So it looks like IGN is the first big name in video game reviews to publish their take on FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. Unlike most games where the review can be published around the time the game launches, an online game is different. The full game experience can’t be had until after release and the servers are up and running. Combine that with the way an online MMORPG changes over time as patches come through, new content is added, and things are correct wit EXP distribution and the in-game economy, and it is quite a gamble to dive into a review too early.
It also seems like they were trying to cram a lot of content into such a short video, but t hen again FFXIV is packed with so much content it is difficult to cram it all into a review lasting under six minutes. 8.6 isn’t too bad of a score, and from what I’ve seen of other reviews the game is averaging between 8.5 and 9. I personally would give the game a 10, but I’m biased because i’ve become sort of a resident in FFXIV and appreciate it far more than what it is at face value.