Endwalker delivers a powerful, emotional story with some bold choices, but it’s important to understand that you’ll get the most out of it if you’ve been with these characters from the beginning. And with roughly 50 hours of story piled on the hundreds in the expansions that came before it, its barrier to entry is now so high that, well, it almost reaches the moon.
But if you’ve been on that journey for a while now, this is an expansion well worth seeing to its end. Packed with meaningful story cutscenes and unforgettable new zones, Endwalker marks a satisfying conclusion to Final Fantasy XIV’s story as we’ve known it until now. While it doesn’t introduce many new gameplay elements, it does deliver two new excellent DPS and healing jobs that should appeal to both new and experienced players and some of the best boss battles we’ve seen in this decade-old game. If this is how Final Fantasy XIV’s showrunners end a story, then I’m more than ready to walk with them from the beginning to the end of the next one.