There’s something interesting that’s been going on with me since trying out Final Fantasy XIV these past few days, and I think I finally put my finger on it.
I’ve been getting this warm, peppy feeling while going through the low-level zones and quests but couldn’t quite account for it. The game’s not THAT great, at least not yet, and as I’ve previously established, the Final Fantasy trappings alone are not the pull that they are for others. So what was it?
And then it clicked, because I realize that I haven’t had this particular feeling in a long time. It reminded me a LOT of my first week or so in World of Warcraft back in 2004, when the game felt fresh and mysterious and really atmospheric to me.
And FFXIV, for all its good and bad so far, is doing a bang-up job evoking that same feeling of being a neophyte in a strange world. Maybe it’s because I’m forced to take it at a slower pace and soak up the details in a way that I didn’t in other MMOs (where you zip through beginning zones). Maybe I’m just over-glorifying the new car smell here. But I like it and I’m going to soak in it for a while.