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FFXIV on PS5 Review: Absolutely Worth Giving a Shot

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in General | Apr, 16th 2021

FFXIV on PS5 is exactly what I hoped it would be. I’ve been playing FFXIV since before it was “A Realm Reborn,” back when it was…let’s just be nice and say it was not enjoyable. Yoshi-P took the time to fix what was wrong and has created one of the most satisfying MMOs to play. Between his work, Masayoshi Soken’s skill at creating atmospheric music, it was only a matter of time before it hit a new-gen console. If FFXI could be on Xbox 360, and FFXIV was on PS3 and PS4? It had to happen. But is it good? That’s the real question we have to ask. How is PS5’s version of FFXIV? Should a current player try it out? What about new players?

A Brave (New) World


Fun fact, I started playing with a controller on PC. As someone who writes for a living, having the ability to enjoy a game while not straining myself on keyboard and mouse? I live for that. Eventually, I made the switch, but this allowed me to come right back to how I used to play. It helps that the DualSense controller is the best controller I’ve ever used.

Visually, FFXIV in 4K is breathtaking. On every level, in every place, the game is stunning. It makes me wonder why I even play this MMO on my computer when I can sit on the couch and play in 4k. Sure, I’d need a wireless keyboard to interact with my Free Company (Pandora’s Box, Diabolos). The sounds, the sights, they’re all gorgeous. On PS5, the load-times are also virtually non-existent. You still have to wait in line to get onto a server sometimes, but the wait is seldom long.

Since I already have an account on PC, I had to purchase another license for PS5 – That means getting the FFXIV Complete Edition for PS4. From there, I just had to log in with my credentials. Current users beware; it might decide that your account has been compromised, resulting in having to change your password. That happened to me. Not a big deal, either.

However, one of the only negatives is something I already knew about. FFXIV, PS5, or PC does not save your HUD settings. That means you will have to go through the arduous task of setting up your HUD once again. If you’re a veteran player, you already know how you’ll want it, you just have to do it. Take it from me – use Mouse Mode (L1+R3). It moves things in your HUD faster. Some things aren’t immediately clear, like being able to zoom out. That comes from L1+up/down with the Right Analog Stick.

You’ll still have to do this as a new player too. I tried the game in full 4k in crowded areas, in dungeons, trials, and even my Free Companies’ House. It looked smooth at all times. It lagged a tiny bit during peak hours, but I play on a busy server, and at the time, I was playing wireless. The game never once would dip under 30 FPS, though, and that was just fine.

Doesn’t Feel Like A Console MMO


I played FFXIV on PS4 also, and it was. . . it was okay. Not as good as PC by any stretch of the imagination. Not as pretty, not as fast. It was only great if you didn’t have a PC. Perhaps the kindest thing I can say about FFXIV on PS5 is that it doesn’t feel like a console MMO. In my time at MMOHuts, I played a lot of MMOs built for consoles. Most of those felt flat, bland. Clunky and awkward. FFXIV feels just like the PC version. It in no way feels like an inferior port of an already solid game.

I play on a good PC as is, but being able to experience the game in 4k? That’s something special. It might be difficult to get used to the buttons on a controller, but it won’t last long. You get about 56 buttons to use and can adjust the HUD to be exactly what you want it to be. If you’re new to FFXIV and want to play on the console, you also get a free 30-day trial. It’s going to be really hard to go back to the PC version for me, and who knows? When I get a quality wireless keyboard, I may just be a console main again. But I can tell you sincerely that this is an amazing version of FFXIV for PS5. It was already an amazing game, but you miss nothing on a console.

If you’re coming to the game as a new player, the Free Trial is also available, which runs up to Level 60 and through the Heavensward expansion. That’s another brilliant move. You shouldn’t need to buy the game to try it out. There’s never been a better time to try FFXIV anyway, with Endwalker coming in Fall 2021. It comes highly recommended, on PS5 and PC.

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Video: chawzyyy vs. SJ

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Galaxy Racer down 4-6

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Pokémon Center Online introduces temporary lottery system due to increased demand

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Those who missed out on recent Japanese Pokémon TCG sets may be in luck.

Since the shortage began to occur in late 2020, Creatures, the company responsible for producing Pokémon TCG in Japan has been working to strengthen their production systems according to a series of posts to their website Pokemon-Card. But there still have been issues meeting the demand.

