Man, I need to write more frequent FFXIV posts — I don’t want to keep having to do these big wrap-ups of a week’s worth of adventures.
I’m not racing through the main storyline but I am making progress of a sort. I’ve been running the first three dungeons off and on, mostly to gear up a little bit and get that daily roulette bonus. But apart from that, I’m enjoying sitting back and letting the story wash over me.
I have to give FFXIV props for two things off the bat:
- The story is getting better, indeed. It’s not perfect and in some places it’s downright weird and cheesy, but I’m pretty impressed that there’s nuance here, storylines that aren’t tied up with a bow within two minutes, and a good command of narrative. The game does a really good job laying out the foundation for the primals, why they’re a threat, and how they come about, among other things. Having multiple countries and factions in play could get headache-inducing, but I’m starting to suss out the motivations and personalities of each. Heck, the story is even pretty funny in parts.
- There’s an amazing reuse of zones. I still have no idea how big the world is, because here I am at level 25 and the game’s been sending me around the same nine zones (plus three cities), with plenty left unexplored on the map. Usually in MMOs you kind of blitz through a zone and wash your hands of it, but here I’m constantly revisiting areas, and since there’s a lot of attention paid in the details, that’s not a bad thing.
So two major developments since last week: My character has joined up with the Seven Scions of Midriffs and the Maelstrom Grand Company (because I hate Ul’dah’s layout and there’s no way I’m working for Elves). I’m starting to learn that pretty much all of the leaders in this game are weird people, starting with Barbie Minfilia here, but that’s part of the charm too. At least it isn’t a bunch of stuffy old guys with beards.
I like the idea of Grand Companies, I guess, but I still need another 1,000 seals to get my darn chocobo. I’m doing FATEs, hunting logs, and daily roulettes to earn some.
This guy is so metal every screenshot he’s in could be the cover of an album. I call this one “Irfrit and the Star Destroyers.”
One of the things I’m trying hard to do here is to tap into the love — or at least affection — I once held for the Final Fantasy franchise. So while I wasn’t geeking out to meet Biggs and Wedge, seeing them did bring a smile to my face and make me think of games past.
Also, where can I get a pair of goggles like that?
One of the reasons that I’m not a lot higher of a level right now is that I’ve been experimenting with different classes again. Right now I’m leaning toward trading in the lancer to do some gladiator work. It seems like I could get in dungeons much faster and get some extra bonuses if I did that, and there’s an equal cool visual factor with the gear that I’m having with the dragoon.
I’ve also flirted with the archer/bard and arcanist/summoner as potentials. I know I can keep switching, but I do want something to focus on as I level, and I’m not 100% sure that I want to be a dragoon when I grow up. Hopping around is for bunnies, right? It wouldn’t be a terrible thing to be some sort of magical unstoppable tank.
So that’s messed up, right? Our guild was getting a laugh out of it last night.