Hello 2020 and goodbye to 2019, you were here for way too long. In the first of our two part retrospective we examine the first half of 2019, starting with the series of 4.5 patches, Requiem for Heroes. While it feels like the 4.X series ended years ago, 2019 gave us some juicy story that gets even better after you finish Shadowbringers (SB2).

After we talk about ships crashing into walls like birds to a window, we soar into our favorite 4.5 changes and wonder how long 2019 really was because none of us remember it starting. We reflect on the split nature of the story as we saw comatose friends trying to distract from a literal war with a massive imperial threat, and discuss how that did (or did not) work for us.

Peppered within the story chat are some discussions about game systems introduced 12 short months ago that we also assumed were there all along, or at least for several years, and a couple brief attempts by Pan to drag us into the present by talking about Realm Reborn relics. Or… something.


Christina Zammarrelli

Gaming has been a core part throughout Poptarts life. Though her specialty is JRPGs, she tries to branch out and try new things. Most of her time gets put into the MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, but she still finds time to play new games.

Chip Locke

Chip has a boring adult day job and then burns as much free time as possible playing the videos james. Fond of a variety of MMOs, JRPGs, and action games without active time button mashing.

Kristen Allison

Began the gaming life with a game boy to be kept entertained during a vacation in the early 90s and forgot to put it down after that. Currently, most gaming time goes into FFXIV. Doing her best to prove she's not a robot.

Deanna Huber

Playing all kinds of games since she was a kid, Deanna is a big fan of many different genres of games. But the main focus has been FFXIV since May 2018. She occasionally strays to FPS or RPGs whenever one catches her attention.

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