Losing Faith in the Fantasy
I’ve been putting this article off for a while now. Due to a recent update on Square Enix’s Lodestone site, however, I suppose now’s as good a time as any to talk about what I think about Final Fantasy XIV.
Square Enix recently implemented a rather innocuous feature on their Lodestone site called History, which essentially allows people to search for characters and then see what they’ve achieved or, through some mild extrapolation, how long they’ve been playing.
This has allowed some users to find out that some folks who have been writing about the game or drawing manga about their “adventures” have played for only about ten minutes (link has NSFW elements).
In my case, I was genuinely excited for the game. I was looking forward to learning all about a new world and whatnot. The thing is, the game felt like work too much, and I reached a rather low Ed Zitron Number of around four hours played in total.
What did I think of Final Fantasy XIV during that time? Well, it was a bit of a beautiful game with a potential for tons of grinding, and not in a way that made you feel like you weren’t working. That was not how I wanted to spend my free time.
As for what I think of Final Fantasy XIV now, it would be honest, though unkind, of me to say that I do not think of it at all. It’s made me lose faith in the pedigree of a Final Fantasy game, especially for one that was so ambitious in scope, and so I’d prefer to move on and forget than to gnash my teeth in annoyance at remembering something that let me down.