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#1 Jun 15 2009 at 9:46 AM Rating: Good
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We have seen the trailer with the Galka, plenty of Hume shots, and we can see the back of an Elvaan. I see them going quite literal on the transition from FFXI graphics to FFXIV graphics as compared to the intro to FFXI, now the question arises...how to handle taru. The primary reason it never felt like we were controlling a 5 year old with a black nose and long ears were the "toony" proportions of their heads and bodies, and bad enough graphics to just kind of think we were controlling a teddy bear or something. With SE going more "literal" I believe taru will look more like
this than this which flirts dangerously with literally playing not as a midget, but as a child. Again with my stupid argument on aesthetics, but what do you believe can be done in an HD environment to make taru feel less like I am playing this poor poor child and more like the little glass cannons they are?


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#2 Jun 15 2009 at 9:55 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't think they will go remotely that way.

The again I always felt that playing my Taru was like playing the original FF characters...the ones with the big old heads and stumpy bodies from like FF I to VI. ;)
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#3 Jun 15 2009 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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And I liked that style, the big heads and all, but while the other races transition over well into more "realistic" depictions, tartaru either become like something out of roger rabbit, or kids. I saw on Eorzia Wiki that the tarus in the mural seem to be taller and more proportionate, but unlike the majority of people posting on here, I trust that mural about as much as I trust http://www.jpbutton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/raceconcept01.jpg to be the current races of FFXI
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#4 Jun 15 2009 at 10:33 AM Rating: Good
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I would totally play that mandragora mage
#5 Jun 15 2009 at 10:45 AM Rating: Good
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I don't want to play some poor child taru, that's for sure!

But i trust SE will make them cool even with the new art style.
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#6 Jun 15 2009 at 10:58 AM Rating: Good
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I'd prefer they look more childlike and less cartoony. Mmm... oh, sorry. <_<;
#7 Jun 15 2009 at 12:39 PM Rating: Good
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Personally I'd like to see something like the high-res model they used in the character generator. It's much more detailed than the in-game models but you get the same effect.
#8 Jun 15 2009 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
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And that keeps the toony appearance that makes it ok for a guy in his late 20s to play without Protective Services knocking down my door one day to find me with a picture of my character in a subligar >.>
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#9 Jun 15 2009 at 1:32 PM Rating: Good
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I'm almost a little surprised at this topic. I always saw them as toddlers, not midgets.
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I understand what the op is getting at - the in-game low res version of tarus were drastically different than the tarus portrayed in the open cinematic.

To me, however, it wouldn't make a difference - whether it is the old FFXI style of in-game taru or the HiDef version that SE might use in this game - playing a taru would feel exactly the same, either way.
#11 Jun 15 2009 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
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All this thread says is you're not attuned to Japanese aesthetic sensibilities. XD

Tarutaru are cute, perpetually childlike, and completely badass. If you don't like that then don't play one! I woould love to play a taru that looks like the ones in the FFXI opening and character creation. God that would rule.
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#12 Jun 15 2009 at 5:37 PM Rating: Decent
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If this is truly the case and taru's are really going to turn out looking like an easy target for sexual predictors ill just keep the hood on my cloak up =P.
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#13 Jun 15 2009 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
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lets just remove tarutarus from ffxiv ^^
#14 Jun 15 2009 at 10:02 PM Rating: Default
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If you don't want to play one, pick a different race.

That simple.
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#15 Jun 15 2009 at 10:28 PM Rating: Decent
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Shazaamemt wrote:
If you don't want to play one, pick a different race.

That simple.


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#16 Jun 15 2009 at 11:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Taru DRGs with wyverns.

Tarus in full BLU AF.

Ninja Tarus.

Tarus may be cute but they're pretty badass.

All this thread did was confirm that I'll be a taru in FFXIV.
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#17 Jun 15 2009 at 11:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I do hope for FFXIV they look a little more like they do in the CG trailer.

It's hard for me to make a strong distinction between them though.. The CG trailer Taru's seem to have more human influence I suppose than what's represented in the game.


Taru will probably be my FXIV choice as well :) I chose Hume with XI [BORING]
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