The PlayStation 3 Wasn’t Ready For Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
When it came to choosing my platform of choice, it was a pretty easy decision to make. I would consider myself a PC gamer at the core but the allure of chilling on my sofa with a huge TV and complete comfort won the battle when it came to grabbing my copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PlayStation 3. Well that and the fact every single shop is existence seemed to sell out of the PC copy overnight.
I played the last few beta stages on the PlayStation 3 and although there are still some lingering issues, overall I was impressed. However, now that I’ve had a lot more time exploring the world of Eorzea, it has become very clear that the PlayStation 3 was just not ready for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
I could easily discuss the issues with the hotbar and terrible targeting but experience and a few tweak to the settings can solve that. Sadly however they’re not the only issues and this problem cannot be fixed with a simple adjustment of settings.
What am I talking about? FPS and lag. My PlayStation 3 is hooked up directly so there’s no issues with wireless and even when I’m playing during off-peak, the lag and FPS drops in large-scale fights seriously kill the mood. It’s not all that bad for the most part but then certain abilities, areas and mobs create a serious sink in resources. When I joined The Black Shroud area to participate in the FATE grinding I was met with invisible monsters, disappearing allies and animation-less abilities. I could arrive at a FATE within 1-2 minutes of it starting but due to the inability to load whatever was on-screen, I couldn’t see monsters until the end of the event. That’s no exaggeration.
The same things happen on other maps but it’s nowhere near as bad. Rolling around with a few FATE parties I quite often find my abilities don’t activate at all and when they do, the animation is delayed by 3-4 seconds.
Usually I would explode in a rage by this point but I think deep down Square Enix knew the PlayStation 3′s hardware wasn’t quite up to scratch. Which is why they’ve offered PlayStation 3 players a free upgrade if they purchase the PlayStation 4. From talking with friends and other players it appears the severity of the problem varies greatly among the PlayStation 3 community, but it’s very refreshing to see Square Enix offering such a great opportunity.
Do you play on PlayStation 3? Have you encountered any of the issues above? Leave a comment below.