With traditional console games, I never needed a guide because I knew I could finish it in a weekend or at most, a month. Why spend dollars on spoilers and crutches? MMOs are a different beast though. Not only is the world much bigger, but you’re playing (and trying to keep up) with friends or competing for resources with strangers. Reaching the level cap with a class can take ages. On top of that you maybe want some decent equipment to go with that as well, have enough Gil and a solid understanding of how to actually play your character in a group. In order to not fall hopelessly behind while still keeping FFXIV a game and not a job, I opted to give this Final Fantasy XIV strategy guide a go.
So … is the guide any good?
To get straight to the point: There are very specific leveling tips and strategies that I have not even seen discussed in forums. It also gives you the advice without actually spoiling the story, which is a very big thing for me since it takes little away from the magic of Final Fantasy storytelling since the guide avoids big plot reveals.
Final Fantasy XIV also has some pretty nasty bosses and mobs, and I like how the guide gives me a heads-up on how to best tackle them.
Dungeons are also discussed in great detail. At the very least that means you won’t be the guy (or girl) responsible for getting your entire party killed (or at least, maybe not as often). The guide walks you over mobs, explains which attacks to watch out for and what level of preparation is needed to attempt a dungeon. I have high hopes that this is the kind of thing that will save me hours of failed runs and tons of raging.
I also flipped through the character and class discussions, and it was very extensive and helpful (although naturally not as complete as the separately sold FFXIV Class guide). It suggests a lot of possible tactics and combinations, bringing some light into the complex world of classes and jobs.
Last but not least, the guide has great Gil grinding tips taken from the longer FFXIV Gil guide. Now I know I won’t be tempted to buy from those Gil sellers that are sure to flood the game with offers. I don’t have the luxury of spending a day just farming Gil for gear, so every little tip counts. The guide also gives fantastic insight on how to work the economy to your advantage – from crafting and gathering professions, to what items should be in demand and how to dominate the market. The way it’s explained makes it easy to know how to earn Gil in an hour or so and then spend the rest of my play time having fun.
KillerGuides did a superb job with their Final Fantasy XIV Strategy guide. It is very comprehensive but still easy to read and understand, and made by someone who truly knows the game inside out (and is able to impart a good part of that understanding). It makes the Final Fantasy XIV guide (just like their 3-piece FFXIV guide bundle) a must-have, five-star buy.