Tag Archives: Final Fantasy XIV

Do you hate cash shops?

I have noticed an almost political design in the MMO world when it comes to cash shops.  Opinions appear to varie from, “I hate cash shops” to “I love cash shops”.  So my question is, Why do you love/hate cash shops?  Truth be told, I am certainly one of those cash shop haters.  In my opinion I feel that they not only ruin the economy of the ingame but also take away the rewards of earning things through play.  I love the concept of.  I pay a monthly fee for services in game that keep the game safe, secure, and free of bugs.  That provides me with a safe environment that will update content from time to time and I know after paying this fee that the game will continue to be great and stable.  But there are many opinions.

I searched through the Reddit & Lodestone Forums regarding the topic of Fantasia.  Fantasia is an item in game that allows the players to change all appearance including race and gender.  When you play Final Fantasy XIV, and you make it through a month of membership.  They give you one, and only one Fantasia.  But what happens if you change your character and you don’t like the appearance.  Too bad.  You don’t get another.  A lot of players feel that you should suck it up and deal with it.  Accept your mistake and move on if you don’t like the way you look.  Other players felt that you should be able to go ahead and Purchase the option to get a personal Fantasia (Unsellable) so that you can change your appearance further.  A few players that I read over felt that this was bad for the content and would lead to cash shops.  If you haven’t realized yet, Final Fantasy XIV players dislike the idea of Cash Shops in majority.  But I have noticed that Cash Shops either turn players away or pull them in.  Some players enjoy having to earn all of the special cosmetics, and dislike having to pay for those items.  On the flip side, players to games like Mabinogi, TERA, and Guild Wars 2 don’t seem to mind paying for those items.

This is one of the reasons that I personally cannot get into Mabinogi.  My family plays this game, and I’m the “Black Sheep” so to speak.  I can’t stand the game, and get cold chills every time I think about it.  But there is a small something that draws me to play, but then I think again about those cash shops and all the items and I feel like it would be the biggest fattest mistake ever.  I don’t care that other people enjoy them.  In fact, if you enjoy F2P and other cash oriented games then more power to ya.  But Cash Shops aren’t my thing.

Post a comment below and let me know what you think of cash shops, and how it all effects gameplay.

If you would like more information on some of the forums I was following, please follow the link below.

FFXIV Lodestone

 

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Hatching Tide Event

The April Hatching Tide Event is almost upon us.   The back story behind the event describes a girl who spent time commemorating an event by painting everything to appear as eggs after seeing the Twelve riding object that appeared as such.  Eggs.  Yes, It’s all about painting eggs.  I myself am not quite sure what this event is going to be about, but it will be here on the 9th of April.  Happy hunting!

Rant of the Day: Episode 1: Final Fantasy XIV Developers Blog; Favour System is not endearing!

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I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it’s comparable to creating a flaming dragon with infinite power and dragging him to the ground with chain and ball. Destroying the wings, and inhibiting his ability to be amazing. According to the developers blog via Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone they will be adding a favour system. As it appears, the favour system will add the ability to have relationships with NPC. It appears that these relationships can range from friendly to romantic. On the cusp of the ear this sounds perfectly fine in theory. However, in my opinion this could be a problem. In Nexon’s title “Mabinogi” they had a similar system and still have a system similar to ‘favour’. It is similar in the way that you have to be friend NPC’s. In the game this has a couple of payoffs.

1. You can recieve special spells and items that normally are unavailable through these NPC’s or their shops.

2. If you enjoy the mushiness of entertaining an NPC, I guess this works for you.

Now this doesn’t sound all bad. Really doesn’t except that you have to sit there for hours entertaining and spending money on an NPC to make them happy to satisfy something that does not exist. When you entertain your own character or other players they are actual people. You make an impact on those people.

Part 2: Another aspect of this system via “Mabinogi” was that you had to match outfits, gender, and physical appearance. What’s bad about it? At the time it was created you had to do this to progress the story. In fact, you had no choice. Players would play through and change appearances through “Cash Shop” Items to progress this. If you didn’t, it would take months. Sounds like pay to play right? Everything that I heard made this sound like a gamebreaker. If a title had done this to me I don’t know if I would be able to stick it out, honestly I’m not that loyal to a game that abuses it’s players and restricts their gameplay.

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An image of the favour system over view.

