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#1 Jan 29 2010 at 8:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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I was just curious as to what type of areas people like? Cities, fields, snowy areas, dark and creepy, desert, or any of the many more possibilities are some examples you could put. I would like a farm/village type area that maybe would have a peaceful sense to it. IDK why but I always like the ideas of small villages in a game that you have to keep safe or help out the people who live there. I am just a wanting-to-help person I guess. Anyway what type of area do you want to see in FFXIV, and get really creative as possible such as even describing what you want farther by maybe adding a windmill or river or big armory factory to your description, IDK the possibilities are endless! Let's paint some neat pictures for us adventurers!
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Well, FFXI wise I liked zitah, sky, sea, altepa, xarcabard to name a few. But I also think music can go a long ways towards making an area/zone come to life. I mean if it weren't for its music you really think anybody would've actually liked riding through zitah every day (barring outposting)to go farm? XD
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#3 Jan 29 2010 at 8:49 PM Rating: Decent
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I agree music plays a huge part in making an area enjoyable as well as what to do in that area.
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My fav. zones were the weirdly abstract ones like Al'teau and Sky. Other then that i'd have to say i'd like to see a more modern city in 14.
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#5 Jan 29 2010 at 9:06 PM Rating: Good
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I've always liked really scenic places with lots of landmarks... take the windmills in the highlands for example, or the area under the waterfall in the jungle...

I like cities also, I guess. I like it when there are fun little places to call your own... like an empty house or the courtyard with the well in Sandy... or on a rooftop watching the fireworks in Windy...

but I also like magical mysterious dungeons. I hate it when its an entire dungeon of dirt wall... I liked how they did it in Horutoto.... with a feint glow on an aged wall... secret passageways... that sort of thing.

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My fav. zones were the weirdly abstract ones like Al'teau and Sky.

Same for me, every zone of Sky and every zone of Sea including apollyon/promyvion and temenos was definately my favorite. There was a sense of epicness with the music, setting, notorious monsters, and everything else included. It was an iconic moment for me experiencing all of that for the first time.
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My favorite areas are usually ones with waterfalls and awesome scenery, like the meadows outside that hold place (I can't remember names after 5 years Smiley: frown).

Feralas, Grizzly Hills, and Howling Fjord in WoW.

Generally places with water and where I fish a lot. So I guess that would add the Selbina boat.
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I want a tree-top town!

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#9 Jan 29 2010 at 10:55 PM Rating: Good
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I always liked Zi'tah, both for the unique trees and the music. I've always enjoyed snowy environments too, which made me enjoy Qufim as well. For some reason, the Qufim's proximity to Jeuno was really neat to me. It was like walking out of your back door and into an alternate world.

I hate dungeons, personally. They always seem to be bland, repetetive, and confining, which is exactly what I hate. Give me character, landmarks, and variety, instead, IMO.
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The music makes or breaks the zone for me. I would sit in Selbina all day and hope I never found a party; I liked the music that much. I prefer the folky and orchestral sounding stuff. It's too bad most of the pre-expansion zones didn't have any music.

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Well for FFXIV I would like to see a snowy area with more urbanish mobs as apposed to ugly Xarcabard with its skeletons and wtfeyeball mobs everywhere.
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I've always preferred forest areas, but not like zitah. I mean like pine forests. Something you'd see about 5000 feet in the rockies. I want pines, aspens, the evergreens... I love that stuff.
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#14 Jan 30 2010 at 12:06 AM Rating: Good
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I'll say what I don't like: giant maze-like areas surrounded by unscalable cliffs on all sides.

I like vast, varied, open terrain. I want to walk though forests and across mountains and forts and swamps and cities and caves and such.
The "maze" designs should be saved for enemy strongholds and caves.

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perog. isle and the boat to the isle, and every one of my friends loved the first arrival at khazam. So I'm going to have to say I like the same kind places we like to vacation in real life.

I know a lot of JP players loved the feel of Bastok because, from the mouth of a JP friend of mine "it feels more like Japan", so it's fair to say a lot of people like whatever feels like "home" to them. I personally hated that region, but I chose Sand'oria and live in WI - the outside area is probably the one 'most like' the northwestern states environment wise - so I would not be surprised if people just liked things that were like their real-life-counterpart-home-areas in general.

And finally, Sea and Sky were just 'awe inspiring' upon first arrival, both were just so peaceful and far-out there, yet filled with creatures that were un-proportionately-large that it gave off a type of 'Jurassic Park' or 'treading on hallowed ground' sensation. In this case, I'd say we all want to see things that we've never seen in real life before, but that's why we are so drawn to FF in the first place - we expect it from the series.
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#16 Jan 30 2010 at 2:21 AM Rating: Good
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I personally loved Bastok, both the look and the music.

Zi'tah, Selbina and Ronfaure, for the music, and because I like forests and coastal beach towns.




