Final Fantasy XIV’s new year celebration is all about monkey business

    
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Well, that guy sees evil.
The new year is nearly upon us, and that means the usual Heavensturn celebration for Final Fantasy XIV. The lore of this year’s event is the same as it always is – a representative from the Far East has come to Eorzea bearing traditional dress and greetings for all, inviting everyone to take part in the festivities and earn new seasonal hats.

Usually, though, the hats are of different colors. This year, they’re all the same colors… with three different poses for the monkey face upon it. The event starts on December 31st, so if you can’t wait to have a monkey hat or just want to get your hands on the new Paissa doll, clear your schedule for a Gridanian trip and get ready for the annual celebration.

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Sorenthaz They seem to have tried different types of  holiday events.  I think last years “Christmas” event had a daily or a weekly task if you wanted to collect enough of whatever to get all the outfit and decoration pieces (you had to go around to trees in the player housing area and get presents or something).  One “easter’ event had you have to group with someone else with each of you wearing a different egg hat to accomplish some goal.  I am glad to have the daily grind tasks gone and I am good with there just being one quest chain but I think the quest chain needs to be interesting.  Some of them I have just pushed through hardly reading the quest text because it wasn’t a fun quest.

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Sorenthaz For me thats actually kind of a relief.

I always hated that rushed feeling that holiday events gave me of “stop everything and grind the hell out of this new stuff else you wont be able to collect all the unique stuff only offered during this limited time period” in other games. Its nice not to have that while playing FF14.

Love the change of visuals in the game, and the more casual content they added, that doesnt take me away from the actual game content.

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Sorenthaz To be honest, I kind of like FFXIV’s events. They change every year and have new rewards. I really did enjoy Wildstar’s holiday events, however after doing them 5+ times it started getting old for me. I can’t speak on behalf of the FFXIV players, but it seems most people I know prefer FFXIV’s style for the events. It’s something you don’t have to dedicate a lot of time with.

Sorenthaz
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One thing I’m finding about these holiday events in XIV is that it feels like there’s not really much to do in any of them.  It’s more like a “go do this task that’ll take maybe 1-2 hours at most, then reap the cosmetic rewards and no longer worry about it” formula compared to what most themeparks do where you’ll have daily activities and achievements and lots of collectibles to earn.
Guess it’s nice in one way and annoying in another to me.   Like I wish the FFXI-themed Maiden’s Rhapsody event had more to it beyond just the storyline with Iroha and the 3 or 4 fates with FFXI’s battle music/quest completion jingle.   It was a really neat nod and hints at possibly more to come from Iroha in Eorzea (i.e. she could be the Samurai trainer whenever that job is added to the game), but it felt like it could have a greater presence over the game for the duration, as I’m guessing it won’t be returning.   
Same goes for the holiday events.  They have a presence in the towns, but not much else.  It’d be cool if there were holiday-themed FATEs or special Gold Saucer minigames/GATEs or stuff like that.  Instead it feels like it’s less of a holiday and more of a pretty minor side activity to do and then forget about.