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FFXIV vs WoW – Which MMORPG Should You Play?

FFXIV vs WoW - Which MMORPG Should You Play_
By | September 11th, 2020 | Categories: FFXIV, World of Warcraft

The battle for MMO supremacy is a hot topic of debate even in 2020. While there are many titles from this genre to choose from, there is often a question raised over which of these two powerhouse entries are better; FFXIV or WoW? A tough question to answer, so let’s take a look at what makes each game better than the other, in a battle that sees FFXIV vs WoW.

In this article, we will be discussing the following:

  • Which MMORPG has better content?
  • Which has the superior story and quests?
  • Comparing the dungeons and raids
  • Endgame Content

To make a better judgement of which game trumps the other, let’s start by taking a look at which offers the best combat.

FFXIV vs WoW – Which Has Better Combat?

If you have been a long time player of World of Warcraft and you decide to make the switch to Final Fantasy 14, you will soon notice a stark difference, and that is with the game’s combat. This is a result of the global cooldown. With FFXIV having a higher global cooldown than WoW, it means that the former has a slower combat movement than the latter. While in WoW you could effectively spam attacks much quicker, FFXIV has you casting at a slower pace.

With a higher cooldown coming in, it’s then up to you as to whether or not it flows with your style of combat. Having more time to cooldown, which is also true for enemies attacking you, can give you a bit more time to plot your attacks and prepare in kind. However, it can be seen as just a bit too slow, where it feels like you are waiting for the game to catch up with your attack input. Meanwhile, WoW feels far more like an action game in this regard. Having instant reactions to button presses, which might seem like common practice in other genres, is a big deal when comparing these two titles.

FFXIV vs WoW – Story and Quests

There’s little doubt that WoW’s narrative has kept a number of players coming back for the years that it has been running. What’s more, when playing the game you can expect to see many colourful characters and epic scenes here and there for you to enjoy. However, it does fall short when you compare it to FFXIV.

There just doesn’t seem to be as much depth with certain aspects of some of the quests and story in comparison. You can complete a task in WoW without being entirely sure why you had to do it. In this department, FFXIV has cut-scenes to lay out the narrative for even the smaller quests that you partake in. With this, there is a much bigger sense of purpose when playing FFXIV, as the title goes all out in even the smallest spaces to make sure the player is entertained and emotionally attached.

Dungeons and Raids in FFXIV and WoW

Then you have dungeons which feature in both games, and one offers a better experience here than the other too. In World of Warcraft, you aren’t really given much motivation to revisit a dungeon once you completed it, unless you want to level your alts. This may suit your goals better than the FFXIV, but it would be easy to argue that Final Fantasy 14’s approach stands out more. With a level scaling method along with daily roulettes, it gives you more reason to revisit the dungeons that FFXIV has to offer.

As for raids, there are arguments for both sides. As we touched on earlier, the combat is arguably less frustrating in WoW, which means that clearing a raid can feel much easier in certain ways compared to FFXIV. Having said that, having bigger groups in WoW for certain raids means there’s more room for error on your team’s part, meaning they are going to take longer than they would in FFXIV even with more players.

The way in which FFXIV’s combat works also leaves very little room for mistakes, so your reaction times need to be on point. WoW including a number of raid difficulties gives it a slight advantage for those looking to challenge themselves. You can see why you would choose either game for the best raids and dungeons, as both have positives that work in their favor.

Which Has Better Endgame Content?

This is another tough choice to make. Regardless of whether you like to take part in it or not, PvP is a big part of MMO games, and this is something that shines brighter in WoW. You can engage in duels, participate in tournaments in Arena PvP, and even War Mode to take on your rival faction. FFXIV meanwhile is rather limited in this area, offering less Player vs. Player opportunities for gamers to enjoy.

WoW also offers more raids, with more difficulties to choose from (as mentioned earlier). The mechanic of having a bigger party size makes it feel more like you are in a raid too. That being said, it still feels like there is much more variety in FFXIV as it makes the most of the content it has. Whilst WoW essentially focuses on Raids, Mythic+ and PvP, FFXIV has a bit more of a wide range to give. Final Fantasy 14’s content ranges from trials, raids, map dungeons, instanced areas such as Eureka to increase elemental experience, housing and more.


With all of that being said, there are arguments for both sides. In the end, it is a completely subjective matter as to which game is better than the other, depending on what you are looking to get out of your MMO experience.

