Monday, April 13, 2015

Momoko In Eorzea Part 3: Final Cutscenes and Zodiacs

Man...I just finished the final cutscene before Heavensward


What an emotional cutscene. So damn much is happening and so damn much happened that it is impossible to talk about it without spoilers. I had many screenshots but alas I cannot share them without spoiling. 

But it was...a great closure before the expansion hits. Square Enix can finally make good plot?! What is this, 1994? 

Speaking of 1994, the new Magitek background music sounds so fitting after watching the cutscene. Good job pulling it off SE. You almost made me cry. And good job RNG, for rouletting this mount at the end of one of the cutscenes. AT CORTHEUS.


Speaking of crying, aside from that I finally got my christmas stick Zodiac Weapon!! Look at my disappointed face!

Seriously though, compared to what I had (look at the happiness on my face!):

This new weapon totally stinks graphically. I was prepared for the disappointment, but apparently it is so disappointing that one cannot simply prepare for it. The most upsetting thing is that I cannot glamour it back! They turned my shiny rod into a materia! Graaahh!!

Well, what's done is done. I guess I can only look forward and also look for a nice glamour for it in the future...

To Heavensward!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Momoko In Eorzea Part 2: Easter!

Hi all!

Easter has come and gone yesterday, both in Eorzea and in real life. Since this is officially the first time I'm doing an Easter related event, I actually consulted the Great Wikipedia to now more about it since I'm not Christian. As usual, Wikipedia was filled with too much random details that confused me, but what I do understand is:

1) Christian Holiday?
2) It's 2 days after Good Friday, which is a public holiday here!
3) Easter eggs started off red, symbolizing the blood of Christ
4) The eggs are a symbol of an empty tomb
5) Easter Bunny is Santa Claus of Easter

Now I'm an eggspert in Easter! (I guess not)

Egg yolks aside, I finally completed the Eorzea Easter event! I happen to have a set to dress for the occasion! 

You get to turn into a spriggen this time, though I'd wish you can get a nice spriggen outfit as a reward. Instead I got some egg-ly earring. It's a bit hard to see, but luckily I'm a Lalafell and I'm closer to the floor! (It's still kinda hard to see though...)

On to a sidenote, I completed the Moggle Delivery Quests over the weekend. The stories for each quest are actually not bad, with a few of them actually being good. The image below just me confused over how this scholar-ly looking Lalafell is actually a swearword-cussing pirate-sounding marauder named RATATA -_-;;


Ah, it was all worth it in the end ^_^

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Momoko In Eorzea Part I: Introduction!

Heavensward expansion is just around the corner, so what better time to jump start this little blog by chronicling what I spend most of my time doing after work: Final Fantasy XIV!

Let's go!!!

First, a few introductions!

A bit of myself. I have been playing MMOs since I was 14 I think (man it feels so long ago). Started with Everquest saving 1 dollar a day, then to the now defunc City of Heroes, to Final Fantasy 11, to Guild Wars, to World of Warcraft on it's launch, then to Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, then to Guild Wars 2 and finally here I am at Final Fantasy XIV. As one would expect, I'm no stranger to MMO mechanics as I have breathed them as much as I lived them.

Why FF14?

There are really a multitude of reasons. There is firstly, of course, the Final Fantasy brand. Riding chocobos in FF11 made me happy. Riding Magitek Armor on FF14 makes my FF6 fanboy scream in delight.

But aside from that, FF14 is polished and clean. I played so many MMOs and some felt clunky, slow and occasionally painful to play at certain parts, but FF14 has a very polished feel, much like WoW has.  If I have to bring up examples, Guild Wars 2 had an incredibly painful menu (I can't remember which one) which slowed my PC to a crawl despite me able to run WvW at 40+ fps.

Honestly I did not expect to play FF14 for this long, that's why I didn't start this earlier. There are points where I felt like there is nothing more to do and that there is nothing worth talking about, but that is because I have only been doing 1 kind of content. But hey, now there's so much stuff to do ever since I went into the crafting business and PVP. And since Yoshida decided to release Golden Saucer last patch, the things for the middle-end player base seems to be limitless, and it could only get better from here.

Unless Tree of Saviors turn out to be super kickass, I don't see myself stopping anytime soon, especially since I have invested so much time already in FF14, and that our little Free Company is so awesome to hang around. I even get to practice a bit of Japanese too with the Japanese players!

Eorzea has become like a third home to me much like how Norrath was mine a dozen years ago.

And our FC just banded together to clear the latest Steps of Faith Trial! The trial is so different from the previous trials that it's very refreshing! Instead of the usual tank/healer/dps fight, it's more of an objective driven fight. Maybe there are more of it's kind in the future? Some old dungeons have been playing around with this kind of idea for quite some time so perhaps we'll see more interesting mechanics in the future!

This is Momoko, signing off~!