For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved the role-playing genre of video games. It didn’t matter if it was a single player RPG akin to Dragon Age, or a multiplayer experience like World of Warcraft. RPGs tend to be a heavily favored genre, and for good reason too. In this day and age, everyone needs some sort of escape from reality. One of the best escapes is immersing yourself completely in a whole different world or reality. For me personally, there’s one game that goes above and beyond the rest. If you didn’t guess by the title, I’m referring to Final Fantasy XIV.
Final Fantasy XIV differs heavily from the “traditional” Final Fantasy game, and in many ways too. The biggest and most notable difference is that Final Fantasy XIV is a multiplayer experience that puts you and your character at the epicenter of the story. Every single class and character has a unique story behind them, which is something almost unheard of for an MMORPG. One of my favorite features of all, however, is that Final Fantasy XIV feels like home. Every time I pick up the game and log in, I feel comfortable and at home. Whether it’s doing dungeons, leveling different classes, decorating my house, or doing whatever the game has to offer – I feel at home and I feel like this is something I should be doing.
Final Fantasy XIV gives you the traditional MMO element and mixes in it’s own little twists. In terms of classes, you’re given 3 tank classes, 3 healing classes, and 8 damage dealer classes. In their own twist, however, you can level whatever class you want all on one character. As a long-time player of World of Warcraft, hearing this was one of the most refreshing things possible. I love trying everything there is to do and experiencing the game fully, and FFXIV’s decision to handle classes this way really gives the player all the power in the world. In terms of end game content, there is quite literally something for everyone.
Do you prefer tackling high-end raid bosses and powerful enemies? Perhaps you’d like to go on a treasure hunt and collect powerful minions and mounts? Do you fancy yourself someone who likes to scour the world for rare resources? All of these and more are possibilities with Final Fantasy XIV’s end game. The best part is you can do all of this in one sitting, too.
If you’re more for the nostalgia of the Final Fantasy series, FFXIV has you covered.. While a lot of the areas in the game are original and specifically created for the game, XIV also manages to draw on the rich past of the Final Fantasy series. One of the recent raids released to the public with Stormblood draws on the history of Final Fantasy Tactics and sends players to a long since forgotten city. It features stunning beautiful environment coupled with challenging, and equally frustrating boss encounters.
It’s so hard to really touch why Final Fantasy XIV is such an important game to me, but that’s because it’s one of those experiences I find myself truly and fully immersed in. I never run out of things to do while playing it, and if I do there’s always a new experience right around the corner. In the day and age we live in, and especially in my own life, I need a good distraction. Final Fantasy XIV is that and much more. I have an excellent free company that I can do just about everything with, and I’ve made a lot of friends in the game, which has really surprised me. The community is really embracing and welcoming, but like all MMOs has it’s bad seeds.
If you’re interested in Final Fantasy XIV, there’s never been a better time to try it. There’s constantly deals for free trials, and the Recruit-A-Friend program is excellent compared to other MMOs. If you’re impatient and don’t have the time to level through the story, the game also offers a Level 60 boost for $25 which gives you all the fixings you need to get right into the story of the newest expansion, Stormblood. Final Fantasy XIV has been an amazing experience for me over the year I’ve played it. Are you looking to immerse yourself in an all around amazing experience? You need not look any further.