Thanks man! If you do decide to give FF a chance, considering you enjoy World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV would be the ideal way to make an entry. When Naoki Yoshida was given the reigns to repair the game after it’s complete and utter failure of a launch since Square Enix’s gaming divisions were being run by folks that have lost touch with current game design, he had the entire development team stop everything and play World of Warcraft for a month. He wanted the insulated team to see how much the rest of the world had changed, and it was eye-opening for them. Afterwards, with an understanding of their competition, they rebuilt the entire game over the course of two years and made something that was inspired by World of Warcraft and other western MMOs, but with their own spin on things. It isn’t as refined as Blizzard’s title, but it’s a quality product.
On the surface, it looks like a standard JRPG romp. Underneath however, there’s an insane amount of world lore and an awful lot of dark stuff under the bright veneer. As an example, the Valentine’s Day event back in February for this year was a questline that started off as a simple celebration called “Little Ladies Day”. Then there was an optional second half that veered off the rails quickly, where you find out that the original version of “Little Ladies Day” had its roots in sex trafficking, and that the little girl that gives you the quest was nothing more than a spirit, a manifestation of that girl’s innocence since she had been dead for years. The quest has you trying to give closure for the family.
The game has one of the most in-depth, fully realized worlds I’ve seen to date, and I’m actually excited to see what they have planned for the next story patch as well as the next expansion. The development team clearly is loving what they do, and it shows in their game. I’m actually attending the fan festival they have lined up in November, looking forward to meeting them. The latest encounter they created is amazing for its visuals, the music, the combat design, and even the story aspect as you bear witness to a character’s inner turmoil.
On the subject of Undertale, I need to get around to playing that. I have a ridiculous backlog of games to play.