Everyone seems to be praising the graphics. It's like no one noticed there aren't any environmental shadows. Character shadows fade out barely any distance away from another player, even on the highest settings.
FFXIV has NO REASON to be as demanding as it is while it still looks pretty poor. You may say "it's the best looking MMORPG I've seen", but is it the best looking while still offering great performance like a multitude of other MMORPGs? No. I've seen plenty of other games of varying genres that look great and quite a few were better looking than FFXIV, not to mention they performed worlds better. The graphics aren't anything new to me due to all the reasons I've stated.
Crysis was blamed for its lack of optimization when in reality it was incredibly optimized. You cannot get that high graphic fidelity without cost. Sure, they're different genres, but you cannot honestly say that FFXIV is justified in any way to perform as horrible as it does.
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I'll retake the shots in open beta to see if anything changed, like you know, them adding shadows. I may also add more setting differences in the process.
PS: Don't bash WoW's graphics, it's a completely different art style. By that mindset you should go call all cartoon or cell shaded art styles 'garbage' since they're not 'realistic'. Edited, Sep 1st 2010 12:03am by DAOWAce