Ok, so I am reading a few posts. I think many of us are coming from other games. I also notice many ZAM members with signatures containing characters for other games. Like WoW, Everquest, and Aion. I too have played many other MMOs with different styles of play. Something dawned on me that I see many have forgotten. Even myself (the reason I am posting this.) I came playing the beta and noticed the "lack" of party play. I know, its beta but I came from a boring year or two of WoW. So as expected when I was thrown into a group I had a goal... with these people I need to kill bosses to finish a dungeon. Simple enough right?
So when I was playing the beta I asked myself "Oh crap! what the heck can I accomplish in a party in FFXIV?!?!". I read a lot on how people are making groups for only guildleves as the only way of party play. Yes I see that you can initiate guildleves with group difficulty. But I don't believe that was SE's intention, but a bonus. People don't always sync up with your guildleve quests and many people probably wont want to share their quests seeing it as a hassle. I wont think of guildleves as the primary function for leveling with people.
While I was thinking about the guildleve system, it dawned on me that I forgot... the 4-5 years that I played FFXI with friends that I still talk to on a daily basis. Did people forget that you can invite people into a group to go camp and kill mobs? I mean this game is definitely more solo friendly, but seriously how many people forgot that we can go group with several other people you don't know and just kill "Incredibly Tough" mobs for EXP? I completely forgot about how people leveled in FFXI and so why can't we do that in FFXIV? Leave the surplus argument out of this for a second. I am sure they scaled it for party play. We will just have to see. Can anyone remember all the fun times we had playing FFXI? The experience parties were way awesome. Even the skill up parties were a fun way to just kill stuff.
I am honestly excited for this game. Surplus or not, I cant wait to play this with friends I have made from FFXI and the new friends I make inviting them to group to go kill mobs as a traditional way to level like in FFXI. I am crossing my fingers that this is a feasable way to advance in this crazy game of Final Fantasy.