Finished the Heavensward msq! Thought it was quite good, though I have to admit dragons aren’t exactly the most interesting thing in the world to me lol. But even considering that I think it was overall very well done. I think I liked the beginning parts of it more when you’re doing some hang out stuff with new characters and you’re uncovering the new areas. I also felt like the climax and conclusion we’re a little rushed and anti-climactic, even at the end I knew who the enemy was and why I was fighting them intellectually but I felt like I hadn’t really bought into it emotionally outside of them killing the homie Big H. Just felt like the end of the world plot at the end was a little less interesting than I had hoped.
Something I’m trying to keep in mind going forward is to try not to let my perception of the game, based around what many people say about it, have an effect on my experience with it. I felt a pang of disappointment after finishing msq because I was told many many times that HW is when the game finally gets good(I thought ARR and the patches were good lol) and I found that it was indeed quite good mostly but also a bit limp in spots! Will say that The Vault and The Great Gubal Library are my favorite dungeons so far, just fantastic top to bottom!! My last thought on this is that this game is obviously immensely popular now and it has all of the intense fan takes that the series is known for…I just wanna make sure I’m really experiencing this massive thing in my own way and not letting the years of reading things about it color my experience with it.
One thing I’ve been feeling more and more is that I like playing this game now, I’m not just going through trying to get msq done. I give a lot of credit to the RDM switch and really vibing with the job as well. I care about learning fights and trying to optimize my damage. I finally set up my extended crossbars to give me access to more skills more quickly. I want to do all of the alliance raids, the raid series, the bonus trials etc to actually experience the fights and not just to get more lore/story. So I’m in a pretty good spot right now I feel!
I also did my first glam and while it isn’t fantastic or anything I truly just needed some armor I didn’t hate seeing my character in in cutscenes….