Switching From PC To PS5 Has Made Me Respect FFXIV Extra

Closing Fantasy XIV’s subsequent enlargement, Dawntrail, releases on June 28 (for many who pre-order). I’m wanting ahead to it. There is only one drawback—I nonetheless haven’t completed the final enlargement, Endwalker. Sure, I do know it got here out on the finish of 2021, however time simply obtained away from me and I fell off in the midst of the enlargement. On the time of this writing, the date is April 3. That offers me 85 days to finish Endwalker and its patches. This requires a drastic change in technique that I hope will assist me in my mission: I’m switching my platform of alternative from PC to PS5.

There’s a cause I’ve performed Closing Fantasy XIV on PC since I first began taking part in the sport 4 years in the past: it’s an MMO. The assortment of actions and actions it’s a must to concurrently carry out throughout large-scale dungeons or raids feels tailored for a keyboard and mouse. A controller all the time felt too constrictive, particularly in my irritating job as a White Mage (a healer function). However one of many largest hurdles I’ve confronted in making an attempt to finish Endwalker is my PC itself. I’m simply not within the temper to take a seat at my desk for hours as I rush by means of the enlargement.

The crux of the difficulty lies in Closing Fantasy XIV’s quest design. As an MMO, many of the recreation’s essential situation quests are somewhat mundane, a minimum of mechanically. Whereas there are spectacular fight encounters in Endwalker, there are solely 9 essential situation dungeons or trials, unfold out throughout 108 quests. Which means nearly all of quests ship your hero—the Warrior of Gentle—from one level of the map to the opposite, typically to kill an enemy or two, typically to gather gadgets, and typically simply to speak to folks. The speaking is the most effective half, as a result of that’s the story I’m right here to expertise. However the time in between is generally mundane. “Mundane” will not be enjoyable for me to do from my uncomfy desk chair (which is its personal drawback). I need to do that from the consolation of my sofa. Fortunately, I used to be in a position to snag the PS5 model of the sport on sale.

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Regardless of my aversion to taking part in with a controller, the promise of leisurely stress-free on my sofa known as to me. That’s the simple half. However similar to switching jobs within the recreation itself, switching to a distinct technique of enter—a DualSense controller, on this case—basically means I’ve to relearn every part. It’s sluggish going, and at instances I’m wondering if it’s price it. The primary concern is that I’m nonetheless making an attempt to arrange my cross hotbars in a approach that meshes with how I play. Cross hotbars are the best way console gamers set off their actions. Versus the rows of actions on a PC that you just hit with completely different keybinds, the cross hotbar seems to be like two plus indicators side-by-side with area for actions on every nook. It’s made to mirror the d-pad and face buttons, which the actions are certain to. So far as transferring the complexity of an MMO to a controller, it’s fairly ingenious, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a studying curve. My first 24 hours with the PS5 model had been largely spent tweaking settings and getting my cross hotbars excellent.

However after overcoming the pure rising pains related to it, I’ve been pleasantly stunned by simply how effectively my change of platform has labored out. Motion particularly is a spot the place I respect the benefit of a controller. Whereas WASD and a mouse actually don’t make journey onerous, it’s just a bit extra sophisticated than merely utilizing the joysticks. Now I discover myself breezing by means of the sport’s quests far more fortunately. My sofa is certainly as cozy as I keep in mind and I take pleasure in lounging on it as I discover the attractive surroundings of Elpis and Labyrinthos. The vast majority of quests aren’t fight heavy, so even once I’m introduced with a brief struggle my slowed reactions on the cross hotbar aren’t actually a giant deal. It’s turned the sport right into a a lot smoother expertise for me in precisely the best way I wanted proper now. I largely flip my mind off after which tune again in once I want to look at a cutscene or learn some necessary dialogue. Seems Endwalker is fairly good, who knew?

The place I do nonetheless really feel the console model falls behind is in dungeons and trials. After I do attain these extra intensive fight encounters, I nonetheless discover myself switching again to my PC so I can carry out at my greatest for my social gathering. In fact, I may use the NPC events accessible by means of the Responsibility Help system and run these sections with a bunch of bots however a lot of the enjoyment of taking part in FFXIV is in participating with different gamers. That’s why I’ve additionally taken to conserving a Bluetooth keyboard related to my console—so I can sort out messages. The opposite options of the PC model I dearly miss are issues that director Yoshi-P has frowned upon however I nonetheless discover nice utility in.


So, the leap has had its professionals and cons, however total, switching to PS5 has made me respect the other ways folks can play this recreation. Now, as I anticipate the discharge of Dawntrail, I can’t assist however suppose that I’ll change backwards and forwards between PC and PS5 for the upcoming enlargement as effectively.

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