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Reportedly Square Enix is demanding the gaming press hold off publishing any reviews of Final Fantasy XIV until a month after the game’s release; unfortunately, players seem to have jumped the gun and are publishing their own less than favourable opinions of the game.

Review copies of Final Fantasy XIV have been accompanied by the admonition that reviews should be held back for “three to four weeks post launch” – the rubric apparently being that lots of time is needed “to give the online game time to mature.”

The demand is styled as a “polite request,” although review sites can probably be forgiven for suspecting their supply of future Square Enix titles might be in danger of drying up should they ignore the request.

Naturally, Square Enix’s growing legion of detractors (admittedly not necessarily any more reliable than Square Enix themselves) have their own interpretation of this – that Square Enix is attempting to delay news of an impending disaster.

Japanese user reviews are not so sparing – 38% and 1.5 stars over some 160 ratings:

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In Amazon’s case the game carries the tags “Made in China” and “Square Enix Fraud”… In response Square Enix Wada is reported as saying “That’s just how the Internet is. I’m even telling the creators not to take any notice.”

The obligatory unflattering Photoshops (shown with the trappings of a Japanese funeral for those left wondering):

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There is only one thing stupider than someone who rates an mmorpg this early in it's lifetime, and that is anyone who listens to someone else rate an mmorpg this early in its lifetime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    true gamers don't believe in ratings and reviews

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    03:10 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen to that! Seems like for all the advantages of connectivity, in some ways the industry is going downhill as so many people are placing so much importance on reviews instead of simply venturing and trying things out they seem to base their opinions and purchases on the little sugar pill they get from biased review sites.

    I loved Milon's Secret Castle as a kid. Does it matter that Angry Video Game Nerd trashed it? Not in the slightest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't about professional reviewers blunder on how some games are supposed to be great when they're not, or vice versa.

    The thing is, complaints are everywhere. People are saying the same thing for FFXIII, using sales alone to judge if a game is good or not. How can you guarantee that most of the purchasers felt content with the cash they spent? Some people just can't return it, or when they try to resell, no one would buy.

    Look at all major gaming boards. If you think people are just hating FFXIII because it's the popular thing to do, you probably weren't in any of the forums during the early days of the game release. People just go around and ask "Where are the minigames? Where are the TOWNZ? The NPCs? Why has the stats been decreased to just 3 measurements? WHY CAN'T I CONTROL THE WHOLE FUCKING PARTY!?" But this is about FFIV, so I'll stop here.

    Of course it's important to play the game to get the best grasp of its feel, but people had to pay cash for that shit. They gotta know if it's worth it or not. Not everyone's born rich. Similarly, not everyone has the thick face to ask for cash from their parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 17/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    true gamers dont play FFXIV

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called take it with a grain of salt, it IS the cool thing to do evident of all these threads despite 6 million sales, which will finance better then any obscure cult classic, which only really remain that way because they CAN'T make any more, thus creating a stilted nostalgia filter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wasn't there a little controversy awhile back from the 14team making fun of how slow the 13team were and 14was waiting on 13 because they were claiming that they were ready to release a lot earlier than this?

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    Comment by Vlesh
    04:40 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pretty amusing stuff considering that the had to release a new server the day of launch because of over population and all of the servers but maybe 2 are locked and no one can create new characters on them because of overpopulation

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is Sankaku though.

    Tell them something like that and the next FFXIV story will be about how pathetically under prepared SE was with having servers ready for the release and how they're not really overpopulated but poor quality chinese made servers that can't handle even the few people willing to play the game.

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    Comment by moebius22
    05:29 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix sucks. Final Fantasy 13 did it for me.

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    05:58 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't understand, Square Enix. Just take out the fatigue system (if that's still around), stop making the maps have no variety... I have no idea what's going on with the battle system though so I can't speak for or against it. It's like they've become so concerned with how things look that they forget it's actually a game; I still look back on the character models and say "Wow, these characters look awesome, I can't see what this game is like" until I'm disappointed in what I hear about the game. My Xbox was working fine until FF13 came around...

