of all the MMO’s from AAA studios that have come out in the past 12 months I was probably least excited about Final Fantasy XIV: ARR. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the FF franchise but after the original XIV I was a member of the “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice - can’t get fooled again” crowd. Because I did not have high expectations for the game upon its release I was pleasantly surprised when I set out to review it.

    Posted on 08/14/2014 by Robert Lashley
  • A Roundup of Epic Proportions

    Instead of a small number of long updates, we seem to have a lot of little awesome things to discuss this week, from free trials, to hunt theorycrafting, to a 14-hour Japanese extravaganza commemorating the first year of A Realm Reborn. Join me as we round up the awesome for a bit of discussion.

    Posted on 08/08/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • 5 of the Best Crafting Systems in MMOs

    For a lot of people, logging on to their favorite MMO isn’t about raiding, or PvP, or dungeon runs – it’s about creating great items and contributing to the backbone of an MMOs economy. I’ve never personally been a huge proponent of crafting in MMOs, but there is undoubtedly a certain type of players that loves the art of creation and trading.

    Posted on 08/04/2014 by David Jagneaux
  • Connecting Players to Virtual Worlds

    In the MMO genre I believe developers should focus on building worlds, not just games. The more developers do to create engaging settings that players grow to care about and become invested in the more enriching the experience it will be for the players. This in turn will make it more financially rewarding for the developers. Loyal customers, especially in an increasingly microtransaction dominated gaming economy, help keep games a float.

    Posted on 07/31/2014 by Robert Lashley
  • Opportunities to Expand Horizons

    Victor Barreiro Jr. describes the Hunt system of FFXIV, what changes it brings to player behavior, and why he thinks Hunts are the uncomfortable beginnings of a bigger plan to improve the game.

    Posted on 07/25/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • When Two Lives Intersect

    I tell you about the awe-inspiring and terrifying power of connectedness to others because someone told me a tale that remindedly deeply of how the bonds that tie us together can also be the very one that break us entirely. This is the tale of a young woman named Edda, her adventuring band, and the severed head she carried in a box after our first fateful meeting.

    Posted on 07/12/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Social Hooks & MMOs

    How many people do you interact with reasonably often in your current MMO? How many of those people are outside of your guild? Assuming you have played MMO’s for awhile, is your pattern of socialization today similar to that back when you started?

    Posted on 07/02/2014 by Ryahl Smith
  • Eorzea, My Grandest Company

    Let’s welcome back the Final Fantasy XIV column to by getting everyone up to speed with Patch 2.3: Defenders of Eorzea. We’ve got new activities to enjoy, a fearsome primal to defeat, Moogle and Hildibrand goodness to experience, and personal chambers to decorate with awesome crafted goodies.

    Posted on 06/27/2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A PvE Mini-Review of Update 2.1

    Final Fantasy XIV added content update 2.1, A Realm Awakened, in December 2013. With a month to experience the content, Ryahl provides a review of the end-game PVE content expansions offered in this update. Come along for the ride and read about the good and awkward parts of this massive update.

    Posted on 01/21/2014 by Ryahl Smith
  • The Best MMOs of 2013

    As we embark on an exciting new year of MMO releases, we reflect back on the year that was. Though 2013 was light on new MMOs, it was filled to the brim with games fighting for our attention. Patch after patch hit our newsreels. Games such as EVE Online and Lord of the Rings Online spun heads with their expansions. Two of the bigger new games, Final Fantasy XIV and Neverwinter, both impressed and addicted us. Today we reflect on the best. Join us as we countdown the top ten Best MMOs of 2013.

    Posted on 01/10/2014 by Christopher Coke
  • A Year in Review

    Now that the new year has officially debuted, it's time to take a look back at 2013 and the MMOs that we loved...or not. Read the latest from Adam Tingle to see what he feels are the highlights of the year 2013. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 01/03/2014 by Adam Tingle
  • Three Questions for 2014

    Last week, Rob Lashley gave you three words to sum up 2013. This week, he is back, this time with three questions for the forthcoming year. See what Rob wants to know before heading to the comments to tell us what you want to find out in 2014.

    Posted on 01/02/2014 by Robert Lashley
  • Three Words for 2013

    Rob Lashley has chosen three simple words that he believes sums up 2013 perfectly. See what words he's chosen before heading to the comments to sum up 2013 in your own words.

    Posted on 12/26/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • House Hunters: Eorzea Edition

    Square Enix made a lot of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players swoon with delight over the recent announcement of a robust housing system incoming. In our latest FFXIV column, we take a look at the announcement and provide our own special version of House Hunters.

