Echoing the sentiments of players, even the western gaming press is hammering Final Fantasy XIV – the worst example of which being a Gamespot review giving the game 40% and calling it “a step backward for the genre” and commenting that “Final Fantasy XIV isn’t fun; it’s work.”

The executive summary:


Impressive visual engine
Flexible class system lets you be what you want, when you want.


Absolutely miserable interface
Does a poor job of communicating important information
Limited questing means you’re always looking for something fun to do
Everything about the economy stinks
Every aspect of the game is filled with dumb obstacles.

4.0/10 – Poor

In other comments there are telling complaints about the game’s new casual mission structure – “bland, repetitive, stand-alone missions that involve killing a certain number of creatures or harvesting resources” which “the game inexplicably limits […] to eight every 36 hours.”

The game is further panned in conclusion:

Final Fantasy XIV is a notable entry to the genre but only for what it lacks.

It lacks character; bare-bones quests and audiovisual repetition fail to instill a sense of fantasy wonder.

It lacks cohesion; communication failures, economic oddities, and stringent limitations leave you constantly directionless.

And it lacks joy; the abysmal interface and boring monsters make it a struggle to stay invested. The open-ended classes, the stunning graphics engine, the focus on story–these elements deserve rightful praise.

It’s a shame they weren’t put to use in a game worthy of the Final Fantasy brand. Certainly, Final Fantasy XIV will improve as features are added, yet the failures go beyond the superficial.

Updates may address a multitude of flaws, but “fun” is not a feature that can be added with a simple patch.

Whilst Gamespot is hardly a paragon of reliability, their comments do seem broadly in line with the generally unfavourable reaction the game has so far inspired (not to be confused with the surprisingly rabid reaction of both Square Enix fans and detractors).

For those wondering, Gamespot gave Final Fantasy XI 8.2 and World of Warcraft 9.5.

Little wonder Square Enix was keen for reviewers to wait until after everyone had the chance to rue the purchase themselves.

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    Comment by destructorv2
    09:30 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    .... So you're thinking of that FF7 remake again, Square?....

    hey... maybe they can get back from their track with that game... just sayin'

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    Comment by KiriCat
    10:39 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ff fail, sucked from the start lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TriangleComplex is going to jinx itself with all this anti SS/FF reviews. When the game really does take off, all these hateful posts will just point to the fact that most of the people at this site are trolls. Fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't argue with the negative aspects listed here.

    The game is better than made out to be though. Especially with regards to the fatigue system which is actually not bad. It is limiting, but it takes a lot to limit it. Even after a few hours of play per day, I haven't hit the threshold. But should you hit that threshold, you can play as another class with a separate threshold. You should be doing this either way to gain additional skills to make a solid character. Something every hardcore gamer ought to be doing.

    But the lack of content is definitely there and needs to be taken care of. It still feels like a beta, but not from the usual everything is buggy standpoint. It just needs more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    im soo disappointed by square-enix nowadays :(
    seriously as a fan i say, make up for it in ff13versus and ff15. if they dont just stop the final fantasy series. keep it from being more degraded

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    left or right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems gamespot rated it too early. IGN said they were going to wait to review it because you can't make a good review of an MMO this early after it's release. I'm not saying the game is good or bad...I haven't played FFXI and I probably won't play FFXIV (unless I'm making money then I might think about it)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is it "too early" to review a released game? That statement is such a contradiction, it's like admitting the game shouldn't have been launched yet.

    To all the comments that FF14 should have been like FFXI, bullshit. They finally did what everyone wanted (made the game progressive) after 5 years when their player population started spiraling. Imagine, if you will, how awesome the game could have been if they had devoted this much thought and effort years ago.

    Also calling BS on reviewers saying there's nothing fun to do in 14. You can do leves with your friends every single day. What in the world did you do in FFXI? Just form XP groups and mindlessly grind the same mob? The first thing I did with my friends in FFXI was BCNM40...that's 40 levels of grinding with a few quests (RSE gear) and like 5 missions for FORTY levels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like reviewing a game 1 or 2 hours after it's been released. How could one possible get a full grasp of the game in a short amount of time. MMOs require a lot of time, more than normal games. But I guess the quality of the review doesn't matter to you. I don't mind if there are bad reviews...just as long as the proper time has been spent before coming to that conclusion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm, just noticed cheat code central gave the game a 4.2 out of 5. Seems like the fanbase is going to be split for this game as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From Cheat Code Central's closing remarks:

    "We can’t recommend that you spend $50, and then $12.99 a month after the first 30 days, on a title that has as many flaws as FFXIV does. But we can recommend that you keep an eye on the news to see how this game evolves. If the developers can make it easier for new players to get a foothold in Eorzea, work out the lag issues, keep a good-sized community around, and tell a compelling story through the main quests, this could be the best MMO the world has ever seen."

    WTF is this shit? We can't recommend buying this game and paying the monthly subscription fee, but we're gonna give it a 4.2/5.

    I guess CCC's "review" score is based entirely on the game's hyped potential.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shitty retainer system, no implemented use for Guildmarks as of yet, and have you tried the main quest lines yet?

