A bunch of my guildies said they were going to play Final Fantasy 14, & I said that if the keyboard was configurable (for instance, I like to put Autorun on Mouse 4 & strafes on A & D rather than Q & E) I would be very interested in playing it. Unfortunately I didn’t know anyone in the closed beta who could tell me what I needed to know. When open beta became available a few days ago, a number of my friends got in it, & one of them told me that most movement & camera functions were configurable. But everyone on vent advised me to try it out in the open beta before buying anyway.
I made a Square Enix account. I then tried to apply for the open beta, but applications were not being accepted. I tried again last night & not only got registered without much difficulty but quickly downloaded the client & started patching. That was at 10pm. I settled in & watched The Cell. Love that show.
At 5am I went to bed. It was still patching.
At 8:45am I woke up because one of my dogs was barking at something. I decided to check the patcher. It was on another update, but this one was moving fast. Hopefully, I puttered around until it finished a few minutes later. Then there was another patch. And then it looked good to go.
Login error. Another patch. Good to go.
I’m not going to explain a whole lot because 1) you can go to the FF14 site yourself & look at it, & 2) I need to go back to bed.
In FFxi I had found myself forced to play a Tarutaru because the female models of the other races (elven, catwoman) had really weird necks. It was like their traps stretched up to their ears or something. Or maybe it was that their heads were really small.
I thought the male model was more acceptably proportioned but perhaps I can excuse a small head on a man. Did I just say that? Anyway.
The… whatever the new Tarutaru models are called were equally disturbing in appearance. Check the neck on the one on the far left. The clown bodies were cute but one of the fun things about playing MMOs is being able to play a character that’s easy on the eyes. All that looking at a pear-shaped body bouncing around on short legs all day is going to do for me is make me feel like eating an entire bag of potato chips.
So I moved on to the catwoman race, which only has females. In xi the models of this race were just ridiculous looking, but in xiv they look… normal. Proportioned. Or maybe it was the mock turtle halter top. But anyway. There were 4 basic looks to choose from & from there you picked various general features, like hair style & coloring. The character customization is very general compared to other MMOs, which isn’t a bad thing. Character detailing in EQ2, Vanguard & AoC were, imo, a little TOO much & you didn’t end up with anything much different from the next guy after all that anyway. Frankly I think the level of detail in Aion’s character design is perfect. This was just slightly, slightly too general. Totally acceptable though. And at least there are some female models with normal-looking necks.
I found the optical direction of the character during the short customization process to be amusing. Guys, look at that & tell me you wouldn’t just stay on this character screen for a few minutes. Who cares how general the customization is, huh?
Anyway, when it came to choosing a class for my horny catgirl I didn’t really have to think long about it. I’ve always played a caster class. I’ve had some fun with melee type classes but in my heart of hearts I’m a caster. I like to nuke things from a distance with cool hand signals & light effects.
I made a Botanist. That’s right, a picker of flowers.
Final Fantasy has a different approach to “jobs” than other MMOs (EQ, WoW) that I’ve been used to. You can change your job at any given time depending on your equipment. That’s kind of a cool concept, & I figured I would open up the limit by starting out with a weeder in my hand.
Anyway, I created Lauren One & jumped into game. The environment was very nice, though not as nice as Aion. Definitely nicer than WoW. The ui wasn’t confusing. It was practically not there. There were 4 buttons at bottom left & clicking on the first one didn’t do anything. The LAST one ended up being the settings panel. I already had a feeling about this game. I made my first adjustment accordingly.
The very next thing I looked for was the keyboard configuration. Ian had SAID I could customize keys.
Ian lied. And the current presets don’t make any sense. Toggle run/walk with Numpad1? Why do I give a shit about run/walk? This is an MMO. I run everywhere. My cardiovascular health is impeccable. Autorun is R. The only pleasant surprise was that I wouldn’t need to bind my strafe keys because left/right & strafe left/strafe right pretty much do exactly the same thing anyway.
Ok, I’m going to bed now. I’m so not buying this game.