Welcome to our 3rd Reactions video; This time around we are discussing the Final Fantasy FanFest which Elloa was lucky enough to attend as well as the new expansion being released in the summer.
Last weekend Elloa had the fortune of attending the FFXIV FanFest held in Frankfurt.
For those of us who have never attended a convention (myself included) it was interesting to get some insight into the goings on at these events. The regular picture updates Elloa sent me over the weekend (<3) allowed me to peak behind the curtain of these events without actually going.
Now, I don’t think Elloa would disagree with me by saying she’s not exactly a Final Fantasy super fan, but we both have a soft spot for the game for different reasons. That said, I think these places are highly concentrated fan stew pots and when you are at these events it’s only natural that you get drawn in by the addictive tendencies of others around you.
The event was a great opportunity for Elloa to get involved in the community as well as meet and hear from the people who create the game. There was also a lot of activities to get involved in, complete with prizes.
The convention was also a great time for it’s creators to include news about this summers expansion: Stormblood.
The expansion features 2 new jobs; Samurai and Red Mage, a brand new continent and also introduces a new mechanic in the game, under water cities.
The introduction of the two new jobs whilst undeniably cool is not so interesting to ‘new’ players like Elloa & myself, however the same cannot be said for the underwater aspect. The introduction of this feature allows the game developers to come up with some interesting, fun and hopefully crazy ideas that will offer a drastic contrast to the ‘surface game’
I think it’s fair to say that Final Fantasy has been a difficult game for both of us to get involved in, possibly for different reasons.
For myself, I went into FFXIV assuming it would be similar to ESO, and put simply…it isn’t.
Initially I thought that such differences by definition meant the game was bad. The quests were a little tedious and lack lustre, the combat boring etc. I really struggled to enjoy the game.
Elloa suggested that we start again from scratch, together. And I must say that this has really made all the difference.
This time I’ve gone into the game abandoning my preconceptions, I’ve stopped to compare it with other games because it really does need to stand on it’s own.
Whilst I still think the quests are boring, I’ve started to notice the other things the game has to offer, and this is where it shines.
FFXIV had a rocky start with me but now, playing with someone very special, and going in with an open mind, I see promise.
– Elloa & Nicky