Between all of the games I'm playing, I had an itch to pick up FFXIV again and see how the game has evolved.
I last played back in patch... I think it was 2.1? It was basically right before the King Moggle stuff came out. I played at launch for about 3-4 months. I did the first raid. I was in that stage of grinding for gear. The game sorta sucked in terms of content. It was rather a dull grind of the game long and rather boring dungeons.
Fast forward just under 4 years and here I am back in Eorzia.
First things first, I decided to play one of the newest jobs: Red Mage.
Red Mage are typically pretty interesting to me because they mix melee and casting. Having played for a few hour already, I can tell these RDM are far more caster. I'll write up some thoughts on the class in a future poast.
What I want to focus on today is the return experience.
I'm completely lost.
I logged in and had absolutely no friggin idea what I was doing. I had no idea where to go. I had no idea how to unlock RDM. I didn't know what any of my abilities did (on my 50 White Mage).
Returning to a game like FFXIV isn't easy, but neither is returning to any MMO 4 years later.
With the help of some friends, I was able to figure out the very, very basics. I found out where I left off in the story, and I'm pretty much just questing through those main story quests (MSQ's) as I learn the ropes again.
I was able to get a Duty group for the Good King Moggle event. That was sorta fun to just jump right in and kill him.
According to the FFXIV Wiki, I'm a really... really... long way from the Heavensward and Stormblood expansions. I'm on the Still Waters quest. That means I am exactly EIGHTY (80) quests away from the Heavensward expansion.
The story is incredibly confusing. I'm not the best reader to begin with, and having so much unvoiced dialog is a little tedious. Add in the lore (which I don't understand) and the names (I don't remember and can't pronounce) and it's all a little overwhelming.
Do any of you play FFXIV? Can I skip the next 80 quests? Should I? I'm worried that I won't have the stomach to push through them. I don't want the game to feel like a quest grind where I'm running from one point to the next ad nauseam.
I'm feeling a little defeated knowing that I'm still hundreds of main story quests away from even the most recent expansion.
What I really like:
- Sense of story in the world (despite having a hard time figuring it out)
- The quality of life changes like pushing a button to equip your best gear
- Hardest content in-game is done with 8 people
- Novice Network (channel to help returning/new players) is really helpful. Reminds me of old school MMO people being helpful.
What I wish I knew more about:
- How to get a house - is that even something to worry about at level 50?
- Grouping for content - is it just queueing up in the duty finder? What should I be doing if anything?
- Best way to tackle these MSQ's and level up (so far exp at 50 isn't moving at all on these 7th Astral Era (Patch 2.1) quests that I'm doing.
I know this post was all over the place. Sorta matches how I feel about the game right now. I welcome our insight and help as I try and make my way through these expansions.
I'm quite intrigued by what I see so far, the Red Mage class, and have hopes that at max level the end-game content has improved since launch.