The primary Savage raiding tier of Remaining Fantasy XIV was launched final month, through the chaos of CES 2022. And whereas meaning I wasn’t in a position to dive as deeply into it as I wished (I used to be form of busy), it is clear that all the things I liked a lot concerning the end-game mannequin of the MMO is again — precisely how I prefer it.
That may sound like a possible drawback with the game, although. In spite of everything, a brand new enlargement might trigger you to count on all-new gameplay programs, particularly for those who’re used to different MMOs like World of Warcraft or RIFT. However as a substitute, it means I do know precisely what I have to do, and I will not have to burn myself out grinding out an entire new system that I do not perceive.
And for the game itself, it implies that much more effort can go into the raid fights themselves, and Pandaemonium – not less than its first tier – is extraordinarily cool to this point.
A traditional system
In Remaining Fantasy XIV’s raid loots, not less than for the conventional tier, every boss drops little tokens that may be traded for particular person armor elements equivalent to a helmet, a chest piece, sneakers, and so forth. That is good as a result of in contrast to different MMOs, which can have the massive raid bosses drop particular items of substances, it implies that everybody that involves the raid has an equal probability to get one thing, regardless of which job they’re presently enjoying.
Even higher, every boss drops eight of those tokens, which suggests there’s doubtlessly one for each participant within the raid. Which means, particularly at first of a raid’s life-span, everybody will get one thing for doing the content material.
That modifications a bit in Savage, the hard-mode model of the raid. In there, particular items will drop off of every boss, together with a coffer, which can be utilized to create a bit of substances for its slot regardless of which job. However solely one among every drops when the boss is killed. As an alternative, each participant will get a e-book, and you’ll flip in quite a lot of these books for gear as you acquire them.
So, even if in case you have dangerous luck and do not win any rolls, you will finally get the precise piece of substances you’ve got had your eyes on.
That is such a sublime resolution for divvying up raid loot that it is not likely a shock that it hasn’t modified since Heavensward in 2015. And after getting one of the best gear you may get out of the Savage raids, you needn’t endlessly grind content material you may not need to do in an effort to maximize the gear additional – you, World of Warcraft.
Thanks, FFXIV, for respecting my time
Whereas I could have spent as a lot time as bodily potential enjoying Remaining Fantasy XIV when Endwalker launched – I even stay blogged that first hectic day – I am already on the level the place I can log in for like half an hour every day that I am not raiding with my mates. And I can most likely get away with not even doing that.
It is the one factor that makes positive that I’ll most likely by no means actually burn out on Remaining Fantasy XIV. The game respects my time, and I do not really feel like I am being penalized for doing issues that are not enjoying Remaining Fantasy XIV. Recreation Director Naoki Yoshida famously stated that he really prefers it for those who play the game at your personal tempo reasonably than forcing your self to play on a regular basis, as noticed on this Reddit thread.
That implies that for the primary time, I’ve discovered an MMO the place I can play the hardcore raiding content material that I need to play, with out feeling pressured to play via a bunch of stuff that feels secondary to me. If I used to be nonetheless enjoying World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and it dropped proper earlier than Halo Infinite, as an example, there is no approach I’d have even began that game. However, I completed it this final weekend.
It isn’t shocking that Remaining Fantasy XIV is as large as it’s immediately. As a result of it is the primary MMO I’ve performed in years that makes me really feel like I am enjoying a game, and never paying for a tedious second job. And that is what is going on to maintain me coming again for each patch — and shopping for each enlargement for years to return.