Finished Heavensward last night.
That was a good expansion. I might have to NewGame+ it at some point to get the story a little more coherently (and not spread out over several months).
I was extremely disappointed in the final trial, though. I'm not sure what it was like originally, but now it's been nerfed to the point that it's barely a game.
It looked pretty and was great to watch but that just goes to show: it should have been a cut scene. Indeed, a cut scene would have been better because they could have had anime moves and things!
As the final climax of the entire expansion, it really undercut the experience. That said, I'm trying not to let it spoil everything that came before because the rest of it was really quite good.
The infinite boss rush combined with "we'll go into an animation any time you're doing well to make sure that you lose your ATB charges and limit breaks as often as possible" as a hell of a way to design an endgame.
"We like the end of the game to be completely different from the 40 hours that came before so the player is dramatically unprepared. It's like two games in one!" -- Nomura, probably
I might have to put this one down for a few weeks.
The end of chapter 17 and the beginning of chapter 18 is just a non-stop thrill ride with no chance to catch your breath!
Or to save and go do something else.
Which is to say, I've played this for a bit longer than I wanted to play it.
But the end is in sight. My Intergrade experience is almost here.
Finished the Vath quest line.
Still got a fair bit to do for the Vanu Vanu and Moogles. They're never satisfied.
I was very amused that the final Vath quest was "Go talk to the leader" who told me what a great guy I am. Quest complete.
Decided to play a bit on my Steam Deck while we watched TV. I forgot that my gearsets don't sync over and didn't notice when I switched jobs that I no longer had the assigned gear.
The screen is so small that I also didn't notice that I spent about 40 minutes running around naked.
It's Eorzea so I'm sure the other players didn't even notice. But it certainly explains why I was suddenly so bad at crafting!
Friend, I took the elevator.
I really applied myself and spent several hours doing all of the GC crafter turn-ins and Zhloe Aliapoh's collectable turn-ins.
This is called "productivity". At least as far as Sunday is concerned.
Made it to the Shinra HQ lobby. I'd completely forgotten about the "break into the main reception desk" subplot.
But I think I'll save that for another day.
I decided to mark this one as “Did Not Finish”.
It’s not a bad game at all, but I find that I just don’t care about it. Given the length of the games I play, I need to get better at abandoning them when I’m not super-engaged.
Might as well start that practice here.
After a solid day of downloading, I did manage to get the game running on my Steam Deck. It's very cool, although I continue to find that the PS4 controller is really just perfectly balanced for this game.
As heavy as it is, the Steam Deck is not perfectly balanced for anything.
Still, it is a nice novelty if nothing else. Looking forward to leveling some crafters while watching TV.
Utter failure today. My controller keeps glitching out, the game keeps crashing, and I don't have enough internal SSD space to even try to get it running on my Steam Deck.
It is definitely not an Eorzea day for me, for whatever reason.
Is it just me or is Edge absolutely worthless? Almost at level 50, he has no evasion at all, and he is easily one-shot again and again. I finally just left him KO'd in the fight against Asura.
I am sort of surprised to learn this because I thought I was a purist but...I really hate random encounters. I thought I would never make it through the Sylph Cave.
Spent a little time with FF7R today while I still mostly remember how to play (to the extent that I ever did! I am...not good).
Cleared chapter 14. Moving ever closer to climbing a whole lot of stairs. (j/k, I'll probably take the elevator this time...)
I've completed the BTN and MIN quests for Heavensward. Gathering is so much more pleasant than crafting. (Except for fishing. I am just about completely over fishing.)
Starting to think about leveling my crafters again. Started trying to do some of the GC turn-ins and ended up spending an absolute fortune on Wind Crystals.
It's probably worth it, but funding issues will keep this at a pretty slow pace.
Half of my static is on vacation for a couple of weeks, our Heavensward journey is paused.
Instead, I've got SMN and SCH to 60 so I can heal in any content we'll come across before the next expansion. With my 60 PLD and RDM, I've now got all the roles covered.
First-World Hack: If you have two sets of Air Pods, pair one set with your phone and one set with your gaming PC. Put one bud from each set into your different ears. Then you can have podcasts in one ear and epic Soken music in the other.
Yes, this is obviously an extravagance.
Unlocked The Aetherochemical Research Facility yesterday; just about done with Heavensward. I wasn't going to play today, but actually ended up dipping my toe into the Moogle quests. That's inspired me to start leveling my crafters again so I did the GC delivery quests for all of them. Kind of a pain, but I got a level for each of them.
Sunday was also for playing this game like it was my job. Did the level 60 job quest for PLD, got to the next job quest for SMN and SCH, and spent some time just working down the hunting logs for...well, everyone. I've neglected them, but you get achievements so I might as well. Also did all the quests to unlock the Moogle Beast Tribe quests. I knew they were crafting quests, but I still ended up disappointed about it.
Saturday was for playing this game like it was my job. I unlocked the next MSQ dungeon, did the next class quests for BTN and MIN, turned in my first collectables for scrip, unlocked the Vanu Vanu dailies, started to unlock the Moogle dailies but balked at needing to do 19 side quests to get there, did do all 7 side quests to unlock the Allied status for the beast tribe quests in ARR, and even sold some maps on the market. Time to do something else now.
Got to Matoya's Cave today. OMG: The music! The brooms! I just adored everything about it. What a delightful treat.
According to my walkthrough, I'm barely 1/12th of the way through; and I've found myself with no desire to pick it back up.
At this point, I'm waiting for this to be my first "Did Not Finish" on this website.
Looking forward to finally unlocking Idyllshire so I can progress with my gatherers. They've been 60ish for so long now.
Waiting for my static to get ready to go fight a space whale, I've been leveling alt-jobs. Just about got my Paladin to 60.