Just from what i observed from that really cool drawing on the main site:
I have no idea what cities will be like and i don't really to speculate w/o at least some KIND of info given. To the person who said that 'elvaans will be knights, humes/galka will be techy, taru/mithra will be nature-y"... Seriously, what part of XIV do you not get? It's 3 more than XI. Stop relying on old info.
Taru: The taru seem a bit more proportionate (yay) and taller.
Galka: The galka were redone very nicely from what i can tell. They look like giant hunks now instead of the frankenstein persona they had in ff11. I never understood how boring little humes could 'enslave' them. Nor do i understand how elvaans and galkas had around the same str rating. w/e. Their legs are now more proportionate and they got rid of the random tail.
Mithra: Hmmm. Yes, there will be male mithra from what i see. The tails are remade cooler but other than that they're the same.
Gria: The dragon race is small bodied, we know. They have side horns that point up, leathery dragon wings and a tail (hopefully not). The gria in the picture is definately child like. I'm thinking their race will have the appearance of preteens. I remember reading that Gria were created to be a MOE character in w/e tactics game they were in. All i could think of was lucky star for that... But i hate anime girls. So whiny and pathetic. But maybe these can keep the cute factor. All the gria from tactics had pink hair and this one has blonde so that's wierd. Also, there are no wings, sadly.
-Races I would love to see-
Viera: They are soooo fleshed out in ff12 already. They have their own nice niche, too, because they are so intuned with nature. With tarus we kind of experience this but tarus are more scholarly. They deal with nature when it comes to magic (Cardians) but aren't really just about the trees and bugs. The viera pull off the bunny thing without being horribly cliche, also. I LOVE their buttery cocoa skin color and their long, wispy, snow-white hair. Long hair was definately absent in ff11 but it should be more than possible now. If SE were to just pluck the viera from ff12 and put them in XIV they would be perfect!
And we can't forget the intense scarlet eyes, either. Viera could also bring a really interesting story line with them seeing as how players didn't get that close of look in ff12. SE could basically just expand on what they already had there. They just seem like such a perfect fit... it'd be a waste to just let viera be forgotten :(
Moogle: I think another cute race would be very nice. The moogles in FF12 were/are my favortie design. Other moogles looked like stuffed animals to me but these were very detailed and interesting. They seem to be a little taller than tarus and could also bring a lot of story to the game. I see them as a nomad type race with no particular home. Just like in almost every game, they would be everywhere.
Seeq: Even though i don't like the look of this race, it IS unique and it IS interesting in some form. I think an even 10 races in XIV would be perfect. They look like they'd excel in DEF with all the extra blubber... A female version would definately be nasty but i don't think that's any reason to exclude them from gameplay. I think every race should have an opposite playable gender unless the story is totally against it. Any creature that reproduces needs to have opposite genders to play. It's funny because in FF12 you don't see female Seeq.... Or maybe you do O.o
I would love to suggest a 10th race but i think the 3 i listed are the best for the job. If there were to be a 10th race... I would want it to be comepletely new and unheard of. Something very interesting that only certain members would even want to play as. Hmm.. But, overall, I would love to see wings added to Gria and at LEAST Viera added also.
Edited, Jun 5th 2009 8:59pm by Carbi
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