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Final Fantasy XIV (14): Bad Review says Game isn’t Worth it

While I’m sure most Final Fantasy fans have already read the majority of mixed for reviews for Final Fantasy XIV on the PC, we couldn’t help but take notice of IGN’s poor verdict, only scoring the game a 5.5/10.

According to their review, Final Fantasy XIV isn’t a game worth getting, highlighting key issues regarding the ‘terrible interface’ ‘slow menu response times’ and the the lack of user-friendly features which makes the game very confusing for new players.

However, they do reserve special praise for the game’s visuals, while they also say the story mode is pretty interesting. After reading their review though, the criticisms definitely outweigh the positives unfortunately.

With a lasting appeal score of just 5.0 from IGN, this is almost unheard of for a Square-Enix title, especially a Fantasy Fantasy MMO. To say the game ‘isn’t worth playing’ is a pretty bold statement, so we’d love to hear your side of the story.

Firstly, those of you who already have the game, is the criticism justified or not? For those who are yet to buy it, has the 5.5/10 score completely put you off?

Read IGN’s review here.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Shank
Shank

1st Those guys said that the quest and level system is boing. Excuse me, care to tell me what were you doing in LineAge 2 or the stupid SilkRoad or any other online games ? All you guys did was grinding monster to get higher and care to tell me how many of you actually doing those quest in online game ? or all you guys did were changing jobs quest ? So suck up and stop complain about the quest system here.2nd Those guys complained about the control system ? I will only say; get use to it. I… Read more »

Munki42
Munki42

From what i’ve read,  they have fixed most of the problems with more patches on the way.  Not to mention they gave everyone FREE game time as to say stain on us we’ll fix it asap.  I havent played it yet but plan on it in the next few days.

Munki42
Munki42

From what i’ve read,  they have fixed most of the problems with more patches on the way.  Not to mention they gave everyone FREE game time as to say stain on us we’ll fix it asap.  I havent played it yet but plan on it in the next few days.

darkness4832
darkness4832

I’m sitting here reading all these comments saying “Don’t bad mouth the game cause it’s not done yet” Why the hell would they give us something that isn’t done yet. It’s like giving out an uncooked steak. If they didn’t want people to hate it right off the bat they should have tried to ask for more time or something. And now they had to suffer for it. Granted I am still sure it will get better they just better make some serious changes if they wanna recover from the crap start they gave.

Andres Pascua

I’m a huge fan of SE and FF series. I bought the special edition the day it came out and honestly from the moment I started playing I had no clue what to do. It has amazing potential, but just sucks right now. Given some time I know this game will become amazing. As long as it’s still free now I’m happy to play every now and then. If I start getting charged it just better be good enough.

Synzin
Synzin

I played the Beta fairly extensively. This game is just a rehash of FFXI with many of the same problems. Final Fantasy is supposed to be all about the new story and adventure, yet here they used the same races as in the last MMO which were complained about constantly. Crafting and levelling are a chore, nothing more. The quests all come from a central hub, instead of actually going out and talking to npc's like in other games. This makes everything seem impersonal and job-like. Like many Final Fantasy fans, I had really been hoping they would blow us… Read more »

Kevin Grd
Kevin Grd

Greatly improved 🙂 I'm soo glad I didn't listen to haters and bought it because maybe a year from now it will be epic

Lucidious
Lucidious

Let me start off by saying that the game has improved dramatically. There are many people out there that will not take the time or effort to check back in on a game's development even though announcements were made that the the game was being revamped by a new team, a great team. Final Fantasy 14 started off as a game that was annoying to play. However as further efforts to fix the game were made it quickly became enjoyable. If IGN took the time to re-review it I'm sure the score would be much higher now. The people who… Read more »

Anon
Anon

Just updating here, for those that happen to run across these reviews! The game was horrible at launch. Those who enjoyed the FF series, or were hardcore MMO fans in general, could suffer through and find the fun in the game – but there was no denying the fact that the game was in an awful state. Fast forward to today, and he have a much smoother experience! The lag everyone mentions is pretty much gone (some high population areas can still cause lag, but that's to be expected). Content is slowly being pumped into the game, and the odd… Read more »

bernard
bernard

people sit here and insult the game, but this game is IMCOMPLETE, as in it is not yet done and cant be fully ivaluated until its been patched

mmorpg hardcord
mmorpg hardcord

I have the game when it first came out. I was excited because I had been with FFXI for a year or so. I was highly confident it's gonna be much better than XI, but the reality don't turn out right. First of all all the game characters still look exactly of XI what is the point to hope for a new one to come out? We hope to see new play characters not a repetitive character looks from previous FF version that really turn off my desire to play. Secondly the mobs don't show their levels that's really annoying… Read more »

