PC - DLC, Windows
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
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Developer: Square Enix Business Division 5
Content Rating: Teen
From the mightiest of mountains to the darkest of depths, adventurers have braved all manner of dangers for want of spoils and glory. In an endeavor to bring ever richer experiences to the intrepid heroes of Eorzea, two esteemed guest creators have been invited to partake in creating harrowing new challenges for the realm's bravest adventurers.
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Stormblood is a hefty expansion, and while getting from Level 60 to 70 isn’t a complete slog, the entire campaign from start to finish will likely take about 50 hours if you’re filling in the storyline with side quests and exploring the beautiful landscapes. You’ll probably want to get more than one class to Level 70 as you wait for the first raids to drop, and there’ll be ample time to do so. If the final fight of Stormblood’s story was anything to go by, expectations for the new Savage difficulties on the horizon are also high.
Still, these are things that will iron out in time, and the things that aren’t subject to change — the gameplay, the story, the world itself — are excellent. Naoki Yoshida and his team are at the top of their game here, producing something that is at both worthy of the Final Fantasy name and carrying on the astonishing work of A Realm Reborn’s turnaround. More than that, it’s a magnificent foundation for the coming months of patches. Long may it continue.
My only other caveat is that, because Final Fantasy 14 is so story-oriented, if you want to play Stormblood as a new player you’re going to need to play through what is probably around 50-plus hours of story. You could skip it by way of the new boost potions Square Enix is offering, but it’ll cost you $50 for the necessary boost to jump into Stormblood straight away and you’ll miss all the necessary backstory that makes characters like Lyse so endearing. That said, Final Fantasy 14 has been an epic journey so far and one that I’d recommend as long as you’re prepared to spend several dozen hours playing catchup.