Posted Wed, Jun 19, 2013 by Sardu
As MMO gamers, we've grown accustomed to the concept of respawning after being defeated in combat. At the same time, when an MMO doesn't stand the test of time, it's not all that often that they're given a second lease on life.
The real trick of the MMO respawn is giving gamers a reason to give it another chance, so slapping on a new title and a suite of bug fixes simply won't do. For all intents and purposes, you have to go back to the drawing board to properly address the things that gamers are looking for in any worthy new game purhcase. This year's recipient of our Best Respawn award did exactly that, largely rebuilding the entire game from the ground up, and from what we've seen so far, the results were well worth the effort.
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Very few MMOs have managed to survive following a rocky launch, and fewer still have managed to successfully relaunch after the fact. Square Enix is attempting to do exactly that with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and from what we experienced at E3 2013 the game is certainly worthy of our Best Respawn award.
While the game still retains its distinctive look and feel, nearly every aspect of the game has been rebuilt into a tighter, faster, and more cohesive overall MMO experience. While they didn’t necessarily attempt to reinvent the MMO combat wheel, our experiences with the system displayed a clear refinement of what made more traditional hotbar combat so enticing in the first place.
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