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#1 Aug 21 2009 at 4:29 AM Rating: Good
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Gamescon has given us a new glimpse at some content during a time when the initial awe was dying down from the original announcement. We have more information to provide fuel for speculation on everything from classes to professions to gameplay. Anyone feel renewed excitement for the game?

Personally, I'm very much liking the direction the game is taking. My only question at this point that I hope is answered by the time the Tokyo showing comes around (with hopefully an updated build of the game) is how rich and thoughtful the story is going to be.

I've longed for a game to come around that catches me the way FFXI did when I first started playing. I was absolutely grappled from day one with the game. I played daily...almost obsessively...for years. My wife joined me early and became quite as addicted as me, and now shares my excitement for FFXIV. I have memories of my pregnant wife, reclined in the lazy boy in our living room with a keyboard on her belly healing XP groups on her WHM. While some may say this is excessive...they are good memories of a game that would draw us in constantly.

I haven't been able to return to FFXI...and how I've longed to. The time requirement isn't ideal for having a toddler and two working parents, time at home is better spent horseplaying with my daughter than waiting for XP parties. I'm excited at the idea of a more casual friendly FF MMO...the very thing FFXIV is offering. It's looking good, and I'm desperately awaiting more information. Gamescon has definately left me excited for more information again.

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#2 Aug 21 2009 at 5:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Honestly no. One thing I learned from the last six years never let SE get your hopes up. I am happy to see some info. But my expectations are almost nothing, that way I can be pleasantly surprised if they manage to pull something good out.
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One thing I learned from the last six years never let SE get your hopes up.
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#4 Aug 21 2009 at 5:59 AM Rating: Good
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I am totally excited and can't wait to play this game.
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#5 Aug 21 2009 at 6:01 AM Rating: Good
Anybody else find it amusing that Tanaka referred to Red Lotus Blade as "lettuce" in the video? I'll probably make a macro of that just to get a laugh out of my friends.

"RED LETTUCE BLADE!" Smiley: lol
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#6 Aug 21 2009 at 6:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Yup, I'm tons more excited.
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Ralrra the Flatulent wrote:

"RED LETTUCE BLADE!"


Nope...it will be called...

"GREEN LETTUCE KNIFE!"



aka.....kitchen knife.
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#8 Aug 21 2009 at 6:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm very excited for FFXIV. Like most people who started FFXI 6 years ago I haven't the time available like I used to. I'll be happy with the casual content, I'll be happy with the hardcore content even if i only get to experience just a little of it.

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#9 Aug 21 2009 at 7:05 AM Rating: Decent
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After playing it twice on GamesCom I got my hope high up, as the alpha version was already really impressive.
Now I can't wait for the new information thats supposed to be presented on tomorrows "Special Presentation" and further more the next information thats hopefully released on TGS in september.

Oh btw...one thing that wasn't told so far(at least I didn't read it anywhere) was, you were able to register at a PC for "future information regarding FFXIV and the upcoming beta test". And as I am registered on the official FFXIV site already and I was still able to register with the same e-mail, it lets me get my hopes even higher for beta testing^^
#10 Aug 21 2009 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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The only thing that has me worried is the graphics and PC requirements. Based on what we saw with a "rough alpha"...the game looks absurdly good graphically. The environment, models, lighting...just, unreal. But...I refer to a handy little list I've compiled:

Games released with superior graphics: EQII, Vanguard, AoC...all of which (currently) have a moderate to small current player population and plagued with troubled starts (EQII less than the others, simply because of it's name). Also...most current gen PC owners (non-enthusiasts) had trouble handling the game until heavy optimization occured via patches.

Games released with moderate graphics: LotRO, Warhammer, Guild Wars, WoW...all of which have respectable (or absurdly large) followings, look great, and are easy on most PC's. Most had good/acceptable launches, minimal trouble, and the most "success" from a multi-player point of view (for the most part).

I've played all the games listed. LotRO would have to be the release with the most optimized graphics engine that I've seen that didn't flop. Things looked really good graphically (not necessarily in regards to animations) and didn't make your PC shoot fire out of it's power supply.

I hope SE considers this when optimizing future builds. There's a point where you say "Not everyone has a $3,000 gaming PC" and have to consider that, because people are only going to upgrade so much just to be able to play one game.

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#11 Aug 21 2009 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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The only thing that has me worried is the graphics and PC requirements. Based on what we saw with a "rough alpha"...the game looks absurdly good graphically. The environment, models, lighting...just, unreal. But...I refer to a handy little list I've compiled:

Games released with superior graphics: EQII, Vanguard, AoC...all of which (currently) have a moderate to small current player population and plagued with troubled starts (EQII less than the others, simply because of it's name). Also...most current gen PC owners (non-enthusiasts) had trouble handling the game until heavy optimization occured via patches.

Games released with moderate graphics: LotRO, Warhammer, Guild Wars, WoW...all of which have respectable (or absurdly large) followings, look great, and are easy on most PC's. Most had good/acceptable launches, minimal trouble, and the most "success" from a multi-player point of view (for the most part).

I've played all the games listed. LotRO would have to be the release with the most optimized graphics engine that I've seen that didn't flop. Things looked really good graphically (not necessarily in regards to animations) and didn't make your PC shoot fire out of it's power supply.

I hope SE considers this when optimizing future builds. There's a point where you say "Not everyone has a $3,000 gaming PC" and have to consider that, because people are only going to upgrade so much just to be able to play one game.


I wouldn't be too worried about that. Sure FFXIv won't run that easy on just any PC, but non the less you can change setting to medium, low-medium etc.

