Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn “Really Looks Good”

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Final Fantasy XIV’s desperate rescue project Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn appears to be in danger of succeeding, with fresh screens and gameplay videos from the beta leading many to concede “it actually looks good” and “it may even be worth playing,” some improvement over the whipping boy status it formerly enjoyed.

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There is a certain amount of scepticism as to how much of these visuals will be possible on the PS3′s now (by glorious PC gaming master race standards) pathetically underpowered hardware, but on the PC it now looks set to give other MMORPGs a run for their money – graphically at any rate…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 17/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Looks" is what FF is good at

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 17/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's always had looks, it's everywhere else it falls short.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not everywhere, music is also mostly top tier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea i got FFXIV and it looked awesome but there wasn't like any dungeons or quests just grinding ~ not exactly the qualities of a good MMO

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you kidding me?
    .hack dungeons were one of the worst parts. they were all the same over and over again.
    the history was good and battle system too but the game gets kinda repetitive after some time

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    Comment by Erranty
    04:01 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why can't things be more like .hack// when it comes to dungeons? Sure it wasn't a REAL mmo, but that mechanic was pretty well designed!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you're talking about the .hack game, and he was talking about "The World" the game in .hack. The dungeons werent always the same had lots of variety. The point of .hack was that each area is randomly generated to look different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I agree. I think we've all be burned too many times. It'd take nothing less than a miracle to regain the magic.

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    Comment by Shadow C
    00:36 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or an ether....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately they would probably need a mega-elixir to recover completely >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol this looks better than some korean shits

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    Comment by cats2
    09:40 18/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The video looks like more of the same crap..

    Visual quality wasn't the problem...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and tons of awesome world content is what XI was great at and what this game will also excel at.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree that it looks gorgeous.
    But the UI looks busy. Not Morrowind level, but...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    UI is customization as seen in the video. If you don't like busy you can probably make it less so

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The Graphics weren't the issue with the original release it was really bad lag. Not just server lag but the UI stunk and was slow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    but not anymore :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, now it will be much, much worse. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Graphics =/= Gameplay

    If I wanted something for pure looks, I'd go watch a movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OMG you can jump!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Jump only, come on. Fucking fail.

    Where is the tarzan rope swinging, double jumping, and kick ass things we should be near now.

    Gaming imagination should be limitless by now.
    This is a exact sample why; this game fails YET STILL.

    Final Fantasy, just another excuse how to milke idiots who don't know..

    Summons -> Espers -> Avatars -> Eidolons -> Crap+I+Can+Change another name and idiot will still pay for it... intstead of losing their virginity and having a family.

    Grow up.
    Real Life =/= Video Games.

    Women are on the REAL LIFE SIDE MORE.

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    Comment by Gradius
    11:03 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It *ONLY* looks good. The end P-E-R-I-O-D !

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    An MMO where I don't get to play as a little animu girl with fox ears? Garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol bns is a shit in the first place :P

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:01 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll pass. To medieval looking which is not my style of RPG. Much more into the dark future city type.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is dark future shit in the imperial areas including airships that look like shit from star wars and giant robots and machines n shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The pseudo f2p model was the only thing that kept this thing somewhat alive. Them switching back to subscription might have attracted a few of those elitist prick people (we all know them)back to the game but i seriously doubt it will do the game much good. Bigger and better titles are all going b2p or f2p because that is the future. Saturation kills the market. People are growing weary of picking up monthly paid games.

    My preferred model certainly is buy and play online for free with a trivial in-game shop. F2p is very good for B or C titles, like those bazillions of Korean grinders or old titles that finally switch over.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    NCSoft / Nexon are great by the F2P models.

    You'd think Square could learn.
    Not to be americanized and maybe be more KOREANIZED.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haah, back to PSO2...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    badly compressed Jpgs are bad.

    I LOVED the graphics engine before. Never before have I seen such expansive landscapes.

    These screenshots are so bad though it's hard to tell the true quality. Because it looks like they moved to Deferred rendering(or lighting). Texture quality looks suspect!

    Also: DAT BANDING in sky :(

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    Comment by Riiku
    14:43 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No thank you.

    Next please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 28/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    currently playing xiv and loveing it, if u liked xi xiv is for u atm, cant wait for 2.0 '.')d looking good SE keep it up, btw id like to see some hylander women i hope u have that comeing with the new setup, peace

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 25/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit, has Sankaku been invaded by Squenix advertising reps? as everyone already forgotten how bad this game was? It always looked great, the fact that they are spending money making it 'look' better is already a huge warning flag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Chocobos???

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This might be the first FF game I play...here's to hoping it's not being undeservedly praised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    now if only it wasnt still a japanese MMORPG

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks good but does it PLAY GOOD?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It makes me wonder how they will make a PC master race game work on the PS3, with game size and ram limitations in the way.

    Hopefully it's just some texture low-res'ing changes and no censoring for western release like Tera.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    tera is stupid shit..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if the game doesn't launch well, these concept arts are just gorgeous!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this going to be same as SAO where you can't log out?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a lot more interested in Guild Wars 2...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If GW2 is like GW1, will be done and bored with the game in a month like d3 lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feel free to be more interested in GW2, so once it comes to October and no one longer cares for that game..I hope you have a backup interest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    GW2 sucks :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:23 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope they fixed DoW and DoM leveling, the combat jobs level way way to fast in ff14, I played it a few months ago, and got whm to cap fairly fast w/o even trying in a few days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can i use my FF14 toon for this one? played it for 2 months and quit.. wonder if my character is still there

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm pretty sure they're going to wipe all the old characters since technically it's a new game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    all characters will be ported over. It's been confirmed a dozen of times

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone else bothered by the jagged tree trunks and big flat slabs of texture passing for leaves? I haven't seen polygon count this low since the '90s... It's ironically nostalgic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm actually going to play Devil's Advocate here. Usually, an MMORPGs graphics will be a generation or so behind those of a single player game. This is deliberate. It's so more players can join in the game and so the game will run more smoothly on more computers.

    Sure you could make your MMO in the RED Engine with graphics pushed to the max and it would make the game really pretty but it would also cut your player base in half. A great many people couldn't join in because they can't afford a top of the line gaming PC.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    20:59 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their budget is going to hell since FF13 and beyond all failed so this is all the fans get.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are reworking an existing game released 2 years ago, which started development 5 years before.

    Also, need I remind you that this is going for PS3 too? Square isn't generous enough to allow their PC games to be upscaled far beyond their console versions. Not many company has done it.

    These days, they just port the game to PC straight from the console version. Rarely do you see a game made to take advantage of latest PC hardware like Deus Ex or The Witcher 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >expecting better from SE
    this guy

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really, looks fine to me.





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