Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (hereafter ARR) officially launched last week, aiming to make a game that was renowned for being terrible into something good. Square Enix didn’t anticipate so many people wanting to play, however, and there are not nearly enough servers for us all. There has been so much demand for the game that it took me four hours of trying to log in every five minutes before I could play yesterday. They’ve put a cap on the number of people who can be logged on to a given server at any given time, which makes it hard to actually get in to play the game… but once you do manage to log on to a character, the experience is great. By taking this route, Square Enix has managed to avoid the problem of lag, lag, lag that usually plagues highly-anticipated MMOs (and their expansions) when they are first released. This excellent gameplay experience comes, however, at the cost of angry customers.
This is a long article, so here’s my TL; DR: It’s like Final Fantasy XI, but with some modern MMO conventions. I recommend it, but if you want to play it you should wait a bit before doing so.