Yesterday in our Final Fantasy XV review, I refused to join in the collective fist-pumping claims that Final Fantasy had finally returned to form. The critical success, good word of mouth, and financial figures might make it seem that way, but it's not exactly the case
So, what was wrong with it? Nothing! I love Final Fantasy XV, but my belief is that the series already saw a resurgence with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn a three years earlier. Many have still not checked out Final Fantasy XIV, but it is an amazing video game that I would say captures the spirit of Final Fantasy I through V much better than Final Fantasy XV does.
But, this wasn't always the case. Before A Realm Reborn turned it into one of gaming's premiere MMORPGs, Final Fantasy XIV was an awful video game. There are too many places to begin, from the cut and paste development to Square Enix executives believing the game could be fixed with patches no matter how bad the launch went.
Boy, were they wrong. Final Fantasy XIV Online is currently the second lowest rated game in the series on Metacritic with a score of 49, and only the reviled mobile game All The Bravest lies below it. On Gamerankings, its 50.27 percent aggregate score only puts it above All The Bravest and the Game Boy game Final Fantasy Legends, which really isn't that bad of a handheld JRPG considering it was the first one ever made.
Final Fantasy XIV Online was a bad game, and this video from YouTube channel Speakers Network reminds us just how bad.
Ugh, tell me when it's all over
Luckily, we live in a world that saw this world wiped out by raining meteors, and Square Enix allowed A Realm Reborn to miraculously replace it. The company has made great and genuine strides as to how it approaches AAA development since this debacle, and we actually have the Final Fantasy XIII sequels to thank for helping the Square Enix break free from its shadowy past.
We're on an upward trajectory for the last few years, and it's much easier to be a Square Enix fan now than it was half a decade ago because of it. Let's try and keep it that way!