Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
released on Dec 07, 2021
by Square Enix
An expansion for Final Fantasy XIV Online
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is the fourth expansion pack to Final Fantasy XIV. The story has been marketed as the "finale" of the Hydaelyn–Zodiark arc, drawing the current ongoing story to a close. In addition to adding new areas, the expansion pack increases the level cap to 90 and debuts two new character classes, Sage and Reaper.
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I don't know when in Endwalker it was. All I know is it was in Endwalker.
There was a moment. It could've been when I realized I was fighting Zodiark at level 83. It could've been the nightmare that is the Final Days hitting Thavnair. It could've been the entire fucking Elpis sequence. It could've been the entire fucking Ultima Thule sequence, especially the walk. It even could've been at "That, I can't deny."
All I know is there was a moment where I paused, sat back in my chair, and seriously thought to myself for a few minutes:
"...Oh shit, is Final Fantasy XIV my favorite video game?"
You need to understand. I'm not someone who likes picking favorites. I usually like things and that's it. I hate judging what among things I really like is "better" than something else. So when I say that I came to this realization that, in fact, Final Fantasy XIV is my favorite video game, I do not say this lightly.
There are things I hate about FFXIV! I think ARR's a slog! I think Heavensward's story is kinda overhyped! Stormblood's MSQ! Just...Stormblood's MSQ! But to me, highs usually outweigh lows. I value the good parts of an experience much more than the bad parts. FFXIV has a lot of good parts even in what I think are the bad parts.
Endwalker is nothing but good parts.
Shadowbringers was great, but this? This cemented FFXIV as an all-time favorite of mine, and probably THE all-time favorite for me.
I think the pacing was insane and things were happening all at once...that being said i thought it was fun :) I think a lot of the stronger things were the nice moments between characters and in a way you could say this contributes to the theme that all your connections and friendships are one of the things that make life worth living. Theres definitely a lot I like just because its interesting to me personally and I think a lot of the story suffers from things happening back to back, and although the actual message it ends on isn't necessarily groundbreaking it's a nice ending as a conclusion to everything, I was having fun
after finishing shadowbringers i was like "well there's no way they can possibly top that" and they DID. basically immediately after I finished endwalker I started playing through msq on my alt so I could experience it again
Amazing conclusion to the story in eorzea. Close second to Shadowbringers for me for FFXIV expansions. Very close. Did a lot of things very well. My biggest issue with it is they really just sort of glazed over some significant events.
What a finish for this amazing story!