Final Fantasy XIV isn't very good - please play it for another month

Final Fantasy XIV has not been met with critical acclaim. A glance at its Metacritic ranking reveals a rather painful 51/100 for the critics' rating on the PC version and 3.8/10 for the user score. It's fair to say the game has some issues. But Square-Enix has a solution to appease existing players, and entice new ones, all the while giving the developer time to make some much-needed changes. Yes, the trial period is being extended to 60 days.

Above: Well, it certainly got our attention

The extra 30 days will be added from the time your account was opened, even on new accounts opened before the 25th of this month. That's over two months of free fun for everyone then. Sorry, 'free gameplay'. Well... 'free use'. Here it is doing its thing:

The 30 day extension does make business sense. It would still apply to anyone buying the game today, so you could get two free months out of it... although the game itself costs $49.99 so that's not very 'free'. Squeenix wrote on its official blog:

Above: 'Considering the nature of the feedback'. Does selling all your Squeenix shares count as feedback?

The bit at the end about 'humbly ask[ing] for your continued support' doesn't sound awfully confident. MMOs need a large community to take off, and losing massive numbers of potential subscribers this early on could send this game the way of APB. Concensus seems to be that FFXIV could be a lot of fun, but it needs a hell of a lot of tweaking to get it ready.

Is another 30 days really enough? Will anyone subscribe to the service once the second month is up? And why are Chocobos now called Horsebirds? At least two of these questions will be answered in 30 days' time.

Are you playing FFXIV? What do you think of the game? Let us know in the comments.

