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[PS4] Free - FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Starter Edition (Was $17.95) @ PlayStation

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According to Google this was previously $17.95.

For newcomers to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, this edition includes the critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Includes 30-day free play period.

*User Registration and Service subscription required to play the Game. Age restrictions and other Terms and Conditions apply.

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  • +6 votes

    I cannot recommend this game enough.

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      Is it still highly populated?

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        Yes, at the very least logging in during JP prime time still having a queue. I'm playing on Mana Data center.

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      Yeah I also have a queue every day on Atomos(Elemental JP), the game is always full of players and queue times are very short on most content even for DPS.

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      Especially since you can play quite a lot of the game by yourself and not rely on other players.

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      I'll play it once they trim down the quests in ARR leading to HW. I got tired and bored of going back to the Waking Sands over and over and over and over and over and over and over….

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        "PRAY RETURN TO THE WAKING SANDS."

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        Definitely one of the biggest problems with the game. It is a fantastic game but my god it takes the piss when it comes to the grind in the story. They have communicators and yet they constantly expect you to return to the Waking Sands to just have a chat.
        I really do think they need to cut down the original storyline and remove some of the fluff.

        You can buy boosters that get you past the content but I think you miss some really cool stuff doing that as well.

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        did you know you can take a boat straight there from Limsa instead of running from the Horizon Aetheryte.

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      I cannot recommend this game. enough
      jks

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    Any Australian servers? Heard the game is great but if I'm paying a monthly sub I'd probably want local servers.

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      No AU servers unfortunately, most AU and SEA players use the JP servers as they are the closest. The ping isn't that noticeable, though you do have to do stuff like avoid AOEs about half a second earlier to avoid them.

      • +4 votes

        Tonberry and Kujata are the defacto Australian servers, but they're on a JP datacentre.

        Because it's relatively close, ping is fine even for the hardest content.

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          Thanks for this. I just started on Kujata. Tonberry was full.

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            @dajackal: im currently inactive but i know users on kujata you can pm to get invited into active english linkshells/FC. pm if interested. there is a strong english community on kujata but it is tough to find/get into, but once you are in it you would hardly know you are on a JP server

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      It's pretty laggy which is a big issue with the kind of already iffy netcode. The game is super punshing for not moving out of telegraph's and you'll be out of them on your screen but not according to the iffy netcode.

      Funny thing is wow, gw2 and eso don't have that issue even when playing on US servers.

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        Never had any problem with lag, and I don't have great speed internet.

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        I played this during launch and found moving a second before you need to would consistently keep you out of it

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          Which would be fine if anything like telegraphed their telegraph's. But even then you would already need to have done it multiple times, making you worse off than someone near the servers.

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        Some of my my free company (guild) members are from Sydney and it's honestly not that bad, they're still able to fully clear E8S content.

        80ms-133ms on average for us.

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        I played WoW and GW2 for years on overseas servers and never had too much issue but ESO on PS4 is absolutely horrible. Skills not activating for seconds, other players and NPC not showing up on screen, etc made it very difficult to play.

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      WoW has oceanic servers in Australia though :)

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    Can you play on this version alone? I see stormblood and shadowbringers are not included

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      Yep, you can play the main story of the base game (A Realm Reborn) and level all base game classes/jobs to 50.

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      Once you buy Shadowbringers, it includes all previous expansions.

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        Oh, so you can grab this. Then pickup Shadowbringers and it'll include Stormblood and Heavensward? Might be the cheapest way to do it once Shadowbringers is on sale.

        Edit: just googled it. You're correct. Score! Thanks for the info.

    • +1 vote

      Yes, and due to Duty Roulette it's still very much possible to play the group contents (outside of Binding coil of Bahamut) with random people. Depends on your job the queuing time can be very short (tank or healer) or quite a bit long (DPS).

      Binding coil of Bahamut is full party (8) raid and doing it leveled sync would be a pain with the reward available. Quickest way to burst through is ask a few people to help you using non lvl sync method that I just forgot the word…

      The old alliance raid (24) I still see lots of people doing it daily.

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    do i need ps+ to play?

  • +3 votes

    PSA the 5.4 patch coming later this year will be streamlining many of the horrible drudge quest in ARR the base game. I would wait till that is out to save a lot of time and just buy Shadowbringers the latest Xpac that contains the lot.

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      Asking because I am lazy, can you get the deal above and save the F2P period until the patch drops?

      • +1 vote

        I believe you download this on PS4, and then once you go to register your account then the game time will activate (as you need to make a Square Enix account for it).

        So yes, you can claim it and then register later on if you want to.

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      Is there a timeframe for this? I played the free trial on the PC and it drags so much. Also, do I need to buy the Shadowbringers expansion for me to avail the streamlining?

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        Supposed to be released in July but delayed due to Covid19. Possibly end of year or Q1 2021. You don't need the xpacs to get the patch as it's focused on ARR.

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          So I can just download the game and wait for the patch before I register my PC account or do I need to make a new account/register my pc account now to avail of the 30 days free?

  • +5 votes

    Thanks, dinner sorted.

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    Genuine question - so we still need to pay for a subscription for the game, then what exactly is free?

  • +2 votes

    Anyone worried about hearing that vanilla content can drag on a bit I don't think there has been any official confirmation yet of exactly what will be culled but the streamlining of ARR content later in the year will probably mostly be towards the end of the xpac in the end game lvl 50 content anyway I doubt they will cull much out of the story leading up to level 50 main story quests as it isn't too bad and you can even level 2 classes side by side to make sure you dont out-level the MSQ quests by too much.

    Pre lvl 50 MSQ isn't as painful as people say it is unless you really just want to do end game content straight away and in that case you can just buy story skips if you have the spare cash and hate the story in MMOs. If you play games to have fun and enjoy the story then leveling 1-50 won't bother you and if you get in a Free Company (Guild) or play with friends they can boost you through story progression dungeons along the way.

    Also if you have friends that play make sure you get their refer a friend code for some extra items that help you out at the start of the game or sometimes you can find threads on Reddit where people will pay you in game gil to use their RAF code because they also get some items to redeem mounts etc.

    If anyone cant find a RAF code online they can PM me for one or probably anyone else in here that said they play currently.

    TL;DR - This Vanilla content isn't as bad as the internet says if you have played an MMO before and know what to expect and make sure you use a RAF code if you are a new player for bonus items.

    • -1 vote

      What they plan to do has been announced.
      Side quests won’t be needed to hit 50.
      Some scenario style quests are gone.
      More exp from every quest.
      There is a full explanation of what’s happening on the lodestone already.

  • +1 vote

    Great MMO, probably one of the few I've actually subscribed to for a time, but that was the PC version. Can't say much about the PS4 version but haven't heard a bad thing about it.

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    Playstation website seems down at the moment. Cant login to claim 20$ off

  • +1 vote

    Awesome Cheers OP

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    This game sucked more than 6 years out of my life. Great game, amazing community!

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    Downloading now. Anyone got a RAF code I can use?

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    Not paying for the fee to pay online but checked out anyway

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    available on pc?

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    But wait its totes free on PC with trial which is decent. Could you even make use of the free game time beyond the limits of trial version in 30 days?

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      Yes, you can't add friends, you can't form parties, you can't level beyond 35 on the free trial. It's more trouble than it's worth, honestly.

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        Oh you can't form parties. So two people on the trial can't team up? Damn, I was leveling a new toon to try team with a friend and thought we could group.

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          The other friend you're levelling with can't be under a trial account so he can invite you to a party.