Square Enix is busy with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's final closed beta phase, but that hasn't stopped them from releasing these latest two videos. First, there's "A Tour of Eorzea, Part 3" which showcases some of the absolutely gorgeous settings of the game, all from the player's perspective. Secondly, there's a feature detailing the game's Duty Finder, the party finder for dungeons and other party-based adventures.
Really, I can't say much beyond how impressive I find Eorzea's various settings. From small towns to big cities, from the countryside to the mountaintops, Final Fantasy XIV does a great job with scale and detail. Cliff faces look craggy and have plant life growing over them, the ground is uneven, NPCs are animated and are at least semi-realistic. It's absolutely one of the best looking worlds I've seen yet.
As for the Duty Finder, well, all you can really say is thank goodness. Party finders have become a basic feature in many MMOs these days and it's nice to see FFXIV, with its myriad of group content, will join them. Just click on the Duty Finder, select any dungeon, guildleave or group instance you've already discovered and queue to join a group of players from any other area in the world, any other server. It seems simple, it seems intuitive. It's a miracle!
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches August 27 on PC and PlayStation 3. Based just off of personal experience, the game has progressed leaps and bound since its original launch. Does that make it a great MMO? Well, maybe open beta will be a better indicator of that. Stay tuned for more information on that in the weeks to come.