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#102 Aug 07 2010 at 10:17 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm debating between the two really, I have the collector's version reserved and probably will go with that. However I think I'd rather have the sunglasses bonus that comes with the standard version. But what influenced me most wasn't the head start but rather I've never bought the "collector's" edition of anything. The token I probably won't use, the journal will sit in the box untouched, and I'll never get around to watch the enclosed DVD. Unless the token adds a special feature like the Moogle Satchel for FFXI has, it's just another piece of junk I'll just toss in my drawer and forget about.
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#103 Aug 08 2010 at 3:09 AM Rating: Decent
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People who get the CE will be at a DISADVANTAGE, actually. So don't get it.

Meanwhile, I'll be leveling through the lowbie zones while they're still reasonably uncrowded. >_>
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#104 Aug 08 2010 at 4:50 AM Rating: Decent
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8 days is the difference between your character's name as

Cloud

or

asdfasdfCLOUDfdsafdsa (they wont see all the extra lettors cuz I uzed a mirrorzlol!)

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#105 Aug 08 2010 at 5:06 AM Rating: Decent
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Honestly the 8 day head start's biggest advantage is just distancing yourself from the horde that will be logging on with the standard edition. Basically the ability to get yourself into the next areas to reduce competition and speed up leveling.
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#106 Aug 08 2010 at 6:59 AM Rating: Decent
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my 8 days are just for the kick.. ive been in many MMOs first day and ive been growing with final fantasy game so XIV deserved a first day also ^^

as for the difference in price CE vs normal.. Id say well CE get a key authentificator that worth about 10$, a DVD that worth about 5$ (i mean if they wanted to sell it not worth as valuable), a nice looking journal worth about 5$ (from pictures i saw), a buddy key that prolly will give a reward if that buddy decide to buy the game and well the ingame item.. which doesnt worth much since i think the googles > onion helm.

anyway from my Maths i only pay 5$ for a bonus 8 days
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#107 Aug 08 2010 at 7:17 AM Rating: Good
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I never really considered getting it 8 days early as an advantage. I'm just impatient and want it now. 8 days really is a long time if you're really looking forward to something!
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#108 Aug 08 2010 at 8:51 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't see it as an advantage, more like a learning curve. In an MMO like FFXI/FFXIV, eight days at -this- stage of the game isn't like eight days of end-game. I'll be learning controls, learning combat and the dynamics of the leveling system, and chatting with the other newbies trying to learn from them. I'm sure that there are gonna be people who are rushing for level caps and craft mania, but the majority of people will just be learning and meeting new people.

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I will be getting the CE though, but more for the extras that come with, and to install the game early so that by the time FF is stable, I'll only need the patches that they'll be releasing. \

Edited, Aug 8th 2010 10:53am by d19375
#109 Aug 08 2010 at 3:21 PM Rating: Good
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I don't care if there is a bit of server maintenance or that guides and info won't be out or that there may be less people than on the 30th; I just want to get in as early as possible to see the game.

Is eight days an advantage? To the right people. There have been recent MMO releases in which players hit the level cap before the end of the head start (like the CE's 8 days). For most people, they just won't care, and like me, just want to get started playing a game they will love as soon as possible.

The ones who consider this to be an advantage are the pioneers of the game and also the ones who want to control endgame and the markets early on. To the pioneers, go for it. I'm sure I'll be reading one of your guides later on, and since I am not so much of a pioneer, your time and effort are appreciated. I'll take my time doing things because making friends is far more important to me as they really shape the experiences in the game.

Always remember that people will play for different reasons. Some will want to rush to endgame, some will want PvP, some will want to max out a craft or two, and some will just be happy to be in another Final Fantasy MMO...



Edited, Aug 9th 2010 6:56pm by WooShoo
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#110 Aug 08 2010 at 5:41 PM Rating: Decent
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I decided on the CE after all - mostly because I am already going crazy, so waiting longer just doesn't seem realistic.

#111 Aug 08 2010 at 9:16 PM Rating: Decent
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For me just so happened to be my week off so the 22nd worked out, no sense in getting a game and being unable to play it. torture.

Plus the security chip won me over
#112 Aug 09 2010 at 5:46 AM Rating: Decent
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Really want to start playing it on 22nd Sep with the CE edition but in the end got the standard instead cause liked the g\in game item Garland Goggle more than the Onion Helm.

