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#1 Aug 07 2010 at 1:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Sure, you got Maat's cap, finished every mission from every nation and all the expansions, and killed every monster, animal, and god that Vana'diel had to offer. But did you ever take the time to look at all the little things? Did anyone see everything in this video during their time in Vana'diel? I played it for years and never noticed the shooting stars or the rainbow, for example.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iesY1XssACM

We can only hope that FFXIV will be every bit as detailed and beautiful as FFXI.

Edited, Aug 7th 2010 3:52am by khorbin
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#2 Aug 07 2010 at 1:58 AM Rating: Good
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Wow, cool vid...the scenery in XI looked awesome to me and I played mainly on low settings, no doubt XIV will look better.

Best part of that vid is seeing the small things and how really awesome the game is without people ruining it. lol...just like the real world....
#3 Aug 07 2010 at 2:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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Wow, yea that was a very nice video. It makes you feel so nostalgic. I don't think I ever saw the whales jumping when I was on the boat.

I know I never saw or accomplished everything, and I totally agree that most never saw all of the small beautiful things. I wonder how many ppl saw the beaming themself up to sky, or the area that was referred to as SEA. I used to just looove watching myself get beamed up to sky, but I never killed a single God lol. SEA access was so difficult to get, at least for me anyways, now not so much. The ability to walk on water and the creatures and beauty of that place, those 2 visions still stay with me to this day. Fond memories to be sure.

Graphically FFXIV will be far superior to be sure. May we all find that one vision of beauty that will haunt us even years later. : )


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#4 Aug 07 2010 at 2:30 AM Rating: Good
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Probably going to catch some heat for this but most people treated the game like a second job with having schedules for endgame events and spending what little time they had afterward grinding out EXP.

I never understood those people. I never bothered with endgame and gained EXP at my own pace. When I wasn't gaining EXP I would either be doing missions/helping with them or making Gil. To me it was never about the next best piece of gear and contrary to what others might say you didn't need that gear to advance in the story line.

Without derailing the topic too much and to answer OPs question, yes, I did see much of what was in that video because I took the time to. Most people just plow through games today, MMOs included, and forget to look around and appreciate the subtle nuances of a game.
#5 Aug 07 2010 at 2:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Beautiful vid. Love it!
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#6 Aug 07 2010 at 2:40 AM Rating: Decent
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That was a fun watch! I haven't played FFXI in a couple years now, but that video made me miss all the fun things I've done and seen during my 4.5 years of playing FFXI. Many of those things I did see, not all of them though. Here's hoping for many more memorable moments with FFXIV!
#7 Aug 07 2010 at 3:04 AM Rating: Excellent
That was a neat video! Really brings back memories, and makes you appreciate the nuances of background features in environments that you might not normally notice; but have great importance to the immersion in the game. Even after hours of exploring or partying in an area, you could always be surprised by something. I have no doubt that FFXIV will continue this tradition for the years to come.
#8 Aug 07 2010 at 3:09 AM Rating: Decent
That was a fantastic video and really made me miss playing XI. There's so much beauty at even the smallest level, i.e. the little jumping crickets. There is no doubt XIV will be far superior graphically, but to us XI oldbies, nothing will compare to the first time we walked out into Vana'diel.

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#9 Aug 07 2010 at 3:19 AM Rating: Decent
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Really nice!

I noticed many of these things when I still played FFXI, but not all of them. FFXI is a beautiful game with beautiful music. Thank you for the video!
#10 Aug 07 2010 at 3:46 AM Rating: Good
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Still amazes me how they were able to get so much atmosphere and great graphics out of the PS2.
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#11 Aug 07 2010 at 4:19 AM Rating: Good
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I will admit I didnt get a maat's cap or kill every boss but I did take the time to notice the little things. I would sometimes ride the ferry from bibiki bay and take the "tour" so to speak. I have also done the same riding the ferry and looking at the birds flying and enjoying the scenery in Carpenter's landing. The lightning bolts in Miseraux Coast and Lufaise Meadows and the huge tornados in Western and Eastern Alteppa deserts.

