Posted: December 24
Believe it or not, I’ve never played or heard much about Final Fantasy game just like how clueless I am with social media and dirty jokes. I had no idea what the game was about or anything. I knew nothing about it. But, I determined to find an online game where I could make progress and fit in community with an old friend.
On August 8th, 2014, a friend gave me a redeemable code for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (thank you, Ely) and I bought the steam version for an old friend. Nor my old friend and I expect to get into this game, but astonishingly enough, to this day, I still play this game actively.
This MMO plays similarly to almost any successful cotemporary MMO like World of Warcraft or JPRG MMO like Terra. Some would argue that WOW or Terra is better since WOW has more features or Terrais free, and, they are slightly right. FFXIV is just a genetic MMO like any other. But, I’d be blind if I didn’t admit that this game is the epitome that shows that the player community, game’s atmosphere, and very minor things we neglect can actually impact a game, significantly. It is perhaps, in my experience, the most altruistic community I’ve ever participated in.
As a White mage(healer), I do not damage, well, nor can I withstand a large amount of damage from enemies. When I struggle, there is always a player passing by that would actually stop to help. There even moments when I’m idling on a city and someone approaches me and starts to behave silly.
They would preform an emotes such as a dance or wave that really brings the player's personality to life in the game. At first they look silly. The emotes are charming to look at especially if you're a lalafel, and as a player, they grow on you. It's something I smile about the most when I'm playing. Not to mention, some of the best animation I've ever seen in a video game.
Another topic worth mention is that players pick a class for their character, but they can switch to a different one anytime they want after reaching level 10. So, if you’re bored of using magic spells or healing, you can become a warrior or an archer.You aren't restricted to one class and it feels like you're getting the full experience of the class. What I like about the events such as Fates is that there are level syncs. Say your new friend is level 10 and is doing fates to grind some levels. The game would actually sync you to a level to make the fights fair. It almost feels like you’re replaying the game in a new perspective.
In addition, grinding is actually very enjoyable with friends. They're repeitive at the most part, but there always something silly or memorizing to remember about. Not to mention wit the player emotes, you just tend to laugh about it and have a nice conversation. You could not believe how many friends I've made just from grinding. People are willing to help each other out.
One personal thing that I really adore is the races. The lalafell class is what makes me enjoy this game more beacuse when I was an adoscent, I used to daydream about being a part of heroic team full of knights, mages and archer while being the size of a child. In FFXIV, that actually came true, and my friends and I laugh about it.
Overall. I would highly recommend this game if you're looking for a casual MMO with a wonderful community.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is my 2014 Game of the Year.