I feel like I’m making good progress in FFXIV. It’s, what, the middle of February, and in the span of a month-and-a-half I’ve gotten up to level 43 in both my main job and the main story quest. In fact, last night was the first time that the MSQ caught up to me and I had to pause my progress in the storyline while I leveled up to meet the requirement.
I really like how the writers take the time to build up the storyline. It’s not moving at a whiplash or fragmented pace, although there are a lot of Russian nesting doll quest objectives. Every plot point is clearly laid out and in many cases repeated just in case I missed it the first time (which happens).
I think the story started getting interesting for me about the time that the Empire came in and smashed up the Seven Scions base. With the core team captured, killed, or fled, it’s up to me, one weird white-haired guy with a midriff, and an amnesiac engineer (Cid!) to form a new company. That took us up to the snowy region of Coerthas for the first time as we went on an overall quest to find Cid’s airship (the Enterprise, and couldn’t Square-Enix have thought of a better name considering the much more famous Enterprises out there?).
This simple search got bogged down into local politics, as the snobby residents there (Elves, of course) kept throwing up roadblocks left and right. Plus there was some sort of inquisition going on, the mystery of which took us to some slightly disturbing places.
That zone culminated in a trip through the Stone Vigil dungeon, a ruined castle infested with dragons. Elves, dragons, oh FFXIV you are hitting all my buttons, aren’t you?
Stone Vigil definitely represented a step up in difficulty, at least from a healer’s perspective. I had to keep up a steady stream of heals just to keep up with the damage pouring on the tank. The second time running this we had a pretty experienced tank, and even then I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. Happily, I clocked two successful runs (and only one personal death). Even better, the dungeon spat out a few really nice gear upgrades, so hopefully that’ll help with future healing runs.
Good advice. Too bad I don’t have a rez spell on me… oh wait. Why am I not helping to keep the entire population of this world alive?
So yes, I’m back to being a girl again. After all of that fuss, I found that I just didn’t really like growly faced guy; plus, it felt like I was betraying the character I had led through this experience so far. Expensive lesson, that.
Speaking of shelling out money for the game, I finally picked up Heavensward. Yes, I still have a way to go before getting into the expansion, but it was on sale and as I’m starting to round the corner to level 50, I didn’t want to waste XP after that.
What am I looking forward to? The glamour system and finding an outfit that doesn’t make me look like a frumpy marshmallow. I have to believe there’s one out there.