For me FF games have always been about the story and FF11 delivered a "true" FF story to me. I highly expect FF14 will do the same as well. Finally I bet that if you could ask these mass media video game press sites what they thought was better story driven MMO I'd be willing to bet they would say Bioware's upcoming Star Wars MMO. Heck I watched something the other day where a Bioware dev said they are the first to attempt a story driven MMO.
True...sad but true.
I've red something like that quite a few times in the past about upcomming MMOs that offer a story and people even got mad at me when I told them that FFXI already had that long time ago.
Others pointed out that WoW has a story...I laughed.
Same with the concept of cross platform MMO.
I don't understand why people act as these things would be something new.
It's also true that FF doesn't get the attention it deserves, neither in the US nor in Europe. A game magazine I recieve newsletters from only brought a little info that FFXIV was announced at E3 while there are 1-2 news about WoW updates every day!
Makes me mad!
I hate how the western news media doesn't even recognize FFXI at all. "BEST MMO's OUT RIGHT NOW"-article I saw last year included excellent titles such as Runescape but no FFXI.. wut.
Makes me mad too!
They don't compare the games at all. They just compare how many players are playing an MMO.
And when they comment FFXI they call the graphics old and not up to date without taking into account that there are limitations because of the PS2 and that the PC version got improved graphics.
Even now, after all that time, FFXI environment graphics create far more atmosphere than many new games.