Alright so there was another FF14 beta this weekend so since stuff wasn’t wiped yet I decided to continue on and try out more stuff in the game.
After hearing all of the suggestions from everyone here as well as reading the forums, I did finally manage to beat the level 14 scenario quest as well as my level 15 Conjurer quest. A strategy is indeed necessary to overcome this so basically this game is almost a Darwin effect of “no stupid people who can’t read allowed” 😆
Anyway since White Mage requires level 15 Gladiator, me and my husband finally made our way to Uldah because we completed the airship quest. He switched over to Puglist while I went the Gladiator way. The first thing I’d like to note is once you switch classes, usually your armor will not be wearable from your other class (especially if the level are far apart.) So probably until level 8 or so the both of us ran around like members of a nudist colony ┗(^o^ )┓三.
Eventually though we leveled up, I got to 14 and he got to 13 on our 2nd jobs. Still though, aside from the quests being capped at 15 (which is why we ran out of quests last week since this is a beta) I ran into a 2nd roadblock – The level 10 Gladiator quest. Basically, this quest requires a strategy. The strategy is, you’re partied with an NPC version of Leeroy Jenkins. He runs ahead, he aggros the mob on himself, he can’t heal himself let alone you, and he fucks up your boss fight. This quest basically trains you to deal with FUCKING ASSHOLE PLAYERS in your party. Of course, my reaction is lol pls final fantasy if I had this idiot in my party I’d quit the party or kick him out! But no the game wants you to learn how to deal with this idiot and while I managed to deal with the mobs, it’s the boss that screwed me over. He’d do a really powerful attack that when I would run away, it would kill the NPC and if I stayed to protect the NPC idiot, I would die. There was only 1 method of defeating this guy but it involved moving with WASD and using the mouse to turn your camera. WHOAA excuse me I’m used to 2D sidescrollers circa 1996 where I move with the arrow keys! I’ve used arrow keys to move my whole and now I gotta move with WASD whut.
Needless to say, anyone in my position is unable to do this quest and there were multiple complaints about it on the forum. Also seeing how I’m playing a healer class who mainly stands and just shoots heals, the fact that I have to now run around the enemy and attack that way, is completely the opposite way of my usual play style. So basically this game forces you to do a play style you aren’t used to and forces you to do it alone since you cannot bring any friends to help you out. A friend who was used to WOW playstyle did this quest in like 1 run and my husband did it in two. Me? I failed about 12 times before ragequitting 😆 I think Square Enix really needs to consider players like me who get so frustrated and really either give more directions and guidance OR allow you to bring at least ONE person to help you out. If I didn’t have my husband to help me, I probably would have quit the game right then and there. Obviously this isn’t the first time this has happened and I really think SE should consider all the complaints about these solo quests. I can see their “good intentions” to help you learn, but if you don’t provide enough guidance you’re basically making it out to be a giant クソゲー.
By being a Gladiator though, I learned about skill combos which Conjurer does not have. Sadly I learned it at like level 12 which is a bit too late but I don’t feel like it was thoroughly explained anywhere. Maybe it was when I was a conjurer, but seeing how conjurer at the moment has like no combos what so ever (at level 16 anyway) I probably forgot so by the time I got to gladiator I had no idea. We also did the dye clothes quest which we found in Uldah which I didn’t see while in Gridania. If that’s the case wow talk about unfair? Why not have a “dye person” quest in every single area?
We also visited Limsa Lomnosa (SP??) where the only class at the moment is marauder. I really feel bad for that area because it’s practically dead. It seems out of all 3 areas, Gridania was the most populated one, with Uldah being slightly less and Limsa being a deadzone. Since 2 of our friends managed to get beta codes, we all decided to try one of those guild hests which you need 4 people for. One of the friends is also a PS3 player and she was doing pretty well despite some limitations for that platform. Overall as a conjurer I learned that when you’re in a party like that, all you do is heal. You don’t attack and in fact the 1 pity attack the conjurer gets seems like it’s only used during fetch quests or solo instance quests. In the end, a conjurer just does what they do best: heal the crap out of everyone.
