For a game that many people tout for they're enjoyment of 'exploration and discovery', not having jumping is somewhat of a WTF obstacle. Considering vertical ascent followed by vertical descent of cliff, boulder and canyon is an exponential factor in freeform exploration. As it stands in FFXI, and what looks like FFXIV--your exploration will be limited to following gerbil cage-style tunnels from one developer designed sight to the next, then following the next predetermined tunnel exit or entrance to the next open area that may or may not have a sight. There's no real sense of, "Hey, there's a volcano over there. I'm gonna go climb up to the very top of it and see if I can jump down into it when it erupts and hope the force sends me flying halfway across Yhoator as a charred catgirl." because the developer didn't want you doing it, even though there's no barrier to stop you from just stepping off into empty air, except an invisible 'no exploration' force-field against routes the developer didn't want you to take.
In short: if I want to basejump off Sky, I should be able to; XP loss be damned.
Edited, Jan 8th 2010 5:57pm by Warne
Come into the sand, and the dust, and the sky
Go now, there's no better plan, than to do or to die
Free me, pray to the faith in the face of the light
Feed me, fill me with sin, and get ready to fight Snooochie
wrote, concerning BST forums:
This forum used to be all about "How can we overcome this?" Now it seems to be all about "How can someone else fix this for me?"