I installed the FFXIV Trial yesterday afternoon and hit level 20 Pugilist today. Impressions of the game so far are OK. It looks and runs pretty on my Geforce 970 and 120Hz monitor. I think this guy might be evil:
I did some run around the city exploring stuff I have to do in any RPG.
Everything's better with Subligar! I saved it even after its stats sucked.
I found a few subtle FFXI references:
I liked the exploring and doing FATE (or whatever they were called similar to those Crystal War Era battles (I forget the name of those too, it's been soooo long since I played FFXI) and quests to level up. But I'm kind of curious as to how people get to the level cap in FFXIV. There were no XP parties as far as I could tell.
I had a chaotic and pretty bad year or so of real life, but things are looking up and I've got some free time again for silly adventures.
I've thought about getting back into FFXI too, but I'm sooooo far behind in that from looking at the patch notes and stuff on FFXIAH.com that I wouldn't even know where to start. Monstrosity, Mog Gardens, tons of stuff that I'm not sure what is worth doing and what's Chocobo Raising or Pankration.
I didn't see what mages are using instead of Magian Staves +3 or 4 at this point, but my 85 Kannagi is less than half the DMG of the Katanas I assume people are using. But there's some way to get the WSes apparently? (I have a level 90 WoE H2H I could get to 99 pretty easily for Victory Smite too?) And I'm not sure how many people I would even know still playing.
Say 'hi' if you remember me and are still reading this I guess.