Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Jul 242015

I’ve never been an MMORPG player. For that matter, I’m not big on multiplayer in general. During E3 2015, I noticed two games that could convince me to try an MMO for the first time: Rare’s pirate-themed Sea of Thieves revealed during Microsoft’s press conference and EA’s look at the new expansion for The Old Republic, Knights of the Fallen Empire.

Well, neither of those will be my first MMO, because Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beat them to it.

It took me a little while to warm up to the free trial, in part because my story missions had a very slow star. On the other hand, I picked the lancer class, which meant I got to see this guy:

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My lancer quests were far more interesting than the early parts of the story. Plus, come on, he looks like Fenris!

After that, my story quests started to pick up at last, and I also unlocked access to the Gold Saucer! Between Chocobo racing, Triple Triad, and special events called GATEs, I became addicted to the Gold Saucer.

(I apologize for the poor video quality)

If you know my gaming tastes, you probably already know what I dislike about FFXIV: I wish I had smaller areas to explore before new ones were unlocked, and I kind of wish I could play the entire thing alone instead of teaming up with other players for dungeons.

I also wish there were treasure chests in towns and regions. It would give me more incentive to explore every nook and cranny like I usually do.

Still, after my disappointment with Final Fantasy XIII, it’s nice to see a recent Final Fantasy game I can get into. It gives me hope for Final Fantasy XV and the Final Fantasy VII remake.

It may not be a traditional Final Fantasy game–the MMO style of gameplay reminds me more of Dragon Age than anything classic–but it got me to play my first-ever MMORPG. When my trial expired, I decided to buy the game. I haven’t technically subscribed yet, since Final Fantasy XIV comes with 30 days for free. Once that time expires, we’ll see if I still enjoy it enough to pay more money.

Maybe it will depend on what the mysterious lancer is doing.

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  11 Responses to “Final Fantasy XIV Became My First MMORPG”

  1. Looks like we’re all succumbing to our stated-hated genres.

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