Hello and welcome to the twelfth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAM’s column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this week’s column, rather than looking into one of FFXIV’s gameplay systems or their design philosophy, we’re delving back into one of the aspects of FFXIV I like the most, the Armoury System. In particular, we’ll be talking about Jobs for existing Classes. With the exception of the Arcanist, the rest of the Disciples of Magic and all of the Disciples of War have but a single Job available to them. While these new Jobs do give new abilities to their base Classes and they change the gameplay to an extent, you can’t really claim that they provide the player with options to make their character unique when there’s one path available and you cut down the cross-class skill options for all Jobs. This is a modern MMO, after all – we’re used to the idea of multiple specializations for our classes and being able to fill multiple roles with most base classes. Let’s see if we can come up with some potential choices for our favorite classes, shall we?
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has now launched on the PlayStation 4! Both digital and retail copies are available for either the standard or collector's editions. Those who purchase the CE can also enjoy these additional features:
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On Monday, April 14th, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will officially launch on the PlayStation 4. We have some information for those looking to dive into the console version of the game!
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still going strong on the PC and we're here to celebrate that! Enter for a chance to win a NA region copy of the PC Collector's Edition, signed by Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida! Here's how!
The contest begins at 12:01am (midnight) ET on Monday, April 7, 2014 and will end at 11:59pm EDT on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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Hello and welcome to the eleventh edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAM’s column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this column we'll be talking about FFXIV's competition. For those of us playing on the PC, we're well aware of the other fantasy MMO offerings available: World of Warcraft, the EverQuest series, Lord of the Rings Online, etc. We have to remember however that FFXIV exists not only on the PC, but on consoles as well. As I talked about in one of our previous columns, the PlayStation 4 client is a perfectly viable way to enjoy FFXIV. Of course it also helps that there's no fantasy MMO alternative for console players other than FFXIV and its predecessor on the PS3, Final Fantasy XI… for now. This Friday marks the PC and Mac release of Zenimax Online's new MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions not too far behind, due out this June.
PC players will have both games available to choose between right on launch day, but those wishing to play a fantasy MMO on their PS4 will have to wait even longer; the PS4 client for FFXIV won’t be out until April 14th and TESO’s console versions won’t be released until June. That leaves those players (and potential newcomers) with some time on their hands and a decision to make. Do they stick with the Eorzea they know or do they see what Zenimax has to offer in the world of Tamriel? How does their gameplay compare to that of FFXIV? Given that I'm ZAM's FFXIV columnist as well as the person who wrote our preview for TESO, I'm probably the best equipped here to compare the two for any undecided players.
Square Enix has released Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.2: Through the Maelstrom today. The new content offers an exciting new storyline, dungeons like the Lost City of Amdapor and new Hard Mode dungeons, including the lurid Halatali and the Illuminati overrun Brayflox's Longstop. High-level players can test their mettle with the Second Binding Coil of Bahamut raid which will be the highest level of difficulty available.
Check out the massive eight minute trailer after the jump!
Square Enix is having a March Mayhem sale this weekend in their online store. Many titles are on sale, but they're going fast, so grab them while you can!