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I have friends that were telling me for years about how awesome Final Fantasy XI was. I decided I wanted to jump in on the new game, Final Fantasy XIV, right at launch. I had never been more disappointed with a game. I tried playing for a few days, decided that it was BS and quit. Square Enix and Final Fantasy franchise could rot in hell for all I care.
Fast forward to last weekend.
I logged in and saw the usual beautiful graphics. "Okay game," I said to myself, "Let's see what you got."
After about an hour plus of cut scene after cut scene with copious amounts of dialog, I finally got out in the world and started fighting. I had chosen Thaumaturg for a class and it was slow as heck. I pushed through a few levels. My guildmates have played the previous betas and absolutely LOVE this game, so I must be missing something.
I learn a few new actions and keep doing 'kill 10 rats quests.' I find that I'm looking at the map a lot and trying to figure out where I need to go. I have a little popup window for quest items that I have to choose to hand in to NPCs. It made me pause for a second and reread the quest to make sure I'm turning in the right thing.
My guildmates told me about this level 15 quest I was coming up on and that for a Thaumaturg it might be difficult. One suggested that I go to another town and learn Conjurer to help out. So I set off on my own adventure to learn Conjurer. Another guildmate (when I was in Central Shroud I think the name was) asked if he could come along. I agreed and waited for him. While I was waiting at a bridge I saw players running around, night turn to day and storm clouds moved in the area. The whole thing had me pulled in as I started exploring a little. I saw, but couldn't reach a giant statue surrounded by a crumbling structure embedded in the cliff in the horizon. My concentration broke for a second as my friend had caught up to me. Together we ran across the zone and towards Gridania. We pushed pass some high levels, hit a small village and rented a Chocobo for the rest of the ride into the city.
I talked to the Conjurer Guildmaster to learn that class. Switching my weapons to change from a level 15 Thaumaturg to a level 1 Conjurer, I began to level my new class. I had forgotten to save my Thaumaturg Gear Setup, but quickly remembered to do so in the future.
After hitting level 8 on Conjurer, I teleported back to my level 15 quest. I found a huge line of people there at the quest objective. Apparently there was a bug when more than one person tried to click on it, so people were taking turns. I made sure I was set. I had my new cure spell and protect for my Thaumaturgy build, thanks to the Conjurer leveling and I had healing potions just in case. I forgot antidotes though. Luckily an entrepreneurial player was selling them while we waited in line.
I did my quest. It was challenging and it was probably a good thing that I went and learned the Conjurer. It helped a lot. The antidote was quite handy as well. The game by being a little difficult forced me to have this tiny adventure I'm recalling to you now. Nothing beyond amazing, but certainly something you don't get in many MMOs today. If any.
I Love A Realm Reborn.