FFXIV: New Areas, Screenshots, and Sightseeing

Final Fantasy XIV Date: Jul/13/15 23:47:55 Views: 883

MMORPGs are grindy; it’s just the nature of the genre. Expansions like Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward are meant to break up the monotony of that grind with areas and activities to keep you busy in new ways.

 

 New jobs, dungeons, and raids are exciting, but what always gets me going the most are the new areas. Despite how pretty everything in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn is, after investing hundreds of hours grinding, even those areas become trite.

 

One day, Heavensward’s areas and sense of adventure will also die; such is fate. But right now, everything is still beautiful and new. With the added element of flying mounts, exploring new areas has never been this fun. So let’s talk about Heavensward’s new areas and how they are introduced, while also looking at some pretty pictures.

 

Heavensward’s main quest will tour you through all of the new areas at one point or another. The areas are tremendously big, but luckily you’ll only really have to traverse each area by land for a couple of hours. You don’t have flying access right away, instead, you’ll need to collect 15 Aether Currents which, once collected, give you permanent access to flying around. You collect these by exploring via quests offered within the zone, and just good old-fashioned looking around.

 

While it sounds like a chore, you only have to do it once, and it’s actually quite relaxing. Mostly because each of the new areas are gorgeous. And no, you won’t be exploring a bunch of snowy landscapes, either. Just because it takes place up north and there are dragons, this isn’t Final Fantasy XIV: Skyrim.

 

 The new areas keep it varied by way of the harsh snowy mountains in the Western Coerthas Highlands, the forests of Dravania, and islands high up the clouds via The Churning Mists and the Sea of Clouds. All of which feel very different than anything offered in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, which is obviously a good thing.

FFXIV, New Areas, Screenshots, Sightseeing, Heavensward News & Guides
23
Jul
Quick Tips In The Game With Final Fantasy XIV

When building airship parts, don't worry too much about using HQ mats. It has no influence on the "quality" rating for each phase. The only benefit to using HQ mats is the exp bonus for making them and turning them in.

06
Aug
FFXIV: Moonfire Faire

The realm now basks in the golden glow of the summer sun, its cities adorned with balloons and streamers. And the glittering flash of fireworks over the shores of Costa del Sol can only mean one thing—the Moonfire Faire, the fiery festival by which we celebrate the season.

10
Jul
Heavensward's newest dungeon with Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has released its first update for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. The update, Patch 3.01, brings the new raid dungeon, Alexander, which is a mechanical colossus, based on the boss of the same name from the Final Fantasy series.

29
Jul
The FFXIV vs. TESO debate

Arguments. Lots and lots of arguments. The ongoing debate over whether Final Fantasy XIV or The Elder Scrolls Online is the superior MMORPG has become so fierce and so common that you'd think there are no other MMORPGs on the market.

21
Jul
Heavensward review with FF 14

When director Naoki Yoshida and his team at Square Enix brought Final Fantasy XIV from the brink of death, it was a remarkable achievement. They’d done the seemingly impossible, and over four million players have enjoyed the fruits of that success.

15
Aug
FFXIV: The past, present and future

Building content for an MMO is not easy. With so many existing players to please, as well as the pressure of attracting newcomers and finding a way to keep both of those audiences happy... you could argue that the real work on a game of this type begins only after launch.

Final Fantasy XIV Topic

Vote and Event

Hot Final Fantasy XIV News

26
Mar
FFXIV Eorzean Symphony: Two Concerts This Summer

In the 42nd Live Letter of Final Fantasy XIV, composer Masayoshi Soken, sound director for Final Fantasy XIV Online, made an appearance, to announce the first North American and European editions of the Eorzean Symphony.

19
Mar
Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.25 Allows Adventurers To Gather

Final Fantasy XIV, the famous Square Enix MMO, bringing together thousands of players every day, is constantly coming out of content and many adventures are available.

12
Mar
FFXIV - Rumors About Bans After Using The Ungarmax Limit Break Glitches

We do not want to spread rumors, but do not want to deprive them. Already a few months ago leaked the news at Reddit by the deliberately introduced for the content with the commands NPC limit break "Ungarmax" on the chat command "/ ac Ungarmax" in other content can be executed.

05
Mar
Final Fantasy XIV: A New Patch Will Introduce The Forbidden Land Of Eureka

On March 13, the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood saga will continue with the release of the 4.25 patch, which contains the wild Forbidden Land of Eureka.