    I believe when someone commented in-game that the release was Beta 2.0, they hit it right on the mark.

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    Comment by Visa
    10:48 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just freakin' go f2p if you want more people to play, simple.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I told people not to buy that shit until they fix stuff. They didn't listen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bring Final fantasy XIII to PC, that `ll be the only way square enix cand reivindicate with us.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    05:48 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A completely justified review. As a longtime FFXI player, I really really really wanted FFXIV to be good and gave it the benefit of the doubt regarding a lot of things. I also ended up having to defend it from rather inaccurate posts on this website a lot, for focusing on things that either didn't matter over things that did, or for outright lies.

    However, this game has a lot of fundamental problems, and there are too many fanboys defending it as "well, gamers are just lazy" or "just because I didn't have a problem with the market wards, therefore no one does." A game shouldn't feel like you're paying for the ability to have another job, it should be *fun*. However, that fanboy attitude will keep the problems from being fixed since SE will feel justified in their crappy decision making by hiding behind fanboy comments.

    Also, the FFXI Dev team DID work on this, that's a large part of the reason that FFXI's development slowed to a crawl years ago. The problem, I believe, is with the new director, as well as Japanese attitudes about the propriety of subordinates suggesting that there are problems with company direction. I find it hard to believe the team that developed FFXI would have left so many obvious problems that were already addressed in that game left in otherwise. The fact that they completely ignored beta testers when we were SCREAMING at them to fix the biggest issues listed before they released the game means it's SE's own fault for being stubborn, as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Implying that the devs knew what's wrong, but their execs ordered them to let it be the way it already is?

    Well, there are a lot of factors that would make such a thing happen, but if you're smart, you'll realize that most of it is rather selfish and only benefit the company and not the players that paid for their shit. Oh well, this kind of story isn't unheard of in other big Japanese gaming companies. For example: Capcom and Namco-Bandai.

    I hope to God that Konami never will stoop this low...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    meh dunno why its gettin a bad rep im playing it right now and im having fun but this game is not for people with shit PC's and its not like WoW where everything is easy so if you want a challenge try it out =P

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what Yahtzee would have to say about the game XD

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

    aww man square is slowly degenerating from it's former glory, we need sakaguchi to save the company. please hire him back.

    on topic hopefully after a year they should be fixed by then, though first impression is always the last nowadays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm willing to bet it's not as bad as they're saying. Yeah it might have some problems but it's an MMO. It's not like it can't change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I couldn't care less about its flaws...

    Miqo'te <3

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    Comment by Aya Reiko
    03:14 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gametrailers has posted their review also.

    "We suppose there is potential down the line for the experience to improve with patches and tweeks, but that doesn't justify why the game is in such shambles at launch. There are too many good MMOs on the market for you to spend your time and money on this broken, incomplete mess.

    Overall: 4.2"


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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    03:14 12/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to admit, the game isn't so much fun starting off as of yet. They've shown a slew of the potential the game holds, and that has been exciting. If you kept up with the videos, a person like me who was considering XI another go, was promised so much from the next installment and it promised to be wonderful.

    And you are dropped in some of that from the videos and interviews when you play. In Gridania, or whatever town, you are treated to a real introduction to a place. And not only that, you have to linearly, but certainly not over-linearly go on a quick group of instances. For instance, Gridania you immediately have to go to the Adventurer's Guild, and your next missions are not by any means bad.

    Unfortunately, after the first mission, you're left to do levequests and just grind until your rank is high enough in one class to do another story.

    So while the current content and content promised in the future are something truly epic to be marveled at, something that makes you want to hurry up and get a good computer, the game, a subscription, and log in to be a part of this world so you don't miss out on some epic development, right now it's far to spread out, and you feel more like Goku training in a Time Chamber waiting for the world to truly "come alive" and you'll be prepared for all that content that's coming.

    And as much as I'm still on edge and dying for my Shantotto, I could only hold out grind for so long, and have eventually had to take longer breaks, playing for a lot less a day and a lot less a way, using my new rig and all the effort I had made to play the game earlier and get ahead in the game so I don't miss out on being one of the players to conquer Absolute Virtue XIV instead of late or not even reaching many of the things I wanted to in XI, to emulate PlayStation 2 games. In which a computer that is able to handle playing Final Fantasy XIV seems to even easier emulate the PlayStation 2.

    I think that we should all hold them to their promises for this game, in which have been massive and indeed worth being a part of. But I can understand many people no having fun, yet. They haven't even released a fourth of the content that they've promised, which is much more massive than that promised of XI, and content is important. The Roleplayers have already pushed out twice the content of Square Enix. If not many times more than that.

    The only real reason to play right now is if you're gotten your hands on a good roleplaying group to make full use of your beautiful Lolifell, Miqo'te, sprawling worlds, beautiful lands, and other immediate immersion benefits, and occasionally grind, or completely grind waiting for possible player created(roleplay) or Square created content in the future, so that you will be level capped and all ready for anything that's thrown at you instead of being late to the party.

