I enjoyed my time going through the free trial and 2 main scenario quests of Final Fantasy XIV but I’ve decided that I don’t love the game enough to pay for a subscription (that said I’m really happy that so many gamers love FFXIV though, and I subscribe to a fair few FFXIV content creators on YouTube as I enjoy the good vibes).
Not having the one game which I can call “home” feels a little unusual to me as I’ve really come to love “games as service” games where I’m constantly progressing as the developers are forever releasing new content, but the more I think about not being dedicated to the one game, the more I like it.
I grew up playing consoles and each console I owned came with a variety of games. The idea of not putting all my eggs in the one basket and playing more different games as opposed to just playing the one game might feel like I’m going backwards, but maybe it’s more about finding my roots?
I’m currently playing through DC Universe Online (DCUO) and despite the very dated graphics (released in 2011) I’m having a good time! Either way I look at it; I’ve hit a ceiling with Black Desert Online. New World was fun to begin with, but I feel it needs more refinement and I’m definitely not ready to go back to the grindy and repetitive nature of Destiny 2.
First shoot out of lockdown. It’s time to get back to work! Mischa is a Sydney based escort who doesn’t show her face in photos, that made for some pretty naughty body shots especially for Patrons in my $50 Patreon Tier. Find all the photos on my Patreon over the next couple of weeks: https://www.patreon.com/justinfoxphoto
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My character is modelled after Y’shtola, those who know, know!
Flying mounts at level 50 makes such a huge welcome change from running around on foot everywhere.
I’ve spent way more time watching people play Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV) than actually playing it myself. I initially installed the game a few months ago but just couldn’t get past the clunky character movement, bad graphics and even worse colour grading so I uninstalled it, but a few months later I reinstalled it to give it another go and for the past month I’ve slowly been chipping away at the Main Scenario Quest (MSQ).
I’ve read and heard so many hardcore FFXIV players suggest that the MSQ is a real slog until the second expansion and man they’re not wrong. Considering how apparently amazing the game gets from the second expansion on I fail to see why the devs don’t simply go back and outright delete all the absolutely useless fetch quests in the first expansion. There were times where I just struggled so hard to pick the game back up as the gameplay was just so mind numbingly boring, and even when I did launch the game sometimes I’d only finish off a mission at a time. IE: I just found it near impossible to get rolling.
That all changed last weekend though when I found myself in a dungeon with a player who called me out for trying to do a level 40 dungeon with level 20 gear. IE: The rest of the group were carrying me. Up until this point the game just felt ridiculously easy, but all of a sudden the game started to get a little more challenging, and the storyline has gotten WAY darker and more interesting and I’m finally starting to connect with some key characters.
I upgraded my gear, worked on my job quests (I’m a tank) and last weekend I put in huge hours to finish off the first MSQ (A Realm Reborn). I’ve now completely finished off my job quests and doing a much better job at tanking in dungeons with random players (I’ve gotten a fair few player commendations and positive comments from random players which feels pretty awesome). I’ve been invited to an FFXIV Discord and I’m committed to at least finishing off the rest of the free trial which includes 2 expansions; A Realm Reborn and Heavensward.
I’m still unsure of whether or not I’ll end up paying for the game after Heavensward as FFXIV uses a monthly subscription model which I really don’t like the sound of (IE: If you stop paying you can’t keep playing), but for now I’m happy that I’ve persisted and gotten through A Realm Reborn.