For me, if FFXIV is a bad game I'll still play it for the next 5 to 7 years to come. Lately Square Enix has been making terrible Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy XII was terrible. Final Fantasy XIII wasn't much better, and Final Fantasy XIV is looking great...
Really hoping they'll turn it around, but again, if they don't, I don't mind at all. Will still play it for the duration of my MMO time.
Speak for yourself. FFXII and FFXIII are pretty **** good games but lately it seems people expectations are just too much. Plus, how are you into MMOs and you didn't like FFXII? it doesn't make sense to me since that game was virtually an offline MMO.
I would argue that XII had almost nothing in common with MMOs except some small cosmetic things that simply remind players of MMOs. Everything in the game was present in at least one single-player RPG before MMOs became even remotely prolific or even existed, and many were in previous Final Fantasy games. Name one thing about the game that is like "an offline MMO" and I'll give you a game that had that feature long before MMOs commonly did. If you turn off gambits, set the game to Wait mode, and control everyone's actions individually it plays almost exactly like an older FF game without a separate battle screen.
And I haven't seen a whole lot of negativity about XIII as a game exactly, more just from people who are upset with it abandoning everything but chocobos and a Blizzaga spell from the rest of the series. Completely different battle system, nothing to do but fight and open treasure boxes (spheres actually, not even that's the same) in virtually every area of the game, no ability to backtrack until the final areas, no towns or NPCs to interact with in any meaningful way, and no side quests except a bunch of palette-swapped enemy hunts and a single robot that gives you stuff. None of that makes a bad game, but none of it was really like the first twelve games in the series either.
Sorry for being off the topic here. As far as that goes, I'm somewhere in the middle. Excited for a new start as I am with all MMO launches, somewhat aided by the fact that it's being developed by people who made the only MMO I stuck with for several years. Some caution has to be taken though, especially given the lackluster updates to XI as of late, as well as the skepticism we've all conditioned ourselves with to avoid disappointment.
When someone sees something like the only mage class that's been announced to have a classic damage spell (Fire) is also the only mage class that's been announced to have a classic healing spell (Cure), if that person is used to getting their hopes up and then being disappointed with other MMOs and with FFXI in particular (again, because it's the same people behind it) then it's only natural that they worry that there will be no DD mage that casts Fire and Thunder because they'll be forced into healing. That may not be realistic considering the limited amount of information we have at this point, but it is understandable.
This post came out sounding really negative...but I really am excited about XIV. I don't even normally stop in to post opinions instead of translation factoids, so that should say something for my excitement. Edited, Mar 23rd 2010 6:42pm by TheMoreYouKnow