Yes, I did play for a bit after the server maintenance was over. FFXIV has changed a lot. It’s actually fun.
Character creation was a bit longer than expected. There were several details and different selections you can make to adjust your eyes, eyebrows, tattoos, hair, height, etc. It’s not quite my interest, but it makes you feel that you are creating a unique creature.
The opening movies are still pretty nice to look at. There seems to be a lot more voice acting than I remember and now I know how to pronounce Eorzea and Gridania. It feels like Square took a bit of time to develop a good story. Even the standard quests of kill X number of things had a bit of text to read.
I gained two levels by completing quests around the city. It took me a while to find the mailbox. I eventually figured out that I had to look for a envelope icon on my map to find the Delivery Moogle.
SquareEnix made many improvements to the game. They have placed many Aetherytes around the city and the world to make traveling easier. Now I can teleport to different areas within a city for free, return to my bound Aetheryte every 15 minutes, and when you discover other large Aetherytes, can pay a small fee to teleport from one to the other.
Fighting is a lot faster now. MP regenerates while you are fighting. When you learn a new spell, it automatically adds the spell to your hotbar. Using an Xbox 360 controller is nicer too. You can quickly access a spell by pressing down one of the triggers and pressing the appropriate button. Text appears that correlates to the name of the spell or action on your hotbar to make it easier to select something. It’s better than FFXI where you had to scroll through a macro to select what you wanted to cast/use. There are also FATE battles in a region. Essentially, there is a small zone with quest objectives to complete that anyone can join in and fight. You earn a reward proportional to how much you contributed.
At level 10, you can start using Chocobos. You can pay for one to take you from one Chocobo stable to another or rent one to roam freely for a while. It will display the cost and the amount of time you have to travel.
Monster difficulty is easier to see. To the left hand side of a monster you can see a red triangle or a blue square (actually it’s a pretty icon that resembles a red triangle or blue square) to denote aggressive or easy mobs. There is also a swirly icon to the right to denote that the monster can be killed for your Hunting Log credit. Every level you can kill three of a mob to complete that entry and earn XP.
Inventory is much improved. Now for every armor/weapon slot, you can store up to 20 or 25 items. It’s separate from your main inventory which can store up to 100 items. Also key items for quests are stored separately as well. Now I don’t have to go back to a house moogle to switch equipment around. Overall the game seems pretty fun right now. I have died once so far during a FATE battle. I was attacked by multiple mobs and I was not watching my HP. 😦
Well, I decided to come back to FFXIV. It’s been a while and I’ve been pretty busy with work so I don’t know how much time I can play. Also the wife is pregnant. I’m sure that will eat up some time.
After reactivating my subscription, the Mog House says “You have no available characters”. I’m fairly certain that Toefer Theangry was deleted. It’s only been 3+ years since I last logged in. A shame. I laughed a little about the password security message I saw. I’m sure no one accessed my account so I’m going to keep the same password. I did register for a one-time use password though to add security.
I did a search on Lodestone to find if any of my old friends are playing. There is only one idiot I found in all the worlds named Keceltes. I guess I’ll create a character on Hyperion. I also found Tyrni I think also on Hyperion. At least it’s the same name I found before in an earlier post. I will assume it is the same person even though I never verified it was the same Tyrni from FFXI.
I managed to find the FFXIV Client online and downloaded it. Updating only took about an hour to download and patch 10 GBs of data. I’m sure the computer I bought three years ago for the first launch of FFXIV is still good, so I set all the graphics settings to High Desktop. Unfortunately, it looks like there is a data center maintenance today so I won’t be able to login until 03:00 AM. Hopefully I’ll be asleep by then, but you never know. At least I didn’t have to buy the game again.
I’m not sure why Square decided to split up the worlds into groups of data centers. Even after you pick a data center, you still have to pick a world. And players across different worlds cannot interact with one another. So that part doesn’t make much sense to me. Well, we’ll see what happens when I log in the first time.
I talked to Chipya earlier in the week. He mentioned that leveling a character to 50 only takes a month. I’m not sure if I’ll play enough during a month to get to level 50, but that is far faster than playing three years ago. I’m sure it will take me a couple months to get to 50. Maybe I’ll work on some nifty crafting.