With my last article I addressed the next addition to the Final Fantasy mmorpg series. Final Fantasy XIV has set itself apart from the other upcoming mmorpgs not only by its amazing graphics, but also with the promise of a new and exciting form of game play.
With the coming of any Final Fantasy game one can always be sure that there will be a new breathtaking world for gamers to emerge themselves in. Final Fantasy XIV is no exception bringing us the world of Hydaelyn. It is upon this world in the region of Eorzea that the player’s begin their journeys. Within this region are three main city-states known as Ul’dah the commercial hub, Limsa Lominsa the marine city-state, and Gridania of the forest. Within these cities the path of the player as well as their future is formed.
The classes to be found in Final Fantasy XIV are just as vast as the wold it takes place in. Featuring five different races and any number of possible configurations, the possibilities are endless. Each of the races come with their own strengths and weaknesses as well as their own attitudes. These races are the elven Elezen, the tiny Lalafell, the human Hyur, the huge Roegadyn, and the catlike Miqo’te. With so many choices, the character creation aspect should make even the most creative Portland gamers happy.
Like many games, Final Fantasy XIV will feature classes and missions for the players to partake in. To separate itself from the normal mission grinding found in mmos today, Final Fantasy XIV has decided to do things a little different. Guild leves are these special plate items that are handed out during special missions. These leves allow the player and his/her group to access restricted areas, private lands, and the ability to even negotiate with the wild beastmen tribes. You will also be able to use the leves to teleport about the world through the use of Aetheryte portals, making these leves useful in more ways then one.
One of the biggest things that draws people to Final Fantasy XIV is the armory system. The concept being rather simple yet effective makes it easy for a casual gamer to understand it. If you start with a sword out your skills will reflect that of a warrior but if you decide to equip a different weapon, your skills will change to the new class the weapon belongs too. Unlike in other games where you have to have many characters to play different styles, your one character can become whatever class you decide to play as. This avoids the need to continuously jump from alt to alt to get the desired type of play.
With so many new gameplay mechanics to be featured in Final Fantasy XIV it is no wonder that fans of the series can’t wait for its release. Till then Portland, I suggest you go check out the E3 trailer and make sure to run the new Final Fantasy XIV benchmark to see how your system will do.
So I ask you readers, what race will you play?
See you on the battlefield.