The F keys have no function at the moment.
Cures in FFXIV are AOE (Area of effect) spells with a small radius. Right now, you must select the target and then use cure spell and then hit enter for the spell to go off. If you click cure and then select a target you will end up targeting yourself and it then does not let u go back to the previous target. You either hit escape 2 times to cancel or use it on urself.
FFXIV does not use FFXI's control a lot. The arrow keys no longer function as camera control. It is something like i,o,p,l now.
What SE needs to address: everyone has complained of the mouse cursor lag. Some said its because FFXIV is using software mouse and doesnt have hardware mouse option to decrease input lag. It is very bad, for example if you move ur cursor over ur action bar, it jitters across. Doesn't lag anywhere else aside from menu selections being slow too but not sure if thats intended. Its just annoying. For example, when u level up and u add points to your stats, its a chore. Clicking 20 times at a rate of .5-1 second each is annoying. Then you repeat that for elemental resistance stat points.
My biggest annoyance: Okay this is what gets me off so much. When you learn new skills you must go to a menu option and add those skills to your action bar. You click an empty box, then click the ability, then click main hand. After that, it takes TOO long before it actually goes into the slot. More annoying is you must click "Conjurer abilities" and wait for it to load before u can even do anything. Theres seconds of delay for a lot of things that add up to create a impatient feeling inside.
About the battle system itself: I was in a party of 4, who were all FFXI fans. We all found the battle system to be "okay." But okay isnt good enough, we thought FFXI had the better system. Exp camping is gone, resting is gone, MP must be done via aether or 30minute ability. Sure the pace is fast, but is spamming "1" on ur keyboard any different from auto-attack?
FFXIV is pretty good, we all loved the graphics. Actually, we think thats the best part of the game. For me personally the music is okay. I am not an expert on music but theres too much of that electric guitar(??). In FFXI, the trumpet(??) was dominant in the battle songs. It had that cold, heart-pumping feel to it. So far, the music is not as impressive as FFXI.
Additional thoughts: There is no /check button!!! When you click on a person all you see is their health bar. Here is the annoying part, you have to go through menu>party>party detail to see their rank/physical level. This wastes ur time because of the delay after each click.
In the end, I'm still getting the game. :)
Edit: Oh and 3D doesnt work yet. AMD Phenom x6 1090T 3.6ghz, 4gb ram, gtx 480. Lags in city when running. It sometimes jitters and then smooths out. Playing on near-max, no AA, no ambient occ, no field depth, 1920x1080. Doesnt lag much elsewhere, sometimes when running across zone you encounter a short jitter (its one seamless large zone).
Edited, Aug 15th 2010 3:15am by Imaboomer