Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

released on Dec 07, 2021

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

released on Dec 07, 2021

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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Final Fantasy XVI
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Final Fantasy VI
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Final Fantasy V
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Final Fantasy IV

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Dumb fucking game about standing in circles and lines go fuck yourself

I mostly play this game for the story, I'm invested into it since Shadowbringers.
My goals for the game are usually just catch up on story, and level all alts slowly to level cap.
Currently, all DOH/DOLs are done, only missing a few dps and two tank classes, currently 70+.
I log in for the dailies and the Island dailies.
I don't do end game content, I have that time reserved for World of Warcraft.

One of my most played games, definitely the best MMORPG I've ever played.

"Don't you get it Meteion, we are the Endwalkers!"

This review contains spoilers

I'm a sucker for finale story arcs, what can I say. Add in elements of an impending apocalypse and exploring themes of depression and mortality? Resulted in a "Flow" of tears. Thanks Yoshi-P for tapping into the deepest sorrows of my heart and giving it life via these pixels.

Also definitely in the lesser minority of people who preferred this expansion over Shadowbringers. Was just able to connect to it more.

It hurts to rate this expansion so low, because its narrative really doesn't deserve that. It doesn't really reach the heights of Heavensward or Shadowbringers, but it also doesn't really need to; it maintained the saga's momentum well enough to stick the landing, which was all that it needed to do. It was properly emotional, expanded and engaged with the game's lore without convoluting things too badly, and wrapped it all up in a neat thematic bow. There are plenty of nitpicks to make (I have many), but ultimately it was a good finale, and that was enough.

Unfortunately, as with Shadowbringers, Endwalker is not just a narrative. It is also an MMO expansion - and Endwalker is clearly and unambiguously the worst expansion in Final Fantasy XIV.

Endwalker was made with the intent of streamlining the game as much as possible. Streamlining isn't inherently a bad thing, but there's a degree of it that starts to erode the game's soul. FFXIV reached that level in Shadowbringers. Endwalker amplified it by ten. Every job has anything particularly interesting about it removed. The game's combat is put on rails, so that no player could make the wrong decisions, not if they tried. Fight design finally tips over from an engaging telegraphed dance to a predictable, repetitive sequence of templated mechanics. Every interesting subsystem is flattened. Every rough edge is smoothed out. Every bit of emergent gameplay is ripped to shreds. You will only play Final Fantasy XIV how Square Enix wants you to play Final Fantasy XIV, and Square Enix wants you to play Final Fantasy XIV by pressing 1-2-3 in order and seeing cool animations play and that is all that they want you to do.

So much about FFXIV is still great. The narrative is not and will never be anything less than great; side content is still broadly engaging, if increasingly sparse; the world and music and so on are still spectacular. But FFXIV is increasingly not a game that wants to be played. It wants to be looked at; to be engaged with solely on its terms, because interaction and creativity are anathema to its vision of a perfectly balanced world.

What was once my favourite MMO of all time has become a game which seemingly doesn't want its players to play it - just to watch. And man, does that break my heart.