Final Fantasy XIV Crafting: Rewarding Skill & Patience
In my latest effort to reassure our readers that I'm actually a big fan of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I want to discuss the positives surrounding the games controversial crafting system. The crafting system has come under fire from a few sources due to its repetitive nature and massive time sink, although personally I feel those two negative traits can be tied with practically any crafting system in existence. So with that out of the way, what really separates the Final Fantasy XIV crafting system from the typical drivel filling the MMO world?
Unlike the traditional crafting system that is mostly automated, the crafting system in Final Fantasy requires a players complete attention and even a certain level of skill. This does mean the typical AFK approach to crafting progression doesn't work very well but it brings a variety of benefits with it.
When players craft they have the option of just pumping out regular materials or they can use the special abilities assigned to the crafting job to create higher-quality versions of that material. The higher-quality materials are worth more Gil (in-game currency) on the Market Place but they can also be used to increase the chances of creating a high-quality item or piece of equipment.
This process means some players will spend hours gathering high-quality ore to create high-quality bars which in turn can be used to create high-quality armor. This approach works across many aspects of the crafting in Final Fantasy XIV and it's one of the games most positive aspects.
Managing the quality of the item, the durability and the CP available to your character is a skill that is rarely required in MMO crafting systems. Square Enix is rewarding players for their ability to actually craft an item, not just click a simple button, an element that I can't recall in any other MMO game I've every played.
Square Enix didn't get everything right with Final Fantasy XIV the first time round but the rebirth has provided features and mechanics unique to the world of Eorzea. What are your thoughts on the FFXIV crafting system? Would you make any changes?