I'll make a list of things why i hate this game :)
Just to let you know, im a big fan of FF games, i played most of them, except 11, and portable versions.
I played MMOs for 10-15 years, so im not new to it.
I'm not very picky person, i usually find enjoyment in small things, etc.
The game is soon to be released, and its squarenix that makes the game. The game shouldnt have all these milions of issues at this stage. no other closed beta game i ever played have had these many issues. Defending it by saying its just beta is a bit silly. Most of the issues should have been resolved after alfa version.
At this stage it should just be minor bugs and issues to be found by users.
So i dont expect alot to change with release of game.
I think this is the user UN-friendliest game i played so far :)
At the end of August when i started looking into closed beta i thought it would be fun to try the game. I didnt have any expectations really, i usually dont. Cause of that i generally can enjoy a game more.
I dont rememeber details, but i couldnt enter beta site to DL client. i tried again and again, during the course of 5ish days, before i FINALLY got into the beta site. I still have uber problems getting in there, so i cant check patch info, or DL client to friends comp, to try game there. (he got much better comp than me)
So anyways, it took 5 days just to DL the game.
then i install it, and it was gonna patch, but it got stuck at 94% for....24hrs.
so it took 6 days before i could actually play the game.
I start playing, and its good graphics, but it still feels boring, and bland. Even though it looks good, it doesnt feel exciting at all.
I meet 2 NPCs, they talk for a bit before they notice me, then there's a cutscene and some mobs come and atk.
When the battle actually starts....there's just 1 mob there, the rest are....relaxing in the background somewhere....makes sense? no :)
The 2 other NPCs are also just standing around staring at me, while i kill the mobs myself.
When the battle is over, they are huffing and puffing, like they ran for miles...
Sure, this is just nitpicking, and there's milion other things like this, that combined, is just a string of nuicances.
I wanna learn to craft, but i cant join any of the crafting guilds. Why? cause its beta i guess.
in order to craft you need to learn recipies, which you buy from guilds, but i cant join...
so i must look at fansites that has recipies, so i put in mats manually? dunno, i couldnt figure it out, and ppl dont wanna answer. i know ppl craft anyways, but dunno how.
And i couldnt find all the mats needed to craft a pair of gloves anyways.
Regardless if its me that dont know how it works, it just shows how user UNfriendly the game is, which is BAD BAD BAD! VERY BAD. you shouldnt need a gameguide to understand EVERYTHING.
In the chat menu, it says everything thats going on. like if someone else finds an item it says so in my chat too, if they craft something, if they lv up, if they die, etc...why would i wanna know? and you cant change settings to choose what you wanna see.
there's quest mobs around, it doesnt say they are quest mobs, so you dont know, but if you're not on the quest you cant attack them, so you're just standing there like a dummy, trying to attack it, and it says you cant attack the target.
You cant KS ppl either, so its easy for ranged ppl to just engage mobs, and grab them all, and you cant do anything about it.
In the city i started in, there's just a shop for...boots, and some weps. so if you want other armor parts than boots, you must learn crafting (look above)
Im Pugilist, but the city i started in doesnt have a Pugilist guild, so i thought i'd run over to another city to visit it....hahaha, oh well, 3hrs later, after exploring 10% of 2-3 maps, i gave up. cause i had to run through mobs that hit me for 6200damage.
So what, i must delete char, and make a new one in *correct* city, to be able to visit my class guild?
The mouse pointer moves EXTREMLY sluggish, like for PS/Xbow, thats not what you'd expect for a PC game...but there's a user-patch that fix it, how nice that a player fix it before SE eh?
My comp isnt the best sure. But frame rate is ok mostly, still i get 1-10sec delays....great.
if i wanna use skills on mobs, i can expect it to take 3-4sec before i actually use it.
I ran past a Antelope, 10sec later it *sneeze* at me for 2300 damage...wow thats a long range killer (delayed) sneeze...
Talking to ANYHTHING is a freaking nuisiance, cause it takes ages to open dialogue, click through, and exit.
When picking crafting, your char sits down, but the client actually stop responding for couple seconds, while it try to....sit down, and open craft window....wow.
One of the few mobs early on are mushrooms, they have....kazilions of HP. its like fighting a boss. i nearly died on it (47hp left of 550) the other mobs, like marbot, die in couple its, and i loose maybe 10 HP fighting them.
wth are mushrooms so tough?
fireflies are easy to kill to, but RARLY spawn. marbots dont spawn so often either. there's just armies of stupid mushrooms everywhere...cause no one wanna bother with them maybe?
you can max have 8 quests in log at a time. they come in the form of cards (questleve) the problem is:
even if you complete a quest or fail, they still take up its slot. so you must go back to town, and exchange cards for other cards...totally retarded.
even more so, cause you cant exchange succeeded/failed quests....so you can just do 8 quests total?....epic.
you can just do 1 quest at a time.
And you can just activate them at aetheyte crystals. and from what i know they ALL have 30min timer to complete.
and give NO XP, just gil and/or some items.
(Ok i just read you can just do 8 quests every 48hr, together with 8hrs gametime/week, or you get xp penalty....just wow)
I had to ask for help how to equip skills....yes embaressing...
why make it simple, like drag-drop?
no instead you go to skill menu, then you must click on drop down menu, pick what class you want to see. THEN you see what skills you have available. (so i didnt think i had any skills until i was lv 5 and asked when i'd start learning skills)
then you click on empty slot on quick bar, then you click skill you want to assign to that slot.
5sec later (cause of delay) skill appears in the slot. (then it take another 5sec to exit menu)
I thought i'd lv up a bit as a lancer.
So i try equip javelin...but i cant...dunno why, just says i dont meet the requirement...dunno what the req is, cause it doesnt say anywhere....i just dont meet them....good to know.
Even if i could, i'd need to spend hours trying to get to the other cities, to go to their class guilds, to learn some abilities, and buy gear.
I could go on.
To make it short.
The good part about the game is, graphics, music...thats it. everything else is crap.
im truly dissapointed in the game. which makes me sad.
I spent 5-10hrs desperatly trying to find SOMETHING, ANYTHING thats good. but there was just annoyances after irritations assaulting me from every angle.
I dont play to be angry and frustrated, i play to relax, and have fun.
The only fun i had was when i gave up, and thought id run around a bit to explore, and being one hitted by kick *** mobs.
Rainbow Basilisk 6200damage, awesome...it just took 10sec for it realize i was standing in front of it, then 5sec more for its attack to hit me.
It's not nitpicking when you need a gameguide or ask ppl about everything, to do anything.
or when i after 10hrs of desperate hunting, cant find anything enjoyable about the game.
And if there's alot of ppl complaining, its hardly just nitpicking.
I'd like to go so far as to say: ppl that think this game is good, are idiots :)
I dont know what you see, but it makes me frustrtated to think how anyone could enjoy this crap.
I just wanna tell ppl, dont expect a kick *** game until you tried it.
And dont even think about buying it, unless you have patience....LOTS of patience. And immunity to irritation.
I think alot of ppl are exctied and will pre-order/buy it, but i think most will be dissapointed like me, and cancel subscriptions before the first month is over. Unless they bring in Epic patch of awesomeness that magically fix EVERYTHING!
I'll still wanna try the PS3 version, and see how it compares though.
And i still think it can be a great game.