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#17 Jan 30 2010 at 3:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I also loved Zi'tah - I'll have to agree that the music definitely helped the zone, but whenever I was farming Goobues there, I loved it when it was either dawn or dusk. With the calming music, and the sun shining just below the tree line, it'd make farming way more peaceful even if I had competition. I also loved Purgonorgo Island. The jungles were fun once I was out of agro level range and knew how to not get lost. The temples and the waterfall to SSG were awesome. Something else I'd sometimes check on if I was doing an ENM run in Ulegerand Range with friends is go out to the top of the glacier through one of the tunnels close to the Brother ENM entrance. If you put your settings up to max (and perhaps overclocked them with Windower and a draw distance plugin... though of course I'd NEVER do something like that. *innocent*), you could see a lot of the zone, and if it was sunrise or sun set and clear weather, it was a glorious panoramic view.

I'd like to see peaceful forest zones, but I do hope they keep in those "ruined" feeling zones - like the deserts... but maybe provide us with a little more outside exploring to do in those ruins instead of just a zone to the underground part.
#18 Jan 30 2010 at 3:14 AM Rating: Good
I really loved Altepa Desert the most. But I like desert'y areas, too. The Boyahda tree was great too, and of course Zi'tah. And sue me, but I loved Windy lol.
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I like "outside dungeons", vast cavern systems or great ruins which you fight your way down into. Gives you that thrill knowing if you die now it would take some time getting there again. Exploring every nook as the enemies gets tougher and tougher, having to be on your toes all the time trying to go get to that next "safe-spot". Revealing the history of the place where maybe an ancient race lived. Stuff like that is fun to me! :)
#20 Jan 30 2010 at 5:21 AM Rating: Decent
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Forests and jungles. I strongly dislike arid (hot or cold) areas.
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Ifrit's Cauldron.

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Moar areas like Zi'Tah!
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#24 Jan 30 2010 at 5:07 PM Rating: Excellent
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I love beaches. I also like "colorful" places like Khazam.

Al'taieu was also very nice.
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#25 Jan 30 2010 at 5:23 PM Rating: Good
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I like the wide open spaces. The Highlands, Buburimu, Even the Dunes were cool, I just like being out in the open. But I also loved Bastok. Best Urban area in the game.
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Not this one, Sarutabaruta, sorry, it's been a few years, lol.
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#27 Jan 30 2010 at 6:10 PM Rating: Good
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I love total science fiction areas like sea :D

I also really love snow fields! ( xarc, beauc, ule )

And to this day, Throne Room is my favorite map. ( On the bridge outside at the top of the castle )


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#28 Jan 30 2010 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
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I personally hated that region, but I chose Sand'oria and live in WI - the outside area is probably the one 'most like' the northwestern states environment wise - so I would not be surprised if people just liked things that were like their real-life-counterpart-home-areas in general.


Interesting you felt Sandy was the most like WI, where do you live here? I'm down in Madison (but was living in Milwaukee while playing XI) and I naturally gravitated to Windy and liked it the most. Oddly enough Sandy was also my least favorite starting city lol XD
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Nice idea for a topic OP.

My favorite ones from FFXI were Sea, Sky, and the Altepa zones. They had an absurd remoteness to them. Strangely, I also liked Pso'Xja a lot, just because it was really creepy. It was one of the more neglected zones, but I always found that the music here was amazing, and in combination with the strange mobs in it, it was one of my faves.
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Any kind of zone that's beautiful, has a lot of character, or is otherwise engaging is fine with me. I actually came up with some original ideas (though of course they're mostly not totally original) for an MMO concept I was working on (pause while I look them up)...Ok, I had more than I thought. Altogether they may be somewhat corny and high fantasy, but their meant to supplement a generally realistic environment.

One of the first concepts I played with was use of light, and I ended up with three areas. The first is a prismatic plain, with a highly multicolor environment (blades of grass, drops of rain, lightning bolts, clouds... all different colors). The other is an area completely absent of light-- not a dark area, but a pitch white area, where the mobs are relatively invisible. Finally, an area that operates like a house of mirrors.

Then I just started playing with zones using other matter states and physical elements. e.g., a series of forest catacombs constructed of tree roots, a beach where the sand had all been melted to glass (so a glass beach), an area where the trees burn perpetually (imagine trees with flames where leaves would normally be), an area filled with fungus, a muddy area where it actually rains mud, a giant lilypad area, an area with steeple-like mountains, and a living environment where the area is actually the mob (not an "inside the mob" area).

Those are just some of the ideas I came up with trying to play with visual properties. I didn't do much with sound or other game effects.
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FFXI-wise I liked Selbina, Zi'Tah, Sandoria, Jeuno, and Ronfaure. I hope lots of neat places get their way into FFXIV!
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zi'tah, purgonorgo isle, boyahda tree, lufaise meadows, misereaux coast, giddeus, yhoat/yuht jungles, etc. usually places that are really lush looking, have beautiful skies, or are just interesting looking.

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i think it's the sky / atmosphere that really makes those places.

