“One thing of note is there is next to NO hand holding. You are basically told NOTHING.” And that is key to the new player experience of Final Fantasy XIV: Everything works differently than you’d think it would work, and the only way to find that out is by trial and error, as the game refuses to tell you anything. I strongly recommend reading some FFXIV websites with player guides before trying to play the game.
“Where should I go?” “What should I do?” These questions will be constantly on your mind in the first hour–and the fifth, and even later–as you struggle to figure out what the game expects of you.
And there’s many more bloggers and players who feel the same way. Final Fantasy XIV is a great game, but definitely not beginner friendly, regardless if you played previous FF titles. Having a decent strategy guide helped me a great deal with my first steps in the game and I’d like to share it with you!
The strategy guide I’m talking about is Chrono FFXIV Mastery Guide. I already did a review of it, mostly as a leveling guide but it’s also invaluable as a strategy guide teaching you everything you need to know about the game.
Personally I think every player should have Chrono FFXIV strategy/mastery guide as a reference for the game. Even after months of playing FF14 this guide is useful since the author always keeps it updated with the latest game changes and additions.
There’s only one drawback to this strategy guide which is why most players tend to painfully learn the game mechanics themselves: this guide is not free. If you ask me however the amount of content inside and its quality is well worth it. For me it was a bargain. If you’re interested, you can download it here.
Another strategy guide for Final Fantasy 14 is Killerguides. Unfortunately I don’t have a very high opinion of it since its not nearly as detailed as Chrono’s guide. You can read my review here. Basically, while it does contain a lot of game information and is decent in that aspect, the gil guide is sold separately, and the leveling guide is pretty bad.
FFXIV Domination on the other hand doesn’t contain a lot of game info, but the leveling and gil guides are much better. The same goes for FFXIV Secrets. More detailed reviews I wrote can be found on the links provided.