I’ve been cheating on you for quite some time with Final Fantasy XIV, and I don’t even care who gets angry about it. My character is an adorable little Dunesfolk Lalafellin lass named Mirian Miri. I picked the game up on a friend’s suggestion back in late October (the same day patch 2.4 dropped, which introduced the rogue class and Ninja job), and I’ve been having a blast since the I created my lalapaladin. Though paladin (PLD) is her main job, I’ve gotten all of the 2.0 jobs up to 35+ on the same character, with most of them hitting level 50 and including the crafting jobs as well. Swapping a job in FF14 is as simple as changing your main-hand weapon/tool, so there’s really very little need to roll multiple characters to play different jobs unless you’re really into it for RP/raiding reasons.
If you haven’t tried FF14 yet, I suggest you check it out with their 14-day free trial. Be sure to get a Refer-A-Friend code from the /ffxivrecruitment subreddit, which rewards you with a cute little headband that gives you a 25% experience boost up til level 25. The trial version caps you out at level 20, however, but it’s a good chance to pick up and try out other jobs as well.
If I had any one real complaint about the game, it’s with how much Square Enix babies you at the very beginning. The first 15 or so levels are literally one very long, very extended tutorial that treats the player as someone fresh to the MMO genre. As such, it gets a lot of heat from people coming to FF14 from other MMOs for being “too slow” and “boring.” I myself wasn’t very enchanted with it during my trial period, but after I got past the level 15 hump and was able to try out the other jobs, I really began to enjoy the game so much more. Please, please don’t let this act as a deterrent… the game tells a great story AND has familiar gameplay reminscent of WoW.
Another common complaint about FF14 is the fact that there is one very large, very meta questline (henceforth referred to as the main scenario quest, or MSQ) that everyone is forced to go through just to get from level 1 to level 50. Then there’s five patches of additional MSQ questing just to be able to reach the point where you can start with the recently released expansion content. It’s all worth taking your time to play through and enjoy–don’t rush through it, and don’t try to skip too many cutscenes. Yes, there are a lot of them (especially towards the end of the level 50 2.0 stuff), but they’re worth every second of watching.
So, now with WoW basically being free to play for me thanks to too much gold with nothing to spend it on but WoW Tokens, I can pay $13/month for my FF14 sub and not feel guilty about it at freaking all. Expect more FF14-related posts from me!