One of my favorite things about final fantasy XI, and the final fantasy series in general, is the epic boss fights. I really liked it when a boss fight would last for more than 20 minutes, some even up to an hour. Of coarse, anything longer than an hour i feel is really pushing it (coughPWcough).
I know that FFXI these days has become more of a zerg style game when it comes to endgame, thats not to say that alot of encounters don't require strategy, just that gear and merit updates over the years have allowed zerging to become more possible. But for the sake of simplicity, im going to call FFXI a "marathon" game when it comes to this thread. My defenitions are as follows:
Marathon Boss fight: Establish a solid foundation, you should ideally be able to fight the boss forever if need be (not considering a type of rage system), MP is ideally never being used up faster than it is being regenerated. Once your guild/linkshell is capable of surviving the mobs offense, you can then focus on taking the mob down.
Zerg Boss Fight: You are generally incapable of surviving the mobs offense for a prolonged period of time, this is countered by throwing as much damage at the mob as possible, hoping that it dies before you're healers run out of MP.
WoW would be what i consider a zerg-type game when it comes to bosses, whereas FFXI is more of a marathon type game, i realize i am generalizing completely as all encounters are different but again, for simplicities sake i will say these generalizations are appropriate.
I'm really hoping they keep the final fantasy spirit when it comes to endgame and make the fights epic and long. I am worried however that SE will opt for a quicker solution to engame with bosses only taking 10 minutes max, like WoW. They have been saying this game will be much more casual friendly, which is why shorter boss fights makes sense. I'd like to say that they should keep endgame for the more hardcore players, but who knows what SE will end up doing.
my question: Which type of boss encounter would you like to see in XIV?
Edited, Jan 31st 2010 5:57pm by MrNumptyk