That wasn't always true. The community was definitely NOT keen to being ONLY an endgame community until a few years after the game been out. And unfortunately, through my own eyes, this was not a good transition. All it did was destroy friendships, breakup linkshells and sprout a lot of drama, as well as flatout unhelpfulness and overall elistist attitudes. That being said, your post scares me, and has discouraged me from wanting to play FFXIV now, as I had got away from FFXI after 8yrs of playing because I was tired of all that. All my good memories of FFXI do not include anything from endgame(just all my bad memories..)
And I hated static groups, because I could never get in them because I was not in their little endgame clique.
Thanks for saving me whatever this game was going to cost. And good luck to all of you.
I'm just curious, what about his post turned you off from the game? I ask, because FFXIV is completely different from XI, which is the point everyone is making. You don't HAVE to wait for a static party. You can queue in the dungeon finder, and do any content at any time. You don't have to wait for anything. Yes, there will be an endgame, but it's not going to be like FFXI. It won't be "elitist" only mentality. Half the endgame won't revolve around waiting 24-72 hours for a mob to spawn and then praying your LS somehow gets claim over the 50-100 botters. There is an open beta coming. I'd encourage you to try that out before writing the game off, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Why would you even bother responding to his post. Kind of reminds me of when my wife says "do I look fat in these pants....", the poster is just seeking attention.
"Thanks for saving me whatever this game was going to cost. And good luck to all of you." Really? That's dramatic even for the internet LOL
We all had great experiences leveling and those profoundly impacted the people we played with endgame. I went endgame but never to the extent I wanted, but I don't whine about it on the internet.
The fact remains that every MMO has to be tailored to endgame content, you can only spend so much time leveling and questing. Endgame is basically like leveling, it is a continuation of the story through expansions, nothing more. You have to get a good group of friends in this type of game, it is an MMO after all.
Now the FFXI endgame was like that, its just the camping of NM's and that crap that ruined it. Most endgame LS's weren't even endgame per se, that were camping and doing events that were LS based. That pert is me being bitter because my schedule would never permit me to camp Faf and the likes, I just did Sky, Sea etc.
WAR has access to enough enmity gear and enough hate-inducing JA to aggro baby jesus.
When I'm trying to decide what spell to cast I look at the mobs' weaknesses, check the day, check the weather and then calmly cast Thunder IV.