I think The Legend of Zelda games from the N64 days and on is a perfect example of how platforming elements can work in a game that has no "jump" button. Walk up to a 6 inch platform and you jump onto it. Walk into a ladder or a four foot ledge and you climb onto it. Walk off of a platform and you jump or climb off of it. If there's a platform a few feet in the distance you could seemingly get to by jumping, you can run toward it and your character will automatically jump onto it when you reach the edge of your current platform.
I'm no game designer and I'm not exactly sure how difficult it would be to implement in FFXIV, but I think it'd solve every issue caused by the lack of a jump feature, and probably look a lot cleaner while doing it.
I agree completely with this. An aesthetically pleasing, practical ability.
Jumping, with these kind of models, simply would not look right. I'm sorry but with this art style I really just can't see it as anything other than disturbing. This may be my personal bias but, just try and imagine it. The "jump fever", whenever I see it in an MMO I instantly am recognised of World of Warcraft. Maybe thats because for the short time I played, nobody could stop jumping FFS.
It was fine with that graphical, cartoonish style though. FFXIV though? I don't think so.
It hasn't been mentioned enough but for places the dev's do not want players going, they're going to put an obstacle there regardless. FFXI, places with small, unclimbable ledges were more oversights in the graphical department than annoyances. You can be sure that if jump existed, they simply would of been higher. And that makes them still annoying. Not as aesthetically annoying, but you just know that people are going to get really close and spam that jump button to see if they can actually get over, unless it's very
obviously higher than a jump.
Jump button for FFXIV I do not think even warrants a strong argument, however, an automatic-action such as FFXIII or 'Zelda style' jumping / climbing does. I really hope they have something similiar to this on the release date but my hopes aren't up :(.