Final Fantasy XIV. I just couldn’t get into it at first.
It also sucked because all my friends were raving about this MMO and talking excitedly about how it changed MMORPG storytelling a lot more, but I felt like banging my head against a wall to force myself into join the Japanese MMO.
When shadowbringer started a few years ago, I tried again, this time with friends. Me (and a friend who Yes, really wanted me to play) spent money and boosted a character only to find myself falling off pretty quickly.
However, if I fast forward two years later, it’s the only MMORPG I want to play right now.
I’m also not sure if anything has really changed for me. The MMO is still largely the same as before, with obvious content enhancements and some quality of life changes, for sure. But a big change in how I played and when endwalker Released late last year, as well as a renewed desire that I should at least have a working knowledge of a major MMO that we’re covering, spurred me on.
Part of the problem previously, which I wrote about a little over a year ago, was that I wasn’t sure if I was really enjoying my time when I was playing. Part of that, I think, was a big part of my surroundings. I often stopped working and switched to gaming FFXIV at the same desk I’ve been sitting/standing at all day. This took a mental toll as there was no real separation between work and free time.
And while covering and playing MMOs is part of my job, it shouldn’t bother me every time I jump into a game we’re covering.
Receive Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalkers on PlayStation 5 when it was released, I feel like a lot has changed for me. While I’m obviously still trying to gather editorial inspiration while playing, that’s no longer at the forefront of my mind. I can sit downstairs, boot up the PS5 and just explore. Learning to use the controller was a mental workout (and for my fingers) but as I played more and more it became the only way I wanted to play.
I probably still won’t want to log in as a healer in mandatory quest, but it gets the job done.
But it got me thinking. How many other MMOs have I returned to after not really clicking for months or years? I often know right away if I’m going to abandon an MMORPG for one reason or another. To the Crack it was mainly because I was just more interested in it The Elder Scrolls Online that’s when i started playing with some friends. Age of Conan saw all my real life friends come back World of Warcraft and I quit when I didn’t like playing solo (plus The Lord of the Rings Online still dominated my life). I’ve replayed some of the games I quit on (I’m revisit Guild Wars 2 actually this weekend). but Last fantasies XIV was the first time I got really excited on the second or third try.
So what about you? Do you even try to revisit MMOs that you just didn’t like at first, and what makes you do it? Do you find yourself enjoying them after revisiting them, or do you still “no” and return to your favorite MMO? Let us know in the comments below.
https://www.mmorpg.com/columns/have-you-ever-returned-to-an-mmo-you-previously-just-could-not-get-into-2000124460 Have you ever returned to an MMO you just couldn’t get into before?