Final Fantasy fans! Are you longing for the old days of our series, back when it was actually a “fantasy” and not a bunch of kids frolicking around in K-Pop band hand-me-downs? If so, then you should treat yourself to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is going subscription free for two weeks.
Whether you are a returning player or a newcomer, you can sign up through the official website and nab your two free weeks after purchasing the game. The free trial is also capped at Level 20, which is more than enough to get you through the opening area and out into the main portion of the game.
I took on Final Fantasy for a month or so earlier this spring and had a blast. I gave it up though, sticking true to my promise of never allowing an MMO dominate my real life after my World of Warcraft stint in college. Still, from what I played though, it is the most beautiful MMORPG in years, and I haven’t played a Final Fantasy that felt so authentic to the original since maybe Final Fantasy V. This gorgeous game is brimming with nostalgia and geared towards those who played the series on the NES and Super Nintendo.
That’s not to say newcomers can’t enjoy it either. It is a perfectly streamlined MMORPG with plenty of wonderful ideas and approaches to battle regardless of if you want to play alone or play with friends. I’m a primarily a solo flyer in MMORPGs, but even I couldn’t resist jumping into the game’s randomly generated Full Action Time events and aiding fellow experience point hunters.
At the same time, the developers were kind enough to grant me NPC bots to help me when I wanted to enjoy the story and take on bosses alone.
It really is geared towards everyone, and it’s one of the most exciting MMORPGs in years. If you’re interested, you can pick it up for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or PC. and play for two free weeks I highly recommend going next-gen because the PlayStation 3 doesn’t do the gorgeous artwork behind this game enough justice.