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Like all brand new online games that break into retail, first impressions can make or break a lasting player base. Having a gorgeous world and richly dressed characters won’t matter one bit if the gameplay bites. Fortunately for Square Enix and their development team, this isn’t the case. I’m sharing the reasons why Final Fantasy XIV gameplay should put a smile on your lips.
One of the best highlights that revolutionizes Final Fantasy XIV gameplay is the unique Armoury system. You’re not stuck inside the limitations of a single class anymore when you create your character in the world of Eorzea. Changing professions from the Gladiator to a Conjurer is as easy as switching the equipment in your inventory. Yes, you read that right! Your inventory and what you wear decides your class and nothing is cooler than tanking during one adventure and casting spells on another at need. The same holds true for the rich crafting system. Be a miner, fisherman or carpenter by merely swapping the equipment needed onto your character and you’re ready to rock! Besides the excellent level of versatility, the true upside is no longer needing to create multiple characters to enjoy the depth of the different classes. If you want to make a different character, it can be purely for aesthetic purposes.
While my computer isn’t a top of the line power gaming system that sold brand new yesterday, it’s not junk either. Running with a Q6600 quad processor at 2.4Ghz, GeForce 9800GT and 4GB RAM along with Vista 64, the default settings detected by Final Fantasy XIV were more than adequate for a smooth experience. I was a little worried at first because my FPS jumped between 19 and 30, but the gameplay still flowed on my screen without lag.
There’s no in game voice chat and that’s not an issue for a player like myself. I prefer my trusty Ventrilo as I’ve yet to encounter any online game that has built in voice and does it well enough so it won’t sound like some cheap cell phone. Taking my character’s oversized ax after some rat moles was interesting, but not much different than any other kill quest. Final Fantasy XIV gameplay is unique and appealing enough to shake up the online gaming community a little bit, or at least redefine key elements of fun for future releases.
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