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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Rebooted fantasy adventure MMOG with combat and mild blood.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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.


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.


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!").


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


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.

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.

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
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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Parent Written byPaul Renalds April 19, 2014

Very Fun

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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Parent Written byCeridwen May 4, 2016

FFXIV - fun but grindy JRPG

FFXIV is a very pretty game. As noted, its role models are typically upstanding members of their communities, and you are "good". There will be violence, but it's all very sparkly and I didn't think it was too bad. The game is relatively easy to play, but much levelling up will come from playing with others in daily dungeons and mini-dungeons, so if your child is under 18 or so, you may want to monitor them - or play along yourself! There is a repetitive, slow crafting process, but it can be quite relaxing. It's very well put together, in that all crafting professions cross each other - you'll need something from one to help level up another more expertly, for example. It might, however, cause some kids to spend too much time online, so again, this should be monitored so it doesn't become addictive. The outfits can be somewhat risque, particularly for female characters, as with most MMOs. You should also be aware of the perceived differences between genders, and although it's not hugely prevalent, keep an eye on things such as "Little Ladies' Day", which is meant to celebrate young adult women. It comes across as a little backwards as a result of this, and a light talk with your child beforehand regarding sexism in gaming may be required. There is a store to buy non-game changing items (such as costumes and jewellery) . It is also a subscription-based game.