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FFXIV Beta Includes New Combat, Better Visuals, And More

If you loved Final Fantasy XI and you need the vast open-world freedom that comes along with a MMO, you're probably intrigued by Final Fantasy XIV.

The all-online RPG from Square-Enix is starting to take shape, as more details have been published in the weekly Famitsu edition. Cited by Andiasang and translated by Beyond Vana'diel, the new information can't be confirmed quite yet, as the publication in question won't be on store shelves until the end of the week in Japan. Even so, it's likely legit: the beta test will improve on the poor tempo of the combat found in the alpha version; the team will make it easier for the player to string attacks together. Essentially, it's a whole different system. They also made it easier to save money, the graphics have been improved from a system called "Project Shadows" in the alpha to "Depth Buffer Shadows" in the beta, the chat log will get a "large variety of filtering options," large-scale housing (similar to FFXI's Mog House) can be expected, you can choose your character's God/Deity during the character creation process, and you'll be able to use everything from chocobos to carriages to boats to airships to get around.

Oh, and we really like the idea of item customization because it sounds like an ambitious, in-depth mechanic; a player will use a "selection of materials, colors and a variety of possible inscriptions" to design new items and - perhaps - certain equipment. Who knows? Right now, as Final Fantasy XIV continues through testing, the correct fixes and upgrades should be implemented. The final product might be pretty darn good...

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV

5/26/2010 10:21:32 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

BeezleDrop
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 10:38:58 AM
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Great news, I have actually been keeping my eye on this one, I have been more excited because I am one of the fellows that felt FFXIII was in fact, a let down. Not completely, but the 360 really kept it from being the experience it should have been.

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Nynja
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:33:45 AM

"the 360 really kept it from being the experience it should have been"

Do you honestly believe that? You don't believe that it may have been because of design decisions made by Square-Enix?

How exactly did a 360 port of a game that used PS3 as the lead platform for development keep it from being the experience it should have been?

I just don't believe review scores for FFXIII would have been any higher had it only come out on PS3.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 1:09:47 PM

It's not the 360 console that hurt FF13. It's the 360's audience, and Square's attempt to cater to them.

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Prince Perry
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 1:36:01 PM

He's right. First of all, if it wasn't for the 360, Squenix would have had more time (and space) to add nearly twice as much content than is already in the game. Not that it's entirely necessary, but it would have been nice to have a richer story and more freedom throughout the game like FFXII. Secondly, as was already mentioned, they wouldn't have had to conform the game to fit the 360 audience, which is entirely different from PS3. And lastly, the game probably would have been out a lot sooner than it released. They had been saying they were going to release that game since 2005 and even glimpses of it were pushed back every year. But even now, the graphics might be pretty, but they didn't even come close to "pushing the potential" of the PS3 as they stated it would.

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Godslim
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 4:36:56 PM

i have to aggree with Nynja here

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manofchao5
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 9:21:11 PM

@nynja
it did so becausev dvd-9 holds back how much they put in the game even with compression techniques used for the xbox version
i feel 360 users should have gotten two discs so we could have had a better game

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coverton341
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:22:28 AM
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Sounds kind of cool. If I get into the beta from my FFXIII voucher then I will give it a try and base a purchase off of that. If not I probably will never play this game just like I have never played any other MMO.

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Nynja
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:34:38 AM

I'm checking my email every day for that beta invite...

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:44:26 PM

me too

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Zemus101
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:00:28 PM
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Really looking forward to this game, it will save me a lot of money in the long run (lke FFXI did for me back in 04) I doubt I'll be buying much else for a year or so after this comes out. Where as right now I'm averaging a new game about once a month, not including psn purchases. Everything about FFXIV sounds like my perfect, ideal game. Add me on PSN if you're going to be playing. I'm trying to get a large group of people in the same server, might be difficult if everyone gets it day 1 and just jumps in.

- Zemus101

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:47:22 PM

Count me in. My PSN is Underdog15

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CharlesD
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:27:08 PM
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I just hope this game draws away some WoW followers. I'm not saying I want an addicted gamer base for FF, I just want WoW to die..

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Hezzron
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:33:30 PM

I was just thinking how this game is starting to sound a lot like World Of Warcraft. SE is growing a reputation for copying the big boys.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 12:46:13 PM

A WOW copycat? I'm not so sure about that. WOW is pretty shallow and limited, if you ask me. Even if it did borrow some ideas, which I would strongly disagree with, it wouldn't be difficult to make it better.

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Prince Perry
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 1:39:00 PM

Hezzron is sorta right. I don't think Square is copying exactly, but they're losing their originality for sure.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 2:05:47 PM

I dunno. Final Fantasy had warrior-like classes, thief-like classes, mages, various races, and the overall fantasy-ish weapons and attire long before WOW came around. About the only thing you could argue WOW had before FF is various forms of crafting... which is something most MMO's have to some extent.

I think my problem was that I started on FFXI, and when I tried WOW, it just felt really watered down in comparison. But I think that tends to happen to anyone... you tend to favor your original experience which is likely why I feel the way I do about it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 2:19:36 PM
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I'll participate in the beta if they invite me for my FFXIII registration, but MMOs are time killers and there's tons of depth. I really don't have time to get into them, even if it is great. That and I don't want to feed my money to SE with the direction they've been taking.

That aside, Ben do you have any designs on reviewing this MMO title?

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 4:21:36 PM
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Just give me a class with Large Hammers and I'll get the game.

I'm actually thinking of getting the game regardless. Yeah, it's a sign that jrpgs are just dying (except for WKC).

But I won't spend my life playing the game though. More of "when I can scenario." Giving it an hour a day or every other day won't hurt.

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 5:00:44 PM
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I can see where Nynja is coming from, but if they didn't have to put it on the 360 content wouldn't have been cut, and perhaps the cutscenes and backdrops couldn't have been the most visually appealing parts about the game. With the choice to Develop it for the 360 FFXIII took a huge hit with most of the quality, you can see it in the character models, hideous. You don't have to agree with me, but putting FFXIII on the 360 was a bad idea, maybe the multiple discs or poor sales say so.

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CharlesD
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 5:37:59 PM
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Even FFXIII had some WoW elements to it. Well nothing major but the battle style, and the idea of having tankers for enemies and what not reminds me of WoW game-play a bit.

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Deleted User
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 6:20:16 AM
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Take Demon's souls, add more customization, and make it a massive open world with final fantasy lore. That I would play.

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berserk
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 7:20:24 PM
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"I'm checking my email every day for that beta invite... "

Me too , i just hope that the code they gave with ff13 really give a better chance of getting in .

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