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The summer before FF VII came out, I worked for the school district's after school program, as I was one of those that could be trusted to herd the rest of the kids. Hated it, but I knew the pay off would be sweet: My first Playstation and the first FF in a while.
My mother still remembers coming in the next morning after picking it up to wake me for school, only to find me still playing. Pretty sure it was the first time I've stayed up all night gaming.
Oh Aeris, you were the first time a video game ever made me tear up.
I'm a MUDder. I play MUDs.
Which Final Fantasy Character Are You?Final Fantasy 7
My favorite moment in FFXIV was getting to Ifrit for the first time in the game's story. That's not to say it's my favorite fight in the game, it was just so incredibly epic. It was back in August when everyone was still leveling too, so there were tons of low level characters.
It was a lot of fun to find a group of people and head in there for the first time. I remember being pleasantly surprised at how challenging it was for an introductory boss fight. The atmosphere was intense, the bowl of embers looks awesome and Ifrit's design in ARR is one of my favorites to date, and I've been a huge fan of the series for 15 years. The music was the icing on the cake, I was not at all expecting it and it matched the overall mood perfectly. We killed him after 3-4 tries and even though there was no loot, it got me super excited for whatever else was coming in future dungeons/boss fights. Also made some friends that day. That was by far my favorite moment!
I remember first getting FF Tactics for the Gameboy Advance original. That game just swept me away to a harsh and strategic, and really quite amazing world of FF. The lore, creatures, and characters were so well depicted and the gameplay was unmatched at the time. Team composition and movement were all integral parts of the game and I got the exact same feelings from playing in the FFXIV beta just before launch.
I slowly grew up and moved to console games and played 7, X, X-2, etc and those all just 'spoke' to me. RPG's could really be incredible, heart breaking stories with fantastic visuals and also incredibly rewarding for the duration of their play through. (Excited for FFXV anyone? :] )
I played the beta for FFXIV and was blown away by the visuals, the combat (exactly what I had been looking for in an MMO) and unfortunately was unable to upgrade my graphics card or pay for the game, so I opted not to buy it right off the bat. I've been following the updates with the game ever since the relaunch and I must say that it continuously impressed me both pre-launch and post-launch. The director seems to have a clear idea of what he wants to present to his audience, how he must do this, and why this approach is working and will continue to work.
I've loved MMOs for a long time, and this game seemed like a perfect blend of solid, group focused, PvE that was strategic and 'slower' just like it's predecessors, yet, it was in a vast world with lots of players and plenty of room for interaction. I've been longing for another session in any form of the FF universe and this game seemed to have been it, lack of funds and obligations stopped me from pre-ordering back when. Keep up the good work!
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Games I play:Planetside 2 - Outfit LeaderLOTRO - Kinship Officer
I remember it vividly. Every moment. We gathered in Camp Bronzelake, seven of my free company mates and I. One of us had found a peisteskin map so naturally we decided to check it out. It was one of my first treasure hunts and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I definitely wasn't expecting to run into a chimera in that cave. The battle was quick and clean. I was a little nervous when more monsters came to defend the chest, but in the end we prevailed and the treasure was ours! This is only half of the story. Afterword, we went to the Black Shroud and went after another treasure and were met with much success. It was what happened after this that burned this day into my memory. After claiming the treasure, we found an unattended level 20-something FATE and decided to take it on. Some of us switched classes, I can't remember if I did or not. I assume I kept on playing dragoon. Unlike the other battles, the FATE was a disaster. In the end, no one decided to play healer for the fight and we were overtaken by a horde of monstrous sentient mushrooms and a gigantic ochu. At the end it was just our little lalafell black mage running in circles with the entire horde of monsters behind him (very screenshot worthy). It was a humbling experience, but in the end we all laughed about it.
I was and still fan of Final Fantasy series, and each has delivers their masterpiece of storytelling that is always memorable. My biggest awe still remains with Final Fantasy 6 which I personally dubbed as the "Lord of the Rings" of Final Fantasy, with Final Fantasy 9 came close as my 2nd favorite having taken every memorable element of the past Final Fantasy series.
