Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Final Fantasy XIV: So How About That New Trailer?

I completely missed the boat on Final Fantasy XIV when it came out. I was busy playing World of Warcraft at the time, and the hype train was going full speed with the upcoming release of the Cataclysm expansion, so I wasn't really paying attention to the run up on Square-Enix's MMORPG. Moreover, when it finally did come out, there were a lot of complaints swirling around it, which convinced me not to bother with it.

Now after a year or so of heavy retooling the game is about to get rebooted with Final Fantasy XIV: A World Reborn. There was a big in-game event to commemorate it, and also a really snazzy trailer. I've not seen any of the festivities that took place on the various servers, but I did have a chance to check out the trailer, and it looked pretty good.

I particularly liked the visuals, but that's always been a strong point of Square's. More importantly, the video was able to quickly give me the gist of what's going on in the game right now just through music and video. There wasn't even any annoying narration, which was nice. About the only things I didn't like about video was Bahamut going around torching everything (I know this is meant as a bit of badassery, but I was getting quite the Deathwing vibe from it what with being a giant dragon burning stuff), and the music was also kind of cheesy. I'm told that the music is related to a bunch of recent events in the game, so I guess it will have a greater impact on those familiar with it, but as an outsider looking it, I didn't much care for it.

Nonetheless, it looked pretty impressive. I'm still not sure if I'll ever give it a try, though. I'm just not a fan of subscription-based MMOs anymore. Not to mention that I'm pretty happy just playing Guild Wars 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2. How about you? Have you had a chance to check out the trailer? What did you think of it?

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