    Posted on 10/23/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Money, It’s a Drag

    Gold sellers are the bane of many a game's existence. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is not exempt either. But in our latest FFXIV column, we take a look at the proactive steps that Square Enix is taking in that regard. Check it out and then leave your reactions in the comments.

    Posted on 10/09/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • What's Next For Subscriptions?

    In our latest Free Zone column, we take a look at what may potentially lie ahead for subscriptions. Can we go back to "the way we were" as in the heady early days of MMOs? See what we think and then leave your own ideas in the comments.

    Posted on 10/08/2013 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Recapping The Tokyo Game Show

    Square Enix and the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn team were on hand at the Tokyo Game Show recently with some new game information. We've got the full wrap report so keep reading before heading to the comments to chat.

    Posted on 10/02/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Do Subscriptions Make a Difference in Community?

    Subscriptions are the hot topic lately with three big-name titles opting to go with a subscription based revenue model. In today's Social Hub, we take a look at the potential impact that subscriptions have on today's games. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 09/30/2013 by Christina Gonzalez
  • FFXIV: Improving the Summoner Feel

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is an overall awesome experience, but the feel of the Summoner Job can be a bit underwhelming. This week, we offer up some suggestions on how to improve one of the game's most iconic Jobs.

    Posted on 09/25/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Sub Standard

    The talk about subscription-based games has been ongoing for the past several weeks since several major titles announced their intentions to utilize subs. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we revisit the topic with a few additional thoughts about the revenue model. Read on and then leave your reactions in the comments.

    Posted on 09/13/2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • The FFXIV Economy Issue

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has some economic issues that need addressing and we're breaking it all down for you in our latest column.

    Posted on 09/12/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Are Seasonal Events Really Fun?

    With the recent debut of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the first update was, naturally, a seasonal event. In our latest FFXIV column, we wonder at how much fun these types of events truly are. See what we think before lending your voice to the conversation in the comments.

    Posted on 09/11/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Botched Launches

    Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player! Each week MMORPG pits two of its writers against each other in a battle to the death – or at least a spirited debate. Final Fantasy XIV relaunched last week and reminded us all of how disastrous the first days and weeks of a new MMO can be. This go-round, our combatants step to their podiums ready to duke it out on a topic you probably have first-hand experience with: MMO launches.

    Posted on 09/11/2013 by Christopher Coke
  • The Top 5 At 35 - Top Early Boss Battles

    Now that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has made its official debut, players are moving up the ranks and taking on some of the game's bosses. In our latest Eorzea Reborn column, we take a look at five awesome early level bosses. Read on and then tell us what you think of our choices in the comments.

    Posted on 09/10/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • The 'Let's Play' FFXIV Impasse

    To today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this summer's most anticipated MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and a topic that many players may not be aware of as they log into the game. Find out what you might be missing and then head to the comments to leave us your thoughts.

    Posted on 08/30/2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Beginnings: Books & FFXIV

    Last weekend's launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a huge event, both for players and developers. The excitement over a launch is similar to that an author goes through when planning a start to a new book. In her latest column, Genese Davis looks at the parallels. See what she's got to say before heading to the comments.

    Posted on 08/29/2013 by Genese Davis
  • Great Game, Poor Service Part One

    Today's MMOs are services as much as they are games, and the quality of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's service thus far is completely at odds with the quality of the game we received. This week, we break down the service aspect in part one of a two part series.

    Posted on 08/28/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Subscription vs Free To Play

    Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player. This is the column where writers collide and debate the topics you care about. It’s easy to get drowned out arguing on forums and sub-reddits, so we step to the podium to represent your side of the issue before turning it over to you in the comments. Ready for another spirited debate? See what our combatants think of the ever-present subscription vs free to play issue before leaving your thoughts in the commments.

    Posted on 08/28/2013 by Christopher Coke
  • The Rejuvenation of Subscriptions

    In today's Free Zone, we take a look at the recent spate of announcements by several game studios that upcoming titles such as WildStar and Elder Scrolls Online will feature subscription-based revenue models. Check out our thoughts on the subject before leaving your ideas in the comments.

    Posted on 08/27/2013 by Richard Aihoshi
  • The Return of Subs: FFXIV, WildStar, and ESO

    We've all seen the trend towards F2P in recent years, but with WildStar and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and ESO sticking to subscriptions, is the model truly on its deathbed?

    Posted on 08/21/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Subscriptions Are Alright By Me

    The recent news about WildStar's subscription model has sparked a fair bit of chatter on our forums and across the MMO social sphere. Today, Rob Lashley opines as to why the subscription model is alright by him.

