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FFXIV valuable of experience FATEs
Another valuable source of experience that’s completely new (barring some similarities to 1.0′s behests) to FFXIV in A Realm Reborn is the game’s many FATEs. FATE stands for Full Active Time Event which, I suspect, was shoehorned into the acronym after-the-fact. These are essentially Final Fantasy XIV’s take on public events. As in many other games, the idea is that any player can wander into an area where a FATE is taking place, contribute to the completion of objectives that can include gathering items, escorting an NPC, killing a bunch of mobs, and even squaring off with a big bad boss monster.

While the idea sounds nice, there are a few major issues with FATEs as they stand. For starters, they’re currently the single most efficient way to level, due to their frequency of occurrence and the sheer XP reward (for gold-level contribution, at any rate) compared to the amount of time required to complete them. This has led, as in many other games focused on public events, to players simply forming massive roaming death-squads and steamrolling through FATE after FATE in search of precious XP.

Unfortunately, FATEs don’t scale particularly well after a certain point (if they even scale at all; I haven’t been able to tell, frankly), which results in most FATEs being completed within a minute or two of spawning, and if you’re playing a class that relies on abilities with substantial cast times, good luck getting a hit on anything before its HP melts away under the weight of the zerg.

Second Wind Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn, part oneOf course, this is a Final Fantasy game, so the quests aren’t (always) nothing more than experience fountains. Players can expect some high-caliber storytelling delivered via a number of cinematic cutscenes. The presence of voice acting is fickle, however, and it seems to come and go as it pleases. Regardless, the main storyline starts out a bit slow, revolving around local affairs in the player’s starting city, but around the mid-20s it kicks into full-on we-have-to-save-the-world mode, and fans of the series will find plenty to love in both the narrative itself and the numerous nods to previous games in the series.

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