Final (final) Fantasy XIV
It has taken me less than 30 days to become bored with FFXIV again. There isn’t enough to do in the game that I actually care about. It’s the hunting community. I enjoyed the act of hunting, and even most of this run has been great (for hunting), but the community is falling apart again on Cactuar.
I like the general hunting community. They are courteous, active, and interested in chatter and generally being social in a medium that is designed for it. Also, there aren’t any queues for your bullshit. You just do it.
A rash of unreported kills, early pulls, and a lack of hunters has left the whole thing pretty rotten for me. Given that the only job I actually play is ninja, and that gearing up is literally a weeks-long thing, and mostly being done by a single Void Ark run each week… the incentive to carry on is weak.
The one goal I really had for this run, other than checking out the mudra changes (fantastic by the way!), was to ding 60 on black mage finally. I didn’t do that. The job is just too damn boring to level after ninja. It’s REALLY boring to level. Nothing I read about the job or continue to see about the job makes me think it is in any way going to grow more interesting.
Square has a hateful relationship toward black mages, so I knew this going in. Black magic is the bastard child of these games, and may only actually be good in VI. Summoning magic tends to be straight-up better than black magic, and frequently not usable by the same character. Not that it matters. Ifrit beats fire every time basically. I’m pretty sure in III it was better to just be a ninja and throw shuriken. Remember this, both of you people who read this blog: Square hates black mages. Poor Vivi.
Xenothingy something X
I was given my first introduction to a Xenoblade(s?) game today. It was the latest one. I watched a friend play it. It was horrible. That was the sum total of the experience. Actually, I discussed this at length with said friend. It’s like there are a ton of really great systems and even entire other games contained in this one. There are too many. It is pointless and overwhelming and dear god that gameplay is insanely boring.
There was a brief moment when I was tempted to actually ask to see a bit of story. Very brief. Before the commentary on the opening lore and cinematic that is referenced in a flashback more than once in the first hour of gameplay. That’s… too much bullshit.
Couldn’t we have just learned something from “Good morning, Crono”?
Heroes of the Stealth
I finally like stealth. Okay, that’s a dirty goddamned lie. Stealth is still an evil blight on gameplay and I have been seeing firsthand how much it changes things. I did have fun with it though.
Nova is free this week in Heroes of the Storm and I picked her up for fun after playing a lot of Cho’gall, who is absurdly fun, and the various other heroes in my roster who are more conventional. She’s a lot of fun, and the amount of silly burst you can have is awful and amazing. You’re also a weird aspect of the fight.
I have finally played enough games that I got my “dark templar vision” back and can see stealthies pretty easily. My friends who play my tanks don’t have that, and I was left in a lot of really ugly situations with enemy Nova players where I was hideously exposed. It was interesting to note that my life was much more interesting (read: difficult) when there was an enemy Nova who was watching for me as much as I was for her. At that point, it becomes a game of how well the other members of the team function without you while you wait for a chance either to kill a crucial target and run like hell, or, even better, get the other Nova killed.
In contrast, games without an enemy Nova were almost freebies to just murder people. No one actually looks for you. Despite there being a reasonable visual cue, no one will see a damn thing and you will legitimately be invisible. With burst. And an all-range satellite laser. It’s… almost mind-boggling.
The caveat, of course, is that you have zero escape mechanisms except just running like an idiot until you can cloak again. Patience is your ally. Also, tanks who know how and when to engage. Mostly though, you’re just a horrible killing machine the enemy… doesn’t even try to deal with until you kill them?
This is what gets me. I realize they could just learn to see me, but that’s still an absurd skill you have to learn for two characters in the entire game. I could probably play Nova effectively *without* stealth, but stealth makes her this awful creature that will either inflict paranoia on the enemy, or just wreck them. I’m not even a good Nova!
Okay, playing her without stealth might suck a bit, but no worse than playing Lux in LoL, and I was great at that. Full AP too, because vitality is for losers.
I’m totally saving the 10k to buy Nova.