First thoughts: Final Fantasy XIV

I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with Matt recently. Naturally, we both rolled Lalafell, because tiny heroes with silly haircuts are the best heroes.

I’ve been levelling mainly as an Arcanist, with some levels as Scholar, because I want to end up in the White Mage job — healing really is where I feel comfortable in an MMO. I can see myself maybe picking up Archer, to eventually unlock Bard, too.

It’s pretty good. It’s not great. It feels like Final Fantasy, and I’m a huge FF fan, so that’s almost enough to keep playing. There’s a number of quality of life features I’ve grown accustomed to while playing World of Warcraft so much over the years that I’d like to see added — a decent item comparison tooltip would be a good start.

But the idea of having a single character who can shift between classes is very appealing (I tend to struggle levelling alts), and the gathering and crafting system looks like it could be interesting if I dig into it. All of the group content has been very fun, and that’s often where I spend a lot of time, instead of questing out in the world.

Anyway, here’s some screenshots. Isn’t he adorable? Once he’s levelled up a bit more, he’s going to address the internet dragon problem and save the world.

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