Square-Enix’s upcoming MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV has entered it’s “beta 2” testing phase, and 1Up‘s own Michael Vreeland has recently posted his impressions of the game. Vreeland touches on the character creation system, intro and low-level gameplay, combat, and the quest system, called Guildleves. Of course, if someone else’s impressions aren’t good enough for you, you can take your high-horse over to the Final Fantasy XIV community FFXIVCore. They’re having a beta key giveaway, so you can actually get in and play the game for yourself – assuming you get picked, of course.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Vreeland’s post is his experience with class changing and character growth. Players earn points upon leveling, which they can allocate to stats. Players can re-allocate points whenever they wish, which really encourages experimentation. On top of that, class changing is easy, and abilities and traits learned from one class can be used with all other classes. Of course, there are class-exclusive abilities, and certain abilities are inferior when used out-of-class. Nonetheless, this adds a great deal of depth to customization and character-building. Be sure to visit 1Up to read Veerland’s post in full.
FFXIVCore, in collaboration with Square-Enix, is having a random draw where winners earn a beta key for Final Fantasy XIV‘s beta. All interested players need to do is answer a few meager questions. The giveaway ends August 11th, and winners will be contacted by FFXIVCore staff. Visit the FFXIVCore website for more details.