To remedy the stuation, they will be printing some of the affected sets once again, including the upcoming Eevee Heroes set launching later this month. While not yet available, pre-orders sold out rapidly, causing plenty of collectors to miss out.

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In light of this, a lottery system will be introduced for those who still want to get their hands on these sets. Instead of purchasing them directly from Pokémon Centers or Stores in person, buyers will need to enter a lottery at Pokémon Center Online for the chance to purchase these reprinted items.

You can enter the lottery online beginning Friday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 19. The affected products that will be available are as follows.

  • Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield Enhanced Expansion Pack Eevee Heroes BOX
  • Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield Enhanced Expansion Pack Eevee Heroes Eevee’s Set
  • Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield VMAX Special Set Eevee Heroes
  • Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield High Class Deck Double Box Genger VMAX & Inteleon VMAX

If you got a pre-order for the sets during the limited opening window on May 7, you will not be eligible to participate in the lottery, amongst other rules that exclude certain people from this process. A full list of details can be found at Pokémon Center Online.

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How to play VALORANT’s Replication game mode

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Riot Games introduced Replication on May 11—a new limited-time game mode exclusive to VALORANT. But what is it and how exactly do you play it?

Replication is essentially VALORANT’s take on League’s One-For-All mode, pitting five of the same agent against five of another in a fast and fun, best-of-nine spike showdown. 

“We definitely took inspiration from League’s One-For-All mode, but there’s so much that’s different between our games–for example, our roster is a fraction of the size of theirs–that we needed to make a lot of decisions differently too,” Lisa Ohanian, senior producer for VALORANT, said.

In the game mode, a pre-match vote determines which agent is selected for the match. If everyone chooses Raze, for example, players will load in with an army of Boom Bots raring to go. 

Similar to the game’s unrated and competitive modes, you’re able to buy weapons in a pre-round buy phase in Replication. But there’s a set amount of credits for each round regardless if you win or lose. 

  • First round: 900 creds – pistols and light shields, or even a bucky
  • Second round: 2,400 creds – spectre and light shields
  • Third round: 3,900 creds –  vandal, phantom, and heavy shields
  • Fourth round: 6000 creds – operator and heavy shields

Replication is an exciting new way to play the game, but it’s also a good way to grind XP for your battle pass. 

Although it’s slightly slower than playing Deathmatch or Spike Rush, you can earn a decent chunk of XP. Like unrated, you collect 100 XP per round played and an additional 200 XP per round won. You can also tick off your daily and weekly missions, which is just another added bonus.

Replication will be available to play for two weeks, starting on May 11 and ending on May 25. A new game mode, or more likely an old one, will take its place in the rotation.


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When will PUBG Mobile’s new Arena map Hangar release?

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PUBG Mobile’s patch 1.4 has introduced the Titan Strikes mode, over-the-shoulder shooting mode, and Coupe RB sports car to the vehicle selection. Another exciting feature, a new arena map called Hangar, will be added to the game on a later date.

Tencent has confirmed that the Hangar map will be available on June 1. The map is set on a ship and is scattered with shipping containers and other supplies. There is a helicopter at the center of the map.

The map is fairly large, and the containers provide a lot of cover to the players. Players will be able to engage in close to mid-range battles on it.

There will be three supported arena modes in Hangar– team deathmatch, arena training, and team gun game.

  • Team deathmatch:
    • The first team to reach the target number of kills will achieve victory. It has unlimited respawns.
  • Arena training:
    • It’s similar to the TDM mode with one key difference: players will be able to select any weapon from the spawn point.
    • They aren’t required to set up a loadout before the game.
  • Team Gun Game:
    • In this mode, all players will begin with the same weapon.
    • The weapon will keep upgrading on getting more kills.
    • The first team to eliminate the opponent with the final weapon, the pan, will achieve victory.
    • In case this doesn’t happen, the team with the higher score when the countdown ends will be the winner.

Until the map debuts next month, players can enjoy the Titan Strikes mode in PUBG Mobile. In this, titans from the sci-fi movie Godzilla vs. Kong have ascended into the maps of the battle royale game. Players will be able to encounter Godzilla, Kong, and the Mechagodzilla through this mode.

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