Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent, darker expansion to online adventure.

Game PlayStation 4, Windows 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A world you can dive into

It's very easy to sink many hours to the game, the world of Eorzea and The First is just very immersive. The story is very dramatic, and you're right in the center of it all. There's violence here, but it is never extremely graphic. Combat isn't the only thing this game offers, kids can enjoy a laidback and casual life here, talking with players in the citystates or take up crafting or gathering supplies in the wilderness for in-game currency, gil. There's lots to do, and the subscription price is well worth the price of admission. Because it is so easy to invest long hours into the game, you may need to monitor your kids' play time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
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To call this MMORPG a meaty undertaking would be a serious understatement. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is a darker climactic end to this dramatic adventure, which caps it all off with a deep, compelling narrative and tons of new content. It's certainly worth the investment, especially if you don't have the other expansion packs. Players will eat up the story, which is tied to traveling to an alternate dimension to become the Warrior of Darkness to right the wrongs in the regular world. You'll be reintroduced to players who've debuted years ago, but now play a much more substantial role. You'll also unlock new areas and races (like the bunny-like Vi) -- all tied to the story -- so it really does feel like this thought-out plot is tightly woven into the gameplay. To compliment the strong dialog (and better voice acting than in past expansions) are cut-scene anime sequences you actually want to watch and not skip through.

New jobs (classes) include Dancer and Gunbreaker, which are fun to explore, and quite different from one another. The new dungeons are also worth calling out (including an underwater area), so players will easily enjoy solving these quests. The combat remains rewarding, using might and magic, with new raid bosses to fight, requiring good cooperative play with your party. The game does suffer a little from some balancing issues with the battle system that might frustrate some players. For instance, strong party members tended to lose to weaker foes, but most of these issues (tied mostly to spellcasting) were addressed a recent update. Overall, this Final Fantasy XIV expansion is the best yet. Fans of this game should most assuredly pick up Shadowbringers for an explosive continuation of this popular MMO.

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