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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Review

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Review

A woman in a striking kimono asks a band of Othardian peasants to prove their loyalty to the Garlean Empire and only one — citing a need to feed his family — heeds the call. It turns out to be a greater sacrifice than he imagined. She tosses a baroquely engraved pistol at his feet and commands him to shoot one of his friends. Trembling violently, he complies. But she’s not done yet. She then orders him to kill his parents, claiming they drain the empire’s resources. He refuses, and her goons cut him down. And as for me? I watch all this from behind a rock. I do nothing. Famous god-slaying hero or no, I know that any immediate revenge would bring down more hells on the sorry lot. It’s tragic, but it’s also fairly realistic.

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