Gaming Plans for July 2021

Last month I mentioned that my gaming plans were pretty much a wipeout due to having to return to work post-lockdown. I had hoped that things would improve through June as I regained some balance between work, day-to-day responsibilities and hobbies, but alas, things didn’t quite work out that way.

There’s a huge staff shortage in the hospitality industry right now, and the kitchen I work in is struggling to find bodies just as everybody else is. People sure do want to eat out right now though that’s for sure! As a result of that I’ve been pulling in waaaay more extra hours than I would ideally like to be doing.

I’ve still managed to snatch a few hours here and there in Final Fantasy XIV, and I’ve just about made it to the end of the 2.0 MSQ. While the story is just starting to hit its stride, on the whole I’m not really taken with the game, and at this point I don’t think I will be. Aside from the villains who seem as though they’ve been ripped straight out of Power Rangers, the worldbuilding itself just isn’t my personal cup of tea. None of the character races are particularly exciting to me, and I haven’t seen any high level wearables or mounts which make me want to put in an extended amount of time in the game to get my own character to look and play a certain way. Regardless, I still plan on at least finishing all of the MSQ as the gameplay itself is solid and I’m curious to see how the story progresses.

I also started in DC Universe Online back in May and had intended to continue to play it through June. That didn’t happen. I think this one may remain on the backburner until I have a bit more free time, as I simply don’t feel all that compelled to play my Switch as much as I do my PC. The whole thing of playing a console MMO was more out of curiosity than anything anyway, and with only a few hours a week to spare for gaming I’d rather spend that scant time playing something that is intuitive rather than something I’m fumbling to play effectively on a gamepad.

The busy shifts and lack of staff don’t look likely to ease up anytime in the immediate future, so for this month I’m just going to try to make my way through some more of the FFXIV MSQ and maybe try to complete Breath of the Wild, which I had started during lockdown, but have kind of abandoned for no real reason other than the fact that I seem to really struggle to invest myself in long games which aren’t MMO’s these days.

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