Other than that, SE is probably aiming towards a release in autumn/winter next year(summer would just suck, even economy wise xD). Til then prices for up-to-date graphic cards etc will drop immensely. And SE is pretty much not "working" on graphics that are high end when its released but high end for current standards ;) which will probably not be high end anymore when its released but standard^^
#12 Aug 21 2009 at 8:07 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm slightly less excited than before GamesCom. Quests that ask you to kill 5 chickens don't excite me.
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#13 Aug 21 2009 at 8:12 AM Rating: Default
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After first hearing about FFXIV, i got back into XI. Now after learning about this new info, i just can't wait! The mechanics behind the class system i think will be great.
#14 Aug 21 2009 at 8:37 AM Rating: Default
Yep way more excited now that I saw the game in action.
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Seeing that the early alpha of the game looks this good already, I'm pretty **** excited. The battle system especially sounds interesting, I can't wait to hear more at TGS!


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#16 Aug 21 2009 at 9:13 AM Rating: Good
Ryneguy wrote:
The only thing that has me worried is the graphics and PC requirements. ... There's a point where you say "Not everyone has a $3,000 gaming PC" and have to consider that, because people are only going to upgrade so much just to be able to play one game.

I doubt it'll take that much to play FFXIV on a PC.

I do a little computer work on the side of my 40 hour a week job, and I recently picked up the September issue of MaximumPC because I wanted to see what their Dream Machine '09 looked like. They had three of them this year, and their low-end model was a $690 unit designed for gaming. Specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 - $139
Mobo: MSI DKA790GX - $122
RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB -$55
Video: HIS Radeon 4870 512MB - $153
HDD: Western Digital Caviar 500 Black - $69
Optical: Samsung SH-S223F - $25 (CD-RW?)
PSU: Rosewill RP550V2-S-SL - $52
Case: Antec 900 - $77
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 - $0
Total: $692 (not counting shipping & tax)

I'd have a hard time imagining that would be incapable of running FFXIV. Still, I haven't tried the RC of Windows 7, simply because I'm not sure if it's compatible with FFXI yet, and I don't want to mess around with having to uninstall it if it doesn't work.
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I may upgrade to Windows 7 for my rebuild for when FFXIV releases, same for my wifes PC. I build my PC's as I used to do it on the side for work myself...so I'm not terribly concerned myself. I'm just surprised at how polished the textures/models/lighting was from the alpha videos we've seen (especially the weather demo). I can definately see a mid-to-low grade machine in 6-12 months from now handling the game. Just an observation...seems graphics tend to be one of the "back breaking" issues with newer MMO's...some dev's attempt to go so far and beyond current tech in an attempt to "hold out" for years to come (EQII being a prime example at the time of it's launch).
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Ryneguy wrote:
I may upgrade to Windows 7 for my rebuild for when FFXIV releases, same for my wifes PC. I build my PC's as I used to do it on the side for work myself...so I'm not terribly concerned myself. I'm just surprised at how polished the textures/models/lighting was from the alpha videos we've seen (especially the weather demo). I can definately see a mid-to-low grade machine in 6-12 months from now handling the game. Just an observation...seems graphics tend to be one of the "back breaking" issues with newer MMO's...some dev's attempt to go so far and beyond current tech in an attempt to "hold out" for years to come (EQII being a prime example at the time of it's launch).


I have been running windows 7 Ultimate rtm (oem activated) for 3 weeks now and I can say it get 99/100. As good as the best OS you can get out there.

Edited, Aug 22nd 2009 8:33am by Maldavian
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Ralrra the Flatulent wrote:
Anybody else find it amusing that Tanaka referred to Red Lotus Blade as "lettuce" in the video? I'll probably make a macro of that just to get a laugh out of my friends.

"RED LETTUCE BLADE!" Smiley: lol
They actually call it "lettuce" because they took the middle part out:
レッドロータス → レタス
(Red Lotus)→(Lettuce)

Truly a post worthy of my name....
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#20 Aug 22 2009 at 5:42 AM Rating: Good
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I hope SE considers this when optimizing future builds. There's a point where you say "Not everyone has a $3,000 gaming PC" and have to consider that, because people are only going to upgrade so much just to be able to play one game.


You also need to keep in mind that the game is not going require any more than the PS3 can handle. So everything that can be maximized on the PS3 is not going to throw your own system out the window - see if your current system is comparable to the PS3 as it is now and if it is I am sure you will be fine as well as other folks worrying about having high end systems to run the game.
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#21 Aug 22 2009 at 6:41 AM Rating: Good
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I have been running windows 7 Ultimate rtm (oem activated) for 3 weeks now and I can say it get 99/100. As good as the best OS you can get out there.

Can you run FFXI on Windows 7 RC? That's the only thing keeping me from trying it right now.
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Ralrra the Flatulent wrote:
Maldavian wrote:
I have been running windows 7 Ultimate rtm (oem activated) for 3 weeks now and I can say it get 99/100. As good as the best OS you can get out there.

Can you run FFXI on Windows 7 RC? That's the only thing keeping me from trying it right now.
Yes. I am running FFXI on Windows 7 right now.
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About neutral for me. I was initially excited just to have more information, but there's still some significant gameplay information I'm lacking. What I've seen so far doesn't seem particularly new or exciting... I'm not going to be excited about a rehashed MMO. I'm still hoping to see a lot more depth and flexibility to the system.

But at least they haven't said anything that's sent me running the other way, so there's something to be said for that.
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