Final Fantasy XIV is my first real MMORPG experience. When I was growing up I watched my brother descend into an EverQuest addiction that left me treating the very concept of online adventuring with the same trepidation that the DARE program taught me to avoid drugs. What can I say, fear works on me. I’m a scaredy cat.
That said, I did get a review copy, and I had a friend who assured me that she would be my Navi, albeit less annoying, in teaching me the ropes of MMORPG gaming. She’s real private about her identity online, so we’ll call her Lufia Mooglekicker.
Lufia has been doing this sort of thing for more than 20 years, and was a hardcore player of the last FF MMORPG to boot. So she had more than enough clout to teach my noob ass. Plus, she actually got on beta before I got my review copy, so in reality she’s probably better qualified to do a review than I. I owe at least half of this piece to her insights.
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Overall, I think the game lacks something on console systems. The interface was clearly designed for upclose PC play, and even on the big screen HD TV I have in-game instructions and actions are more or less too small to read on the PS3 version. That said, I’ve been doing regular RPGs long enough to get the hang of it. Still, anything but the most basic play would probably be better on a laptop, with console play being better for basic gathering and farming.
It is fun though.