RubyRuby
RubyRuby

I looked at the game, and it doesn't look this bad… I'm sure they'll fix up the problems sooner or later. I also think that new gamers should give it a try – maybe they'll understand it better than the ones who are used to FF systems. It's like a language you learn -the younger you are, the easier it is for you to get a hang of it.

megzy x
megzy x

it is great! i am addicted to it! i love it! not normaly my kinda game but now thats all i buy! lol i recomend it!

Leech
Leech

the problem with this game is that its another ff11 its like a expantion to start all over again. i have played it i love the concept of having to use example blunt objects to crack bone off monster the the problem is the gameplay is EXACTLY like 11. the other problem are lag issues, char control, interface, i love the craft where crafting is really helpful not like other games where you craft the item took you 2 hours to get and you only use it for 1 level which the item you really didnt even need cause it… Read more »

nick
nick

i have the game and invested heavily into it…. it is basically all crafting…?? what the fxxx?????? the leveling up is unique…. by easily switching classes is just changing your weapon… i like that… but NO AUCTION HOUSE????? are you kidding???? it is almost impossible to find what you need for your level 10 whatever!!!! SE's answer is market places where ppl do not specifically stay in the room they are supposed to and everything is sooooo overpriced it's ridiculous. that was the beauty of the economy that is created with the auction house style from 11…. this game is… Read more »

ScottHeisel
ScottHeisel

Oh and the gear, you waste so much inventory just holding on to all the gear you need for the different jobs because specific jobs have special gear. This becomes very annoying when you have crafting gear on you. Each craft doesn't use the same gear. Most harvesting gear is the same though. You can find general gear, but it is not as good as the specific gear. The gear sucks in this game as well. From levels 1 to 50 lancer, there are a total of about 10 types of spears/lances. So you have only one option for gear… Read more »

ScottHeisel
ScottHeisel

And I have alll jobs to at least 20 and all crafts to at least 12. I tried everything out because I wanted to give this game a good shot. I started playing FF11 again just because I could get up to level 90 ninja. I'm not going to bother playing 14 until they make it fun. Right now it's like going to work. A programmer's idea of fun doesn't usually mesh with normal people. Normal people don't want to crunch numbers and spend 10 hours a day crafting so they can repair their weapons that go to 0 durabilty… Read more »

ScottHeisel
ScottHeisel

The jobs are rediculously simple and all 4 melees are almost the same for damage and defense. Even the two mages heal equally as well and debuff. Oh and debuffs, like in FF11 suck and are a waste of time. DoT's in FF11 suck and they carry that suck faction to FF14. They don't know what they want to do,t his is simple enough to see. Once you get a job skill you can put it on any other job. Everyone runs around with a heal, shock spikes, stoneskin, melee tp attacks, and magic tp attacks. Oh and the game… Read more »

ScottHeisel
ScottHeisel

They had to mix around staff and get some new people in. I think their leads are getting too old and their idea of fun is going to work each day and doing "busy work" that's what this game is… the story is painfully flat, I've seen and played all 3 starting stories. The stories don't make much sense in English and lack meaning. You learn you are a special "choosen" and their is a society of these "goddess/god choosen" who are privaliaged with seeing the past in vision. Think of it as more time traveling crap from writers who… Read more »

ImpalerINC
ImpalerINC

worst mmo this year. I was hoping…really hoping that SE would break the whole wow monotony that’s rules mmo land but it fell short…it caved…what a joke…worst UI, worst lag, worst commercial use of a franchise ever…thank god for GW 2…the test version of GW2 I played @ pax owns FF14 and all of it’s sorry azz gameplay. I give up square…u guys wasted my money and time

Santa
Santa

ROFLMAO COOKIE MONSTER WANTS THIS GAME IN HIS PANTS

Purehavoc
Purehavoc

COMPLETE GARBAGE! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY

Munchow
Munchow

SE needs to stop milking FFXI and put alot more effort in to FFIV. I just cant figure out why they didnt stick with the march 2011 release date, especialy since they just raised the level cap in XI. I think the game is good excpet for the interface, and that tends to bring down everything else. It will get better, but it will never be 2 button easy mode like WOW, and it seems like thats what alot of the haters want atm.

