We've started playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the PS4 here at Short Pause, and we want to tell you, our fair reader, all about it! Every copy of A Realm Reborn comes with a free 30-day trial of the subscription based MMO, and we intend to put ours to good use. Over the next 30 days, we’ll chronicle our exploits in the land of Eorzea in explicit detail, regularly updating you of our progress and where we stand, before eventually delivering a verdict as to whether it's worth it to start paying for this game via a monthly subscription and continuing to play. Today, Taz recounts his adventures as a fledgling Pugilist.
I used to buy my kitten a lot of toys from the pet store. Then, I'd sit and watch as he played for hours with the bags and boxes the toys came in. It was funny, and I'm sure that pet owners and parents of young children can relate. Sometimes, fun is found in the most unexpected things. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is that same kind of unexpected fun, and it amazes me how entertaining that can be.
My fun began long before I even started playing the game! How else could I explain spending more than two hours designing the character I'd later use in A Realm Reborn, when the process required no more than a minute or two? It's because I had a blast doing it! Long gone are the days when your only choices are to play a game either as Mario-wearing-red, or as Mario-wearing-green (No offense, Luigi.) In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you can customize just about everything on your character, from head to toe. However, if you prefer to stick with the default selections given to you, you can do that too. But where’s the fun in that?
I figured, I can create the most heroic, dashing, tough and handsome looking guy — which is just me remaking myself as a video game character — or I could do what those guys did in the movie Weird Science!
Have you ever seen the movie Weird Science? It’s about two guys who use a computer to design the perfect girl. Sounds amazing, right? Yeah. That’s the option I chose.
The video below shows all of the options you can use to customize your character. They are listed on the left from "Height" to "Voice". As you can see, I had 12 different types of voices to choose from. Which one would you have chosen?
Once I adjusted all of the settings precisely how I wanted them, it was time to choose a character class.
Brent picked the Marauder class for his character, and Ben chose an Arcanist for his. Since we all wanted to make sure we covered different aspects of the game, I decided to be a Pugilist. If you’re wondering what a Pugilist is, it’s pretty much the same thing as a Marauder and an Arcanist, except it's much, much cooler.
The only thing that’s not cool about my character is her name, and that’s because it really confuses the hell out of me.
"Saw what ye did for us, havin' The here chase off Kenrick an' all." - Galfridus
It's not a typo. In A Realm Reborn, the name you give yourself must be unique, and at present, the game already has over 2 million players. What that means is nearly all of the great names are already taken. "Sakura Haruno?" Nope. "Arya Stark?" Nuh-uh. "Nynaeve al'Meara?" Try again. "Even 'Kandy Kane' is already taken? WTH!"
Admittedly, there's a random name generator that can give you an available, weakest-link name like "Donner Kohl," but I didn't want to go that route. So, I decided to use my PSN Online ID — "the-aMMazon" — instead. First Name: "The." Last Name: "Ammazon."
But that was a regrettable mistake. Take my advice and choose a first name that is not an everyday word like "The," "I," or "No." Otherwise, you'll be just as confused as I am when people speak to me, and there is no easy way to fix it (now that I've invested so much time into my character).
Do you remember my number one reason NOT to purchase Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster?
Hi. My name is The.
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Beef
Once the game started, I made my way to the city of Ul'dah and began my training as a pugilist. Pugilism is nothing like what I imagined it to be. Mostly, it's about delivering messages, running errands, and killing small bugs and rodents. Literally, it's like, "Hey, The. Thanks for delivering that shipment of beef. Now you've learned a new attack combo: jab, jab, right hook!"
And that's weird, right? But I'll run errands for people all day long because I gain so much experience from doing that, and it levels my character up pretty quickly. (If you're new to the game and trying to level up your character too, keep running those errands!)
Once You Go Blacksmith...
A couple of days ago, Brent let me know that he was learning Blacksmithing as a sub-class to his Marauder class, and he told me how incredibly addictive it was. I didn't even know you could learn more than one discipline at once! So, I quickly signed up to be a Weaver (again, not trying to pick the same thing as my peers) and it was just as addictive as he said. Before I knew it, I was weaving clothing for Brent and Ben, and Brent was building spinning wheels for me. (I bet Ben still hasn't checked his Moogle Mail for the things I sent him. SMH.)
"Can't...stop...crafting..." - Brent Felsing, aka, Kandy Kane
a REALM reborn
And that's where Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn really shines, to me. It's the whole realm working together towards a common goal that gives you such a sense of accomplishment. The moment I realized I could make items for other people — like my friends — it made me want to make better, higher quality items. I wanted to master my skills as a Pugilist so we could team up and attack larger foes together, and I wanted to learn some healing abilities so I could defensively support my comrades on the field of battle. This would mean learning yet another class along with Pugilism and Weaving.
But it's all of those small, seemingly mundane tasks that build up to something truly spectacular. I can't wait to see how it will all come together.
Unfortunately, Brent, Ben, and I have yet to all meet in Eorzea (the world of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) because we didn't all start in the same cities. There are limitations to traveling when you're a beginner in the world, but those limitations no longer apply to me or Brent. If you want to be a part of our next tale, don't hesitate to join us on our adventures in the Marlboro server.
- The Ammazon
- Kandy Kane
- Donner Kohl