Greetings and salutations everyone!
Throughout these past few weeks, I have given into the temptation and started playing a genre of games that has been around since I started playing them back in elementary school. MMORPGs, or the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, have been a staple to my childhood, playing them for hours on end at the end of the school day, or making for fun nights of raiding during the summer days where I wasn't doing much.
The MMO's can generally be summed up to be a game either through web browser or client that would allow us to assume the role of a character to venture forth and go on adventures with. Typically we are the heroes of the worlds, and we work together to create a shining future for ourselves in game. Typically there are thousands of people online on these games at a time, which makes for a wonderful experience with playing with others, and perhaps learning skills through coordination and marketplace usage.
The game I have been playing recently has been Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and I must say, that it is absolutely incredible.
The main story is alright enough, but when it comes to the gameplay and the graphics, it gets pretty intense. The opening cinematic was utterly amazing, showcasing an army versus the primal Bahamut, showing that they had put immense amounts of work into not only that, but also into the other cinematics across the board as well.
I'm still working on capping my Black Mage, of which I'm hoping to hit level 50 by next week!
For what it's worth, the gameplay is as I would expect from an MMO. Using the normal interface to traverse the game, you go around the land of Eorzea, lending assistance to the many clans and villages. The coolest part I can think of with the Final Fantasy MMO franchise is the ability to multiclass and be practically everything. In Final Fantasy 14, with a single character you are able to essentially play every class. In other MMOs, it would be normal to create a new character to play another class, without being able to dip into other features or play a new class in general. But in this game, that single character can fit any playstyle, and you can switch between them by using the weapons allocated for your character!
The dungeons and bosses are really cool, as they rely heavily on the ability to coordinate with your team and make sure to avoid the area of effect (AOE) attacks, and managing your aggro or your damage dealers. With your friends, you can build your own guild, as a free company, and battle the gods across the land as you try and save everyone.
The classes that look the coolest in my opinion are the Dragoon, Ninja, and Black Mage. The gameplay is pretty entertaining so far, but it's definitely a game that you should focus on playing with friends, or finding some friends in game to venture forth with!
I like to think that I have a bit of MMO experience, having played Runescape back in it's prime, later to play World of Warcraft and Maplestory, and significantly more of the free-to-play genre to say the least. A generic list of those that I have played have been:
- World of Warcraft
- Everquest 1 & 2
- Fiesta Online
- Holy Beast Online
- Grand Chase
- Dragon Saga
- Aura Kingdom
- Perfect World
- Dragon Nest
- Ragnarok Online
And many more that I don't really have much room to include!
Generally they have all been incredible games, and I can say I've probably spent the most time in Runescape, World of Warcraft, Fiesta Online, and now Final Fantasy 14. If you have the time to play a game for hours on end, to fight monsters or bosses, or even just travel the world, MMO's are a fantastic experience. Just be warned that these types of games require a lot of time to play, and may be difficult to master!