Final Fantasy XIV sits atop my favorites list as one of the best MMORPGs of all time, and I think you should give it a try too
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a great example of what it means to be an MMO that anyone and everyone can just get into. At first it may seem like the game is a bit complicated with the way the quests, classes and combat systems are structured. Don’t feel intimidated by any screenshots or videos you see how people playing the game. I know this from experience. Once you get the gist of how the game and its user interface works, you’re well on your way on to enjoying one of the finest MMOs on the market.
Final Fantasy XIV’s story is always expanding and it’s a good one to say the least. I'd equate it to World of Warcraft in some ways as FFXIV builds off of an already established lore but is still extremely easy for new players to get jump into. I don't want to say much about it but Square Enix really put some serious effort into making the story as good as it can be for an MMO. It teeters a bit at times, especially around levels 30-40 but it's very enjoyable if you immerse yourself into it.
Combat classes are fairly traditional: tank, support, ranged DPS and melee DPS. Still within these wider definitions, each individual class is fairly unique. To add to this you are not restricted to the classes that you pick at the beginning of the game. You will unlock the ability to train any and all classes as you wish which allows for a lot of flexibility. But "Oh, the grind." you say. Nope, all classes trained beyond the first receive experience gain bonuses which really speeds up the process. This is alongside the quick leveling options which I'll discuss in a later section.
All combat classes have a progression called ‘Jobs’ which are earned by reaching a certain point in the story, getting a class to level 30 and the corresponding second class to level 15, and then finishing the job quest. It's actually really easy to do and it encourages you to try a different role. All combat classes are unique and don't overlap much at all which is great. As for crafting classes, there's a fair few of them and I have limited experience of them right now but crafting itself isn't just sit there and wait for things to appear. There's an active process and is fairly enjoyable. Just like the combat classes, new skills are unlocked and it becomes a sort of strategic minigame. Quick synthesis for bulk items is available as well so you don't have to do it for each item.
I honestly think this is the first MMO to seriously impress me with its ability to keep you interested. It doesn't overwhelm you, nor does it leave you with nothing to do. Bosses are often really cool and have interesting mechanics, even from an early point in the game. I really do feel that besides the price this game is practically perfect. I highly recommend Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to anyone who has the time and the money. (This is a test post)
Sources — Square Enix