Final Fantasy XIV previews levequests and group combat

Here's hoping that there's a reason why they're all fighting this Dullahan and it's dying so slowly so that we don't have wandering nightmares when we quest.

Final Fantasy XIV is changing a lot with its relaunch, but many of those changes are a matter of giving the old a new purpose and function. Such is the case with the much-maligned levequest, previewed in the latest video update from the game’s alpha version. The new system seems much cleaner, with more narrow level bands, a distributor right at the camp, and a much simpler interface for starting and finishing one of these quick repeatable bursts of content.

Looking forward to working in a team a bit more? Then you’ll be happy that the second half of the video is devoted to an early preview of group combat, switching back and forth between several members locked in battle with large opponents. While the abilities and balance are still rough, it’s a clear departure from how the game looked and felt in the first version. Check out the full video just past the break.


I really like it. The first version of FF14 was a mess. Im a long time FF11 player so I had some expectations. At first it might not look very spectacular but you can spot some very important parts. First off combat looks finally again impressive, full of action and it immediately reminds me of FF11 which is a very good thing. The given example shows a classic setup with tank, damage dealer, healer and supporter roles. For me this is fantasticnews. You can also see the classic attack from behind to take advantage of a blind spot. You can see an Archer doing his job and a Mage switching between heals and offensive spells. It all lokks like the reborn realm will be great. I hope they keep up the promise they deliver with these videos.

I tried the game at it’s initial launch and it just didn’t feel very much like a FF game. Most of the interesting classes from what you would call Final fantasy are missing and even the ones they did have lacked those signature abilities.

I’d be alot more interested in giving the new version a go if they brought back some of that FF flavour. Either way I hope all the best to the game.

Edit: ( 😀 ) So I just looked at the new site and the “jobs” list. I just went from meh to definately going to give this another go.