Meaty, meaty story bitsThe fun of this update's stories


  • Meaty, meaty story bitsThe fun of this update's stories are that both the Ivalice questline and the main scenario quests give us tons of lore to chew on. For one thing, the Ivalice questline establishes without a doubt that this is a permanent and important addition to the lore of the game world. This is a bit different from the past. Where the Crystal tower series consciously expanded the existing lore in a specific direction to mirror an old game, this is more about grafting the world of Ivalice wholesale onto Hydaelyn, so it feels more like a graft instead of an organic inclusion.However, the net result is including things that were always conceptually in play, so it doesn't feel too jarring overall. And I would expect that what FFXIV Gil we see at the end hints at more movement in this particular storyline in the future, although I doubt it'll be the new 24-person content. (New endgame raids? New trial series? More expansion teasing than it might seem? Lots of possibilities.)As for the actual first half of the MSQ... well, it sure does feel like the first half, but there's so much at play to sort out lingering fan theories or give rise to new ones that it's hard not to be engaged. We've still got only the slightest hints of where we're going next, and it feels like an open field with lots of potential developments even while "throw wide the gates" currently feels like a set of foreshadowing arc words.
    Expect some very literal and heretofore unexpected gates, in other words.The same old pig and danceThe custom delivery client is where the gushing ends because it's really just the exact same story we've seen several times before. In terms of custom deliveries, it's Zhloe without the sort of awkward charm she exhibits. (Yes, she shows up at first, but we already did her story arc.) It feels like a questline that's not expanding things so much as just repeating the same routine.From a functional standpoint, of course, that's fine. It's the first time we have a delivery client who isn't a bright-eyed young woman, so that's different. It just feels like the same story and mechanics with a new set of items, actual cookie-cutter content compared to the panoply of new things that frequently gets accused of being such. The delivery system is light enough in impact that it doesn't massively bother me, but it does mean that it feels like a fairly light Buy FFXIV Gil addition.Then again, considering the expansion's rebuilding promise, perhaps this is meant to be a bit of a breather anyhow.Feedback, like always, is welcome in the comments below or via mail to eliot@massivelyop.com. Next week, it's time to talk about my first impressions of Blue Mage!The Nymian civilization hosted an immense amount of knowledge and learning, but so much of it has been lost to the people of Eorzea. That doesn't stop Eliot Lefebvre from scrutinizing Final Fantasy XIV each week in Wisdom of Nym, hosting guides, discussion, and opinions without so much as a trace of rancor.