I love Final Fantasy 14. I have rambled incoherently about it on our podcast, declared it our best MMO of 2019, and even traveled halfway around the world just to cover it. Since I started playing when it re-launched in 2013, I have logged nearly a thousand hours on a single character—which is nothing compared to more hardcore players. It’s one of my favorite games of all time, and now that its new Shadowbringers expansion is out, I’m even more excited about the prospect of sinking another thousand hours into it. And yet, for all that enthusiasm, every time a friend asks me if they should start playing it, my usual answer is “no.” As great as FF14 is (with a secure spot on our list of the best MMOs), it’s an almost impossible game to recommend. Yes, I’m aware of how ridiculous that sounds. At best, it makes me sound like a weird elitist who wants to hoard all of FF14 to myself—a sad MMO hipster who is terrified of other people liking the same thing I do. At worst, it makes me a hypocrite. Hear me out.
Final Fantasy 14