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I wouldn't mind a secret forest/scenic town; something similar to the blackmage/genome village in ffix. Maybe it wouldn't be available unless you completed a quest or gained respect from a npc tribe.

lush green areas with streams and running water are also nice. :)
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I thought Zi'Tah was amazing!
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Deserts! Lots of open space and visibility with occasional pockets of rocks and whatnot to keep your bearings. Nothing labyrinthy with keys/switches or gimmicks (see: sacrarium, temple of ughhh, QSC, SSG, etc) .
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Beaches are the only types of areas that I really like a lot. Other than that, I also like towns that are built upon various elemental terrain and use that terrain to their advantage; such as a town built entirely upon the water that utilize waterwheels for energy or a town built near a volcano that relies on geothermal power for energy.
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Maybe it's because I was born and raised in northern california, but forests by the ocean really do it for me.. Sort of a mixture of Valk dunes, Zi'tah, and lufaise meadows.. I really liked Darkshore in WoW even though I played Horde.

If they don't make a place like that though, I guess forests. Ronfaure would look awesome with the new gfx engine.
Especially if they had a snowy season once a month or something.

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I like abstract areas which takes fundamental locations and scenery and adds unique physics to them like how you walked on the "sea" in Al'taeu, or how you were suspended in the air in "Sky". Places like Promyvion also fit this example by putting you in a truly different supernatural place completely unlike anything that can really exist in real life. But I don't want a game filled with these instances because the reason they are so awesome is because of the 'normal' locations that fill the rest of the game.

Normal locations I like are snowy areas (but not B'Glacier or Xarcabard, something closer to Ulgerand Range or a desert like snowy escape that is very open filled with blizzards. Cities in the snow is also a personal thing I like) and other areas I like are arid deserts like Altep and I even like places like tanaris in WoW. There is something epic about wading your way through the vast land of sand and dunes with nothing else but small structures in sight. Problem is most MMORPG's don't emulate this feeling well because they confine the space for places like these and consequentially you lose the escapism they should be generating and they just become bland looking places so I can see why a lot of people don't like them.

I used to like really foresty areas but a majority of MMORPGs (including FFXI) just don't seem to give me the feeling of being in a greaty expansive forest because you can find your way out of them by just going left or right in a given environment (or if nothing else a short walk in a given direction to an open area). The only place that has impressed me with a Forest in recent memory is Oblivion and WoW with Feralas.
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Seconding the above post with abstract areas, mostly Promyvion. I also like dark swampy/marshy areas, like Passhow Marshlands. A variety of locales is always fun, though I generally shy away from bright outdoors areas and generic cities like Sandy. Bastok is pretty cool, it has texture and life, giving a "feel" of the people who live there without looking terribly run-down.
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Den of Rancor for me. Mainly because it was kinda scary regardless of what lvl or job you were but hella fun.
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I really liked Ifrit's Cauldron, so much fun running around that place. Plus the surrounding jungles were always a treat to explore.

My other favorite scenery is wintery/snowy area, because i love snowboarding and the winter town look. So basically give me polar opposites and ***** the middle spectrum haha.
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Miscreaux Coast
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Garliage Citadel
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Crawler's Nest
Boyahda Tree
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So you like outdoor areas and hate dungeons. Got it. xD
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I really likes how they did Aydeewa Subterrane as a dungeon type area. But aside from that, I agree with the Zi'Tah and Sea references. As far as open area go though, I always liked the Glacier... even though it was a pain to navigate through at first, it was pretty amazing for being one of the earlier developed zones in the game.

I also agree that music can really make a zone :)
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Looks like a lot of people like snow type areas. I guess you guys live further South, cause I get enough of that **** just going outside haha.
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Looks like a lot of people like snow type areas. I guess you guys live further South, cause I get enough of that sh*t just going outside haha.


I feel you.

I was born in Chicago but grew up in Thailand. I missed the snow so much, and when I went back to Chicago for several years I was like, "Stop snowing. No, seriously. Cut it out. Jesus."

But now I miss it again. :(
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#49 Feb 02 2010 at 3:29 PM Rating: Good
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Zi'Tah and the jungles were probably my favorites, I love forested areas especially when it rained there.

I loved Windy, had three Chars and they were all in windy, but I would've preferred ronfaure over saruta for the outside zone. I just love running through the trees to get to the mobs I guess, lol.
Out of the dungeons I'd have to say Crawler's nest is my favorite one, but that's probably more to do with all the parties I had there.
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I think one of the biggest areas FFXI lacked for me, was a snowy city. Sure, it had Fields like Xarcabard and Qufim but I've always wished they'd add a city like Esto Gaza from FF9.

I think dungeons like the aquaducts were great too, because it was like exploring but with a purpose and the great thing about spending time doing stuff slowly means you will inevitably make friends.

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I feel you.

I was born in Chicago but grew up in Thailand. I missed the snow so much, and when I went back to Chicago for several years I was like, "Stop snowing. No, seriously. Cut it out. Jesus."

But now I miss it again. :(


Everyone likes snow till they actually have to live in it, which is why a game version is so appealing. You don't need to shovel, you don't have to worry about getting yourself killed while driving (or walking for that matter, tripping on ice). So you get the tranquil or burdening beauty of snow without all the consequences. When I know ill be stuck in the house for a good long time because of work I absolutely adore snow where I live, mainly because of how it suffocates most sound outside, but the minute you have to leave the house or realize you got to shovel so the mail man can get to your house, than it becomes a pain lol.
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