Sunday, August 25, 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn First Impressions

A few weeks ago, while browsing for new games to play, I came across an article explaining the beta phases of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I quickly jumped into it to see what the craze is about. I didn't play the original Final Fantasy XIV. I've only read about how horrendous the game was, and how everyone is having high expectations for A Realm Reborn to be a lot better than its previous version.

I'm a huge fan of Square Enix. I've been playing their console RPGs since I was a kid. I've admired Square's storytelling ability in their games. Their creativity extends to their amazing graphics and their original soundtrack. It only made sense for me to at least try out their MMO to see what they can do in a multi-player capacity.

Once I got the beta client downloaded and installed, I hopped right in to create a character. I was fascinated by how detailed it is. From the hair style and color all the way down to how your character growls in pain. It could have used more facial variety since I was spoiled by the character customization from Skyrim, but it was still very impressive.

After playing for a couple of hours exploring the world of Eorzea during the beta, I decided that I had to purchase the game. Everything stayed true to the Final Fantasy universe with feaMMO. Quests are straightforward and easy to navigate through. The local and world maps will take some getting used to, but they certainly help out with the completion of quests by pointing you towards the right direction. The Full Active Time Events (FATE) also spawn randomly across your local map, giving you more variety throughout your journey. They are similar to the dynamic events of Guild Wars 2 and the random rifts found in Rift.
tures that you can find from their other games. It also looked like a great

The one thing that did bother me just a little bit was the lack of voice acting during cutscenes quest explanations. I know it's traditional for dialogue for unimportant events are usually in text in the original RPGs, but with how much storytelling that this MMO is doing, voice acting would have been a great addition. At least we have it for most of the main quests.

May I log in now?
I'm currently in the early access phase since I pre-ordered my digital copy of the game. There have been quite a few improvements to the game. There are still a few bugs here in there with logging in and with instances. I haven't been able to log in for the past hour now due to issues with the servers and stuff. I'm sure everything will get sorted out before the actual launch. If not, we're all gonna have a lot of problems this coming Tuesday.

I guess I'll keep spamming the login screen for a bit. I'll provide more updates pretty soon.

Monday, August 19, 2013

See You Later, Azeroth

After several long years playing World of Warcraft almost nonstop, I think it's time to call it quits, at least temporarily. The game has become less enjoyable each week. The game's content seems drab. There is also the very famous topic of WoW's population decrease, which turned what used to be a very lively and social video game to a ghost town. Every time I manage to get my guild together to do a weekly raid, or after sitting around for over an hour trying to fill up a raid group, I immediately want to log off and do something else. I tried to stick with it, but it's just not fun anymore.

I actually have not played in over a month. Partly due to the busy summer season at work, but mostly because I've found better games to play during my free time. I've been playing League of Legends with my wifey a lot lately, and I found that hundred times more fun than doing daily quests. Even my friends and guild mates have ventured off to find other games for us to play in order to break free from the boredom associated with WoW. I even revisited console gaming to tackle my huge backlog of games that I need to beat.

A guild mate recently texted me asking if we could get the guild together to try out a new MMO. I immediately wished him good luck, since I'm sure most of us are pretty much done with MMOs. There really wasn't much out there for us. We tried Guild Wars 2, and that was enjoyable to a little bit. We even had a quick stint with The Old Republic.

We even gave Ragnarok Online 2 a shot. We leveled up twice, then uninstalled. I do have to rant about this since I was a huge fan of the original Ragnarok Online, but that'll be for a future blog post.

I didn't end my WoW subscription yet. I still feel very loyal to the Blizzard brand, and I have complete faith that they will eventually do something about the drop in population and their dull content. I just have to take a little break from it all while they get that sorted out.

See you later, Azeroth.