I honestly see no reason to play this game on a console. I believe there are certain games that are fine for all platforms, the fps is a fine example of this. However other genres such as the RTS and MMO's just do not belong on a console, the limitations are just mountainous. I cannot even fathom why a person would even want to do this.
Communication is a keystone of the mmo game and without a keyboard at the ready you have such a disconnect. Not to mention you do not have access to the rest of the internet, (yes I suppose you could have a laptop next to you but that is quite a pain). Programs like ventrilo and many other community building tools are not at your disposal. Sure you can buy a special keyboard and mouse but they are not as functional or as easy to use plus you are still using a controller and that means you cannot play and type at the same time. Also you are limited by the power of the hardware, you will never be able to make your game look better and don't even try argue about computers costing more, you can easily build a computer for 600 dollars or less that will blow away any current game out there. A ps3 with attachments can run 400 dollars or more and you haven't even taken into account the hd tv you need as well.
Sure it may be nice to relax on the couch while playing an mmo, that would make the 4 hour raids more tolerable. But there are just too many limitations to make it even something I would ever consider. Say no to console mmo's you will be doing yourself a favor.
Mostly I am just responding to all the outrage about the ps3 release date, from a personal perspective my brother and I both played ffxi. I used a computer and he used a ps2, throughout our years playing I could not count how many times he would lament his choice. I am just trying to inform people of the bad idea it is to play an mmo on a system built around the single player.
I apologize if I came out a little harsh, it was not my intention to antagonize. I just am truly boggled at a system that is just not user friendly and I cannot see how it could be useful. Maybe I am just too hardcore and set in my ways, but the disadvantages of a console to a mmo are too much for me to work with.
One poster mentioned that tons of people played the game and had no problems using the console. Sure that may be true up to a certain level, if you are a casual player then sure I guess you could get by. But if you are trying to tell me that a console player could react and communicate and play to the level of a computer player at the high end competitive level of play then I am sorry you are just wrong. If you stick to the keyboard and mouse yes then it is possible but if you use a controller then I am sorry but you are only handicapping yourself.
Edited, Jun 30th 2010 11:30pm by tilday