I was and still am in awe of the detail SE has gone through in making the world of Vana'Diel. I cannot wait to see that same lvl of detail in FFxiv but with today's tech. See you guys then. ^^
#12 Aug 07 2010 at 4:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I guess it doesn't look as nice, but ever see the big smiley face on a mountain in Gustaberg?
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#13 Aug 07 2010 at 6:40 AM Rating: Good
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Seen that before, but thanks for posting it again - I noticed most of that stuff actually. I have this habbit of wandering off and exploring every corner of the map, usually if I hit a dead end I try to find a way around it. Not trying to show off or anything, that's just me. :)

Looking forward to doing the same in FFXIV.
#14 Aug 07 2010 at 7:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Amazing. This was on a PS2?? Not a 360?? That's mind-blowing.

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We can only hope that FFXIV will be every bit as detailed and beautiful as FFXI.


I'd be absolutely shocked if it wasn't. Everything I've observed regarding XIV screams attention to detail (I mean, they're trying to make it the staple in gaming graphics for the next 5 years), so I'm expecting to see this and more in Eorzea. What we should really be hoping is that we all take the time to notice the incredible scenery instead of just rushing through everything to the point where we take no heed of the beauty around us. The hardworking designers deserve that much.
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#15 Aug 07 2010 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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Wow, did that bring back memories! I'd forgotten all the little details they'd added into the game. That was a beautiful video. I hope FFXIV has just as many details. Thank you for sharing!

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#16 Aug 07 2010 at 7:57 AM Rating: Good
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I miss playing. I always loved finding all those little things. I think my favorite zone to play in had to be LaTheine just because of how pretty it was.
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#17 Aug 07 2010 at 8:01 AM Rating: Good
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Nice video.

I always did love airship rides, no matter how many times I did it.
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#18 Aug 07 2010 at 8:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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**** I bet there's still people who didn't notice that Rolanberry and Batallia gets snow when its winter months. I'm one of those players that notice all of the small things and pays attention to detail (aka playing the game, not treating it like a job) and of course the min/maxers will talk their mess etc but really..all video games are for enjoyment.

Little things like the Dolphins when going to Puro Island, the fact certain mobs will evolve, e.g Wamouracampa into Wamoura's after a short period of never being touched etc. Not to mention how most areas always had a fitting design based on the story to it. The Past and Present versions of certain areas paid very close attention to detail. The fact you can see the Crag of Dem from Skyrend in Grauberg leads to awhole different story but yeah. In spring months there's slightly more flowers/Bloomed flowers in konschtat. The effects team did a really good job with XI which is why outside of needing to dedicate time to it, made XI one of the best MMOs.

FFXIV will be even more detailed because it's being built with PC in mind (for the most part) and not written on a console.
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#19 Aug 07 2010 at 10:18 AM Rating: Good
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Aww, I haven't played FFXI in a little over a year, that video made me feel a bit sad. The only thing in there I have never seen were the shooting stars, very cool. Otherwise, it was all the small details and the awesome sense of environment that kept me so very interested and engaged for many years. I'm sure FFXIV will provide an equally amazing experience.
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I definitely loved all the little touches; the glowing floor in the Hall of the gods, the pulsing tides in Valkurm/Selbina, Buburimu/Mhaura, and Cape Terrigan, all the little minor details inside caves and such... It was all the little things that really make up the big picture.
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#21 Aug 07 2010 at 11:03 AM Rating: Decent
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If you were a true fisherman and fished for the ebisu rod @ the lake you would notice a wyvern/dragon come swooping in and skimming the lake and fly off again.
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#23 Aug 07 2010 at 12:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Huh... and here I thought you could only see a rainbow in La Theine cause that's where Carby lived. I wish I could get my CC to work so I could play FFXI again.Smiley: cry
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#24 Aug 07 2010 at 1:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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oh man.... now i want to play ffxi again. i've seen a lot of stuff in that video, but not all, i want to wander around finding them for myself! i miss the beauty of this game. i too poked my nose into all sorts of corners hunting for the neat stuff. i was enchanted my first few days of playing the game, when i was wandering through konschtat highlands and i found butterflies, falling leaves, grasshoppers, beautiful fields of flowers... and of course, the ram that kicked my ****. XD i only ever saw the light weather once each in qifim and sky... oh man, so cool. nostalgia has hit me hard off and on ever since i quit ffxi almost two years ago now. never have i seen such a beautifully rendered world. i'm sick of the cartoonish exaggeration in wow!
#25 Aug 07 2010 at 1:43 PM Rating: Good
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I used to love looking for those little things! I remember sitting down and talking with friends in front of the glowing flowers in Windurst, it was such a pretty and relaxing environment. Little things like that really bring the world to life, and make everything just that more immersive. c:
#26 Aug 07 2010 at 1:55 PM Rating: Good
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Man, the ferry music really takes me back. I wish I'd gotten to a high enough level to see some of the other areas, but La Thiene was still a fantastic place to hang out.
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That's the part of the game I missed most once I started doing endgame crap and had to be on a schedule for everything. While leveling BST to 75 you really got to go solo in the most secluded places imaginable and see some pretty cool things
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I know it sounds a little melodramatic but listening to this soundtrack sends chills down my spine.
#29 Aug 07 2010 at 3:11 PM Rating: Good
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This brings back memories of running around XI with my best friend. We'd always take the time to stop and take in the scenery, explore every area and just enjoy all the little details.
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thanks for the reminder of the little things which made the game special
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I know it sounds a little melodramatic but listening to this soundtrack sends chills down my spine.