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    Comment by Vlesh
    08:07 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fatigue system is pretty much non-existant, only really is noticable by players that play for over 12 hours a day, so pretty much it's only noticable to those 12 year old kids that have nothing to do outside of school or those 20+ year old adults who live in their moms basements with no job

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow... seriously?

    The stuff you're saying they should "fix" is all of the super exaggerated BS that this site helps spread around.

    It's pathetic that people like you are trying to critique the game while knowing jack squat about whats actually wrong with it and what isn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yawn. It's a good game. Not perfect, it has some strange omissions and a few bugs, but it's still a good game. And certainly the most enjoyable MMORPG I've ever played.

    I would presume if they're asking reviews to hold off until a month from now that they have a patch coming with some important updates the reviewers might like to know about. Perfectly reasonable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is what they get for locking half the content on the disk, pretty much paid 40 pounds for half a game..and the new crafting system is just fucking dumb

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol...
    Final Funeral photoshop is pretty awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Square Enix is really going down. Too bad for Nobuo Uematsu and all it's designer they are the only thing that keeps square enix falling down so badly right now

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobuo left. The rest are planning to leave too.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    03:07 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Nobuo left.
    Someone is a silly little troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    he left!! (opening wikipedia) oh yeah... (ashamed)

    Comment by shoganai
    02:20 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most copies of games are bought very soon after the game's release. This is especially true in Japan, and especially especially true of FF games in Japan.

    What Squeenix is asking is for reviewers to not review the game until nearly everyone who might have bought it has already bought it and a bad review would have no major impact on the game's sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe when they buy it first day because they believe in actually TRYING OUT THE GAME to see if they like it, amazing right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well it is sad. Really nice photoshops of the in-store displays. Having had the life sucked out of me already by MMO's since 1997, even if it WAS good to play for a year, I don't think I have the mental strength to start another. Worst off is the people in the entire world who take advantage of all the MMO companies by playing out of bounds of the intended method (using computer cheats hacks and bots and exploits). If it was a all new method of play like FF12 plus what FF10x2 had plus how FF10 was and a world filled with a zillion things to do it might be fun. I think at the moment I would rather stick to playing everquest1 and everquest2 than start a new game.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    01:28 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look ever since they merged into Enix it has been fail after fail after sub par crap. They either have to fire pretty much everyone or get their heads out of their asses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have time-traveled from 4 weeks post-launch to deliver this message to the people October 5th, 2010: Final Fantasy XIV still sucks dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you've yet to use your time machine to go back and stop hitler, you sir are the one that sucks dick.

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    Comment by Myballz
    03:47 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It just sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can bury all the copyes on a desert :D

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    03:49 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like in ET & PacMan times eh... only they don't have borders with Mexico :P Oh well, Mongolia borders China too

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ooh maybe they can build bridges with it.. gotta be better than newspapers and other trash they build with..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That photoshop is just mind blowing. Did you see how the displays just sank right through the floor?

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    Comment by Stangace20
    03:30 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO

    You know a game is crap when a company doesn't want people to talk about/review it

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    Comment by Yden
    03:39 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The funny part is the same thing happened with that Ultraviolet movie way back when. They only screened it to reviewers the night before the movie released so the review couldn't hit the papers on release day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He he he...

    How utterly useless this debate is...

    Just drop Squeenix's games altogether and play something else, like Demon's souls.

    Ya all wanna 'make Squeenix listen to us'? Simple... Stop buying their crap so they get their act together... If they do not, well... Good riddance then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sankshittycomplex = fake and shit.
    There's a lot of forum're making laugh about you.

    Final Fantasy XIV is the best MMORPG ever made, a true fantasy, by FFIX team.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIV=piece of shit *fixed

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who the hell wanted a new mmorpg ff for fuck sake.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    22:24 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ONE star ??? Can't say they aren't deserve that, soon they can no longer buy game review to trick people into buying their craps, no longer have enough cash to pay their worker and will disappear into oblivion. Only after that Ogre battle series may start again, damn those shameless gold digger !

