For the four million-odd people who've played Final Fantasy XIV and are looking to expand their adventures, this multi-platform add-on pack offers a lot of value to the core experience, just as 2013's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reboot delivered an enhanced version of the original 2010 game. Along with the very well-written story and dialogue, as well as a lot of new characters, Heavensward adds many missions and side quests. Some of the quests are typical MMO fare, but most prove fun and fresh. The upgrade in the graphical and audio presentation (music, sound effects, and voice actors) really helps to draw gamers in, letting them appreciate some of the new set pieces (even the subterranean dungeons are worth noting). Be aware that some of these new zones are huge, at about twice the size of those found in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, so it's a good thing there are alternate ways to travel from one place to another. Combat also is as intense as before, with some new races, weapons, and items to punch up the fun in battle.
There's so much to this expansion -- the guild workshops with high-tech workshops, new Primals (epic battles between your party and mighty demigods), new recipes for crafters (and a boost to level 60), collaborating to build giant airships, and an integrated card game -- that there's no doubt this expansion was well conceived and painstakingly executed. In short, if you liked Final Fantasy XIV or Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you'll love Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.