I've made mention on ZAM forums before that I played WoW (and I used to post there, before it died off), so I'm no stranger to the Fly vs No-Fly debate that has plauged WoW O-boards for years, ever since Wrath of the Lich King where you'd have players on both sides of the pool.
Some players wanted absolutely no flight, but many players wanted at least flight at the very end, if not flight earlier. Some players, like myself, wanted flight right from the beginning, because face it, I got crap to do.
Well, I just unlocked Flight in Heavensward for the first zone yesterday and wow.
Color me impressed.
FFXIV managed to do what WoW couldn't: Come up with a reasonable middle-ground compromise. You gotta see the sights, and do enough MSQ to collect all the Aether Currents, but yet you get to fly well before max level and completion of the whole expansion, just... only in certain areas.
This is far better than WoW has managed to do (well, I dunno what they did in Legion, but last I read they were considering No Flight like Warlords).
Also, the flight mechanics in XIV... I prefer them vastly to WoW's. For those of you who never played WoW, WoW allows a full 360-degree movement range on both pitch and yaw. On paper, this sounds awesome... until you learn that you are forced to steer with the mouse (which I always hated, I always used arrow keys) because Current Pitch is always tied to camera angle until you reset by landing and taking off.
Since a lot of times while you're on the ground you'd have the camera tilted down slightly so you can see around you, this means when you take off, your mount wants to pitch down as soon as you start to fly forward. It was annoying as a crap and wholly unnecessary and despite my attempts at posting suggestions to fix it, they never did as of March '15 when I quit WoW.
I was ever so glad to discover that this is not an issue whatsoever in XIV. I am so very happy that my mount isn't diving into the ground as soon as I take off. Fact is, Pitch Neutral (not up or down) seems to be default at all times unless you hold down the spacebar.
Only weird thing I don't get is why the down button forces your mount to stop and drop straight down instead of acting opposite of the space bar... but I can live with that, considering that the flight mechanics are far better otherwise.
Edited, Apr 9th 2017 6:10pm by Lyrailis