 

I have trusted Square Enix, and I love everything that they produce in majority. I haven’t had issues and I have stuck it out. Patch 2.2 was perfection, and I am enjoying every minute of my time online with Final Fantasy XIV. I’m not stating that Square will do the same course of action, but with the large number of fantasia that you would need to make NPC’s happy I feel that this could be an opening to such a thing. A favour system, in my opinion will drive players away. I could be wrong about all of this and it could be amazing. If it works well, and it doesn’t take players months to work through those relationships and reap the benefits then I do beleive it could be worth it. But I myself firmly believe in solid in depth content. One positive end result of the content is that it will add some depth in the game and further opportunity’s to progress in different ways.

I’m certainly going to keep track of this content as it develops to see where it’s going. In the future I plan to do a review of the content to see how it has changed from day to day.

For more details follow the link: http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/pr/blog/000692.html

But please let me know what you think about this idea, and how it will effect the game.

Glamour & New Gear Preview For Patch 2.2

It is almost time Final Fantays fans for the new 2.2 Patch and we have one thought on our mind. We can’t wait! The new additions for patch 2.2 that have been so longed for are almost here. With the Glamour Preview of Patch 2.2 we get to see a little more on how the glamour system works, and a few pictures displaying some of the changes being made. After the update has been completed we will finally be able to change the appearance of our best I90 Armors. We will no longer be restricted this way.  You will soon be able to exchange armors of the same type with eachother on the basis of appearance.  I don’t who if anyone else is as excited as myself.

Gerolt’s at it again!  A new armor set is available via the new patch.  To get these masterpieces however you will need to collect “Allaghan Tombstones of Soldiery”  I myself look forward to experiencing these new patch updates, and the new content.  To experience the new beast tribe quests and the battle with Leviathan.  All this new content to come around the end of the month.  I cannot wait.  Can you?  Please let me know your thoughts below in the comment section.

One of the new Pugilist armors available! Those claws look dangerous.

Don’t worry, I did not forget about the mounts. They will also be available through the beast tribe quests. I think I will be spending much more time playing Final Fantasy in the coming months.  Even thought they were added on earlier this month I don’t mind doing a little recap.  Here are a couple of photo’s of the new mounts.

For a preview of the mounts follow the link

You can find more information about glamours and gears by following the link

The little one, and it’s uglier yet cute sibling. Looks amazing Square

First Post, What’s your favorite game of ALL TIME?

Since the dawn of games we have had one simple request.  “Make it better” From Atari 2600, to Famicom, to the next gen advancement.  We are “Always” looking for something better.  What is the next step for gaming?  Next Gen?  So to celebrate going into the next era of gaming and in celebration of my first post here I want to ask one simple question.  What’s your favorite game of all time?

Too much to ask…?

So I think I’m going to go first and tell you about my favorite game of all time.  In truth my favorite game is always changing and just like the time, so do my interests.  At this moment I find myself obsessed with Final Fantasy XIV:  A Realm Reborn.  So far I have clocked in a solid 64 hours on Steam, and at least 60 before being released onto Steam.  But the question remains…What do I love about this game?

The Story:

The story was the first thing that drew me too the game.  Unlike other MMORPG’s that I had played through in the past it told a fantastic and epic tale. The old tale about the forces of light and dark battling centered around the threat of a great war.  The Garleans have withdrawn their invasion to recouperate after “The Calamity” that took place in the original Final Fantasy XIV.  The story continues on and on and on and so long as I continue to read the dialogue I continue to find myself completely drawn into the world of Final Fantasy.

Gameplay:

It leads the game with a strong gameplay that requires strategy and well positioning yourself to best suit your party or yourself while soloing.  Fights are interactive requiring you to dodge attacks, and move to assist players.  Roles are specific.  Your tanks, healers, and DPS (Damage Per Second) are defined to make the dungeons/boss’s easier to defeat, and encourages teamwork.  Plus, there is a near endless number of things to do in the game if you open yourself up to those things.  Character creation is specific to your preferences allowing you to develope your character however you see fit.  My favorite is the way the game handles different classes.  You are able to select multiple classes on ONE MAIN CHARACTER.  For me this meant a lot.  That means I don’t have to switch to another character to play as my tank, or healer.  I can do it all on one and can do so on the fly.  This is an achievement and I think it’s a very important achievement.

News:

Final Fantasy RR: A Realm Reborn is about to receive patch 2.2.  A trailer has been released recently going over some of the new features and the New Boss: Leviathan.  I know that the Final Fantasy community is excited about this new release as much as I am.  I can’t wait to see all of the new content being added to the game.

So now that I have exhausted a lot of word choice I want to hear what everyone else feels is their favorite game.  Either of all time or at the moment.  What is your favorite game?  Share it!

For more information on FFXIV: ARR follow this link.