I "finished" Final Fantasy XIV, but I've actually still been playing it. My twitter friend and free-company mate (guildmate) in the game, Belghast, encouraged me to jump back on and try some of the content that unlocks at level 50.
Wow, there is a ton of content that unlocks at level 50. When I wrote my wrap-up post I was at 84 hours of play time after leveling to 50 and completing the main story. I'm now over 160 hours and I have yet to repeat content after hitting the level cap. I haven't even had to run the same endgame dungeon twice.
Let's talk about content. Final Fantasy XIV releases huge amounts of content on a regular basis. In one of their recent "small" updates they patched in an entire mini-game center and new location in the game called the Gold Saucer... on top of adding new story quests and dungeons.
At this point, after 5 major patches, there is almost as much story after level 50 as there is leading up to level 50. And there are many more dungeons at endgame than there are while leveling up. It's a huge shift from a game like WoW where only a small handful of dungeons are meaningful at any given time. In Final Fantasy XIV there is a level 50 version of every low level dungeon, unique level 50 dungeons, level 50 versions of every primal encounter, and a bunch of raid content.
Essentially, I'm sitting at over 160 hours played and the only time I had to repeat content was a few days when I was leveling through the 30-50 range. I haven't repeated any content at level 50 yet.
I'm so glad that Belghast convinced me to come back and try endgame content in Final Fantasy XIV. I've decided to subscribe to the game and actually pay for game time for awhile. I haven't had a MMO click with me like this in a long time. It'll be a good gaming home to put down roots for awhile, at least through the expansion that is due in June.
Now that I'm subscribed and committed, I'll most likely cut back my play time a bit. I don't want to burn out on this MMO as fast as I typically do. I would love to start getting more into the Final Fantasy spin-offs soon as well as anything else that comes out and grabs my attention. For the foreseeable future, I'll be dabbling in Final Fantasy XIV while playing other games too.
As far as what I want to accomplish in game. Well...
I want to try out the raids and see if they're fun for me. I've never much enjoyed raiding in any MMO, but maybe this one will be different.
I'd also like to try leveling another class or two and eventually get around to crafting. Now that I'm committed to this world for awhile I want to branch out and explore what it has to offer.
I also want to try to do more content with my Free Company. They're great people and I have fun chatting with them. Now that I'm max level I can help anyone running lower level dungeons and hopefully soon I'll be able to help with endgame raids too.
I mostly just want to own up to being wrong about my initial endgame impression of Final Fantasy XIV. There's actually a lot of compelling content after hitting level 50. Enough to actually get me to subscribe to a MMO for the first time in over 4 years. Good job Final Fantasy XIV. I didn't think anything would convince me to subscribe to a MMO again.