I played Final Fantasy XIV Online back in 2010 and I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it either. And it seemed I wasn't the only one. Many fans of the series complained, so the game was unltimately scrapped, and Square Enix went back to the drawing board. In August 2013 the game was re-released as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and presto… gamers were excited again.

In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn you’ll go on an adventure with a character which you can completely customize in advance, through the use of the in-game character builder. After a long intro (but, might I add, well worth watching ) you may begin scouring the land of Eorzea. Pretty soon, you run into numerous people with issues. Issues that you need to fix, because these people ask you to (You must be the humanitarian of the year...) You advance through the game by completing these quests, which are pretty straight-forward and easy at the start of the game, but become increasingly difficult as the game continues.

Back to the characters; there are four races you can choose from:

Hyur - A human-like race ,just like you or me (so...damn sexy)
Elezen - A elvish-looking race
Miqo'te - A Feline-looking race
Roegadyn - Giants
Lalafell - Small, cute looking creatures

Within each race, you can choose from three classes:

Tank - Attracts all enemies in the area, so the other players (DPS) can attack unhindered
DPS -These are the characters who attack the enemies
Healer - The character that supplies the party with health

Apart from your race and class, you can also select jobs. There are really too many different jobs to mention, so suffice to say that each job has its own unique perk. Lastly, you can select your breed, i.e. in which town or country your parents had a roll in the proverbial hay, and where, as a consequence, you were born.

The enemies in the game all have a certain level which differs from one map to the next . Next to this, there are dungeons and fates that you need to complete with the help of other players. Throughout the game you gather experience points ( XP / EXP ). These experience points are used to level up. Aside from the XP, there are tons of gear to find or earn. So in this case, that which doesn't kill you, actually does make you stronger.

When you play this game on the PC, you control your character with the keyboard and mouse. On the PS3 & PS4 you use the controller. Contrary to what people might think, this works very well. The controls are intuitive and really well thought through. The graphics are excellent, both in the numerous cutscenes as well as during regular gameplay. Sound-wise this game is solid as a rock. It uses the CrystalTools engine, and has no lag or sound problems whatsoever.

All in all A realm Reborn is a great game. There is a bi-monthly fee for playing this MMORPG, so keep that in mind if you are considering to play this game, and don't forget to purchase a gamecard with your copy of A Realm Reborn. When you redeem your first gamecard, you receive an additional month of playing time, completely free of charge. After this, all redeemed cards grant you two months of game-time.

Final Fantasy XIV - A Realm Reborn : A New Beginning
PC / PS3 / PS4
Square Enix
August 27, 2013 (PC & PS3)
April 14, 2014 (PS4)