Gamer7
Gamer7

Alot of people have said that FF14 is horrible, magazines, websites, reliable sources ect. ect. however, I bought the game on launch date and I played it for a few days and found it alot different than FFXI (I played for four years) and I was actually was impressed. I love the colorful open worlds, how you can create your own unique persona. I will say that the dependency on job classes does take time, but FFX14 Lodestone gives you the recipes for each classes from 1-10 and so on so you don't have to scratch you head (which I… Read more »

GP
GP

Not only is it justified, it’s too generous a score. I can’t believe it got even a 5.5…that’s far too close to ‘average’ and this game is FAR below average.

nyko300
nyko300

Game play is choppy, menu is laggy, i fight a rat and it kills me but im 8ft tall and weight 400lbs and die by a rat? my computer is way above specs game play is still choppy, the excuse was drivers for my ati hd 5850 is not yet updated waited for release damn thing is still choppy. thank god i didn't put my CC info in yet game is stupied loved there last mmo this one was just dumb. even though i played alot of there games still have to relearn all there crap they can't keep it… Read more »

Youngsun
Youngsun

i miss square soft…. havent played xiv yet, but was an avid xi player for some time.. CoP was the best story ever.. i cant imagine that a company with that much mmo experience and just in gaming in general be that careless.. altho im still conviced xii was reallly only half the game.. i thnk im just going to wait for the old republic..

Naito
Naito

I bought it befre a read about the commnets. I got dissapointed to. It does not worth buying this gamne sadly.

It seems that the story is good but the game interface is not user friendly and eith long delays and bugs.

Kush
Kush

To those who had even think of buying this horrible game, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT ANYMORE. Save your money for something else. Only hardcore fanbois will still wanna play this terrible game shortly. I have a physical level 20 char and I know the limitation of this game after 1.5 weeks of playing. For those who disagrees and still had their heads in the cloud, we made the mistake of buying the game already. Be good and don't make another suffer. There is a reason why the 1st free month was extended to the 2nd, to entice the fence… Read more »

andy
andy

the game is plain horrible

GTL
GTL

At this stage this game is horrible. not to mention i encountered numerous problems to even be able to play it on pc. it is definately not user friendly and hopefully by the time it comes out for ps3 square enix will have cleaned up their sloppiness. the programmers for this game should be out of a job except for whoever worked on the graphics.

San Souci
San Souci

I’ve played FFXI from shortly after its NA release and have considered it the premier fantasy MMO. I’ve played FFXIV from open beta. The underlying game concept is fantastic and I’m truly taken by it. The implementation is haphazard, with so much unfinished I consider myself in an extended beta. For Square Enix, I have a few simple questions: 1. Does anyone there actually play the game and tolerate the struggle with the interface? 2. While FFXI went through a development curve after the NA release the development staff learned how to smooth out the play process and I expected… Read more »

Duge
Duge

As a FFXI player for 8 years on-going I loved the game from the get go, but FFXIV has an even harder learning curve than 11. SE really shouldof brought out a stragety guide with the release so ppl could make more ease of getting around in battle, quests, crafting, etc. Ive only spent a day or so playing it thus far still trying ta figure out alot of the game functions. If youve never played any of the Final Fantasy games I highly reccomend you wait for a stragety guide to come out other wise you will never have… Read more »

Dave
Dave

After ten boring levels in the forest killing squirrels, I finally figured out where the next area in progression was. Now I could kill slightly harder squirrels, that's when I cancelled my account. I spent well over an hour trying to do upgrade shopping which is just exacerbated by the lag in the menus while waiting for the items to populate the list. I had a debuff saying my items were suffering from durability loss and I couldn't figure out what item let alone how to repair it. I decided to try my hand at making my own weapons and… Read more »

Jorge
Jorge

the game is just crap end of story

concernedgamer
concernedgamer

WoW beta was pretty smooth from my memory. i beta tested ffxiv, even bought a whole new pc to play it. the game is stability-wise as choppy as an old school MMO. quit fooling yourselves, its gonna flop to the niche market

josh
josh

Guys… when i played Beta for WoW it was TERRIBLE…. and when it was first released it wasnt as bad as this release but bad…. now its considered one of the greatest MMO's give it time. They have to add a shitload of stuff into it. Especially once an AH or an AH-type system is put on that will help alot as well.. and everyone being the same level and being the same area definitely will cause lag. Just give it time.