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 07/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    all i gotta say is those long tower airships with the wings look really stupid. that was enough for me to pass on this game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they didnt want the game to be reviewed they shouldnt have released it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone think that this title might reach am E.T. or Superman 64 level of infamy in the gaming world and be regarded as the worst MMO ever made?

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    Comment by Marcell
    03:52 10/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dammit, why don't just focusing on standard RPG? Those MMO are sucks, especially with the bandwith

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Closed and Open beta tester here. The reviews are spot on and it deserves what it gets. Why should it not be fair to judge an MMO when its released? People need to stop tolerating shitty half-finished releases for MMOs. And FF14 is more shitty and less finished than most.

    The UI lacks info and features at many points, while also having extra superfluous info at others. The only "content" in the game right now are the daily quests which are called "leves" and 8 of them can be done every 36 hours. They are all given from the exact same guy in town, and you get around 4-5 every 10 levels. Each new tier is the same leves essentially, just higher level mobs. Kill X, Harvest Y, etc.

    The game world is heavily copy-pasta'd. Check Youtube. And it lacks any sort of Points of Interest or Landmarks at all. It's just endless boring skymaps and landscape with randomly placed mobs. No castles, no bandit camps, no waterfalls, no dungeons, etc.

    Communication ingame is abysmal too. No Mailbox, no auction house. No chat channels other than Say, Shout, and Linkshell (sorta like a guild, but with no features other than a private chat channel). Group attacks don't really work. Targeting is clunky and archaic. The con system doesn't work to know what to fight.

    The engine design is so poor that it won't even fully use your graphics card for 90% of players. And future hardware won't even change that due to it only using 2 threads/cores. Turning on occlusion or other special features murders your FPS to below 5, etc.

    I've played or followed dozens of MMOs back since Ultima Online and EQ1. This is seriously the most pathetic release I've seen from a major developer since maybe Anarchy Online or Earth and Beyond from EA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    SE has the worst customer service ever. They have claimed i need to reset my account information and have provided no help whatsoever.

    i'm pretty much giving up all hope with SE and abandoning them.

    what a bunch of pinheads.

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    02:21 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China = We're going to ruin your video games one genre at a time

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having played the open beta, I had predicted that SE would ask reviewers to hold off on reviewing the retail release a month or more after it came out before this announcement was ever made public.

    This is because due to vast amounts of negative player feedback during beta, SE probably became aware that FFXIV would be a critical disaster. So they are attenpting to limit the impact poor reviews will make on sales on the game by pushing the reviews back.

    Had FFXIV been a good game, SE would have never made this request.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm not a gamer but this is just hilarious. "please wait until we've suckered people into buying this game for a month or so before telling everyone how much it blows!" lol.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    10:50 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, I'll bite: what's the point of Japanese media holding off from publishing their Final Fantasy XIV Online reviews, if the goddamn game is ALREADY OUT?

    This usually works for Western media 'cause, if they upset the publishers, they'll stop sending them free retail copies early on, hence preventing them from publishing reviews before the game is on the streets.

    But this thing is already out over there! Why don't they publish their reviews and, if they happen to be negative and upset Squeer Enix, just go and, from then on, buy their games like everybody else in order to review 'em? I mean, they're "professionals", unlike random Internet dudes they do this for profit, they more than anyone else could stop being such cheap bastards...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the fact that judging an mmorpg at this early a stage is one of the stupidest things you can do.

    These kind of games aren't like everything else where when it's released it's all there to be poked and prodded over.

    Just because someone is a "professional" doesn't mean they can adequately review a mmorpg in its infancy. I recall one of those shit shows on G4 reviewing FFXI before the US version had even launched or something. They ranted about how the game had no players or economy etc.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    10:26 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    goodbye square -_____-

    seriously they need to fix their department ASAP, remove wada now before it's too late...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 06/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AND NOTHING OF VALUE WAS LOST








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