Square-Enix Requests 3-4 Weeks Time on Final Fantasy XIV Reviews

We’ve already evaluated the latest Final Fantasy online game, but there are rumblings that Square-Enix is requesting that review publications give the game a little more time to bake before passing judgment. News posts at PSX and Beefjack.com indicate that after the shipment of the review copies of the game, Square-Enix emailed a message requesting reviewers allow 3-4 weeks for the game to build its community.

Our Final Fantasy XIV review went live during the game’s launch week, but the issues we found had little to do with a lack of player community. While time allows for games to build, and even during the hours spent in-game during the review it was not possible to see much more than a sampling of the title the review centered on how well Final Fantasy XIV does at attracting new gamers and wrapping them up in addictive MMO gameplay. These were issues no amount of time spent in the online world would change considering the launch implementations of the game systems.

To Square-Enix’s great credit, the message requested the extension but was not phrased as harshly as some embargo’s on MMOs past – like  APB. Could it be that the early reviews have been so negative or off-putting to potential new players that Square-Enix is looking for that “headstart” to make some sales before buyer remorse kicks in?

Final Fantasy XIV is just not ready for more casual audiences. It might appeal to crafting fiends but it is a design at war with itself.

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5 Comments on Square-Enix Requests 3-4 Weeks Time on Final Fantasy XIV Reviews

MMO Player

On October 6, 2010 at 1:52 am

I just gotta say Every review out there shows this game as pethetic as it could be.

Seriously this game has a bunch of reviews on Youtube, and 1 that is over 2hours long I think. it shows how bad this game really is.

Someone from Square Enix thought “Hey!, let’s have people be limited to how much they can progress each week, and for the rest of the week they can /emote each other off.

if you want the full review (I think over 2 hours long) search up BlueXephos youtube account. It’s an honest review because YOU SEE WHAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH.


On October 6, 2010 at 6:46 am

Square-Enix is looking for that “headstart” to make some sales before buyer remorse kicks in?

We’re there. Well, I’m not because I saw it coming. /gloat


On October 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

There is a learning curve with this game but once you get over that and into a good Linkshell you realize how much there is to do in this game. It isn’t a race to the top.

You round out your character and you will WANT to level more than one class (on same character) because you can equip their abilites.
The crafting is rewarding for all, you get crafting and physical lvl exp. There is no dropped gear so it must be crafted.
This forces people to interact, even though there are no global channels, you can be in up to 8 Linkshells so you can communicate with lots of people, just not through global channels with obnoxious spam like you see in other games.

You really do need a couple of weeks to get into the game. I am loving it and have stopped playing eq2 and wow.

Fatigue (less exp) is just the opposite of rested exp and unless you are super hardcore 8+ hours a day grinding you won’t even see it.

Shawn Sines

On October 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

Anon – well I think the game will appeal to a certain audience, it’s not a mainstream MMO at this point though. It is an alternative to WoW familiar gameplay but for my money it’s a bit too much like work and not enough like fun.


On October 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm

The UI is difficult, the lag is annoying, the problems running on a machine that exceeds requirements is at best, odd. The response to requests for help indicating we should try the things we confirmed doing already shows no one is actually reading the concerns but spamming the issue and hoping no one notices. After paying so much for a game it should work well on a high end PC. SE has problems with this game and their attitude of “Oh hold on, no everything is fine, it’s you.” will go far to have people cancel. With the high cost of coming back they’re cutting their own business.
Very Disappointing from a series with so much good history.