What? Where? How did this… I don’t even?!
This sums up pretty much my feelings when I try to explain how it is that I seem to be falling in love with an MMO all over again. A few weeks ago my hours of MMO playing were at a stellar zero and I was starting to think that maybe I was done with MMOs for good. I thought that sure I’d dip in once in a while to see new sights or for a bit of nostalgia but on the whole, playing an MMO for long hours, raiding, grinding and the like were now part of my past.
And now I find myself proven wrong. The original FF14 managed to hold my interest for 3 days before I declared it the worst MMO in history and now A Realm Reborn has me forgetting notion of time. It’s been 10 days now and I’ve indulged in a few FF binges since then, something that had not happened to me since Vanilla WoW. Dishes are not done as fast as they used to, there’s a bit more dust than I’d like and my series are not getting watched. That right there is the highest praise I can give to any game. Making me forget time and obligations.
I couldn’t even explain to you why things are so great right now. The game itself has nothing truly ground breaking or revolutionary. If anything, it’s a throwback to old mechanics with a few modern touches sprinkled in. The game does tap in my Final Fantasy nostalgia but that by itself wouldn’t be enough. I think what is happening is that ARR does a lot of small things very well and that is enough to keep me logged in. The fabled polish of WoW seems to be possible for Square Enix as well when they put their mind to it.
So, that’s it for now. I’ll probably be blogging soon about more stuff that is game specific and I hope you’ll enjoy it.