Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Análisis
After several months of delay, the video game that is causing a furor in the mmorpg panorama arrives on PlayStation 4 . It is none other than Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn , the work of a Square Enix that has revived a little more with this new installment, although at the cost of making the same chapter twice. And it is that thanks to Naoki Yoshida the game is being a real success in all the platforms through which it has happened so far. They are not excessive, PC and PlayStation 3 , but among them they already managed to gather almost 2 million subscribers, a figure that has already been surpassed after the release of the version that we are now going to analyze.
More of the same, but better
That's right, because Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is the same that we already enjoyed in August of last year in the aforementioned machines and that we already analyzed in its day, but improved graphically, with new features and much more accessible for expert players ( or fans) of the mmorpg. Square Enix has done an excellent job of harnessing the potential of PlayStation 4 by making Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn perform in a great way just as a current PC would. That is, the video game is displayed at a 1080p resolution as computer users usually play. PlayStation 3 players have to settle for 620p resolution rescaled at 720p. In addition, the rate of images per second, that is, the fps, works by nature at 60fps, having slight lows in places with a large polygonal load. However, it is possible to set the speed at 30fps in a fixed and stable way by means of an option attached to the game configuration menu, which ends the speed variations.
Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn on PS4 shows the same graphic detail as the PC version . We have noticed that in some parts such as the clothes of the characters have some details more worked or that for some strange reason, certain objects look somewhat sharper, however everything else is exactly the same. In the video that we attach in the analysis and pausing in the foregrounds made to the characters these aspects can be appreciated, although we notice that they are mild and few. The differences with respect to the version appeared on PS3 range from an increase of frames in the animation of characters and enemies, more details in the visual field both near and far, more characters rendered on the screen, improvements in loading times (although they continue being slower seconds slower than in PC), better textures and more graphic effects on the screen.
This section is undoubtedly the best and the one that will decide if we want to buy Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn for PS4 or for the previous ones. The main virtue of the console is its DualShock 4 remote. Thanks to him we will be able to broadcast the games that we make in Hydaelin, something that will come in handy when it comes to making the whole world aware of our tactics against that final boss that so sack gives us at certain times .. cof cof Twintania cof cof. Something funny that we also liked is that the built-in speaker of the PlayStation 4 controller emits sounds when we receive some important warning such as when our dungeon is already ready for us to enter.
The new options in terms of gameplay come thanks to two options. The first and almost most important of all the improvements introduced in Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is that users accustomed to playing on PC can now play on PlayStation 4 with USB keyboard and mouse, something essential for every mmorpg game player. We have tested both peripherals of different brands and wireless for the occasion and they work great. It was a necessary option that we do not understand why it was not added completely on PS3 (it only accepts keyboard). The second option is the possibility of controlling the video game with the PlayStation Vita laptop, although it is only advisable if we have control with DualShock 4 by default. Being PS Vita a receiver so to speak, it will pick up the image and settings of the original game so if we play with keyboard and mouse it will be quite difficult to use the skill bars. The touch screen will act as a mouse -like the touch panel of the DualShock 4- remote control while the rear panel of the console will serve as L2 and R2 buttons. We do not recommend this option if we are going to face fast enemies or high level dungeons.
So we find perhaps the best version of the video game to date and it will be difficult, except for a graphic update on PC, which is overcome. Because it is better? For the ease that a console grants without having to configure anything, for being exactly the same as the PC version, for its trophy system, for the option of remote control on PlayStation Vita or for the ease of retransmitting games as well as sharing videos and screenshots in different social networks without affecting the performance of the game (for this on PC we would need to buy a graphic capturer for the first example). As if that were not enough, Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn does not require subscribing to PlayStation Plus in order to be played.