When it comes to FFXIV vs WoW, you could say that if you are looking for more variety to your content, with a deeper sense of storytelling and meaningful questing, then FFXIV would be your choice. If you are looking for a much more approachable set of gameplay mechanics, with plentiful raid content and higher difficulty levels to challenge yourself with, then you should certainly opt for World of Warcraft. Whichever you choose, you are getting an MMO experience that is more than capable of keeping you entertained for a long time to come.


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    Ben January 18, 2021 at 7:21 am - Reply

    FFXIV hands down its a better game than wow in every aspect except pvp. I still sub for both but have been more attached to ffxiv and its great story telling.. the best part about ffxiv is that its on playstation and plans for it to go xbox in the near future too.. I kinda wish wow would do the same thing.. would love to sit back in my lounge and not have to reconnect everything lol

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    Eden January 9, 2021 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I used to play WoW cause the pvp is the best thing in the world, to keep playing even the same pvp games over n over cause against a human the gameplay is always new, and world pvp can be fun too.

    I don’t play anymore though, I don’t play any mmo’s not since Blizzard nerfed my gameplay, and city of heroes died NCsoft shut down the servers and that put me off playing any mmo.

    When World of Warcraft changed the skill tree to something more basic, and added too many new races it just got out of hand and the expansions are boring after the blood elf race and the lich king was its peak imo, adding panders to the game and then changing the skill tree can’t remember which came first I dropped all mmo’s after.

    But if you want pvp go with World of Warcraft it still has decent PVE player vs Environment, if you want pure PVE go with Final Fantasy 14 its pvp isn’t very good so its that simple choice.

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    David January 3, 2021 at 3:01 am - Reply

    WoW is far better than FF.
    Chars are more good-loking in FF, end of pros
    In FF you have to do a lot of quests (are mandatory) to lvl up, to learn skills, your job, to unlock dungeon and raids, to unlock hard and extreme raids an dungeons. You cant join your friends in a dungeon you havent discover/unlock… There is a quest for everything. And they are soooo boring, usually going from A to B and chat with someone. Cut scenes slow down so much your experience and are annoying, I’ve never died from mobs you find in areas which are pretty much scenic, i probably fought the 1% of them all, they do the same moves, theirs aoe are marked on the floor with orange wich make all combats like an extremely long tutorial. Most of dungeons are “tank and spank”, there arent addons or mouseover healing (unless using macro). Yes you can customize your hud within the game but is never how you want it, there are icons in strange places on your screen, debuff and buff arent much different and there no way to make more recognizable. At max lvl you can buy/craft almost an ending equip (510 lvl) which make farming a better one quite pointlesss (in extreme/savage riads you drop 535)
    In wow graphic is better, areas are better, mobs are betters. you can lvl up with dungeons not only with quests, raids and dungeons fight are more challanging (In FF res in combat is “ad libitum” we ress 9 ppl in a single 24men raid combat, srly???) having an ending equip is more difficult, you have to farm more at max lvl with daily, hm, mythic and mythic+, torghast dungeon to farm legendary but at the end of the day when you have your shiny brand new piece of gear you are more satisfied

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    Logan Ninefingers December 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Final fantasy 14 has so many more options to do end-game wise. The job system can keep you occupied for millennia alone. There are tons of crafting, housing, and duty finders to keep you going for quite some time. As well as having a storyline quests that take hundreds of hours (if you choose) to go by. Final Fantasy is leagues ahead of WoW in the options department,

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    Legend Kage December 28, 2020 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I’m tired of these reviewers trying so hard to pit FFXIV vs WoW. They are not in the same league.
    1. FF looks inferior to even games like Tera, even though their aesthetics are similar.
    2. FF starting areas are so boring with elevator music that drive most players away. End game music is overhyped and don’t match the theme of the raid or dungeon you are in.
    3. You need to attend a Ted-talk sort of seminar just to figure out the first Classes / Jobs.

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    Destiny Rwert December 12, 2020 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I hate all the cut-scenes in FFXIV. It really, really slows the game down. In addition, there are so many bugs in it, for example some items that you earn you cannot discard even though you don’t want them. The other issue I have is the number of cheaters in the game. There are so many RMT (Real Money Traders) and players with bots. The one nice thing about FFXIV is that the characters are very realistic looking and much more refined and developed compared to WoW characters. If I had to make a choice between the two, it would be a difficult decision, but I would go with WoW.

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    Me November 30, 2020 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    FFXIV combat is faster, you’re frequently pressing something every 0.8 seconds.

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