Columns: Hands on with Rival Wings

FFXIV patch 4.15 took off on Tuesday, bringing a game’s initial all-new PVP mode given The Feast. Rival Wings pits dual teams of 24 players opposite any other, along with a horde of rarely stylised ‘machina’ — vehicles that demeanour like a mechs from a Alexander raid series. I’ve had time to play a few games, and we have to say, in terms of XIV, there’s unequivocally zero like it.


The manners are simple. Each group has dual towers and a core, and a diversion revolves around those: Kill a enemy’s towers and their core becomes vulnerable, destroy their core and your group wins. In many regards, it’s flattering identical to a moba like Dota 2 or League, and a village has been discerning to make that comparison. I’ll come behind to that side of things later.

The scale of a quarrel is honestly startling — a map feels unequivocally atmospheric notwithstanding being a tiny smaller than a Frontline arena, while saying 4 or 5 Cruise Chasers duke it out during a same time is over anything else introduced so far. Although a diversion has easier manners than Frontline, it feels a tiny reduction linear than a comparison sibling; we don’t indispensably have to join your group in pulling down lanes, and even a approach we do that isn’t one dimensional.

You can, for example, reanimate associated mammets (the game’s ‘creeps’ — tiny ai-controlled monsters that chip divided during rivalry objectives) or destroy a rivalry team’s; a mechs need fuel to work, so we can accumulate resources on interest of your group instead, and that’s on tip of piloting a car or usually plain-ol’ fighting. It’s reduction of a dogpile than Frontline, where any singular chairman charges towards a active objective, notwithstanding taken place on a rather smaller margin with similar-sized teams. Mechs don’t mangle a game, either; in fact, they feel utterly brittle, and are simply broken by dual or 3 people on feet who know what they’re doing.

It’s value checking out — like a lot of PVP in XIV, we consider a people that will like it already know they will, though it’s some-more engaging than Frontline, and competence lean those who find Shatter too many of a grind. It’s a bit spammy compared to a feast, and it’s tough to change a diversion on an particular turn when there are that many players (true, players are put together in 6 groups of four, though many games I’ve played have seen us usually separate adult roughly immediately), though Rival Wings is meant to be fun rather than some kind of grand plan or exam of skill.

That said, we feel like a game’s a tiny delayed right now. Of a matches I’ve played, all though one strike a time extent since conjunction group could modify a movement they had into destroying a rivalry core. On a flip side, when towers are in danger, they seem to be broken roughly immediately. I’m not certain what a resolution is here, though it’d advantage from being sped adult somewhat, or carrying attacks on a core be easier to lift out. 

As mentioned earlier, there have been a lot of comparisons between Rival Wings and mobas, and it’s something we consider Square Enix itself has been penetrating to push. In some regards, it is; creeps and towers are moba staples. But it isn’t in a clarity that no mainstream moba has 48 players in a singular game, and there are no levelling, last-hitting or tillage components.

Likewise, there’s no genuine jungle, usually dual lanes, and distant too many cooks in a kitchen for anyone to work like a carry. That’s fine, and we consider a lot of people, if not a majority, would many cite that — though is it a moba? I’d contend during best it was heavily inspired, and if you’ve come here awaiting some-more than that, you’re going to be disappointed. It’s a shame, in a way, since moba-style PVP in an MMO is indeed a smashing idea, though this doesn’t go distant adequate in that instruction to be a groundbreaking hybrid.

In my opinion — and I’m roughly positively in a minority — a small-scale character leveling complement that forced players to bulk adult on Mammets before rushing any other would be interesting. Farming is a ability in mobas, and it adds dissimilar phases to a diversion over ‘go fight’. It competence also give people a tangible adequate advantage to win games fast if they out-farm their opponents. But I’m not certain people would indeed wish that over people like me who already play mobas and go to opposite games for that experience.

Right now, a rewards are, for a many part, a same as other forms of PVP. You get Wolf Marks, and we can work towards a Garo mounts if we supply one of a Makai titles. I’m unfortunate for a Cruise Chaser mount, and I’m unhappy they didn’t use this event to offer one. But a one singular thing we can getis a mountain called a Magitek Avenger for 100 wins. While it’ll take utterly a while, can we unequivocally repudiate how overwhelming this thing looks?

Performance art

As an aside — and, going quite by videos posted on YouTube, it’s substantially a partial of a patch people are carrying a many fun with — a new modernized emote, /perform, has been added. It allows we to play particular low-pitched notes, and, since we can’t macro it, it relies on your ability to indeed play a strain rather than usually submit it and lay back. People have finished some flattering considerable things with it:

I logged on this morning to someone griping that a lot of videos posted are a bit incongruous and not that impressive, and it’s loyal that many of those who have intended a Bard now consider they’re musicians. But we consider it’s unequivocally cold that a low-pitched category can now play music, and it’s a genuine covenant to a community’s creativity that so many has been finished with a apparatus in a matter of days. Rock on.

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