Week in Gaming – 5 March, 2016

Week in Gaming – 5 March, 2016

I had two reasons for returning to Final Fantasy XI. One was to play through the story missions and “beat” the game. The second pertains to Square Enix closing the Xbox 360 servers at the end of March and making the achievements impossible to obtain. When I started back in early January, all but two seemed possible. As the cutoff approaches I realize I probably needed to dedicate almost all of my free time to make it happen. In two months I have popped 8 achievements. It took way too long to get my level 50 Red Mage to 99. Now at max level with Item Level 117 equipment, things are starting to fall into the place, but most of the achievements are for reaching 75 with each class. With a XP ring and all the +30% boosts from Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, I took my Rune Fencer from 1 to 43 in just a few hours. I probably wasted more time swapping equipment than I did leveling. I can easily get one more +30% boost and each run should get easier, but with three weeks and 18 classes to level… And after consulting the list, Rune Fencer was added to the game too late to have an achievement tied to it, so yet another afternoon that accomplished nothing.

I’m now Rank 10 in my home city of Windurst. With San d’Oria in last place this week, I’ll shift allegiance today and blow through it next week. Maybe finish Rise of Zilart, as well. Chains of Promathia and Treasures of Aht Urghan need finishing as well, but progress into Rhapsodies of Vana’diel can block access to those quests, so here’s hoping I haven’t locked out necessary characters. If I can finish a few expansions and get about 6 characters to 75, I should be in good shape. At some point I should dig out my 360 disc and make sure I can still log in…

My 1st Iron Banner was, for the most part, a success. I’m pretty happy with my performance, but I was a little disappointed with my loot. I did get 314 boots out of my Rank 5 package, but my 3 weapon drops were all in the 280s. Excluding the packages, I received 6 Iron Banner drops out of 65 games and no drops over 310. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 in 10 was considered a good drop rate…
On the other hand, as someone who has always sucked at PVP, I closed with a 1.15 K/D ratio and 33 wins out of those 65 games. As a solo player, I did get dropped into quite a few lost cause games with no chance of a win. Most games I hovered around 1.0 K/D, but I had far more good games than really bad ones. Best game was a 25 Kills, 8 Deaths worth 2910 points. Plenty of 5 kill streaks, but I never managed to hit 10. PVE is still my focus in this game, but I can see myself jumping into more Crucible matches.

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