I'm actually pretty pleased with the starting cities.
No, they're not reinventing the wheel. But, as starting cities, they probably shouldn't. They're attractive and interesting without being completely mindblowing, and potentially overshadowing the more exotic locales you have to work toward.
If Bastok was Sea, Sky would've bored us.
SE has a good track record of being able to pull off Exotic Locale when it's called for, although I'd like to see the mid-levels get some love this time around instead of leaving everything to Endgame.
Although I'm still on the fence, if I do end up playing, I'll start in Gridania.
The architecture has this wonderful hint of gothic cathedral that's going to look divine during nighttime hours (halfhour, fifteen minutes, whatever).
Half of those are unoriginal, and the other half are just, well, stupid.
It's all in the pre~sen~ta~tion.
But, it's all been done before, just some less than others. Edited, Aug 7th 2009 11:14pm by Zemzelette