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Final Fantasy XIV Receives Patch 2.3

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has received an extensive patch dubbed "Defenders of Eorzea." This patch adds the most important feature of in any video game ever: the ability to raise your own Chocobo! The chance to raise a Chocobo is just a single facet in a feature-rich patch which includes all of the following:

Eorzea Examiner #18: Gatherers and Jobs

Hello and welcome to the eighteenth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAM's column on Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this week's column, we'll be taking a look at the classes that make up the Disciples of the Land. While in other MMOs gathering is relegated to secondary skills for your combat classes, FFXIV treats the three gathering professions – Botanist, Miner and Fisher – as true classes. The gameplay for DoL classes is unique compared to any of the other Disciples, and all three classes have their own unique skills (cross-class as well), equipment and quests available.

FFXIV Patch 2.3: Defenders of Eorzea Trailer

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's Patch 2.3: Defenders of Eorzea is scheduled to go live on July 8, 2014. Yesterday afternoon, Square Enix released an epic 8-minute trailer for the update!

Eorzea Examiner #17: Inspiration From Nexus, Pt. 2

Hello and welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, we're going to continue our look at the recently released MMO from Carbine Studios, WildStar; in particular, we’ll be examining the game to see what design elements would fit well over here in Eorzea.

In part one we looked at their take on player housing (e.g. free to start, impacts rested XP, customizable to fit your playstyle, etc.) as well as their Renown social currency and how it encourages players to actually group together as they wander Nexus. While both of these are important elements that I’d like to see Square Enix take a look at, housing and social currency are more secondary activities in the grand scheme of MMOs. These systems may help prolong your interest once you’re invested, but first you have to get to that point and that requires getting past the first hurdle many MMOs fail at: combat. Luckily FFXIV has succeeded in making a keybind MMO that’s interesting to play, but there’s always room for improvement and WildStar has much to offer.

E3 2014 - Between the Cracks Compilation

In the wake of E3, lots of bits and pieces get lost. Trailers get pushed aside, gameplay videos go unwatched. Big news takes the spotlight. To help fill the gaps, we've got 10 videos to help you catch anything you might've missed in the fervor of the full event!


Miss anything from the main events?

Media Briefings: XboxEAUbisoftPlaystationNintendo
Trailer Recaps: Xbox, EA, Ubisoft, Playstation, Nintendo


Eorzea Examiner #16: Inspiration From Nexus, Pt. 1

Hello and welcome to the sixteenth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, we're going to take a look at the recently released MMO from Carbine Studios, WildStar. This one's going to be different than when we looked at The Elder Scrolls Online earlier this year; I won't be trying to help anyone choose between the two. Instead, we're going to look at WildStar as inspiration for changes in FFXIV. While the games themselves are quite different, some systems could still be used or modified to improve things for everyone here in Eorzea.

Nosgoth Closed Beta Key Giveaway

All keys have been claimed, enjoy!

ZAM has teamed up with Square Enix for a Closed Beta Key Giveaway for their upcoming Vampire vs Human multiplayer game, Nosgoth!