Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Morning In Vana'diel: Give Me a Sign.

Morning in Vana'diel is your daily dose of FFXI and all things Vana'diel. Give us your thoughts on the interesting topics of the day! Today, Ring is confused about the update, and can't really seem to get his head around it.

I am confounded. For the first time in a while, I was really excited when I was playing FFXI. I very much enjoy playing, and I do get excited for rare drops and close victories. But last night was enjoyable for a whole new reason... or should I say it was enjoyable for a very old reason? Last night I got to explore for the first time in ages. It wasn't the exploration of a zone I had already seen that was exciting, it was the fact that I actually had to pay attention, dodge mobs that I had no idea what they would aggro to and kill new stuff. And kill new stuff we did.

The new zones are a much better re-imagining of the Northlands in the past than the other past zones. While I very much like the fully new zones in Wings, I didn't think that the reworked zones really did much to stimulate the imagination. This is not the case with the new (old?) Beaucidine and Xarcabard. While the structure of the zones is the same as it is in the present the appearance is very different. And the music in Xarcabard is simply excellent, and fits the mood of the area very well.

And for killing stuff? We definitely got to test out the new Amphiptere and Greater Amphiptere mobs, and they are fun. We will have a post up specifically about them later on today, but lets just say they take very good advantage of the fact that the zone has a whole lot of mobs that are willing and able to eat your face whenever they please. And they aggro in new, interesting and face-eating ways. You thought UFO's were bad? LOL At least they are not true everything though.

So, did you have fun exploring the past yesterday? Did you think that the past Northlands was just a rehash? Did you get to fight any of the new mobs? What about Cointeach? What are your plans for today now that everything has settled? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

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Tuufless said...

I <3 Xarcabard [S].

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