    The latter of which most people are doing, and is, indeed, much like a painful job, and "addiction-forming" in some of the worst ways. I'm becoming addicted to preparing for my promises, and I already hate grinding, but one you start getting past ranks and levels further than 18, that grind that was kind of less than horrible at first, becomes something you're, or at least I'm, really pushing myself to do just relying on the promises I'm given. And even those aren't enough to keep me going for too many days at a time, even I have a threshold.

    As much as I want to be fully prepared for my promises, I want the content to hurry up and get here.

    I firmly believe in those promises, again. But it's certainly not very fun yet, now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck it... it sucks monkey fuck and shouldnt be played.

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    13:52 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Gamespot is hardly a paragon of reliability", that is so true. Still this probably one of the few trustworthy reviews done by Gamespot in the last few years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have most of you even played it yet?! So many, "I agree" posts, but I'm willing to bet most of you haven't played it. Hell from what I read, it's just like every other MMO, boring as hell and a waste of time. But that didn't stop most of you from playing any other MMO. Most of you seem to be Mr. Me Too's, agreeing with what the majority says (which is the norm here).

    This will be like every other MMO before it, a bunch of people spending days together, trying to kill a boss, and fat guys blowing their brains out, when some chick refuses to marry them in real life (actually that only happened with a WoW player, sad and funny at the same time).

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If most people don't agree with the opinion of the majority, then it's not the opinion of the majority...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFXIII sucked and FFXIV sucks harder?

    Square needs to get their shit together. . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really dont get it. Some people here are saying "It's like reviewing a game 1 or 2 hours after it's been released. How could one possible get a full grasp of the game in a short amount of time."

    I suggest u go read the Users Review. They HAVE invested ALOT of time on the game since release and in my opinion those reviews should not be ignored just because u are fans.

    http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/finalfantasy14/player_review.html?id=739422&tag=player-reviews%3Bcontinue%3B10 [http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/finalfantasy14/player_review.html?id=739422&tag=player-reviews;continue;10]

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:37 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The FF dudes should just stick to the graphics department of FF14 and let the WoW people do the game interphases and quests.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read this users review http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/finalfantasy14/player_review.html?id=739422&tag=all-about%3Breview1 [http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/finalfantasy14/player_review.html?id=739422&tag=all-about;review1]

    Before i wanted to buy FF-14 and try it. But now i wont bother and never will buy it to try it out. I will just hug my FF-7+8+9+12 and cry in a corner.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    00:12 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just did read this. This game is way worse than I thought possible... -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:42 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder how long it will take before they can release patches and updates to fix the issues and improve the game. And how many of their fans are still playing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One should also recall that when XI came out in the US it was a year after it had been released in Japan which gave it more time to flesh out, if they were to review XI at the same time in which XIV was reviewed they would most likely have given it the same rating as XIV.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If IGN, GT and others give it similar scores. We can say it's a bad game.

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    00:55 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it safe to say that even those Facebook simplistic games are much than FF XIV..?

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

    I saw epic battle fantasy in kongregate NOW THATS AN RPG! and it does well in FLASH

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet you they are very much than FF14.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    02:14 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Facebook Fantasy? Do not want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My feeling is PC players are still in a beta they're just paying for until the PS3 release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    my feeling is fanboys have small dicks

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:04 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Everything about the economy stinks"

    FFXIV, it's just like real life!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like every other MMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What on earth just happened to SE ?

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    Comment by Pertamax
    01:02 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because they believed in China

    that what was happened to SE

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you mean, they tried to be Chinese? And failed doing so?

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    Comment by Hyra911
    22:17 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, they had failed. They are now worse then Chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, they succeeded. and make great enjoyful game for pleasure of today now buy everbody

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    Comment by rev effect
    00:24 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty easy to see this kind of response come for this game before it was released. They practicly shot themselves in the foot when they announced the limited experience system. Just goes to show that no matter how good a game looks, if the gameplay, controls, and features arent spot on then it will not turn out so good. Thats why people will still play games that are years old because at the end of the day graphics mean nothing unless they make playing the game impossible.

    Oh well I still have star wars the old republic and vindictus to look forward to for new mmo's. Now back to playing enslaved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean the great big Hatewagon ruined it right? When 10 speculation articles come out before anyone plays the game it doesn't even matter if they're true, like the crap about "the fatigue system", it can a bunch of misinterpreted bull, but hey now all the haters can mass and "HAH I KNEW IT" when they don't know jack, so when they do play the game, they go in with the attitude of a whiny little prick LOOKING for problems and things to pin on the game instead of actually TRYING and realizing that many things that bug them are probably because of user error.

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    Comment by baeshin
    05:57 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree 100%. Most of the haters here havent even played it and are just going off what they "heard". They need to actually try the game with an open mind and have their OWN opinion.

    How many of these same haters are gonna try the star wars mmo or guild wars 2 with an open mind ? im better 90% of them but they somehow instantly hate ff14 just because of over exaggerated articles on here and other places.

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