My Favorite Control Method For Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 Is...
Posted on Thursday, February 13 @ 16:18:37 PST by Daniel Bischoff
I am neither deep into massively-multiplayer online games, nor am I the world's foremost Final Fantasy scholar, but I am really, really good at figuring out controls really, really fast.
It's more than just "What does the X button do? Oh, it lets me jump, just like every other game ever made." It's more than just "check the information booklet for a button map." It's like a sixth-sense where I can immediately pick up and play any game and still kick some ass.
Unfortunately, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn isn't exactly an action game. It's neither a strategy game nor a sports game. It's an MMO and because of the cumbersome number of different actions MMO players need at their disposal (including /laugh and /dance) it kind of complicates the genre for console players.
Naturally, Square Enix has ensured that almost any control scheme will allow you to enjoy the land of Eorzea on your shiny next-gen PlayStation 4. Between PlayStation Vita remote-play, the DualShock 4, and support for USB keyboards and mice, you might have a hard time choosing on a control method for your grand adventure.
My favorite control scheme for Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 is without a doubt the DualShock 4 controller. I'd be all over attaching a mouse and keyboard to my PlayStation 4, but the DualShock 4 has some excellent features that make it the best choice in my opinion.
Still, one feature has me fawning all over the PS4 port of FFXIV. It's one feature that neither PlayStation 3 nor PC gamers have been able to use in-game so far: DualShock 4's touch-pad.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the first game I've played that makes meaningful use of the DualShock 4 controller's most obvious new addition. Other games have allowed you to move the map or select different weapons, but none have made it into something I actually want to move my thumb for. I can see a lot of hardcore players getting more use out of the touch-pad for case-by-case cursor usage than they would from a full-blown mouse attached to PS4.
Now if only Final Fantasy XIV could come up with a use for the DualShock 4's power sucking light bar! FFXIV: A Realm Reborn will launch in April. Read our full hands-on preview and don't forget to check out our interview with Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida.
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