The first song on the video, the piano version of the Vana'diel March, is just beautiful. It almost feels, to me, that this is how the song was meant to be played.

Edited, Aug 7th 2010 6:07pm by khorbin
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#32 Aug 08 2010 at 1:46 AM Rating: Good
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I loved the little things. I played mostly on the PS2 though, and I think they cut out some stuff to make it run better.. >.>

Still, I always liked things like light weather in qufim, or that island with the clam digging. I had a couple friends who I went there with, just to mess around and enjoy the game. And I remember when I first started playing... My main at the time was whm, before I switched to rdm, and I was like lvl 25 or w/e lvl sneak and invis were. As soon as I got those spells, I took a bit of a break to go check out various zones... After a bunch of exploring, I ended up mining in ifrit's cauldron for a bit, not sure how that happened though lol. Oh and yes, I did notice the night sky.. Those elemental stars always made me wonder if SE actually did utilize one of those crazy crafting theories into the mechanics... xD

At any rate, I can't wait to check out the FFXIV world. I'm gonna enjoy adventuring around when the game is nice and fresh. I do hope sneak and invis make a comeback though... Exploring zones with a lower level isn't quite the same when you get eaten by a coeurl or some other critter that you have no chance of outrunning lol. But I guess I could always just do it as I level. ;P
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#33 Aug 08 2010 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
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Well, that's gorgeous. I actually love to look around and take in the little things like this in MMOs, rather than fighting all the time. It'd be great if I could find a group to like RP with and just walk around and look for things like that to talk about.

I'm pretty confident XIV will have much more, and in a breathtaking quality. It should be fantastic.
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Very beautiful. =)
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#35 Aug 08 2010 at 3:51 PM Rating: Good
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I almost think this should have been titled, "Did you stop to smell the flowers". Thank you for posting this, khorbin. ^^

I had never seen this, and after reading khorbin's post, all I could think about was the major tasks I had left behind. But then watching the video made me realize how much of those little things I noticed. I guess I really did stop to smell the flowers.

FFXI was an amazing game. I can't wait to begin FFXIV.
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Hehe, I got to see some of those things.

- The rainbow in La Theine
- The dragon in Lufaise Meadows or was that Misareaux Coast I can't remember
- The dolphins swimming on the boat to Purogogo Isle
- The volcanic mountain in Wajoum Woods
- The northern lights in Qufim
- The fountain fill up with water in Ro'Maeve
- The giant mushrooms in Jugner Forest
- The apkallu jumping onto the boat to Nashmau ...I think
- The snow falling in Batallia Downs
- The crawler NM that appears when an airship flies by in Rolanberry (not sure if it's popped or random)
- The giant fishes in the lake outside Eastern Sarutabaruta
- The shark swimming close to the beach at Valkurm Dunes
- The floating flowers in Konschtat Highlands I think some of them were glitched cause they would just sit there in thin air and such.

That's all I can remember for the most part. It was fun to find all the stone tablets for the crawlers nest map also.
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