Garland Goggle Effect : increase speed of skill progression >>>> Onion Helm Effect: Quickens Recovery Following KO

BTW the in-game item is it just one item per account or per char created on that account?
#113 Aug 09 2010 at 6:04 AM Rating: Good
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I think I'm going to go with the CE edition for the eight day head start. I'd be playing right now if I could, so why wait any longer then I have to! I don't have any intention of outleveling all the other players. The eight days are just a chance to run around and not feel any pressure to get anything done. Start/delete a character in each city to learn their maps and find the shops. Start/delete a couple characters as I nitpick over hair cuts, eye color, and make sure I like the races animations. And maybe get lucky and find a couple of like minded players while things are still relatively quiet so I can get an unhurried start to the game and move forward at my own pace.
#114 Aug 09 2010 at 9:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Who is to say that the majority are not on the collectors edition?


XIV for PC has been in Amazons top 5 since the sale page went live, sadly I haven't been able to tell if it's CE or Standard, not that it matters though. I'm just glad it's been in the top 5 for so long. XI was in the top 20 for a long time, but I don't recall it being even in the top 10 until it released on PS2. My memory is a bit fuzzy though.
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#115 Aug 09 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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It's not about having an advantage. It's about getting to play sooner. Sooner > later for a lot of us. Including but not limited to those of us who have a full time job, and a family.


This for me also. The first month free and the security token are worth the extra few $.

It's not an advantage really, just being able to avoid immense crowds in the newbie zones on opening day, as opposed to a big crowd.
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#116 Aug 09 2010 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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I actually think its going to be more crowded during the 1st week anyways. It seems like most people are getting the CE. Maybe that's just the people who frequent forums, and in reality possibly most people aren't on forums and those could be the hordes that are getting the SE. But judging by forums, it seems CE is selling better. Maybe the CE people (myself included) will have a rough start week, just start to get better, and then we have all the SE people and we get another rough week right away.
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#117 Aug 09 2010 at 1:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Evilhobbit wrote:
8 days is the difference between your character's name as

Cloud

or

asdfasdfCLOUDfdsafdsa (they wont see all the extra lettors cuz I uzed a mirrorzlol!)

:(



LOL. That's so funny!
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#118 Aug 09 2010 at 2:49 PM Rating: Default
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Evilhobbit wrote:
8 days is the difference between your character's name as

Cloud

or

asdfasdfCLOUDfdsafdsa (they wont see all the extra lettors cuz I uzed a mirrorzlol!)

:(



I believe that this will be the major difference for those 8 days. True that you do get a few more days experience in, but for those hardcore gamers out there, they will pass you by in less than a week. But being able to actually pick a name that you want to use in an MMO, or any online type game, is what makes those hours of grinding away at stuff more acceptable. It goes for picking your gender: do I want to sit here and stare at a male **** all day or a female ****? So yeah, I think that the name choices will be the best part of being able to play sooner.
#119 Aug 09 2010 at 3:27 PM Rating: Decent
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8 days is the difference between your character's name as

Cloud

or

asdfasdfCLOUDfdsafdsa (they wont see all the extra lettors cuz I uzed a mirrorzlol!)

:(


First name and last name...this isn't an issue any longer, unless your trying for Cloud Strife of course
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#120 Aug 09 2010 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
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pioneers -.- Well I guess someone has to do it.
#121 Aug 09 2010 at 4:17 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm more interested in the buddy key and Security Token but the 8 days in advance will be nice. Plus it'll give me time to mess around, get used to combat, controls, menus etc and have my character ready for when my friends hop in.
#122 Aug 09 2010 at 4:27 PM Rating: Good
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Another 8 days earlier has other benefits, gives you time to remake characters, or take the entire 8 days to get your character to look just right lol.


Edited, Aug 9th 2010 7:14pm by Puppy1
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#123 Aug 09 2010 at 4:34 PM Rating: Decent
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In a game that will surely last years and years and years, 8 days is nothing.
There won't be any content that you won't be able to reach by starting out 8 days later than anyone else.


That being said, I did buy the collector's edition because I'm really excited to play, and waiting the extra 8 days would be excrutiating. I'm looking forward to having the journal to chronicle my adventures. Endgame is surely months and months away, perhaps even longer, so 8 days is small. The majority of my new linkshell is also starting out on September 22nd, so I don't want to be too far behind them.
#124 Aug 09 2010 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Of course it is. It just doesn't matter.

FFXI is about 8 years old now. An extra 8 days on top of nearly 3000 is a quarter of one percent of the time available to play.

The advantage is getting to cut the toughest 8 days of the wait for the game to come out off. "But doesn't that just move those toughest 8 days ahead?" Yes.



Edited, Aug 9th 2010 5:37pm by bsphil
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