Yay, more gear swapping threads.
It needs to go, and if I had to bet money on it, it will be gone. There have been several very large discussions debating and discussing it. The advantages of gear swapping are no where near the disadvantages, and advantages of NOT swapping.
I'm 100% for situational gear, and think people should have many different options. For example, in FFXI if you want Haste+5 on your legs, you pretty much just have to strive for Byakko's haidate, and any jobs who can wear it spend most of their time trying to get it. I would like there to be more pieces of armor with similar stats, from different events, so people can be unique and do things in their own way, or the way they prefer, while still being up to par if they are willing to work hard at something, for something. More or less, people need more options. And of course, different sets of gear for different things, depending on what you are doing. For example, on a DD job, depending on what you are fighting, different sets of gear, depending on how you are fighting it, different sets of gear.
Gear swapping confuses too many things, and makes things to much of a bother. The main disadvantages it has is:
1: Realism, it takes away from the reality and makes no sense whatsoever. Warriors in the real world would wear different types of armor and weapons depending on what they were doing, or their profession, but they would not take off all their clothes, take a swing, then put another set back on, mid battle.
2: Inventory, I'm sure they can and will allow for a bigger inventory than FFXI had in FFXIV, however even at that, there is still so much that will be clogging up your inventory, and can present some major problems depending on how much gear is really added to the game.
3: It is stressful, and takes away from the fun of the game, it also takes away from the actual skill level. Instead of concentrating so much on your actions, and watching them very closely, you simply swap whatever you need in, for whatever action, as often as you need. It honestly takes a aspect of skill out of things, and switches it around in a way I and many others do not agree with.
4: It is repetitive, it gets annoying fast, people are always trying to figure out just what piece of gear to swap, exactly when, at exactly what time. It gets confusing and leaves people feeling in a way, that if they don't have 500 different macro's and scripts setup, they aren't at their full potential, and end up losing interest.
The Advantages of NOT gear swapping are :
1: It's a lot easier on the player. Reducing the stress load on some one, and increasing the fun and skill level required to defeat certain monsters. It makes the game a lot more streamlined, instead of bulky and confusing.
2: People can be more creative with what gear set they use for a fight. They will have to mix in a little of this, a little of that, etc, as Square Enix originally intended FFXI to be, instead of macro'ing in as much of one thing for each action as you possibly can. It will add a sense of fun, and being able to be more unique in picking and choosing what stats you want during a battle, instead of just "swap to this generic gear set, swap to that generic gear set, preform action A and B with these gearsets" until the battle is over.
3: Easier on your inventory and storage. Even though I still believe there should be many gear sets for many different situations, to give people new things to strive for, it just should not be something some one does Mid-Battle.
I think the popular opinion, the advantages, and disadvantages speak for themselves. I think the game will be made where you focus more on a gear set for what you are doing, and leave it on and concentrate More on your actions themselves, and when and how you execute them, than simply swapping a bunch of gear every few seconds. I also think as I said, it will make the game much more streamlined, and less bulky, as well as being easier on the eyes and mind, and less confusing.
I would say it's probably a safe bet from seeing how many people do NOT want gear swapping and looking at all the logical advantages and disadvantages to say it will most likely not be in FFXIV.
Personally? I just don't want the headache of gear-swapping all over again, and would like to see my character the entire battle through, in a cool set of armor, instead of him going invisible every few seconds, for a few seconds, and magically reappearing in a completely different set of armor, over and over through the entire fight.
Edited, Jun 25th 2009 5:11pm by EndlessJourney
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