Since we’re in beta 3, Arcanists are still not available. I’m not sure when Beta 4 will kick in but I must say the duty finder feature is great. When we did the first guildhest which was just the newbie one, we had one random tank guy be put into our party. He was pretty decent and once the party ended, the game automatically boots him out and bam done. No need to wait for people to come, no need to be like “NEED TANK” because the game automatically knows which class you are missing and throws people in who fit the requirement. Honestly this is the best kind of party system I’ve ever seen in a game. Overall I’m enjoying the game a lot more and I know that since this is a beta, a lot of content is still missing (like voices during the story scenes). Only other grip is, when I played with the character maker to see what the Mikote and Lallafell classes look like, I was surprised to see such a lack of customization vs Hyur’s. I hope they consider adding more face types/hair styles to those classes because due to the lack of customization I’m not as motivated to make someone from that race. (´・ω・｀) Also, what the hell is up with the damn monster assisting. I finally figured out the “icon difference” between aggro and non aggros but here I am fighting some monster and suddenly a clearly non-aggro monster comes over and starts attacking me for no reason.
And now for some 独り言 regarding other things…
Thanks to FF14, I’ve gone and uninstalled both RO2 and Pangya. I haven’t logged into Pangya in ages so not like it mattered but I heard Korea has a new course now. Lol why is that game still going? I guess it’s so cheap to run that even a few gambling addicts can keep it up. Last time I logged into RO2, I was level 48 and had run out of quests. We tried to go back and do some khara quests that we skipped but basically found ourselves sick of killing monsters that give no exp (because we were too high level – but at the same time we weren’t able to do those quests at the RIGHT level due to the party finder being forever bugged.) The other thing was, a bug appeared where you couldn’t use your custom keys to move and had to use the default ones the game gave you. Honestly give me a break Gamebryo. Everytime they fix 1 bug, a new one appears, it’s like playing wack a mole with game bugs over there. It’s such a joke in comparison to the BETA of FF14.
Additionally, I am having a major otome game burnout. I made it my own personal rule that if I spend a lot of money on a game, I must finish it but atm, Storm Lover has a random event system and me and a bunch of other friends playing this game have run into road block. Basically the game forces you to play each route multiple times to obtain CGs because some events will NOT trigger for no apparent reason. Due to this I’ve been saving in every single month and if I find a CG missing, I found a blog that lists approximately WHEN the CG event happened for them so I use that as a reference and reload the month once more. Due to this the enjoyment of SL has been killed for me and since the characters are just no as interesting as the first game, it’s been a pretty suffering experience. If that wasn’t bad enough I’ve heard awful things about the system of Koibana Days and I’m just afraid to even touch it even though I got the limited edition il||li＿|￣|○il||liｶﾞｰﾝ。 So now I’m like damn I just wanna drop everything, disappear into Final Fantasy 14 and only reappear once I’ve fully enjoyed playing the game and reached the level cap and there’s just nothing for me to do. The thing is though, I know I have dedicated readers who look forward to my otome game reviews and it’s you guys who keep me going. Some of you lurk around for years and never comment, but I urge you to say something. Comments are a huge motivator for me, especially when I’m stuck playing horrid kusoge :lol:. FF14 officially opens at the end of August and I haven’t made the full decision to preorder the game or decide how long I want my subscription BUT I’m a lot more motivated at the moment to play it than play all these awful otome games lately. The makers lately just throw in some popular seiyuu, throw in drama CDs and a half assed plot with pretty art. They don’t think their systems all the way through, they don’t care if the price stays the same but the content lessens (quinrose) and they shit out shitty fandisks which have barely any fanservice and are just a huge waste of money. I’ve played and reviewed over 170 otome games so maybe it’s just a personal burnout I dunno but because of my readership I don’t want to just quit cold turkey. Still though, it’s become more and more difficult to sit through some of these terrible games and because now there’s so many games, it’s hard to tell what will be good and what will be blatant shit. (´･ω:;.:…