19 Oct, 2010

Source: Jolt


  • PrinceTricky - October 20, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    And to further post the game has a few issues but at 20+ you play alot more with partys and its alot of fun. for those who ACTUALLY played at XI launch it was HORRID! absolutly HORRID. it got fun then horridly easy now... come on XI fun??? i took RDM BRD and BLU 30-75 in roughly 12hours via abyssea that game is garbage now. FFXIV has an awesome story line but you cant do it non stop you have to have a minimum rank in order to do the missions. I'm a 27PGL and i still love it. theres just as much grinding in it as in FFXI @ 26-27 it takes 32000 Rank and in a 10man party you earn on average 10k an hour. Crafting is MUCH more interactive! making it more fun rather then click and watch like in XI. The armory system is awesome allowing you to custom build your job class more or less. my PGL can utilize red lotus and create a flaming punch etc or as i dd i can use cure to back up heal etc etc The game needs ALOT ALOT ALOT of work but hey what fun is a game without a challenge... well it would be WoW or mario party more or less... I agree the PS3 release being pushed back to March2011 was BS too. Theres not a ton in the game atm but theres alot coming for those who liked XI wait until PS3 launch then it'll be fun then... Dec they are adding Notorious Monster Nov they giving us the Market Ward search funtion. the inventory sort etc.. its free to play atm if you bought it you should give it a chance it will improve as all MMO's do... almost EVERY MMO at launch is a PoS do to unforseen issues or lack of content but thats the glory of mmos the creator can add content overnight and BAM your having more fun now! :p
  • PrinceTricky - October 20, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    WHERE THE F*** did you get your information??? i've been on FFXIV since alpha test and NEVER NEVER were chocobos called horsebirds they ALWAYS have been called Chocobos.... WAY TO FAIL! LOL
  • JCross3 - October 19, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    I'm actually having fun with it. Mostly becaues it's pretty and I like the character designs. I also like the little story quests to break stuff up.
  • AwesomeA1010 - October 19, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    ffxiv is SO BAD right now ffxi had problems out of the gate but it wasn't this bad, and after fixes it became an amazing mmo ffxiv is just dreadful right now, im canceling service if it's not at least playable by the end of my 60 days
  • Gahmah - October 19, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    that looks enjoyable, but I enjoyed Phantasy Star Online, playing it even recently that game was still fun to me, unique bosses and enemies were grand, and I wish I could find a comprehensive review of 14, the armory system sounds cool, I'd like to cook in a fantasy game, since we can't even have a hotplate in my dorm.
  • pr0tostar - October 19, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Did they ever even give a specific disclosure to the PS3 "technical delays?" I have an idea putting 2 and 2 together in my mind that this whole myriad of mishaps is a carefully thought out plan to keep the game be in an "unofficial beta." The XI/XIV team probably failed to meet a development deadline, as indicated from the bunch of elementary things missing (keep in mind they've worked on XI for 8 years and that game is still going.) So the higherups probably told them to say PS3 (the system it was announced for) was giving them trouble, push that back, then run an open beta before releasing the PC ver. Think about this if you're still reading; The crystal tools engine, which this game runs on, was designed for PS3 (hence slated for.) So the PC ver was magically compatible with it, but its native platform is having compatibality issues? Maybe I'm thinking too much into it, but it's logically sound to speculate that BOTH versions are in equal completion, and the project itself is INCOMPLETE. So the Early collectors edition, standard release, extending the trial to TWO months... all planned ahead. [In theory,] shelving of the PC ver = revenue quota to extend development. So, tl;dr, my thoughts in summary: Project deadline now= March 2011 (tentatively.) Again, maybe I have an overactive imagination, but I've stated facts that can be pieced together as so.
  • NobodyLikesPaul - October 19, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    meh it looks ookaaayy bit boring lol but ok
  • Ilyere - October 19, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    Square Enix are just all about the money now... Regardless, I am still a fan. But they better pick it up somehow.
  • TURbo - October 19, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    Who the fuck runs the Finance Department?
  • lozarian - October 19, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    That looks mind shatteringly dull. And I've enjoyed watching paint dry.
  • Fenny12 - October 19, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    I tried it for 4 days, and uninstalled. Under all the crap, there is a glimmer of a really fun game...but there is WAY too much garbage to dig through to get to the good stuff. Far more then another 30 days will take to fix.
  • EgonSpengler - October 19, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    Horsebirds ftw
  • ShaneCedt - October 19, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    You see, they're trying out this new thing where they release a game but you gotta wait till you actually play the "real game". Final Fantasy XIII = you got to slog through 20 hours to get to the "real game". Final Fantasy XIV = you got to slog through 60 days until they patch the sucker.
  • ShaneCedt - October 19, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    Here's some constructive feedback. I just watched a ten minute video that consisted of two things: running five miles and killing dwarf rats. Wheee. This game just looks boring. Sure, it looks pretty, but is it fun to play? The Final Fantasy Series is #2 on the list of game franchises that needs to get over itself. #1?
  • tomtatoe - October 19, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    After two months the servers are going to be completely empty. Even if it greatly improves, I can't see non-diehards stick it out. And once most of the population leaves, I can't imagine many other players staying either. Playing an MMO with only a handful of people just isn't very fun. I agree that Squeenix needs to stick to single-player. Even though FFXIII supposedly wasn't the best (never played), at least they tried to shake it up a bit. FF has gotten pretty stale. I wish I could be optimistic, but I've never seen an major changes that have been for the better in an MMO. I remember Star Wars Galaxies screwing up big time and that's about it. All I can say is good luck FF, you need it. TL;DR - FFIV isn't going to recover.
  • Kirol - October 19, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    I play FFXIV, and to be honest the bugs and all aren't quite so bad. I've been playing it since alpha, back in march, but... not a lot has changed since then. Yes, there's no inventory sort function, yes there is a bit of lag (which they have improved on since the opening of the servers, and plan to improve on further) but regardless, all the problems are minor in comparison to the effort they've put into the game. If there's anyone out there waiting to play FFXIV; you may as well get started now. Yes, it's got its faults, but they really are simply minor right now. The coming updates are set to solve the problems, so don't have too much beef. Moreover, there are many systems in place to stop Gilsellers, which is an improvement on FFXI (it took them literally years to come up with an anti fish-bot system) and while there is no auction house, there will be a search function in the market wards within the coming updates. TLDR; My advice is to stick it out. P.S; Gamesradar... 30 days is enough for an improvement, but to fix everything you'll need to wait until December. Moreover, Chocobos are still Chocobos. "Horsebirds" refers to their occupation, as it were. For example, "Pack Mule".
  • AnonymouZ - October 19, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    i don't own it. hell, whenever i see posts ABOUT ffXIV i rant about it very much. Always thought it was gonna be horribly boring... but horrible game? maybe not so... since... you know, it's goddamn squeenix. boy was i wrong. i kinda feel bad for them too. but not really. an update to their ffeleven was NOT a good idea to begin with... like clovin says... maybe they should just stick to single player stuff. i dig that shit up. (also, tor ftw)
  • Clovin64 - October 19, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    I've got a mate from college who is a massive fan of the online FFXI and he was mega-excited about this one. According to him, FFXI needed time to really get its feet off the ground and start adding cool new stuff to its world and he assures me that FFXIV will rock once its gotten "warmed up". I don't share his optimism. FFXIV doesnt show any promise of becoming a success so far. Please let this teach Square Enix a lesson, just stick to awesome single player RPG's.
  • razorwiretensho - October 19, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    I think FF VI is blah. I wish they'd stop making the god awful MMO's. YOU HEAR ME, SQUARE-ENIX?!?

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