By Michael Moore on Apr 18, 2014 04.18.14
If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar and Senior Editorial Producer Griffin McElroy ask: What makes a good console MMO? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is DRM good for games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our...
By Emily Gera on Apr 14, 2014 04.14.14
You can now catch a glimpse of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn running on PlayStation 4 in a new gameplay trailer released by Square Enix. The massively multiplayer online game makes its official launch on the Sony console today, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to transfer all of their in-game content to PS4 for free. The video itself, which you can check out above, will give you an idea of how the game will look compared to other platforms. The release follows the game's worldwide launch on both PlayStation 3 and Windows PC last year. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game was previously available in a beta phase for PlayStation 4 earlier this year in North America and Japan, to coincide with the Japanese launch of Sony's next-generation console.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Mar 14, 2014 03.14.14
The upcoming patch 2.2 for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn — Through the Maelstrom — will bring a set of new Hard Mode dungeons when it drops later this month, as detailed in the latest trailer for the update. The video above offers a first look at these new dungeons: the dead Lost City of Amdapor, the Halatali training grounds and Brayflox's Longstop. The latter is overrun with a race of goblin scholars called the Illuminati from which players must defend an ancient and secret recipe. Players at higher levels will also get the opportunity to tackle the Second Binding Coil of Bahamut, a second entrance into the labyrinthine dungeon that gives access to a raid at the game's highest difficultly level available. Through the Maelstrom will launch for both the PlayStation 3 and...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Mar 14, 2014 03.14.14
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 12, 2014 02.12.14
The PlayStation 4 beta for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will be an open one, and publisher Square Enix will run it in two phases: one in February and another in April, the company announced today. Phase one will begin Feb. 22, as previously announced, and will conclude on March 3. The second phase will run from April 4-7. Anybody who owns a PS4 will be able to download the beta from the PlayStation Store for free. While Square Enix will wipe all characters after the end of the first phase, any characters created during the April beta period will carry over to the full game, which launches April 14. People who already have characters in the PlayStation 3 or Windows PC versions of A Realm Reborn can transfer them to the PS4 for the beta. In the final retail game, everybody — PS4,...
By Michael Moore on Dec 26, 2013 12.26.13
This month, we'll be interviewing co-workers about the games they believe deserve the title of Game of the Year. Today on Friends List Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar: Is the game of the year Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is Kentucky Route Zero game of the year? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Dec 06, 2013 12.06.13
The next major update for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Patch 2.1 "A Realm Awoken," will launch on Dec. 17, Square Enix announced today. The update brings with it player housing and a handful of new features, as well as introduces player-versus-player arenas starting with the Wolves' Den. The patch also adds a new event, the Crystal Tower 24-player dungeon. Player housing will be restricted to three specific residential areas in each of Eorzea's city-states. Houses can be setup after purchasing a plot of land. More details on features coming with the "A Realm Awoken" update can be found in the preview video above. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn launched in August for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC, with a PlayStation 4 version slated to launch in beta in February and in full in...
By Colin Campbell on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
A new trailer from Square Enix offers more details about Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's Wolves' Den PvP arena. Wolves' Den was announced earlier this year by director Naoki Yoshida, when he promised regular updates and content drops for the MMO. The arena opens for four-vs-four player combat this winter, featuring PvP-only actions that grant recovery from sleep, bind and other enfeeblement effects. The forthcoming update will also introduce player housing, new battles, quests, dungeons and the appearance of The Crystal Tower that "fans of Final Fantasy 3 will be eager to visit," according to Square Enix. The company has also announced a Halloween promotional event called "All Saints' Wake." From Oct. 18 through Nov. 1, the world of Eorzea will be decorated with ceremonial...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Sep 26, 2013 09.26.13
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn players have the opportunity to earn Final Fantasy 13 costumes in a brand new event starring the trilogy's pink-haired heroine, Square Enix announced today. A new quest created in collaboration with the development team of Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 sends players into battle alongside Lightning — dressed in her original Final Fantasy 13 soldier outfit — to defeat a string of deadly monsters. In addition to scoring the traditional loot and rewards, players who successfully complete the mission will also snag gear and weapons featured in 2009's Final Fantasy 13. Female characters will get Lightning's outfit, while male characters will receive Snow Villier's beige trenchcoat and headband get-up from the first game. Check out the trailer above...
By Colin Campbell on Jul 05, 2013 07.05.13
Square Enix has released the third part of its "Tour of Eorzea" walkthrough videos for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The new video shows Windows PC and PlayStation 3 footage of various areas of the game including La Noscea, Thanalan, Coerthas, The Black Shroud and Mor Dhona. A Realm Reborn is due to be released on Aug. 27, with a PlayStation 4 version pencilled in for 2014.