So I'm pretty crazy, I recently went to check my playtime, and I was shown this:
I've literally played this game for a year straight now. Hm.
With those new emotes out, the obvious thing to do is to go out and get as many of them as soon as possible so you can annoy people by constantly spamming them. Naturally, combining them to form combo emotes will result in even stronger annoyance. It's great.
Still lots of lots of Abyssea. Having read Ramza's review, I'm definately in agreement with the problems with Bastion- touting that as the main thing to be doing was a pretty big failure, especially considering how poorly designed it was- the martello is pretty much always at 1% HP in every battle, so a single AoE takes it out. I don't expect a super favorable review for Heroes, either, as the dominion content is incredibly boring. The NM fights are still fun as always, but the days of riding the boat to Purgonurgo Isle, or first stepping into Al Taieu are long gone. There is story to be found in Abyssea, sure, but it feels really...lifeless.
Speaking of lifeless, here come MDK and ASA, the two addons that I happened to pick up for a copy of the game.
Unlike ACP, MDK's a lighter affair, so there's some really silly banter about the maintenance and economy behind the mog houses we take for granted, as well as the moogles themselves...my problem, though, is that they don't show you enough. As shown in the screenshot above, they reuse existing ghost animations from Gusgen Mines for it, too...we don't ever get to see where the Moogles once went for vacation, we don't see what they do in their free time or something silly like that. It adds absolutely nothing.
To sum up the story, it's basically: You got an eviction notice, and you weasel your way out from the grips of the law. Well, not really. I guess there's a bad guy too, a new punk in charge of the moogle economics system, and he wants lots of money! The perfect plan to do this, of course, is to shoo every single one of the tenants out. Er, what?
They get Nanna Mihgo to come help, which is nothing but a cameo since she does absolutely nothing but fight you.
You seek help from the black market of moogles, only to find the evil new owner has apparently turned a new leaf, or something.
Of course, it turns out that the bad guys were working together after all!
After all is said and done, my moogle tells me that it's time to go home. As soon as I get back there, my moogle tells me the same ol' routine of how much energy is in my furniture in my house. I agree, Moogle, let's forget a story this stupid ever happened.
The real reason that people bought this expansion!
Second up is ASA. I had heard some good things about it from several people, so I was expecting something marginally better than the last two. Given the last two though, that wasn't really setting my hopes high anyway.
After an experiment gone wrong, Shantotto contacts adventurers throughout the world, me being one of them. After she meets me, she tells me to go around tagging crystals with some strange seal.
Naturally, your only choice is to follow everything the madwoman says, because I guess it'd be to hard to just go to the Ministry of Magic and tell them that Shantotto is going totally apeshit.
After this, she tells me to kill Aldo...for uh, some reason. I don't know if you've noticed, Shantotto, but Aldo has never done a single useful thing in the whole game. From running away in the opening scene to hitting magic reset buttons on bullshit crystals, Aldo has done nothing but walk really freaking slowly everywhere. Anyway, now is the time that I decide to tell someone that Shantotto is losing her mind, because I guess the Tenshodo are the best people to tell since they're a bunch of pirates only out for themselves. Why couldn't I have just been given the option to kill Aldo?
It turns out that Shantotto has apparently split into two personalities, and we take her to confront the dark, twisted, evil, insane Shantotto.
But these three addons like recycling plot points a lot, so the bad guys join together. Or something.
Bunch of crap happens, we fight them.
The villains have fell...
Or not. Thanks to SE thinking that all adventurers are retards that would go along with Shantotto's plan, everything is going according to her plan! If she could've activated the stupid seals at any time, why did she wait until I kicked her ass before she did it?
Clearly, the Planet of the Apes would be the preferable alternative.
The real Shantotto shows up in a moment of plot convenience, and a battle of Godzilla proportions begins!
The only thing I could think of the whole time this was happening was, man, that sure looks like a lot of fun, if only I could control that! You know what would've been a cool idea, if they let you become one of the Shantottos and you actually get to play as her for a short bit. But I guess that would've taken some actual effort on the part of the programmers, and they're too busy whipping the animation department to make every single addon more about style over substance!
Blah blah blah blah blah, they send both the Shantottos home.
And at the end of it all, Shantotto goes back to her silly ways of screwing up her experiments so bad they nearly destroy the world. oh u shantotto, when will you ever change
Once again, this was the only real reason people bought the expansion. I simply do not see what is superior about this particular addon. The story was every bit as simplistic and superficial as the other two were. Well, that's not totally true, I guess, because as bad as both of these were, they will not live up to the disappointment of the missed chance that was ACP.
Well, continuing on...I have not done WOTG yet. I really want to finish it since it's been 3 years in the making, but I simply haven't had time...nor do I really know anybody near my mission progress, so I have to just hope for a shout group at some point. Like SE, I am postponing the WOTG update!
I was pretty close last time, so I've finally finished Kannagi (80), it was only a matter of time, so it was expected! Also, since the very last pop for Briareus we had only dropped 1 helm, the last one I needed, the one I bought from Ramza's LS was totally worth it, hurr.
However, what I did not expect was that SE so significantly cut down on the respawn timers of the NMs of Scars...that actually made it possible for me to spam Sobek so much for AF3+2 pieces in linkshells that I manage to collect all 50 Sobek Skins before I even finished the first stage.
So my XI obsession has come full circle...I have gone into the land of crazy people that spent way too much time on a single weapon. Granted, the way it is now, the Empyrean is way easier than a Relic and especially a Mythic, but even still, it's the biggest thing I've done in the game for sure. Phew. Of course, there's no way I could've done it without my LS.
Now, it's time to make them slave away for me so i can get the third stage! Muahahaha!