Well, I guess this was the obvious outcome, wasn’t it??
There’s been so much buzz around Heavensward that I decided to download Final Fantasy 14 and run the 2 week free trial on my PC. I’m not into MMOs, though, but so far I guess it’s not too bad! It’s gameplay feels more user friendly and enjoyable than my previous two forays into MMO’s (WoW and SWTOR). I sure as heck like the music, and Eorzea is an elegant and colorful world. I definitely prefer its aesthetic over WoW. I’ve also found playing solo fairly easy, which is a plus since I’m wildly antisocial in social games. I also like how all job classes are open to me after the level 10 quest in my primary job class. It reduces the feeling that I’m missing out on other content if I’m not sporting multiple characters, and even gives XP boosts to any job class that I’m leveling that’s lower than my highest level job. My big concern is that it’s a huge time sink, as are any MMOs, which is why I usually just avoid them. I’m also easily overwhelmed by the amount of learning required to play the game well. It feels like learning another language, minus any practicality. Every time I’ve tried to get into one, I find myself with feelings of guilt that I’m not expending all that time and brain power into learning to play an instrument, or a programming language, or just doing more art! Most likely I won’t even manage to hit level 20 before my free trial runs out, at which point I’ll have to see if I’m enamored with it enough to sign up for the minimum $10 monthly subscription. But simply the fact that FF14 has gotten me to like it as much as I have in this short amount of time is a testament to its quality!Published on by Alex Kolesar