After missing out on playing Final Fantasy XI, I made it my mission to play Final Fantasy XIV. I didn’t want to miss out on another Final Fantasy title. I think of my collection. I have Final Fantasy XI for PlayStation 2, but the servers are down. I’ve played Final Fantasy I – X, and then XII. What about Final Fantasy XI. Now I’m sitting here thinking of “what if”. What if I had purchased a subscription? What if I had the time? What if turn to if only. If only I had the time, the money, the PlayOnline subscription…
After Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix released another MMO in the form of Final Fantasy XIV. This was it. This was my second chance. I couldn’t let this time pass me by. I had to play. I had missed out on experiencing Final Fantasy XI because I was afraid of purchasing a monthly subscription. What if it wasn’t good. What if I didn’t like it? What if I spent money on something I couldn’t keep up with? No more. I don’t want to sit around and think about what could have been. I’m going to play this game, now. Like, right now.
Well, I never got around to it. But, I’m glad I didn’t. I’m not talking about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Apparently, that game is one of the best MMOJRPGs ever. No, I’m talking about Final Fantasy XIV, 1.0. This game was a dumpster fire.
First thing I noticed when researching the game were the races. Yeah, they were the same one. We have cat girls, aka Miqo’tes, which are just Mithras, only now we can have males. Same with the Elvaans, who became Elezens. And Tarutarus, who became Lalafells. This was the same game, wasn’t it? Well, technically yes. At least, Hiromichi Tanaka produced both games. Nobuaki Komoto directed Final Fantasy XIV’s initial installation. So, Final Fantasy XI was actually Final Fantasy XI, 2.0. No thanks. But after missing out on Final Fantasy XI, why wouldn’t I try for this game?
Well, apparently it was terrible. And by terrible, I mean it was godawful and unplayable. It was laggy, buggy and crashed often. The lighting was off. It was bare bones, with very little to do besides grinding. The menu was hard to navigate. Most of the user interface was crappy, with lack of chat message length. And this is just what I heard. It really didn’t interest me to play it.
Suddenly, I started to reconsider purchasing a subscription. Final Fantasy XI was a good game that I missed out on. But I was so adamant in purchasing Final Fantasy XIV, I was going to make a terrible decision. I feared missing anything, but I’m sure I didn’t with this version. Everything I believed would go wrong with Final Fantasy XI actually did go wrong with Final Fantasy XIV. I didn’t know what to expect with these MMOs, so I just sidestepped them all together…
From what I hear, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fixed all of these issues. To this date, it’s a healthy MMOJRPG experience. I haven’t played Final Fantasy XIV yet. But, you know. I’ll get around to it.