Finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake? You should check out the expanded FFXIV free trial
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was one of the most highly anticipated games of all time, and for good reason. The original is regarded by many as one of the greatest games ever made and the remake brings a sliver of that title up to modern standard, albeit with some major departures along the way.
However, there is no telling when the second part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will launch, it could be in the near year or two, or many years down the road. In the meantime, there is a Final Fantasy game that could fill those withdrawals - Final Fantasy XIV. It isn’t just one of the best MMORPGs ever released that somehow works well on console, but it ranks among Final Fantasy 7 as one of the top games in the whole series.
How the FFXIV free trial works
One of the first things that come to players’ minds when they think of Final Fantasy XIV is the monthly subscription. Easily the worst part of the game is the fact that you have to spend $13-$15 a month in order to even access the MMO in a time when games like Phantasy Star Online 2 and Black Desert are free-to-play. But there is a way to play it for free indefinitely, and that is through the surprisingly elaborate trial.
Prior to this week, the free trial on PS4 and PC was rather limited, only allowing players to level up their character to level 35 and do some of the content up until that point. The problem with that is it locked free players out of the best content in the game, but that has changed with patch 5.3.
This week’s patch dropped a ton of new content for Shadowbringers players, but also expanded the free trial significantly for the first time since its launch. Players are now able to level up to 60 and not only play the entire story of the base game A Realm Reborn but the first expansion Heavensward as well.
While A Realm Reborn is a good MMO on its own, 2015’s Heavensward is where FFXIV finally began to shine with a Game of Thrones-like story about intricate politics, tragedy, and plenty of dragons. This even includes the three expansion classes of Machinist, Dark Knight, and Astrologian, the latter two of which are some of the best in their respective roles.
Without a doubt, this expanded free trial could keep you busy for years to come, depending on your playstyle. This is in large part due to the accessible nature of FFXIV where you only really need one character since you are able to swap and play as any of the classes in A Realm Reborn and Heavensward.
You can try your hand at healing the party in dungeons or just deal damage to your heart’s content, offering that fresh feel that Final Fantasy 7 Remake has with its varied cast of playable characters. And when you’re bored with fighting, you can even relax and craft in FFXIV’s golden example of MMO crafting that plays out like a mini turn-based battle.
You’ll be able to see many of the elements that made Final Fantasy 7 Remake great in FFXIV from the memorable characters to a rich world and, yes, lots and lots of Chocobo. The free trial has no limit to it, either, besides the level and content restrictions, so you can reach level 60 with one class and immediately switch to another to level that one up.
Shadowbringers is one of the greatest games of 2019
At the end of the day, if you do find yourself running out of content in the free trial, the two other expansions, Stormblood and Shadowbringers, are waiting for you. The former has some of the most fun playable content, while the latter is one of the best Final Fantasy experiences ever created. Seriously.
Shadowbringers currently has a 91 on Metacritic. On its own, it is one of the strongest games ever made with a fantastic story and cast that arguably rivals what the original Final Fantasy 7 did. Couple that with the rest of the MMO and you have thousands of hours of quality content available.
Given that you can start your journey in the world of Eorzea without spending anything, there really is no reason for Final Fantasy fans to not give it a chance. The free trial of FFXIV whets your appetite with an experience that can make the wait for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 a little bit easier, whether or not you want to shell out the cash for the two paid expansions and the next one that will inevitably come out in 2021.