It’s hard to make a storyline that leads perfectly into an expansion. There’s always more that could be done, the challenge of making something that feels like a conclusion while at the same time giving a logical reason to move on to a new set of conflicts and challenges. So while I have some conflicting feelings about the end of Final Fantasy XIV‘s 2.0 storyline, I’m overall happy with how it creates a bridge to the next era, giving players a reason to venture north while wrapping up conflicts… and still laying the groundwork for familiar issues to be addressed.
It’s a feeling much like the ending of a week leading into a weekend, to use a rather tortured construction to bring us along to our next installment of What Are You Playing. No expansion gaps here, folks, just us telling you what we’ll be up to over the next two days and you telling us likewise. And then we burn our homes to the ground and run away? Maybe that’s taking the analogy too far.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The ending of the main scenario in Final Fantasy XIV has spurred me forward to get some roleplaying and expansion preparation done in that game, so I’m… well, I’m going to do that. I’d also like to clock some time into Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and World of Warcraft; I think I’m fairly well done with the Skyforge beta now, so I need to write up what I thought about it. Good things, even!
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Nothing in particular is calling to me right now, so I might dabble in all six of my current MMOs. Star Wars: The Old Republic dailies? Finishing up the RIFT expansion? Getting back into Marvel Heroes? Anything’s possible!
Mike Foster (@MikedotFoster, blog): League of Legends, Dota 2, and maybe some StarCraft II. I’m really awful at RTS games but about once a year I watch a bunch of pro StarCraft and get super into it. I’m also working on Fire Emblem: Awakening, which is excellent thus far.
MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): H1Z1 had another wipe, so friends and I have to find each other again in game and build up our recipe collections in order to start in on fort-building. I also expect to put a lot of time into EverQuest II; it’s so awesome when you get friends addicted to games you love! I’ll also do a little bit of farming and a few trade runs in ArcheAge to help out a couple of friends who’ve joined there. Hmm, sounds like I will be playing Friends Online all weekend!