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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 4:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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They're amazing in this game! I was leveling right outside Limsa when it started raining for the first time I had ever seen. It was beautiful, it made me feel like I wanted to run back into the pub and wait out the storm while I drink something hot and sweet to warm me up...

I love all the little details like that, and it's those kind of things that really help me to immerse myself in the world rather than feeling like I'm just playing a computer game. One of the things that SE seems to always get right is all the small environment and storyline details.
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#2 Aug 31 2010 at 4:41 PM Rating: Good
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It's great to see a topic like this. A small detail that really makes you appreciate the game. Enjoy it! I'll be trying to patiently wait until March to join you.
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#3 Aug 31 2010 at 4:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah. I love how the rain starts in little sprinkles, then comes pouring down... And actually looks nice. :3
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#4 Aug 31 2010 at 4:49 PM Rating: Good
I liked the leaves blowing in the wind
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#5 Aug 31 2010 at 4:52 PM Rating: Good
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Way to rub it in guys. I'll be running the game on near-lowest settings until I can afford to upgrade. :(

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#6 Aug 31 2010 at 4:58 PM Rating: Decent
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I think the weather also affects the wildlife no? Some weather is suppose to make some mobs aggressive? That's going to be freakin' awesome
#7 Aug 31 2010 at 5:02 PM Rating: Good
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Actually I have heard that Aurelia are stronger at night than they are during the day. (Aurelia are those jellyfish looking monsters in the Benchmark). Whether it's true or not I don't really know.
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#8 Aug 31 2010 at 5:04 PM Rating: Good
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agreed the graphics are preety amazing weather effects as well. small little details even in the armor and creatures
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#9 Aug 31 2010 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Agreed x 2.

Although i kept seeing leaves thinking they were a enemy and ran in that direction to find nothing.. Finally realized they were the leaves playing tricks on me.

It also seemed to be night time more then day time. I think that was just my luck though with going to limsa lominsa and then back out on the battle field.
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#10 Aug 31 2010 at 5:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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I really want to start in Ul'Dah so I can see if things like this can make up for the fact that the area around it looks like HD Tahronghi Canyon >.> I'm hoping for awesome dust clouds and stuff, but I'm scared I'm gonna disappoint myself with its barren-ness and have to start in Gridania.
#11 Aug 31 2010 at 5:26 PM Rating: Good
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Way to rub it in guys. I'll be running the game on near-lowest settings until I can afford to upgrade. :(

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#12 Aug 31 2010 at 6:13 PM Rating: Good
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I have to admit. . I've never seen digital rain look quite so beautiful.
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#13 Aug 31 2010 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Welp, at least I wont have to worry about bringing an umbrella.
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:P


Make no mistake. less then 5% of players on FFXI can run those settings and get 60 FPS. That was with EVERYTHING on max, including 16x AA. Absolutely killed my ability to play the game, but it took pretty pictures!
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#15 Aug 31 2010 at 7:47 PM Rating: Good
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I really want to start in Ul'Dah so I can see if things like this can make up for the fact that the area around it looks like HD Tahronghi Canyon >.> I'm hoping for awesome dust clouds and stuff, but I'm scared I'm gonna disappoint myself with its barren-ness and have to start in Gridania.

I started in Bastok in FFXI, and tend to do similar things in other MMOs in regards to starting in desert-like areas. Bastok in particular I ended up developing a great love for that I think would have never blossomed without it being my home city.

The great part of it, and the reason for starting in a desert area, is to really be happy when I first encounter lush landscapes. I -love- trees and water, and I want to be thoroughly happy when I first encounter a tree that isn't halfway dead. I don't want to start in a forest and find trees to be average and expected, only to find a desert and think "I wish I were back in the forest". It makes the woods seem average and the desert seem awful, when I'd rather the desert feel average (and be my home ^^) and the woods be a welcome surprise.

Or maybe I just love barren, desert cities because I live in a wooded area in real life, and I like the change of scenery. =P
#16 Aug 31 2010 at 7:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I really want to start in Ul'Dah so I can see if things like this can make up for the fact that the area around it looks like HD Tahronghi Canyon >.> I'm hoping for awesome dust clouds and stuff, but I'm scared I'm gonna disappoint myself with its barren-ness and have to start in Gridania.


No way man, nothing like Tahrongi, completely different kinds of deserts. The one outside of Ul'Dah is more of a middle eastern type of desert whereas Tahrongi is more like a mexican desert...i think Ul'Dah is gonna be amazing, **** beta can't wait 'til it starts.
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Make no mistake. less then 5% of players on FFXI can run those settings and get 60 FPS. That was with EVERYTHING on max, including 16x AA. Absolutely killed my ability to play the game, but it took pretty pictures!

And in today's age those graphics aren't anything special either.
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#18 Aug 31 2010 at 10:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Man... yeah the weather looks nice, but come on now.
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#19 Aug 31 2010 at 10:18 PM Rating: Decent
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One thing that really bothered me.

I was around camp and wanted to go afk for a min. It was raining so I thought I'd take my poor cat underneath an awning to shield her from the rain. Doesn't work. It rained right through the canvas above her. It doesn't rain inside the tent however. Could they fix something like this? It's an immersion killer. It should also rain *less* underneath trees and such.
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#20 Aug 31 2010 at 10:25 PM Rating: Good
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GuardianFaith wrote:
One thing that really bothered me.

I was around camp and wanted to go afk for a min. It was raining so I thought I'd take my poor cat underneath an awning to shield her from the rain. Doesn't work. It rained right through the canvas above her. It doesn't rain inside the tent however. Could they fix something like this? It's an immersion killer. It should also rain *less* underneath trees and such.


Yeah things like that, while small, are important. I don't purposely look for that kind of thing, so if I easily notice it then it's a bit of a bummer...
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#21 Sep 01 2010 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
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TwistedOwl wrote:
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One thing that really bothered me.

I was around camp and wanted to go afk for a min. It was raining so I thought I'd take my poor cat underneath an awning to shield her from the rain. Doesn't work. It rained right through the canvas above her. It doesn't rain inside the tent however. Could they fix something like this? It's an immersion killer. It should also rain *less* underneath trees and such.


Yeah things like that, while small, are important. I don't purposely look for that kind of thing, so if I easily notice it then it's a bit of a bummer...


Yeah for sure. I'm not out to scrutinize the game, it was just something I happened to notice. I wonder if it's something that they could include or if the engine inhibits them from doing so. Having rain drip from your hair and face would just add all the more insanity to it as well. I've only seen it in console games.
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#22 Sep 01 2010 at 12:27 AM Rating: Good
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Yeah loved the rain effect, can't wait to experience other kinds of weather like snow and sandstorm and thunder.

I'm happy SE is putting a lot of effort into minute details like that. MMO isn't just about end game, max stats and equipments IMHO.
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#23 Sep 01 2010 at 1:40 AM Rating: Good
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I remember beeing in awe of the thunderstorms in the promathia regions in FFXI. I bet FFXIV's will scare the **** out of me.
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