Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Common Sense Media says

Rebooted fantasy adventure MMOG with combat and mild blood.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Quests may be violent (if they involve killing creatures), but all are for the good of society, such as protecting a town or culling a herd of diseased animals.

Positive role models

There are no "evil" factions, and all class leaders exhort players to do their best and learn the skills needed to succeed.

Ease of play

There isn't a tutorial per se. Players learn the game while playing it, starting with how to move. Tool tips pop up whenever new events or features are encountered. The game starts off easily enough but grows more complex as players progress.

Violence

Characters have to kill (humans as well as animals and fantasy creatures) to advance. Weapons include magic, swords, and spears. Although blood does not spray in regular combat, it shows up in some explicit cut scenes: a character is stabbed in an extended sequence, and, in another, players see a crawling man being shot. Players will see bloodstains on the floors.

Sex

Characters of either gender can strip down to their underwear, and female characters can wear suggestive clothing. Some of the local color that players can encounter (but not participate in) is of a saltier nature: women offer companionship to men in a coastal city, and there's a warning to stay away from some wanton women ("Gave me the crotch rot, they did!").

Language

Players will encounter some swearing in written dialogue: "Don't give me that sh-te!"

Consumerism

A monthly subscription is required to play the game online.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players will encounter characters who drink alcohol, as well as some drunks, but players can't buy and consume alcohol themselves. Interestingly enough, the characters sitting around in the main tavern have coffee and tea paraphernalia on their tables rather than mugs of ale.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. Chat is open, but certain words are blacklisted. In MMOs, players team up and join guilds created by other players to overcome the more difficult challenges. Players also can exchange materials with one another for crafting tools and weapons. This, however, often opens up privacy issues, as players exchange information while befriending each other and coordinating events. Although not part of the game itself, many guilds participate in voice chats.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Beautiful graphics and animation will grab most kids' interest immediately, as will the numerous missions and the promise of rewards, like experience points, in-game gold, and items their characters can use.

Learning Approach

While playing merchant, kids assess the cost of crafting items, as well as the buy/sell rates in auction houses, to determine the best ways to use their time and money. Players band together to take on challenges.

Support

Fan forums -- supported by the game -- provide information on how kids can produce and post their own "how to" guides.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • money

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Kids can learn teamwork by banding together with other players and strategizing the best ways to defeat their monster enemies. On the crafting/trading side of the game, kids learn to analyze costs and determine prices for best profit. With a heavy emphasis on solving problems as a team, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn lets kids explore team dynamics and strategy.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carolyn Koh

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$29.99 + $14.99 monthly subs
Available online?Not 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 (PlayStation 3, Windows)

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Parent Written byPaul Renalds April 19, 2014
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This a very fun game that I allow my son and daughter to play. It does have slight violence but it is seemed to be kept to a minimum. I would recommend this for your kids if they are around 10 or older.
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