Dear Syp, please stop trying to make FFXIV happen

Dearest Syp,

When you read this, it’s probably been three to six months since you wrote this. The MMO world is alight with buzz over FFXIV: Shadowbringers and about half of your friends are playing it. You’ve probably forgotten — weak as your mind is — the last time you played, and so you’ve decided to comb back through your blog post history on this game to refresh your mind.

That’s why I’m writing this. That’s why I’m here to remind you that, just as much as you’re not a fan of feta cheese on salads, you just don’t like Final Fantasy XIV — and you need to stop trying to make it happen.

Trust me, I know what you’re thinking. I’m you, after all, just the you of your past. I know that, on paper, FFXIV checks off many of the boxes of “must haves” for an MMO. It’s got a strong story emphasis, a thriving population, a tab-targeting combat scheme, a robust housing system, the ability to switch classes, and a community that’s kind of crazy about fashion.

And so since enough time has gone by, you’re probably thinking that you just haven’t given it the fair shot you should. Maybe, just maybe, you can crack that code if you can approach the game with a fresh perspective or a different way to play.

The problem, dear Syp, is that you simply don’t like this game. Be honest with yourself — you really have given it more than a fair shot over, what, three years and 300 days of subscription time. You had some fun, met some great friends, and enjoyed it for a spell. But ultimately, every single time you came to the same conclusion as I am right now, that it’s just not the game for you.

Maybe it’s the aesthetics or the ploddingly slow story and combat. It definitely doesn’t help that despite that out of a dozen or so classes, you like pretty much none of them. The pieces may be good, but the combination doesn’t please you. And so every time you end up subbing for a month or so, only to become disillusioned with the taste of this game and wander away, out $12 and several hours that could’ve been spent better in other games.

It’s time to call it quits with FFXIV. It’s perfectly OK for others to like it, bashing it is not why I’m writing this. I’m just trying to remind you that your MMO gaming path going forward probably shouldn’t include this game, even if it does end up being the last title standing. Branch out. Try something new. Check out some older proven favorites. But your time here is done.

Sincerely,

Syp of May 2019

5 thoughts on “Dear Syp, please stop trying to make FFXIV happen

  1. Michael J. Weilandt May 16, 2019 / 9:29 am

    Yep I have the same issues. I’ve played WoW since launch and on paper everything with FFXIV should work. I never could get out of the original games story.

  2. bhagpuss May 16, 2019 / 11:48 am

    I agree. I don’t even bother logging in for the free play weeks any more. There are a lot of things I like about FFXIV and some that I don’t, but that’s true of many MMORPGs. The real stumbling block is that it’s quite dull. That’s pretty much a deal-breaker.

  3. Hawkinson May 16, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    The plodding combat and slow story of the base game is what breaks me off especially since I dont like any of the classes. Its a real tragedy because its the MMO darling right now.

  4. scholargipsy May 29, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    Does anyone actually believe you won’t change your mind? I have never seen anyone less likely to stick to a resolution with regard to playing or not playing a game in my life.

    I don’t mean this to sound harsh; there’s nothing *wrong* with changing your mind about a game. I just can’t take this decision very seriously in light of constant flip-flopping in the past, is all.

  5. Syp May 29, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    This is my gaming blog, and as such, it’s part diary. I write to myself first, and if I want to document my rampant flip-flopping, I will, because it’s part of the weird gaming journey that I’m on. I’m not going to hold up pretenses to make myself look better.

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