    Posted on 08/21/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • The Importance of Achievement

    In today's MMO space, much of what made the genre great has been taken out, namely the will to -achieve- things as opposed to being given them. In his latest column, our Managing Editor Bill Murphy talks about why achievement is important and why it matters. See if you agree before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 08/20/2013 by William Murphy
  • 5 Things We LIKE About EQ Next

    Now that we've had a couple weeks to digest the news regarding EverQuest Next, it's time to reflect on the things that struck us as simply amazing. See what we chose before adding your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 08/16/2013 by Adam Tingle
  • FFXIV - Group Friendly, Elf-less Community?

    Results from a poll posted to the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn community paint an interesting picture of the community's potential make up. We weigh in on the results in this week's column.

    Posted on 08/14/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • You Got Theme Park in My Sandbox

    The discussion ever rages about whether or not any MMO these days can be classified as a sandbox or a theme park. In today's Eorzea Reborn, we take a look at aspects of both that are present in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Check it out and then leave us your opinion in the comments.

    Posted on 08/06/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • On Lightning's Role in FFXIV

    Lightning is one of the most iconic of all Final Fantasy characters, warranting her own game. There is and will be a connection between Lightning and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Find out what it is in our latest column and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 07/31/2013 by Robert Lashley
  • Musing on PvP in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn

    Final Fantasy MMOs have always been about PvE, but is there something to be said about Square Enix's plans for PvP in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn? Read on for our thoughts and share your own with us in the comments!

    Posted on 07/31/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Saying Goodbye to Beta 3

    The third beta phase for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is in the books now and players who've taken part are having to wait for the commencement of beta 4 to reenter the game. We've got a beta 3 wrap report to share that you won't want to miss if you're keen to know more about the upcoming game. Read more before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 07/22/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Moving Forward and Looking Back

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn stands on the unprecedented edge of getting a second chance at release. In our latest FFXIV: ARR column, we take a look forward while still looking back. Check it out before heading to the comments.

    Posted on 07/17/2013 by Adam Tingle
  • Top Five Jobs to Add to FFXIV: A Realm Reborn

    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will launch with numerous Jobs iconic to the Final Fantasy series, but there are still quite a few left unrepresented. In this week's column, we offer up a couple of Job picks to add post-launch. Read on and share your own shortlist with us in the comments!

    Posted on 07/10/2013 by Michael Bitton
  • Crafting and Harvesting in FFXIV

    In our latest look at all things Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we check out what the crafting and harvesting systems will be like for players. Find out more about the two and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 07/08/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Second Bite of the Apple

    Square Enix is getting an unheard of second chance to attract and maintain an audience for Final Fantasy XIV after a disastrous earlier launch. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at that notion for FFXIV and other games as well. See what we've got to say before joining in on the conversation in the comments.

    Posted on 07/05/2013 by Adam Tingle
  • Five Good Things

    Now that the NDA is partially lifted, we have so much to say about Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. During our time in game, we discovered five great things about FFXIV: ARR. See what they are and then leave your ideas in the comments.

    Posted on 07/01/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Beta Three in FFXIV

    Now that the PS3 crowd has finally joined Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's closed beta, it's time to offer a few beta tidbits about what's new and different. Check out our thoughts before lending your voice to the conversation in the comments.

    Posted on 06/25/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Gaming Consoles

    During E3, the MMO space was rocked by the announcement that several big MMO titles would be headed to next-gen consoles. What is the likelihood of success? We take a look at that today and hope you'll offer your thoughts in the comments after reading.

    Posted on 06/21/2013 by Adam Tingle
  • MMORPG’s Most Wanted MMOs of 2013

    The List debuts today with another terrific series of games that most MMO players are dying to get their hands on at some point this year. We give you our five top choices so see if you agree before heading to the comments to post your list!

    Posted on 05/31/2013 by William Murphy
  • Dungeons in Final Fantasy XIV

    One of the most popular of any MMO's features is the dungeon system. In our latest Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn column, we take a look at a dungeon run through the eyes of a beta tester. Check it out before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 05/20/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Tempting FATE

    It seems that 'dynamic content' is all the rage in MMOs these days. But sometimes that dynamic content can be a double-edged sword. In today's Eorzea Reborn column, we take a look at how that might manifest in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Read on before heading to the comments.

    Posted on 04/05/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • A Realm Rising?

    Square Enix has been working hard to get the good news out about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn over the past several weeks. But is it making a difference? In today's FFXI: ARR column, we answer that question. Take a look and then discuss the article in the comments.

    Posted on 03/05/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Crafting and the Economy

    Crafting seems to be one of the big topics as the shift in MMOs goes from developer created content to player created. In today's Eorzea Reborn, we take a look at the way that crafting has the potential to influence the Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn economy. Read on and then craft a response in the comments.

