I already had a base game account through Steam, but I am a super cheapskate and decides to take advantage of the Twitch offer to try FFXIV again, so I downloaded the launcher and created a new account. I had no issues with any of that.
I created a Duskwight Elezen Arcanist A cave elf of one of the magic user classes, essentially. She’s got a nice dark elf look to her. I am pleased. In fact, I was going to hold off posting about this until I had screenshots to show, but I have decided to outline what I plan to do with the rest of my free month.
Obviously, FFXIV didn’t stick for me when I tried it a couple of times in the past, but I tended to play it much the same way I have played other games in recent years, which is to say, without paying much attention to story, or quest text, or voice acting, or… well, you get the picture. I have heard so many good things about the story in FFXIV that I have decided to actually pay attention to it this time.
Last night, after spending way too much time on character customization (as I always do), I got into the game and actually watched the cinematic and read all the text. Altogether, I played for a little over an hour in the middle of the night, and only got as far as arriving in Limsa Lominsa and signing up at the adventurers guild.
I enjoyed it. I will do more of that. And I will try to be social in this game too. I think that might enhance my experience.