The journey was actually pretty dang good for a themepark. You know how we feel about Fates and quests — they are ‘okay’. Fates are a bit of a exp pinata grind, and quests are the typical fare. There were many distractions along the way such as a Hunting Log which allowed us to gain experience for killing specific mobs, plenty of dungeons, and a really interesting story woven into all of the above.
I would say the leveling experience — -judging FFXIV for what it is, all things considered — gets a solid B+ from me.
What is there to do at level 50?
Like most themepark MMOs, a lot of the game in FFXIV technically begins at the max level. Now it’s time to complete the relic weapon quest, which is actually closer to what I would consider a true quest than any other quest in the game. This requires finishing the main story, completing a few dungeons, gearing up to the point where we can tackle the primals on hard mode, and obtaining a special weapon.
Lots of dungeons open up, and a minor gear treadmill begins. Dungeons can be run for a sort of currency that is used to purchase items — a system I much prefer over random drops. This gear looks great, and will allow us to advance into even harder content.
FFXIV’s end-game because more like Final Fantasy: Kill really big bosses. Sounds fun to me.
What’s coming next?
The first big patch is on the horizon. In patch 2.1 the following things are being added:
- God King Moogle Mog XII – Primal
- Extreme Difficulty Primals
- Pharos Sirius – A New Dungeon
- Hard modes for two existing low level dungeons
- The Crystal Tower – 24 man Raid
- Player Housing
- The Wolves Den – PvP arena
- Treasure Hunting (New feature)
- Daily Quests
That’s a significant boost to the game’s feature list, and I love how there seems to be a little bit of everything.
Our Keen and Graev Community Guild, Rhotano Company, is doing extremely well. We have a great spread in levels ranging from level 10 to 50. We’re running dungeons together, saving up tons and tons of Gil for a guild house, and have some fantastic plans for our future in FFXIV. We’ve played a lot of games together over the years, and our group hasn’t been this settled into a MMO in a long time. That bodes well for our future as a guild in FFXIV. If you’re looking to join a community enjoying FFXIV, we are recruiting.
We’ll keep you all up to date on our progress through the FFXIV end-game!