Nice moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of a few of our favourite gaming reminiscences.
Last Fantasy 14
Developer: Sq. Enix
I’ve by no means taken video games very critically. I am not aggressive, I do not min/max, and I steer effectively away from something that includes rating my talent. At the least, till I attempted my first savage raid in Last Fantasy 14.
I’ve performed the MMO on and off since 2014, however I’d all the time comfortably cease proper earlier than issues received too tough. Saying that, I do have imprecise recollections of queueing for Leviathan Excessive in goddamn obligation finder again in A Realm Reborn—an endeavour that took 90 minutes to queue for after which an additional 90 minutes to finish. I had no idea of “high-end” content material again then, blinded by my want for a fiery blue horse mount. I’d by no means grind for one of the best gear, and by no means stray too removed from my comfy, informal path.
Then got here Endwalker. Issues had been totally different. I wasn’t the only real remaining member of a lifeless guild as soon as occupied by my previous work colleagues. I used to be on a brand new server, with a brand new guild that truly performed the sport. We journeyed by way of the enlargement’s story collectively, wrapping up in just a little over every week. Then got here the query: “When are we doing the acute trials?” Once more, my solely expertise of those was a single run motivated by a horse.
Tentatively, I agreed. We started with the second excessive trial, spending our Christmas week collectively clearing. I wasn’t superb. My concern of therapeutic exterior of informal content material had me swap from my white mage principal to dancer. I did not have my rotation down, mindlessly smacking whichever button was lit up, however I realised I wasn’t too dangerous at memorising boss patterns. It was really fairly rattling thrilling.
January 2022 got here and with it savage raids. More durable variations of regular story-based raids, and the second-hardest factor within the recreation after final raids. This time, I used to be ready. I would hung out brushing up on my rotation, practising on hanging dummies and lurking in Discord server The Steadiness. I meticulously researched mechanics, purchased raid meals and potions, and received able to deal with the toughest factor I would ever tried in FF14.
I spent over every week dying to mechanics time and again, attempting to determine who was going unsuitable and the place. Nailing my rotation and determining when to assist the healers with mitigations. Adjusting to all of the totally different strangers who we met in social gathering finder, every with their very own strengths, weaknesses, and beliefs on how issues ought to be carried out. Some events went higher than others, after all. We hit enrage quite a few instances—an invisible 10-minute timer that wipes the social gathering when it runs out—and it was disheartening to die with the boss at lower than 1% HP.
However then we did it. We frickin’ did it! The display screen light to black, and a cutscene of the boss being felled performed. It is precisely the identical because the one which performs for the traditional model, however seeing it this time round was a lot sweeter. I’ve by no means thought of myself succesful sufficient to play ‘onerous’ variations of the video games I like, and but right here I used to be. The method of studying, bettering and finally defeating the boss was a surprisingly addictive journey. Seeing each myself and my mates progress, cheering one another on and consoling one another by way of deadly errors introduced us all nearer.
I am nonetheless but to clear a savage tier. The time dedication proved an excessive amount of, and social gathering finder burnout is actual as hell. However nothing will beat the satisfaction I felt at clearing that first savage raid. Realising that yeah, I used to be really ok. Victory tasted candy, however a newfound perception in myself was a complete lot sweeter.