It feels lame when I say it this way… but I am been on this very slow path of trying to ease back into Final Fantasy XIV. Most recently I have spent my time leveling as a Blue Mage, but last night I decided to try and figure out what it would take to get unstuck in the main story quest. One of the frustrating parts about coming back to FFXIV is that generally speaking there are gear roadblocks in the way. This is not to say that the game does not give you ample opportunity to catch up… but you have to be playing to be able to exercise those options. If you have been like me and largely checked out for the better part of an expansion… you come back and find that what might have been good gear for the launch of the game… is no longer able to actually participate in anything.
This was the case with me who was largely in 310 gear when I checked out of Stormblood and slammed right into a wall called Castrum Fluminis in the main story quest. To be able to do this 8 player trial it requires you to have 335 item level… of which there are a bunch of ways to get, but all of which required me to actually be doing content. Then I was reminded of the fact that a new set of hunt seal gear went into the game. Last night I started the evening running around and collecting Centurio Seals…. only to notice that when I checked the total I had gotten… that I was apparently capped? I don’t remember doing that much hunting before I left but it was enough to get me into a full set of 330 gear. Shortly after this a very awesome guildie dropped a brand new 380 crafted axe on me pushing my item level up to 336 and over the line needed to do the trial.
However I took the chickens route out and decided to see what it would take to gear out my Samurai in an equivalent amount of gear. The answer? Roughly 1 million gil by the time all was said and done bought me a new weapon and a few strategic pieces of gear that pushed my total item level up to 336 as well. I completed the Trial as Samurai since no one actually expects much out of them considering they seem to have replaced the Dragoon as the lolclass in the minds of the populace. I do need to get back on the tanking horse… but last night was not the night. I did however get through the Trial relatively easily and pushed forward in the story until I hit one of the infamous “lots of cutscenes” warnings. Based on past experience this means thirty minutes to an hour and a half of stuff that is about to happen.
Given that it was fairly late in the evening already I took this as my queue to head on to bed. From what I can tell I am at the border between patch 4.3 and patch 4.4… and I have all of the content in 4.4 and 4.5 yet to go until I have reached the ultimate conclusion of Stormblood. So far they have thrown out a few surprises… but unfortunately the news of Shadowbringers has spoiled a little bit of the conclusion. I’ve still not watched the long form trailer that came out with FFXIV Fanfest Paris, and as such am trying to push through so that I can be up to date. I am trying to get back into playing an MMORPG again… but it just feels weird considering how much of the Destiny style MMO Lite I have been playing of late.
If my math is correct… tomorrow is the beginning of the Closed Beta test in Division 2. I will likely be pausing my MSQ progression to spend time checking that game out. Curious… who else will I be seeing there?