I'm on vacation this week, which means I have some time to play some video games as I'm not heading anyplace. I probably won't make lengthy posts here either, which means I have no graph porn planned. No, I'm just going to try to keep my market orders stocked up, try to revive my nanite repair paste activity again, and play Final Fantasy XIV.
Final Fantasy XIV? What happened to Wildstar? Honestly, once I got to level 16, I just lost interest, so I unsubbed my account, although I still have some time left. Also, someone at work who doesn't play MMOs got hooked on the game and sent me a referral code. The code doesn't do anything unless I subscribe past the 30 days that comes with the download, but he could get a chocobo mount if I do wind up subscribing. Besides, whether looking at Xfire or Raptr, FFXIV is one of the most popular MMORPGs and I haven't given the game a try.
I was a little dubious about playing the game because I've heard how grindy games from Asia are, so I checked the game out a little more than I normally would. First, I wanted to make sure the game runs well on my computer, as Wildstar really doesn't. I downloaded the benchmarking software Square Enix provides and the game looked beautiful just using the standard desktop settings. I also get around 55-60 fps at that setting. I added a couple of graphical settings that drops the performance down to 35 fps, but as that is the performance I'm used to when playing most games, I'm keeping it.
Next, I did a little research and the job system looks intriguing. While not as flexible as the skill-based system in EVE or The Secret World, I like the fact I can theoretically level up all classes on one character. Since I wanted to play a healer, I rolled a conjuror. I'm not sure if I want to play a White Mage or a Scholar, but I understand that White Mages usually want a skill Archanists have at level 34, I can do both if I play long enough.
The game looks good, and the class system is different from what I've found in most western games. But how does it play? I am currently a level 10 conjurer so I haven't played enough to really tell. But on the first night, I played until 1:30am and yesterday I wound up playing until I got sleepy and my character died for the first time.
I don't want to lead anyone on about FFXIV. I still haven't purchased a subscription as I'm waiting to see whether the game grinds to a halt around level 15-20 or so. I hope not, because I'm enjoying the world right now and I would like to see how everything turns out.