Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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  • #523

    Tesseus
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    Anyone going to try out that game?

    GW2 will still be my main game since I’m more of a PvPer, but I’ll probably mess around with FF14 for a while.

    #888

    Gyson
    Keymaster

    Almost 2 years late in responding to this, but Shylo and I started playing FFXIV about 9 months ago and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. We’re on the Balmung server.

    Did you ever end up trying it out?

    #890

    Grenwalis
    Keymaster

    I haven’t tried yet. I will download and let you know when I have it installed.

    #892

    Grenwalis
    Keymaster

    Your server doesn’t allow new characters :(

    #893

    Gyson
    Keymaster

    Balmung is a pain in the rear to get new characters made on (it’s the unofficial RP server and very popular). :(

    However, it does open up very early in the mornings, usually between the hours of 2/3 A.M. Pacific Time (5/6 A.M. Eastern) and 6/7 A.M Pacific (9/10 A.M. Eastern).

    If you want to get on it, I advise getting your character look all set up beforehand. You can get the visuals out of the way and save it as a character appearance file, and then reload that character appearance file the next time you elect to create a character (which you can then try to assign to Balmung at the end of the process if it happens to be open during those hours.

    Don’t just make a throwaway character thinking you can easily redo it later.. even for existing characters on the server, we still have to jump through those same hoops when we want to make an alt. That said, alts are generally not needed since one character can master every class and profession with enough time!

    #895

    Zandra
    Keymaster

    I am not sure if I should mention this to Teramoon since is a big FF fan.

    #896

    Grenwalis
    Keymaster

    I got a character file saved and started messing around on another server on that farm but those hours are prime sleep hours for me. Will keep trying

    #897

    Gyson
    Keymaster

    I have to say, to anyone thinking about playing this game there’s a few things you should be aware of.

    This MMO focuses very heavily on story, more so than any MMO I’ve ever played. If you’re the type of person that loves cutscenes and reading quest text, then you’re in luck. But if you’re one of those people who always escape/skip past all of that so you can get back to the latest kill-task, fetch-quest, etc.. I honestly don’t believe you’re going to like FFXIV that much.

    The combat in this game is, I think, decent. That is to say, I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse, and so I don’t think it’s ever going to be regarded as its prize feature. Crafting, on the other hand, is fun, engaging, and often described as a game of strategy. But what FFIXV absolutely does specialize in is story, story, story with some more story on top.

    As such, if you’re not allowing yourself to get invested in the story from the moment the game starts, then you’re going to find yourself scratching your head at max level wondering what the heck every NPC that you find yourself interacting with is talking about. Plot threads and character development start from the beginning and do not stop throughout the entire game, and they will continue through each update and expansion.

    For MMOs this is unusual to say, but I think I can safely say that most of the quests and storyline are happily waiting for you at max level. That is not to say there isn’t a plethora of content to keep you busy while leveling up.. there is more than enough. It’s just that when you reach max level the bulk of the storyline is still ahead of you, none of it being worth any experience at that point (obviously), and yet you *have* to participate in it. Any time you find yourself wondering “how do I access this dungeon/raid/feature/whatever”, 99% of the time the answer is going to be “progress further through the storyline to unlock it”.

    Ultimately, content in this game is revealed in layers, meaning that as you level up more and more methods of gameplay are opened up to you, until you’re eventually swimming in more stuff than you’ll likely have time to appreciate. It’s a kind way of easing new players into the game without overwhelming them, but can be very annoying if you’re one of those people who want to jump into the end game 30 seconds after you’ve installed and registered.

    For people like Shylo and I, we love this kind of stuff. But I completely understand there are players out there who don’t care about (or even dislike) having to deal with a storyline in their RPGs. And I don’t think the latter will like this game anywhere near as much as the former.

    #898

    Grenwalis
    Keymaster

    I love the story bits but find myself missing the voice over work of star wars. The game is already breathtakingly beautiful and my marauder in green cloth great looks redonkulous and amazing at the same time. I can’t afford another game right now but just the first bits are very addictive for me.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Grenwalis.
    #900

    Gyson
    Keymaster

    I also wish it was entirely voiced like SWTOR. There are cutscenes that do have voice over (quite a few), but it seems to be reserved for special occasions and mostly the end-game content.

    Gren! We’ve got to get you onto Balmung before you get too much further! Are you playing on a trial account? I haven’t tried setting one of those up, but if you email me your character appearance file and tell me what other choices you made (birthday, deity, etc) I can create a trial account, get your character registered to Balmung in the early mornings when it opens, and then pass you the login info.

    #901

    Grenwalis
    Keymaster

    Will do that tonight

    #902

    Gyson
    Keymaster

    Wait.. this will not work. :( I went to download the Free Trial client (apparently I can’t use my existing client) and was looking over the restrictions to make sure I got it right:

    How to install the Free Trial with an existing version of the FINAL FANTASY XIV client:
    1. Make sure all instances of FINAL FANTASY XIV have been uninstalled including the Free Trial

    That’s obviously bad for me.

    Also:

    The following account restrictions apply during the Free Trial:
    – The Free Trial period lasts for 14 calendar days from the day of Free Trial account setup. (time is not calculated by time spent in-game)

    – In order to keep playing with the same in-game and character data in the full version, players must upgrade to the full version of the game within 90 days after the Free Trial expires.

    And that’s obviously bad for you.

    D’oh. The next time there’s a maintenance (there have been several lately because of the expansion update) I’m going to PM you and let you know to start trying. As people log off for the maintenance the population of the worlds drop enough that they all become available long enough for people to make new characters on them (before the servers go down).

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