Final Fantasy XIV had a rough start — so rough that it had to be rebuilt from the ground up. But a complete failure transformed into one of the greatest MMOs and best Final Fantasy games ever.
With the game now playable on PS5, PS4, and PC, it’s a great time to see why FFXIV’s more than 22 million players are so fanatical about recruiting others into the world of Hydaelyn.
Even hardcore stans will admit the base game is rather slow. If you’re feeling underwhelmed, know that the story gets much better with the Heavensward expansion at level 50.
Like any RPG, Final Fantasy XIV is about increasing your power to take on tougher challenges. There are so many ways to level up that it’s easy to get sidetracked and miss the important parts.
While you can play through most of FFXIV solo, some content requires a group, and it’s generally a lot more fun if you embrace the community. Fortunately, FFXIV has a vibrant and friendly player base.
In the game’s Social menu, you’ll find Fellowships and Free Companies, which are essentially chat groups and guilds, respectively. Square Enix’s Community Finder makes finding the right one even easier.
There’s a lot to do in Final Fantasy XIV outside of combat. You can raise chocobos, buy and decorate a house, or play games in a casino. Fashion is the real endgame.