Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

By Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Huge expansion vastly improves on multiplayer adventure.

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This massive expansion packs in a ton of content -- from job classes to combat, story to exploration, there's lots to love here. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood continues the great franchise storytelling tradition to epic proportions, giving new and unique adventures to embark on in the sweeping main story and numerous well-written side quests. Being able to learn more about the episodic characters and where they came from makes you feel like you're reading a book instead of playing a game. That being said, it isn't without storytelling issues, such as when someone that has left the story you're playing suddenly returns from the dead and is present in another storyline.

There are so many great improvements in this expansion that it's hard to list them all. The addition of swimming and exploring the depths of the oceans gives you the opportunity to see some truly breathtaking areas. The look and feel of the Far East is enhanced even further with your ability to pick up the Samurai and Red Mage jobs that are unique to these areas. Stormblood clearly paid a lot of attention to making the battle system run smoother, greatly increasing the quality of gameplay. For those PvP (player vs. player) fans out there, the changes make it a lot easier for you to jump right into a challenge. If you are obsessed with player housing, the furnishing limit increase and the spectacular new residential areas will keep you busy for hours. Dungeon runners and raiders, prepare to be amazed at what's in store for you: The underwater areas will have you in awe. Simply put, this is the best expansion for FFXIV thus far. There's something for new and old players alike to keep them adventuring for a very long time.

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