Final Fantasy XIV: Patches and Endgame Content
I'm still playing Final Fantasy XIV and I'm still trying to get my head around everything the endgame has to offer. But, I wanted to mention how impressed I am with their patches.
Patch 2.51 just released last week. In terms of Final Fantasy XIV patches it's a "minor" one. A minor patch in any other MMO I've ever played would include some bug fixes and small balance tweaks. This patch in FFXIV added the Gold Saucer. It's an entirely new area of the game that is completely visually unique and has a bunch of new activities. They added Triple Triad, a complete digital card game, along with things like Chocobo Racing and mini games scattered throughout the area. This patch really impressed me. It might be what convinces me to subscribe to this game.
I mean, they just add so much content per patch. Every "major" patch has added new storyline quests as well as 3 or more new dungeons or encounters to run. They make other MMOs look like amateurs. And all of these are free patches, they haven't even had a real expansion yet.
When I hit 50 I got a little discouraged. My friend Belghast told me to check out the patch trailers. Each one shows off just how much content they've added for endgame characters. I was impressed, and now that I've actually played through a lot of it I'm even more impressed by the sheer amount of content they've added.
This is why I've been able to devote so much time to endgame content and not feel the normal grind and boredom that typically accompanies MMO endgame. I've probably played over 40 hours at endgame and I've never run the same dungeon twice. I've never run a daily quest. I've been max level for weeks and I've yet to re-run the same piece of endgame content.
Other MMOs I've played will only have a couple viable dungeons and pieces of content to run at any time. It's easy to burn through all the content once in a few days, at which point you're stuck repeating it. That is not the case in FFXIV.
And I'm still on my main class. I haven't even started playing around with the other classes my character can access yet.