There were so many games to play this month. So many that I almost lost what little reason I have and went "Let's play ALL the games!". Not trying that was the wisest choice because even the ones I decided to play didn't get as much time in them as I wished due to a combination of general lack of energy and being busy with Blaugust.
I'd like this next month to at least keep playing the new ones and making some progress on them though. But we'll see how the month turns out.
Alright, this is what I have been up to this month:
Most game worlds aren't very memorable as they only really exist to serve as plot devices or fluffy background. Which is fair, not all of them need to be some super-detailed world or would help the story or gameplay by adding more details to it.
Still there are a few that, intentionally or not, end up finding a special place in my heart. So much that if I could choose to live in another world I'd probably choose one of them.
If you follow some people who play Final Fantasy XIV on Twitter you might have seem some amazing screenshots accompanied with the tags of #Reshade or #GShade.
If you are wondering what they are, it is basically like this: Reshade is a program that applies some post-processing effects to whatever appears in your screen and as far as I know it is used only with games. You can find some presets for different games here.
GShade is a modified version of Reshade made by a group of Final Fantasy XIV screenshot aficionados called GPosers. Besides some technical changes that I honestly don't understand, GShade also comes packaged with a bunch of community presets for use with Final Fantasy XIV. They don't have an official site (that I know of) but you can find the latest version of it by following their twitter account or joining their Discord server.
Originally I wasn't going to write about this year's Moonfire Faire since it isn't all that different from last year. The only differences are the rewards and a slightly different storyline.
Don't take me wrong. I am not dissing the event or unhappy with it. To me this means the developers are busy with some big content for us so they couldn't spend much time with this year's Moonfire Faire. It also makes my life easier since I had 3 characters to go through it. XD
Anyway the reason I am doing a recap for it is because I wrote about it last year and it seems these characters will be reoccurring. So in case the event changes next year but with the same characters it will be a lot less confusing if I have it written it down in the blog and I can refresh my memory about it.
Alright, with all that disclaimer out of the way let's see what the story is this time.
P.S.: I have no idea why I always end up doing these events during the in-game evenings. It really makes the screenshots look off when it is about a summer event. Sorry about that!
July has been the most intensive month this year for me thanks to Shadowbringers. I loved it so much that I could already declare it Game of the Year. The only other contender for the title could be Fire Emblem Three Houses but since I haven't gotten it yet I can't say anything about it.
And yes, I know there are still months until the year ends and a lot of other games that haven't been released yet. I do expect them to be good games too but I doubt any of them will make me feel the same way as the journey through Shadowbringers did. 🙂
Anyway, let's get to the topic of this post, shall we?
Lately I've seem some people on my Twitter timeline who had just decided to give Final Fantasy XIV a go. I was even asked by a couple of them for advice for newbies. So I figured I might as well write a post with it.
Some of this might be stuff that is pretty obvious to veteran MMO players or just general common sense but I figure I might as well include it here just in case. Also, this is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list of tips. I am sure I probably forgot something or another so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.
This also goes if you are a veteran Final Fantasy XIV player and feel I missed something feel free to also post in the comments letting me know! I will add it in the list and give proper credit. 🙂
Last Sunday I finally finished Shadowbringers. What a journey it was! I said this in my "Shadowbringers First Impressions" post and I will say it again, this is the best expansion that Final Fantasy XIV had so far. I am even kinda afraid that they won't be able to top this one with the next expansions but if they get close that will be good enough for me. 🙂
Anyway, now that I finished the whole expansion here are some more thoughts about it. Consider it as a kind of addendum to my previous post about the expansion.
Again, I will try to not spoil anything for those who didn't start playing through it yet. I will also try to not ramble too much. XD
This post is horribly late. I actually got Machinist to level 70 a few weeks before Shadowbringers released. As I mentioned earlier though I wasn't in the best of mental states so I didn't write anything back then. Then I sort of forgot about it, started playing Shadowbringers, finished it and got my Machinist to 80... Oops!
Since Shadowbringers switched to a role-based questline for levels 71 to 80 and Job Quests now consists of only one quest at level 80 I will include that one in my usual recap of the Job Quest story here too.
WARNING:Spoilers about the Machinist questline from level 60 to 70 and the level 80 quest ahead!
Shadowbringers, the latest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, officially launched this Tuesday. Although for those of us that pre-ordered it actually started on last Friday.
This might have been the smoothest expansion launch I've seem in any game. The only issue I had was on Friday where the launcher would throw an error when I tried to update the game. I tried everything I could think of and solutions I found online but none worked. Then the next day it just worked flawlessly somehow and there have been no issues since then. *knocks on wood*
Since then I have been playing the game any time I could and have been slowly making progress in the main storyline. I am currently at level 74 and just finished the second dungeon of the expansion.
In this post I will try my best to give my thoughts on the story so far, without spoilers, and some of the mechanical changes and additions to the game.