- Dec 28, 2017
The thing about Stormblood though, is that I really like a lot of the characters within. Sadu is one of my favorites and that little sun guy just trying to find the best girl to fuck with. It's funny especially when he tries to stick it in Y'shtola and she just calls him a little boy and stuns his ass.Now while Stormblood is definitely all over the place, I would argue that it does have a clear point and you do achieve something meaningful by the end. Yeah, the empire's not fully defeated, but you have liberated Gyr Abania and Doma from their rule, which means something to the people who live there. FFXIV's plot is very much about heroism at all levels; saving the world and being big damn heroes at the end of Endwalker matters, but so do the small acts of kindness and bravery you do on your travels, and everything in between. The humanitarian crisis caused by the imperial occupation of Gyr Abania and Doma is explored quite a lot prior to Stormblood, which gives some context and meaningful stakes to your fight to kick them out. One of the other major themes is societies moving forward after trauma and strife - Eorzea after the calamity, Ishgard and Dravania after the Dragonsong War, everywhere freed from Garlean occupation, The First after the Sin Eaters, everywhere after the Final Days. You get to give those places a chance, and then participate in their reconstruction. Where Stormblood really falters for me is in finding sufficiently interesting things for you to be doing in while doing the liberating. All the expansions have parts that feel like padding but Stormblood is the worst for it; not a filler arc, but an arc with a lot of filler.
FF14 does something that i think is WAY better than the overarching story, and that's making good character moments. Smaller moments you have with these characters throughout the game are far better than any of the big overall plot imo, and that's why drove me forward to pay attention to it. Otherwise I would have immediately skipped it.
Another thing that annoys me is that Y'shtola is hot and I love her, but every expansion she gets fucking gibbed and is gone for the vast majority of it. I hate that.