I love when games surprise me. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Shadow of Mordor, and I did. I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun with Helldivers, but I did. And one of my biggest surprises from working in this job and getting to play games that Geoff forces upon me was that Final Fantasy XIV was actually a really great installment in the Final Fantasy franchise. Yes, it’s an MMORPG, but it’s so much fun and truly a unique experience that I’d recommend to any old school Final Fantasy fans. Now, it’s getting even bigger.
The worlds of FFXIV are already huge and diverse. I have poured so many hours into the game and still always feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. There is still so much more to explore, to experience. I’ve even just bought game time in the hopes of being up to date with the story and character leveling by the time the expansion comes. Just look at this glorious launch trailer for Stormblood: (Warning, it appears to contain some spoilers)
There is so much more to do, and I’m already overwhelmed with all there is to do thus far. I need to get my black mage levelled up, and apparently, there is an option to make her into a red mage in this expansion. Plus swimming and possibly even Blitzball. So much to do, so little time. And here I thought I might get to start Mass Effect Andromeda one of these days.
Stormblood is the latest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV and it launches 20 June. I had this to say about the last expansion:
I loved traveling to one new area to find an entire tribe of people who live under the shelter of enormous trees in order to avoid the dragons in the area. It’s also where chocobos breed and some of the side quests include hunting down chocobos for training or food, as well as ensuring sustainable hunting practices. It was such a fun side story that I totally enjoyed getting lost in.
The main story is also paced much better than the base game, making each new area feel worthwhile exploring before moving on to the next. By telling a story with a few things going on at once, it felt more immersive and less repetitive. Go fix some political intrigue, but wait, there’s a dragon and you need to help, which reveals some new political intrigue, and on the story continues.
Last Updated: June 8, 2017