Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

.box_heights { width: 610px; margin-bottom: 30px; }

Release Date: 13/09/2013

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PlayStation 3

To be reborn

Square Enix is a company unafraid to repeat itself, as long as their dedicated audience returns. We've seen this with Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII, and Kingdom Hearts amongst others. The original release of Final Fantasy XIV didn’t really fit this mold, and gamers received something that even Square Enix was hesitant to completely back. As such, three years later we come to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

While this is considered a sequel, it's more akin to Square Enix using a Phoenix Down, then applying endgame artifact armor to the newly revived. In other words, a “redo.” The game takes place in the same realm with a storyline that feeds off of the original, but this is essentially a brand new game. Truly, a realm reborn.

Easy to learn...

One of the biggest complaints about Square's last online Final Fantasy title was that the game was made for the hardcore - hard to play and even harder to master. That has completely changed with A Realm Reborn.

Not only is the game easy to pick up and play, allowing you to feel productive even if you only put in an hour of play, but a lot of what made Final Fantasy XI feel so hardcore is gone. You no longer lose experience points when you die, every class has the ability to teleport (for a small price), travel throughout the world and even within each town is quick and easy, and there are a ton of quests to do that allows players to level up without the burden of grinding.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PlayStation 3

If you're unfamiliar with Final Fantasy online games, there are a few things you should know. Firstly, you do not need more than one character to experience everything the game has to offer. You can play every class and every job on the same character. Changing classes is as easy as changing weapons, and the game saves presets of your gear so you don't even need to worry about re-equipping everything when you change classes.

If you want to switch to an advanced job, you simply add an item to your character while on the classes that goes with the job. For instance, if you want to switch from a Gladiator class to a Lancer, swap out your short sword for a polearm. If you want to then switch from your Lancer to a Dragoon advanced job, add a special item that you received from completing the level 30 quest and you’re done.

Leveling up has never been easier. With a ton of easily accessible quests, a hunting log to get bonus experience points from killing monsters, and additional bonuses from resting in specific areas and even from eating food, it will be fairly easy to get to level 15 on your first day. Once you reach 15, you can use the handy Duty Finder feature to select the dungeon you wish to run through (with a party), then you can go about your business as the game finds a party for you. It's even possible to change classes and do something else while you wait. The wait varies depending on your class (healers and tanks have the shortest wait), but even as a damage-dealing job, we never waited longer than 30 minutes. Of course you can also form your own party instead of waiting.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PlayStation 3

A deeper experience

While the early portion of the game is easy for new players to get into, the game becomes far more demanding once you get into the higher level content, eventually reaching the level 50 cap and endgame content. Some of the endgame dungeons are not accessible via the Duty Finder which means you'll need to join a linkshell or Free Company (player groups) to play with friends. These dungeons are challenging and will make you work for your gear drops.

You can get by with your basic dungeon gear, but if you want the really good stuff you'll have to go the extra mile. There isn't a lot of the 24-hour spawn camping that some MMO players may be accustomed to, but if you want to do battle with Odin, you won't find him in a dungeon. He roams the world in a FATE, which is a random battle that occurs throughout the world, catering to a wide variety of character levels. Early on, FATEs are a great way to level, but once you reach your cap they become something else entirely. Odin awaits you...

A calamity may have occurred, both in the game and in the real world, when Square released the original version of Final Fantasy XIV, but the revamped Realm Reborn has made things right. It's easy for beginners, challenging to acquire the top endgame gear, and a lot of fun in-between. You can even enjoy fishing or just exploring the beautiful world Square Enix has created. In fact, the worst part of A Realm Reborn is the monthly fee required to play the game, but after spending quite a few hours with the title it is well worth it.

GAME's Verdict

The Good:

  • Easy to solo your way to 15, then easy access to multiplayer dungeons
  • Multiple levels of fun from dungeon crawling to fishing to exploring the countryside
  • Take the optional hard road and get rewarded with the best gear for your efforts

The Bad:

  • PS3 load times can be a little longer than desired
  • Controller functionality is great, but a mouse is generally preferred, and you'll want a keyboard to chat
  • A monthly subscription fee
Show more Show less

Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.



Customer Rating:

No rating yet


Delivery type Delivery Time Cost
Standard Orders 2 - 4 working days** £4.99
Pre-Orders 1 working day** £4.99
Next Day incl. Saturday 1 working day** £7.99 per order
Next Day (DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £9.99 per order
Next Day (pre 12pm) (DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £11.99 per order
Console Orders For Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and VR 1 working day** £9.99
Insured* Delivery 1 working day** £19.99
Click & Collect 1-2 working days £4.99
(Pay online, delivered to store, plus receive a £5 voucher to spend in store when you collect)
Click & Collect Hardware Orders PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, Nintendo Switch and VR 1-2 working days £9.99 per order
(Pay online, delivered to store, plus receive a £5 voucher to spend in store when you collect)
Click & Reserve 2 hours from order FREE
(Order online, pick up and pay in store)

Small Print


• Order up to 7pm for next day delivery Sunday to Friday


• Orders placed after 7pm Friday to 7pm Sunday will be dispatched Sunday.


• Whilst we will do everything we can to meet the delivery times above, there may be factors outside of our control and we cannot guarantee delivery within this timeframe


• Digital purchases are excluded from the total order value for tracked courier services.


*Insured Delivery is subject to customer submitting a DPD Lost in Transit claim via GAME customer services and DPD validating such claim, Insured Delivery entitles customer to either;

a) a free of charge replacement console, and a partial refund of £50 to the original method of payment; or

b) a full refund of the price paid for the console ordered and the £19.99 delivery charge (payable to original method of payment), together with £50 compensation (payable at customer’s choice, either by BACS, Cheque or onto a GAME Gift card).

Please note that DPD's Lost in Transit claim procedure can take up to 21 days to complete.

*Click and Collect Voucher


• Terms and conditions apply please see terms for details.


**Remote Area Delivery Times


• Deliveries including Pre-orders to non-mainland UK addresses and remote locations (such as the Scottish Isles, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands) may take longer to reach you.


Sign up for a GAME Reward Account online for FREE, via the GAME App or in your local store.

Earn points whenever you trade-in or buy at GAME. Use your points to save on the stuff you want in-store.

Join Today - £3 per Month

Join GAME Elite today and earn up to 10% points back with GAME Elite - Our exclusive membership service from GAME. With extra points and more cash to spend, this deal is seriously on point.

Our promise to you - you can’t lose – join today and if you receive less points back from purchases than the fee you have paid for your membership for 12 months, we will give you the difference back in points.

Receive exclusive deals and offers and we will even send you a gift around your birthday.

NEW: £4.99 Standard Delivery charge back in points for GAME Elite members

Key Benefits:
  • 10% points back on all physical games, merchandise and accessories
  • 2% points back on all consoles, PC, VR, phones and tablets
  • 2% points back on trade-in and digital
  • Exclusive deals and offers
  • Birthday gift
  • Our promise to you – you can’t lose

    Terms and conditions apply

    Please note: You will not receive Reward points for your purchase of GAME Elite Membership