I'm wondering if those spell effects that we see in the footage so far are also final.
One of the things that really sold me on final fantasy XI that I missed whenever I tried other MMO's is the epic feel that the spells gave. There was nothing quite like seeing somebody pull off a Light skillchain for the first time, or the ancient magic.
Even the most basic everyday skills in FFXI are more artistically appealing than anything i've seen in FFXIV so far. Boost for instance, one of the most simple effects in FFXI, Had little electric tendrils jumping across the surface of your characters body, the area around you would blur slightly, giving a sense of heat/power, rocks would raise from the ground, and float like something from a Dragon Ball Z episode.
I'm not usually a big whiner when it comes to graphics, i'm a big advocate of gameplay>graphics, but I think the effects of all the abilities and spells really made it have that epic feel, and I could never wait to get my next weapon skill or ability, if not just to see what it looks like.
So far in FFXIV, i've seen probably 2 spells/ability effects. Both were *extremely* underwhelming. Take Red Lotus Blade for instance. In FFXI, it was a burning blade with a secondary explosion that looked amazing for it's time. In FFXIV it looks like a little **** of something that resembles fire.
The other effects i've seen seem to all be a twist on the same effect, which is a simple small glow effect in the waist when the characters use an ability. The only difference i've seen between the different abilities are color differences.
This stuff again is so incredibly underwhelming compared to abilities in FFXI, and I hope they consider redoing, and amping up the spell effects in FFXIV.
Edited, Jun 25th 2010 3:46pm by FeanaroOnPhoenix