    Posted on 02/28/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Preview Panic

    One of the things that MMO players are used to more than nearly anything else is the very popular preview option that we are often treated to long before a game is released. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this singularly unique feature of the MMO game space. Read on and then lend your voice to the discussion in the comments.

    Posted on 02/22/2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • In Anticipation of Beta

    Last week, Square Enix announced that the first round of beta testing for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will kick off in February. Today we take a look at the prospect of beta testing and what it all means. Read on and then add your voice to the comments.

    Posted on 01/30/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Cerebral vs Visceral Combat, Part 2

    Last week we went through a heaping helping of combat systems, and this week, we’re bringing it all back in to FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. Read on!

    Posted on 01/15/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Cerebral vs Visceral Combat, Part 1

    In a two part series in and around Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we will take a look at the differences between cerebral and visceral combat systems and what the developers might have in mind for the game. Check it out and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 01/09/2013 by Ryahl Smith
  • Content Additions

    As Square Enix gets ready to launch Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, we take another look at some of the big changes that have been implemented prior to the "world ending" events as the team gets ready to release A Realm Reborn on the world. See what we've got to say before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 12/27/2012 by Ryahl Smith
  • And So It Begins

    We are pleased to introduce a brand new column here at that will specifically cover Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the inaugural column, we take a look at the changes between the original and now and what we hope will make the FFXIV experience truly reborn. Read on!

    Posted on 12/11/2012 by Ryahl Smith
  • This Momentous Occasion

    Final Fantasy XIV launched officially -the first time- almost two years ago and was met with harsh criticism. Since then, however, Square Enix has show resolve to breathe new life into FFXIV with the forthcoming v2.0 "A Realm Reborn" version. We've got a lot to say about something as remarkable as this. Check it out before adding your thoughts to the comments.

    Posted on 10/25/2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Is FFXIV: A Realm Reborn a Dark Horse?

    Final Fantasy XIV crashed and burned in 2010, but the re-launch of the game as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is fast approaching. The re-launch seems to be flying under the radar for now, but could Square Enix's second try at the game be a dark horse in the MMO genre? Read on as we weigh in!

    Posted on 10/03/2012 by Michael Bitton
  • The Quiz: Bill Murphy Edition

    No, it's not a quiz about Bill Murphy but it is based on his latest list of the worst MMO launches in recent memory.'s Drew Wood took inspiration from The List and created questions for each of the games mentioned plus a few extras. See how you do in The Quiz: Bill Murphy Edition and let us know in the comments below.

    Posted on 01/05/2011 by Drew Wood
  • Top 5 MMO Learning Curves

    The List this week focuses on our favorite MMOs and the learning curves employed. How long it takes a player to pick up and play a game largely determines how long their tenure will be. Find out which games's Bill Muphy thinks make it tough on the newest players and then add your thoughts on the forums!

    Posted on 09/28/2010 by William Murphy
  • I Think I'll Rest For Just a Moment

    In this week's Player Perspectives column,'s Jaime Skelton looks at the newly uncovered fatigue system scheduled for Final Fantasy XIV. The system has been the cause of a lot of consternation across the internet and Jaime offers some of her thoughts. Read Player Perspectives and then participate in the discussion on our forums.

    Posted on 08/27/2010 by Jaime Skelton
  • Top 10 Games of 2012

    Jon breaks out his crystal ball and peers three years down the road. Which 10 games will dominate the market then?

    Posted on 08/11/2009 by Jon Wood


  • How to Earn Your Own Anima Weapon in Heavensward

    One of the more time-consuming new additions to FFXIV is the creation of your very own Anima Weapon in Eorzea. But you might be wondering how they’re obtained. Worry not, soon you’ll be on your way to earning your very own Anima Weapon with our handy walkthrough!

    Posted on 12/23/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • A Flying Quest and the Return Home Campaign

    Want extra details on learning flight in Heavensward? Look no further than this handy guide on flight and Square Enix’s Return Home to Eorzea Campaign!

    Posted on 06/26/2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • How to Unlock Flying in Heavensward

    One of the big new features in Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion, Heavensward, is that players will be finally taking to the sky on flying mounts. But, as with all things FFXIV, there’s a bit of a process when it comes to learning how to ride said flying mounts. In this quick-start guide, we hope to help you figure it out and get into the air as fast as possible.

    Posted on 06/23/2015 by William Murphy

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  • A little advice.

    I couldn't submit a feedback message long enough to say what I want to say, so I hope someone reads this and takes it to heart. And not only for FFXIV:ARR, but for any game in the future.

    Posted on 07/14/2013 by Ceallach