Happy New Year! It’s been almost 2 years since my last post; are you surprised? Does anyone even follow anymore? According to statistics, I still get quite a bit of traffic here on my blog for some of my older content (that’s way outdated) and since I’ve recently picked up my first console in six years, I thought it was time to update a few things.
It’s been a long time and I’ve missed gaming a lot. Shortly after my last post we found out we were expecting my daughter. Gaming fell by the wayside as a new school year started and we prepped for a new geekling. The beefy laptop I ran World of Warcraft on died, and I opted for a lighter, smaller laptop that just didn’t have the hardware (or space, seriously, 100gb is just not enough for everything anymore) to run MMOs, my preferred genre. Fast forward awhile, and my daughter is now 10 months old and I’m starting to find some ME time for gaming again. I changed jobs this past school year and am a middle school technology teacher now, which I love. A lot of my students were going on and on about Minecraft, so I gave it a try back in October. It was really addicting, I admit! And was something light enough to run on my laptop, thankfully. It was better than nothing, though I only played alone so it wasn’t quite the MMO experience I craved.
Upon doing some research I found that consoles like the PS4 and XBOX One had an MMORPG title or two available or coming soon, and I was intrigued. I didn’t know what to expect of an MMO on a console. Would the controls translate well or even in a way that I would enjoy? I admit one factor I considered was that an MMO on the TV vs. a little laptop monitor sounded pretty great. After thinking it through, a console made more sense for our family than replacing a practically new laptop with a more expensive laptop just so I could have something that could handle WoW or GW2. I’m not going to go into all of the details about how or why we went PS4 vs. XBOX because there was a lot of research and considerations made, (one being games available and the types of games I liked), and I’m really happy that we went with the PS4 so far. Previous experience? I’ve always been a Nintendo girl so this was a big step for me.
Since I was looking for an MMO experience on a console and we’d selected a PS4, Final Fantasy XIV was on my list. I was happy to see a free trial/demo available in the Playstation store, so I had nothing to lose. I did only a little reading ahead of time to get an idea of classes and races, and as soon as I saw that I could be a bard, I was sold. More games should have bards, by the way. I last played one in EQ2 I think, as a wood elf. Speaking of races, are you saying the FFXIV lalafell race meant I could be a super adorably short, almost gnome-like character? DONE AND DONE. It’s like this game knows me too well. It was worth trying, right?
So now I’m four days in, and while I do love my archer -> bard, what I love even more is that I really only need one character, because in FFXIV you can have one character be EVERYTHING. I can level up all of the other classes eventually and switch to be any other class in the game just by changing my equipped weapon. How awesome is that?! This solved a common problem I have where even though I feel like I know what class I should play (bard, duh), the healer in me REALLY wanted to see if conjurer was right for me, too. Then I end up rolling a bunch of alts. So whew, I like that mechanic. And you can use some cross class abilities, too. Cool! I’m only level 14 and like I said, only four days in, but I’m starting to get the hang of the controls. I admit it’s smoother than I was anticipating the translation of MMO controls to console to be, but I still feel a bit awkward sometimes. I’m sure that will get better in time.
It’s not perfect, but it is a lot of fun so far. One thing I’m wondering about is the lack of conversations. There’s a general chat tab, but I never see anyone using general chat. There are a ton of people running around, but I never see conversations other than the occasional emote like /wave or /smile at each other. Is this because a lot of people may be playing from a console? FFXIV realms are populated cross-platform, so you have PC users as well as PS3 and PS4 console players all in the same world. There’s no way I’d have much of a conversation using my controller and the on-screen keyboard, so I can understand why console users may not visibly chat much. Are they all using microphones? I don’t imagine speaking aloud with mics in general chat with hundreds of people would work, so that can’t be it. I have a mini wireless USB keyboard that I can use if I need it, and have planned to pick up a full-size wireless keyboard soon, though I’m not sure if it’s necessary since I don’t see anyone typing out chat. I haven’t joined a guild yet (FC?) so maybe people chat more in guilds? Is it my realm? Is the lack of chatting just a console MMO trait that I’m going to have to deal with? If so that’s too bad; I enjoy MMOs for the social aspect, and my only complaint so far is that it doesn’t feel very social right now. Again, something else that I need to look into more and see if that changes over time or if I’m just missing something. Time will tell.
So it’s not just my first MMORPG on a console, it’s also the first time I’ve ever played any of the games in the Final Fantasy series. Really! I’m not sure how that happened, but I don’t feel like I HAD to have previous series knowledge to dive right in and have fun in FFXIV. However, because I’m enjoying the game and the story, I’m naturally curious about the history and lore of the universe since I know there’s so much that has come before this game already, and am eager to learn all that I can. Go big or go home, right? That’s kind of how I feel about this whole new gaming adventure after being dormant for nearly two years. Though I will continue to be classified as “casual” and will only be able to get in a few hours in the evenings and weekends, I am excited about the whole new world of gaming that the PS4 has to offer because this is pretty different for me. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait!
If you’re interested, you can add me on PSN as geeksoap. In FFXIV my character is Lumiya Arrowsong on the Brynhildr realm. I’ll be updating the site here soon to add a FFXIV section and a few screenshots, and to update my character information since a lot of it is for WoW and GW2, which are both inactive indefinitely. I’m also playing the PS4 version of Minecraft now, too, though I still just play it in my own private world.
So now I ask – anyone playing FFXIV? Thoughts on the game? What PS4 titles are you looking forward to in 2015? I heard that the Elder Scrolls Online is another MMORPG that will soon come to PS4 and XBOX (Its December 2014 release was pushed into 2015) but I haven’t decided if I want to check it out or not. I’m REALLY looking forward to No Man’s Sky, still in development. Are there any other games you think I should check out?
And the winner is … Lindsay!
Congratulations to Lindsay on winning the Guild Wars 2 Karma Soap giveaway via GEEKSOAP.net! (Lindsay, check your email – I’ve requested your mailing address so I can ship out your soaps ASAP!) Thanks to all who entered, and if you didn’t win, stay turned… I’ll have another contest for my fellow World of Warcraft players coming soon.
Friend me on Raptr or find me in WoW: Amoothyst or Lumiya on Emerald Dream, Horde side.
I realize I post pretty sporadically, (and usually start each post off apologizing for how long it’s been since my last post) but I’m back and I’m gaming, and I want to celebrate by giving YOU, my readers, something awesome.
Did you know in my spare time I make geektastic soap for my small geeky soapmaking business called GEEKSOAP? That’s where I end up disappearing to when I seem to randomly drop off the face of Azeroth or Tyria… I’m off making tons of soap to keep up with online orders! BUT I couldn’t stay away from gaming any longer AND I’m still designing and hand crafting more nerdy new soaps all the time, so I thought I’d share the love with all of you.
Love Guild Wars 2? You can win a set of THREE bars of Karma Soap from geeksoap.net! That’s right… I’ve crafted some fantastic soap out of my love for GW2 and now I want to give it away to other fans.
Use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter the contest! Contest ends at 12am EST on 3/7/2013, so you’ve got a few days to enter. Tweeting about the contest, liking GEEKSOAP on Facebook, and following GEEKSOAP on Twitter will get you the most entries. And get this… you can tweet once each day for extra entries, too. So what are you waiting for?
Open to residents in the U.S. only. Good luck to everyone!
(And don’t worry, WoW players… I’m back in Azeroth again and have something to give away to the Warcraft fans soon, too!)
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