FFXIV to me is about the story. Each class has it’s on progression story as you level up. In addition, there is the main story line and many side quests. There is currently over 200 hours of story content with a new expansion dropping this weekend for pre-orders. (next week for normal orders).
It is definitely not a twitch game. Global cool downs and slow recast timers make combat a bit easier for old folks like me.
You don’t have to play an alt. Your first character can be every job in the game. Starting at level 10, talk to a new trainer and equip the weapon associated with that job and off you go.
Completing the initial A Realm Reborn (ARR) content, is required to open most expansions / classes. It will also be your largest time sink initially. Stick to the Story line missions and you will level pretty quickly though.
There are no add-ons to FFXIV, but the UI is editable to suit your preferences.
There are currently three healers you can choose from. White mage, Astrologian and Scholar. The new expansion is bringing many changes to all classes so I’ll just give simple descriptions of each.
White mage - pure healer. To me it feels like the old EQ1 cleric.
Astrologian - hybrid - has skills similar to white mage and scholar with buff cards thrown in the mix.
Scholar - has a healing pet plus shields - leveling a scholar also has the added benifit of concurrently leveling a summoner (magical dps with pets). They share a base job and when one levels so does the other.
They are introducing a new support class in the expansion called the Dancer. it has melee and ranged physical attacks that can add buffs to the party.
There are a lot of videos on youtube atm covering the classes in the expansions. I like stuff from MrHappy, but google can bring up tons to check out. You can also see some game play that way.
There is also a free trial for FFXIV. It does have some restrictions, but you can play to level 30 to see how you like the game. (one restriction is you can’t join a guild as FTP)
Oh and we (OTG) are on Excalibur which can be difficult to create a character on. The typical advice if you aren’t having luck getting on the server is to do it in the wee hours of the morning.
Airen (Ariki Ko FFXIV CO)