Eorzea Examiner #12: Jobs

Hello and welcome to the twelfth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, rather than looking into one of FFXIV’s gameplay systems or their design philosophy, were delving back into one of the aspects of FFXIV I like the most, the Armoury System. In particular, well 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 cant really claim that they provide the player with options to make their character unique when theres one path available and you cut down the cross-class skill options for all Jobs. This is a modern MMO, after all – were used to the idea of multiple specializations for our classes and being able to fill multiple roles with most base classes. Lets see if we can come up with some potential choices for our favorite classes, shall we?

FFXIV Launches on the PlayStation 4

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:

  • Exclusive Box
  • Art Book – The Art of Eorzea: A Realm Reimagined
  • Special Soundtrack – The Sounds of Eorzea
  • Art Card Set
  • Themed Security Token
  • Seventh Umbral Era Special Movie Content Disc – The Waning of the Sixth Sun
  • In-Game Items – Fat Chocobo Mount, Coeurl Mount, Behemoth Barding, Wind-up Moogle, Baby Behemoth, Helm of Light

Continue after the jump for more details!

FFXIV to Launch on PlayStation 4 on April 14th

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!

FFXIV PC Collector's Edition Giveaway Contest!

The contest has ended, the winner has been chosen!
Congrats to Shadowduet!

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!

Eligibility

  • No purchase necessary, but you need to register for a free account with ZAM if you haven't yet
  • Most US or Canadian residents qualify; some restrictions apply
  • Read the Official Contest Rules for all eligibility requirements

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.

Winner must be able to provide valid shipping information to receive their prize.

How to Enter

  • Log in to your ZAM account (registering is free!)
  • Post a comment to this article stating what you love about FFXIV!
  • Deadline for entries is 11:59pm EDT on Friday, April 11, 2014
  • Only one entry per person, please!
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How We Judge

  • All entries that meet the above guidelines will be entered into a random blind drawing
  • The random drawing will take place on or about April 12, 2014
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That's everything... good luck!

Eorzea Examiner #11: The Competition Appears

Hello and welcome to the eleventh edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enixs 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.

Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 2.2 Has Launched!

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!

Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 2.2 Trailer

After sharing details on the story and characters of the upcoming patch, which we detailed last week, Square Enix published an 8 minute trailer listing all the new features coming to FFXIV in Patch 2.2: Through the Maelstrom. Check it out after the jump!

Eorzea Examiner #10: Itemization

Hello and welcome to the tenth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this column we'll be talking about FFXIV's take on equipment and itemization. I touched on this some back in column #5 with crafted items, but those aren't the only area where some variety in equipment could stand to be added. Does the system work as is? Yes but after playing a bunch of Marvel Heroes and the new Diablo III patch these last few weeks, I can't help but look at the loot in FFXIV and be left wanting more.

FFXIV Patch 2.2 Story and Characters Introduced

Square Enix shared more details yesterday on the story and characters that will be introduced in Patch 2.2.

Long dormant forces stir, their awakening a presage of night eternal.

Political unrest pervades the three city-states as the Scions of the Seventh Dawn leave behind their home in the Waking Sands. For the betterment of Eorzea, they have re-established themselves beyond the reach of those who would sway the Scions of personal gain.

Continue after the jump for more!

Eorzea Examiner #9: FFXIV on the PS4

Hello and welcome to the ninth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this column well be taking a break from all of the armchair game designing and talking about actually playing the game. FFXIV has been out on PC and PlayStation 3 since last August, but theres one more version of the game thats not yet released: the PlayStation 4 client. The PS4 version of the game wont be officially released until April 14th, but in order to prepare for launch Square Enix is holding two beta test events. The first was this past week (February 22nd through March 3rd) and the second will be right before launch (April 4th through 7th). As someone who plays FFXIV (well, and just wants something else to play on his PS4 until Infamous Second Son comes out), I jumped into the beta this past weekend to see how playing on the console compares to the PC.