So far, I’m really enjoying Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In fact, I’m enjoying it so much that I’m hardly able to be productive at anything else.
One of the great things about the game is all the references there are to other Final Fantasy games, which longtime series fans will undoubtedly pick up on. But the pool of references isn’t limited to the Final Fantasy franchise.
Here’s a gem I picked out of one of the main storyline quests (spoilers ahead, obviously):
In the scene, you have Raubahn (AKA the token black dude) calling Mad Snake on his linkshell. It’s all very reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid, right up to the classic “Snaaaaaaaaaaake!” Oh, and he also talks to someone named Ryder as well. Raiden, anyone?
If you’re curious, you can see the full context of the clip, which takes place during the Battle of Carteneau, here:
And if you’re even more curious, you can see the opening cinematic of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn here, which puts the previous cutscene into a broader context as well:
It all fits together like a puzzle, no?