Long silence, broken by me droping Guild Wars 2 and taking up Final Fantasy XIV A Real Reborn, FFXIV for short.
I’m enjoying it, it doesn’t have quite the same “suck-in” that GW 2 had, but it is a slower paced game. Slower suits me well, I’m not as twitchy as I used to be.
There are quite a substantial number of improvements in this re-release over the previous version, for starters it’s quite playable.
Two things I miss from the old game though;
- The dialog has been toned down, it used to be slightly risqué, but there seems to be a lot less of that, I suspect that what is still present in the game is a case of cut&paste from the previous version.
- The cut scenes are more first person, in the previous version, as far as I played it at least, I was given the impression that I was a lowly adventurer overhearing, and being caught up in, bigger things. I felt that this quite suited a role-playing environment. Our characters aren’t special, at the low levels, even humble sheep could give us a run for our money! I find it a little immersion breaking when I’m greeted by NPC’s as if I were the saviour of the world.
I was really surprised to discover that I had to do dungeons to progress my personal story-line. A surprisingly nice idea. It’s a big jump for me to group together with other players and do group content, being forced into it is exactly what I needed to get me over the initial reluctance. On the down side the “Duty Finder” (automatic LFG”) is not world specific, so there is little chance of making any real-friends.
Will post again soon about how broken the economy seems at the moment.