Anytime there’s a conversation about MMOs, Final Fantasy XIV always gets talked about as being one of the best currently available, and many of my gamer friends are playing it, or have played it in the past.
With the current sale going on, I wanted to give it another shot. I played a trial a few years ago, but I couldn’t remember what exactly I didn’t care for, and I wondered if I had really given it a fair shake back then.
The character creation process is involved, but I don’t mind that so much. What did bug me was how long it took from finishing my character to actually being in control of my character. I put aside an hour the first night after re-downloading the trial, and I actually got to play for about 10 minutes.
I spent my second play session being lost. This is only the slightest of exaggerations, but I really had issues with the map and figuring out how all the (tiny, oh so tiny) zones were connected. This was also the first time I actually got to work on combat, and I pretty much hated it instantly. While I know 2.5 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s an eternity as a global cool down between abilities.
Still, I decided to give it one more session, and although the levels were coming fast enough, I felt like it was somewhat lacking in everything else that makes MMO progression feel good. There wasn’t much happening the way of loot, and in fact, when I came up against someone who wanted to inspect my gear for a quest, I found myself having to go through two additional zones to find a vendor to buy myself some upgrades. Don’t get me wrong, I like shopping as much as anyone, but it’s kind of yawn-worthy in an MMO.
At this point, I’ve pretty much decided I won’t be going back to this one. I’ve heard people say that the story is absolutely worth it, but so far? I don’t care about any of this, certainly not to the level which would make me struggle through weird maps and unsatisfying combat. The truth is, I already have other MMOs that I already own that I would be more interested in playing.