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When I put the FF13 disc into my PS3 and launched the game
The game was just stunning, that was my first current-gen console experience
My favorite experience was earning experience and leveling up
I'm wondering can it be any other thing than Sephiroth killing Aerith? At the time it happened I was simply shocked. The thought process was something like: "Oh he's dropping in, this will be an interesting duel...OMG he killed her! You can't do that! That kinda thing doesn't happen in games! Oh my she must get ressurected somehow...." And then the sadness, depression, anger and returning back to the game to make him pay...
Looking back to it now I go pass the sadness and pain and focus on the fact it made me look at games differently from that point on. So, with all the melancholy, that is still my favourite moment in all the FF games .
I would say the best thing so far is when we a group of friends came over from Tera, to create our FC, that was great. It is a fun game to play with friends, toward great goals, like trying to gather enough gil for our house. oh, maybe the first time I did the miqo'te emotes. those still amuse me today.
Alright, here we go.
I was on the Ultros Server, in-game name was Cymdai.
After capping out in the content, I realized that I had not explored much of the world in the game. Sure, we had seen many of the zones, but not the most beautiful aspects of the zones. We got on our mounts of choice, my friend Kupo Nut and I, and we traversed the in-game world. We went to the most scenic spots we could find in each zone, and checked them out during different phases and weather cycles of the day and night. We weren't just sitting there; we'd craft with the pictures in the background.
Whether it was the floating palaces off in the distance, or watching sun set on the cliffs and the cascading waterfalls, or even catching the cities in the distance view. It was all so fantastic. The only part that made it better was that we were progressing the entire time. Whether it was leveling the Goldsmith, or the Weaver, or the Leatherworker, we always had a fantastic view.
During all the leisure time, we formed a stellar guild. The "Veterans of Valkurm", which was arguably the best decision I ever made in game. Because we had slowed down, we forged a community of wonderful, patient, caring players. People. We'd chat and forge friendships while we traveled the world of Eorzea and crafted goods to trade. With the time we spent and the items we crafted, we simultaneously helped gear up our free company.
The best moment, though, was during our journey (which started as 2 and eventually had as many as 7 of us traveling around and seeing the sights together) when we were traveling to our next location, and the storm began. Without realizing what was happening, we saw him appear. Odin was standing right before us. We had never seen him before, but we knew he was a big deal. Sure enough, we saw hordes of players charging towards him, setting up for the inevitable war that was about to begin. We all switched classes, geared up, and got ready to battle. We hailed the rest of the FC, and everyone teleported and charged. And then the fight began. We did everything in our power, and with dozens of other players, and it was an adrenaline rush. As we got him low, he readied his skill, and everyone charged at him with everything strong skill they had. But then it happened. At 2% health, he wiped us. All of us. Nearly everyone died instantly.
It was a final reminder during our journeys that not every corner of Eorzea was meant to be conquered. But it was glorious. No one was mad. We were all disappointed, sure, but we laughed about it. Comradery was had. There were jokes in the FC chat about "Next time I'm gonna _______". This was a secret which we had not been privvy to, and it was quite the surprise.
And as we saddled up and grouped, we prepared to explore the world again, wondering what other surprises might lie ahead... though I doubt any of them will catch us quite off guard as encountering Odin did
That's my fondest memory of FFXIV!
Waiting for something fresh to arrive on the MMO scene...