Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for Mac was released on June 23, along with the game’s first major expansion, Heavensward.
These were great news for Mac gamers, who would finally get to play a Final Fantasy game without having to use Bootcamp. Plus, by all accounts, Heavensward was good enough to easily earn a spot among the top MMORPGs for Mac. But things aren’t going according to plan though…
Gamers all over the net are complaining about the game’s terrible performance under OS X. Some even claim that the port’s abysmal performance is a joke. Because of the many bugs, glitches, and poor frame rates, many call the MacOS version unplayable.
Considering how everyone from Reddit to the game’s official forums agrees, I only have one message for you: Don’t buy this game.
Final Fantasy 14 is a Wine-wrapped version of the Windows PC version. This often means lesser performance than native ports, but a properly made Wine-wrapper can be reliable and fast. That is unfortunately not the case here.
There’s a chance that Transgaming will eventually improve it, but don’t hold your breath, and especially don’t waste your money on a buggy port just yet. It’s my duty to insist on this. If you’re in need of an urgent MMO fix, World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2 should do the trick.
Final Fantasy 14 on Mac: Everything you need to know
Heavensward was released by developer Square Enix on June 23, on PC, PS3, PS4, and MacOS.
It’s interesting to note that the original Final Fantasy XIV (released in September 2010) was very poorly received. As a result, development of the title was taken over by a brand-new team, led by Yoshida. His team was responsible for generating content for the original version, as well as developing a brand new game to make up for the poor previous release. That new game was Final Fantasy 4: A Realm Reborn, which featured a new engine, improved server structures, revamped gameplay and interface, and a new story.
Real Reborn was also known as Version 2.0, and now Yoshida’s team is taking things further with Heavensward, the game’s first Expansion.
Heavensward features massive areas, much larger than before. Everything has been scaled up, giving players more room to explore. The Expansion also raises the level cap from 50 to 60, adds new high-level gear, introduces flying mounts and a new race too: The Au Ra, a tall, stern people with tan or blue skin, horns growing from the side of their heads and patches of scales dotting their skin.
Heavensward also introduces three new job classes: a tank class dark knight, a healing class astrologian, and a gun-wielding ranged attacker the machinist.
Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward was released on June 23.