If this is gonna be a MSORPG (massive single player online RPG) it wont last long, at least not for me.
I am all for partying if you can easily get a party together within 10min-20min.... and still do it two years from now when most of the players have either quit or playing their high levels.
I enjoyed partying in FFXI when I was actually in a party, but LFG for 2+ hours is just stupid, IMO.
I would rather have the ability to solo (at any level) and get less XP for the time I am by myself and not worry about dying and losing 10% of my level...
I would also like to see a 2x (or some other type) bonus to XP for those who want to party... that way there are incentives for people who are borderline solo/party type of players.
I can see the reasoning behind most of the old time FFXI players getting upset about the solo vs. party situation, and they don't want their
(that's funny... really.) community to be like Warcraft's... but SE knows what sells now and it isn't the strict no solo ability game. SE wants money, and making FFXIV more friendly to the masses will get them more money. It isn't YOUR game, it belongs to SE.
I would be willing to bet that if everyone who complains about the "I don't want to be able to solo" situation just ups and quits FFXIV... SE will still be raking in the cash like no one's business.
I loved FFXI when I first started. I loved everything about the game for a loonnggg time... except being forced to group in order to get XP fast, and the ability to not have a chance of dying on every fight. I tried BST and BLU soloing and even though both were great fun I never had the time to commit to long sessions of grinding... even in a group.
I am not a WoW "fanboy", and I am not a Final Fantasy fanboy either... I just want options when I play an online game. The term "MMO" has never meant that you have to group up to do things... it means that there are a lot of other human players playing the same game... so let them play the game like they want and if certain people don't like how the game plays then maybe they should find something else to play. Edited, Aug 19th 2010 5:57pm by PentUpAnger