My 1st foray into MMORPG starts with Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 version. Admittedly, I got this game at very cheap price due to low rating this game has. But being 1st MMO, the world is simply stunning. And I love my hometown, Gridania, which feels serene and peaceful. The forest of Black Shroud actually feels like what I remembered as childhood when I once lost in a real forest.
The other region are also beautiful, and I especially like La Noscea upper region where the "On Windy Meadows" melody plays that makes me like a real adventurer.
And I followed my adventure to the end, where effects of Dalamud has corrupted most of the land. And the pinnacle was the "End of Era" which saddens me with the lost of great elder figure which I would call as my dearest friend, the great Louisoix. ; ;
Meanwhile, friends I met during my XIV 1.0 days also introduced me to another quite old fantasy realm called Vana'diel, which is the setting of Final Fantasy XI. Albeit a little shameful that I should have journeyed this world, I did finally taken my 1st step into this world, when Dalamud had scorched the land of Eorzea. And I find this world of Vana'diel, are really vast. With every stories and expansion I've finished, it makes me loving this world more and more.
Sadly, with the coming of new Eorzea as A Realm Reborn, I have to say my farewell to Vana'diel, promising to return and continue my adventure again. Now known as part of Crystal Warrior myself, my journey began as to uncover the great stride that's going to threaten this world again. Strangely, this new future are even more lively than what I remembered from the past, as if people has recovered with new hopes. Everything now feels fast paced and even when I finally avoided the threat, there's already new mysteries surrounding several mysterious figures known as the Ascians that perhaps behind the agenda of every perils we had, even might be before Dalamud fall itself.
As of now, I am still challenging myself upon many great hardships, especially with mysteries behind the great Bahamiut and the threat from newly improved primal extremes. And I also make my brief return to Vana'diel itself, since the chapter of new world called Adoulin has yet to close their pages of tales. ^^
May I remind many when i say that FF7 was the best game ever, story was awesome, game play was awesome, bosses were awesome, everything was well done. What sux is that they didnt remake the game for HD version on the newer consoles, but they made the Advent children movie. Im pretty sure if they remade this game it would sell out!. FF9 was also great, the story and characters were amazing, game play was just as good as 7. FF10 was great but the game plat changed into something we were not used to. FF11 was also a great game. FF12 was completely different, but it was good, not what I expected but not to bad. FF13 is an ok game, I dont like how the game play was, I miss the oldschool turn base instead of the way it was implemented in 13. Overall IMO the older games such as 7-9 were the best ones hands down for me.
Favorite moment might sound ghoulish, so I will just say most impactful:
Love the story of FFVII and of course, the emotional hit when Aeris dies.
i live to enjoy not enjoy to live
Looking up into the sky right after every patch to see how big Dalamud looked then was a strange and interesting feeling. Also, getting my DRG AF and just staring at how badass it used to look (not nearly as much nowadays)
That, or beating Garuda for the first time, or the first day that Castrum Novum launched, with a massive amount of people tearing through it, or the time when I beat Nael Van Darnus, all were pretty cool experiences (of which I unfortunately have no screenshots anymore). Note that any fond memories I have of FFXIV are from before ARR came out... after that, it's been kinda meh.
My favorite part was the end of FFXIV 1.0. We all knew there was going to be an Impact, and I remember everyone on our server gathering to fight the neverending horde of Garlean forces that kept spawning at the projected location of Dalamud's impact. The countdown that had been up at the FFXIV login page let everyone know just when it would hit, too.
We gathered there and kept fighting, taking screenshots, saying our last words before the service would shut down. And then, when it did shut down, and the actual VIDEO of Dalamud's impact hit (which is now the first half of the movie that plays at the title screen). It was unbelievable, because Bahamut emerged and was a shock to everyone. It set the interwebs on fire talking about it and helped gain FFXIV some big coverage, too.
To be a part of that, and see it unfold, a moment that can never be replicated again, that's gotta be my favorite
~If you run, you'll only die tired~
Tetra Master, it ruled in 9... was better in/than 11, I kept my sub for months just to play tetra master...
Game wise 6>10>4 are my 3 favorites
FFXIV has the most indepth and entertaining crafting system in any mmorpg to date. Cant go wrong with that.
I will never forget the moment (and the music) in the Final Fantasy series when Aerith perished.... it still hurts...