Never played an MMO, but love classic JRPGs: would I like Final Fantasy XIV?

#1 Posted by LanceNLT (5 posts) -

I love video games so much, and I love JRPGS above all else. I grew up playing Pokémon, Mario & Luigi, and The Legend of Zelda (if you want to stretch Zelda as an Action-RPG) and continued on discovering other classic JRPGs throughout my life like Final Fantasy III, IV, VI, VII, X, and The 4 Heroes of Light; every Dragon Quest from IV to IX, several Shin Megami Tensei games, all four Persona games, most of the Fire Emblem games that made it to North America, as well as many, many other one-offs and smaller JRPG series like Chrono Trigger, Baten Kaitos, Ni no Kuni, Xenoblade, and others. Other than that I've played countless other classic single-player games that I found great enjoyment with like Okami, Cave Story, every single Metroid game, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid, lots of Super Mario, and many, many others (that IS NOT a comprehensive list of my collection by any means). When I play video games I look for and enjoy really engaging and intersting game mechanics; interesting, relatable, and/or entertaining characters; a captivating, colorful, and/or pretty, but not necessarily realistic, visual style; catchy, fitting, and/or memorable music; and usually an all-around interesting story to keep things moving (unless the gameplay is strong enough without it, like with Super Mario). I have never played an MMO in my life. I hardly play online at all. Sometimes I play online with Pokémon or Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but even then I more often play alone or local multi-player face-to-face with my brother or friends. Sometimes I play, again, local co-op with my brother or friends with Portal 2, Scott Pilgrim, Rayman Origins, or New Super Mario Bros. but generally I prefer to enjoy a game solo, take it in at my own pace, take in all the creators put into it. However, I would be willing to try Final Fantasy XI or XIV as they are Final Fantasy and I do love JRPGs, but I'm just not sure. 

So my question is simple: given all this, given all of the above information about me, am I the kind of gamer who would enjoy Final Fantasy XI or XIV? Or would they not really feel like Final Fantasy to me?

Also, sorry for the noob-ish question. I am intrigued by FFXI and XIV because they're FF, and I love JRPGs and everything that comes with them, including grinding to an extent. The online community and working together with other people all sounds kind of interesting, too. But I just don't want to dive headlong into some monthly perscription thing thinking "Oh cool! It'll be just like good ol' Final Fantasy III on the DS! (^_^)" when really it won't be.

#2 Posted by Crossel777 (5638 posts) -

Hmm.. MMORPG's are generally not known for telling amazing storylines.  Saying that, FFXIV will probably have a decent story to tell but I very much doubt it will be on par with a singleplayer RPG because really story isn't the main focus of a MMORPG.  It relies more on gameplay aspects and multiplayer.   The game is probably going to have a huge open Final Fantasy-esque world though and from I've heard of the music, it sounds stunning.

#3 Posted by Zhinse (132 posts) -



If you are new to MMO's, your first will always blow your mind. You have to come to them with an open mind, like I did with FFXI years past. You should wait for the relase of ARR later this year and definitely jump on it. I don't know what the price at retail will be. 

My apologies, i didn't read your whole opening, however i can confidently say that FFXI and FFXIV have great stories and most importantly worlds. The problem with FFXI is that it takes a lot of work for you before you can get into the storytelling bits.  ARR: will be different, and will try to engage you with something right away, and is much easier to get into. Speaking as a person who played vanilla ffxiv til the end, They have really whimsical dialogue and storytelling methods that involves the open world as much as cutscenes. 

oh and everyone online in-game is friendly as hell.   

#4 Posted by geekgirl101 (15 posts) -

Most likely you will like it.  The graphics are far less cartoony but there is still a certain amount of anime which is standard for Japanese-style games.  There did appear to be something being set up at the start which would suggest to me that there is some kind of a storyline that will eventually unfurl.  I didn't get that far in the game though, I only managed about a dozen levels or so during the free period and then I quit playing because at the time I didn't feel it was worth my money, there wasn't enough players playing and everything seemed either too complicated or too limited that I couldn't get in to it.  Will have to wait and see when ARR is out.