Jackson68x
Jackson68x

These reviews clearly dont understand how an mmorpg works. The game has great gameplay and there is a lack of content but everywhere u turn there is obvious future areas and gameplay aspects already in the game but simply not available to play yet. The current problems suck but they aren’t the worst case mmo’s have ever seen and are definitely fixable.

0autobot0
0autobot0

having played FFXI for years i am completely disappointed in this game. While the new "job" system is pretty genius the rest of the game is crap. As others have said the game is incredibly laggy, menus take forever, npcs load slowly and the battle system is hard to use because actions dont register or cant even be seen because its lagged too much. even with the settings turned to its lowest there is still lag. The placement of mobs is also poorly laid out. close to town there are high level mobs that do up to 3,000 damage in… Read more »

Alby
Alby

Having gotten the Collector's Edition and played it for almost 3 weeks now, I think I have enough experience to say a thing or two. This game has a VERY steep learning curve. Having never played FF xi for more than a day, it took me about two weeks to figure out the nuances behind the button controls, user interface, retainer/bazaar usage, macro system, chat system, etc. There is also the lag issue (I got a new gaming computer that exceeded the specs by a bit), but it is gradually becoming less of a problem. What I love about this… Read more »

Collin
Collin

I was debating whether or not I should buy this game and my wife ended up buying it for me as a surprise. Since she bought it I figured I would at least give it a try. Ive been playing for the past few hours and I can honestly say I have NO idea what I am doing. The interface and gameplay are so cryptic for anyone who is new to the game. The levequest offer a very small level of satisfaction to me and it took me a good hour or so to figure out the whole crafting thing.… Read more »

Ellen
Ellen

With this and the disappointment that was Final Fantasy XIII, I seriously think Squenix is spending all of its money on marketing and visuals and not even bothering with gameplay anymore. Do not hold your breath that they'll revamp the menu system, by the way. When I played FFXI, they were notorious for not fixing ANYTHING, or at least taking several years to do so. (Example: In Final Fantasy XI, four of the -I think at the time- 12 classes were supposed to be able to tank, and you NEEDED a tank in a 6-person party if you wanted to… Read more »

@TesseractUnfold

It sounds like everything that's 'wrong' with FFXIV are things that could be fixed in patches.

I'm gonna treat this like a new version of Windows and wait for the PS3 version like it were 'FFXIV SP1', and despite the bad press, I'm looking forward to it.

alan
alan

My friend purchased the game and luckily for me it had a free 30 day trial so I did not waste my money on this piece of garbage. I have two computers that I game on and are not particularly built for gaming but does meet the requirements for most including final fantasy 14. On both of my computers I am unable to move correctly due to what seems to be frame rate issues. My friend had to go out and oddly add a larger power supply to his computer to be able to play and upgrade his video card… Read more »

Minda
Minda

It's okay to waste time for a few hours in the evening, but it feels more like a chore than anything else. I play only because I have already invested too much money into it not to.

@kittytom200x

The criticism is definitely true, but there some things that will just come in time. I've been playing since the open beta and the biggest flaw I see has to be the server side of things, which can be ironed out in time. The game has lagged in combat every now and then for me, and the menus seem to lag as well. Both issues can come from the server side of things and the hardware I'm running the game on. As far as the complaints about the menus go, it seems that SE has haphazardly learned from the mistakes… Read more »

Sad Says
Sad Says

I have read reviews like crazy and it seems that they have a lot toe fix but I have faith and i'm gonna stick it out at least by the ps3 release they will have it all figured out.

JVFLY
JVFLY

I will begin by saying that I think the game was released a little early. There is content that should have been there from release that is not. Maybe they released it early to try to beat competition. Who knows. Yes, there is bugs, Some lack of content and features the NEED to be added or fixed. That being said I still like the game and will continue to play it. Bug fixes and additions seem to be addressed weekly if and more to come when you check out other FFXIV websites. They will be adding more Jobs, airships, chocobos… Read more »

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