I made a brief mention of this in my last post, but Stormblood has officially been released. I am a somewhat old-new person to Final Fantasy XIV. I was not a part of the original 14 when it was released, as at the time I was stuck in the siren song that is World of Warcraft. When the transition happened to A Realm Reborn, however, I was in the first few weeks to pick up the game. I was excited to try something different and it seemed like a lot of things from Final Fantasy XI that turned me off had either been fixed or improved upon. And as expected, the game looked beautiful.
For about 15 seconds.
Sadly, 14 pushed the limits of my then computer to the brink and my computer would go no further. Desperate, I remember turning all of my graphics settings down to the bare minimum, but it wasn’t enough to get rid of the jerkiness of the game. Defeated, I simply turned off the game and wistfully went on to something else. I was not in a position in my life where I would be inclined to spend money on a better computer at the time and by this point the computer I did have could not be pushed any further with new hardware.
About a year ago two things happened that changed my situation. First, said computer finally crashed. At the time I thought it was due to a recent update Guild Wars 2 had released as it was only after that update that I started having weirdness with my computer. However, before long the tell-tale sounds of something reminiscent of a clicking beetle that I understood all too well. So the computer was scraped and its primary hard drive destroyed. I resigned myself to my laptop and continued on through Guild Wars 2 unabated: it was enough for me.
Then Overwatch happened. Now, at this point my life there are few games that come out to get my excited to the point where I consider a day one purchase. But something about Overwatch grabbed me in that way and I was ready to dive in as fast as I could. When this feeling came over me, Overwatch had not been released so I knew I needed to be ready. A quick query to my friends confirmed my suspicions: there would be no console players there. This was going to be a PC game purchase.
So I needed a PC. The laptop could barely run Guild Wars 2 and I knew there would be no way Overwatch would run. Plus, I just needed something strong for my day to day use (I am a programmer after all). So I made sure the computer I got would be able to handle Overwatch. And it could, and it was awesome. And for a year, Overwatch was a stable game in my diet and continues to be today. But I also tried other things with my new toy. Legion, Dragon Age, Terraria, the remastered Homeworld series. However, it wasn’t too long into this year that I got the urge to try something new. And it was at that point my friends reminded me of a lost love.
And so I joined up with them on 14 and I really have not looked back. I ripped through the Realm Reborn content quickly and just devoured the story. The community was unlike any I had been a part of and it felt really good. Granted, compared to the toxicity of Overwatch.. well you know.
Why do I enjoy 14 so much and what kind of experiences have I had? Well, that’s for another time.