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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a subscription-based MMOG and a reboot of the FFXIV game launched in 2010. After the initial month that comes with purchase of the game, a monthly fee ($14.99) is required to continue. The game is played online in an open world with other player-controlled characters. Although players can choose to go the non-combat route, all must participate in battles -- killing animals, fantasy creatures, and human enemies -- to reach a certain level before they can spend their time solely crafting and trading. Players communicate by text, and although filters are in place to screen out offensive terms, there's nothing to stop players from sharing personal information.
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What's it about?
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN is set in the fantasy world of Eorzea where adventurers are rebuilding a new world after a near-apocalyptic war against the forces of evil. Players will engage in a vast number of missions and public quests as the story unfolds. They participate in combat using a wide variety of weapons such as swords, halberds, staves, and magic spells. This is the reboot of the 14th major installment of the Final Fantasy franchise. It shares themes and elements from the previous games, such as the gods and goddesses, but is set in its own world.
Is it any good?
In a callback to the early days of the series, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PC returns to keyboard and mouse controls, eschewing the complex menu-driven system of its predecessors. Graphics are top-notch, and the deep story unfolds through a series of intriguing quests. Although most quest cut scenes are unvoiced, the major story line cut scenes feature voiceovers for a more cinematic feel. Players are not limited to a single class and can choose others as they level up. They also can choose to go the non-combat route and craft items to buy and sell in the marketplace.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about privacy issues when gaming online and how to stay safe when playing online. What information should you refrain from sharing?
Families also can talk about why online games are so attractive and discuss setting time limits when playing on the Internet. Are some quests shorter than others? Can you decide to save the longer ones for the weekends?
Families also can discuss the impact of fantasy game violence on the real world.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $29.99 + $14.99 monthly subs
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release date: August 27, 2013
- Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Blood, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence
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