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#1 Sep 03 2010 at 1:59 AM Rating: Decent
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Anyone playing the beta, that is. I feel like there's too much to do in FFXIV for me to handle, I don't know where to start. And this is just a tiny fraction of the game. I don't know if I wanna fish, weave, cook, harvest, level Conjurer, level Gladiator, be an armorsmith... the list goes on. I still can't decide if I wanna be a Lalafell or a Hyur either! Blah.

Maybe it's just because I've never played an MMO that wasn't already firmly established when I got there but I just feel so lost. ;_;

Maybe I should get some sleep, yeah. I haven't had any of that in like 36 hours now.

<.<

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#2 Sep 03 2010 at 2:04 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe I should get some sleep, yeah. I haven't had any of that in like 36 hours now.

Smiley: yikes

Well I'd suggest going one route and sticking to that for a while.
Also, I'm not sure how playing an unfinished MMO vs a completed MMO really compares here, as there's even more to do in a completed MMO?

Try out one class to at least level 10 and see how you like it. Then try a complementary class such as leveling Conj after Thaumy or Pugilist after Lancer.
#3 Sep 03 2010 at 2:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Honestly... No. I'm a bit underwhelmed at this point, beta or not.
Don't get me wrong, I have all the hope in the world for this game, and I'm sure it'll become great. I've never joined a new MMO at launch... Everything's already been pretty established before I got there. It'll be a new experience, seeing where the game goes from day one. ^^; Not trying to be negative.
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#4 Sep 03 2010 at 2:05 AM Rating: Good
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Haha, thats a little less insomnia time than i had built up before i made my two threads earlier. Finally got an okay amount of info in one and crashed, so now im ready to run around and punch stuff again!
I do know what you mean though, there's numerous possibilities for which way to go in the game, and in my opinion, the beta is mainly to make sure the servers dont die on us come the 22nd, but also to try out each of those paths for a little bit and see which ones you want to stick with come release day.
#5 Sep 03 2010 at 2:10 AM Rating: Decent
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It was the opposite for me.

I quickly did all 8 leves without even noticing there was a limit, so I explored for a while, from Gridania up to Ishgard, then south Ul'dah. Having one class to level 10 I switched to another and began working my way up. Finally I got bored enough that I tried crafting - a rare occurrence. Before too long I decided it wasn't worth the effort to level a craft in an open beta (except enough to get the basic mechanics down), so I logged.

I think I know enough that I'll be happily ahead of the curve when the game is released. Not sure if I'll continue to play the beta.

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ok let no say this again once...

U have 20 dmg, u shoot 30 dmg, but if ur not RNG, u want HALF, with no time reload, so u get 10. but, BUT, u want no DRG since ur shooting, so its 30 dmg or 10?
#6 Sep 03 2010 at 2:10 AM Rating: Decent
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It reminds me of FFXI a lot, where starting out I had no clue what to do. The good thing about it is that you can level up (at least physically) doing it all!
#7 Sep 03 2010 at 2:12 AM Rating: Decent
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Guess I just need to get some rest then. Goodnight ZAM
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I'm feeling disappoint and lost in the game

FFXI imo gradually eased you into the game which was great I have such fond memories of the game and I was hoping that FFXIV would do the same Instead I just see it as a hectic game no real explanation of anything that I can see

I'm finding it incredibly hard to find a bloody weapon/armour shop in limsa if there is one?

From what i have seen from the guilds they do not give you hints or tips about fishing for instance unless I completely missed an NPC.

The battle system is a little annoying with again no explanation I just started wailing on mobs not really knowing what I was doing

no fond memories this time..
#9 Sep 03 2010 at 2:27 AM Rating: Good
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Weapons in limsa come from thundersticks!
http://www.eorzealore.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ff33.jpg
Its just to the right of the cursor in that image, conveniently by the crystal.
I'm not sure if theres an armor shop though, i think that is being left to the crafting classes along with buying weapons that aren't level one
#10 Sep 03 2010 at 2:38 AM Rating: Good
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I don't feel overwhelmed really. More like held back. So far everyhting in this game is showing me it's something I want to play, but the UI is really counter-intuitive sometimes.

Still plan on picking up my CE though :D
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#11 Sep 03 2010 at 2:45 AM Rating: Decent
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I quickly did all 8 leves without even noticing there was a limit, so I explored for a while, from Gridania up to Ishgard, then south Ul'dah. Having one class to level 10 I switched to another and began working my way up. Finally I got bored enough that I tried crafting - a rare occurrence. Before too long I decided it wasn't worth the effort to level a craft in an open beta (except enough to get the basic mechanics down), so I logged.

I think I know enough that I'll be happily ahead of the curve when the game is released. Not sure if I'll continue to play the beta.


This was more or less my experience. I quickly grew bored with the gameplay in beta-- there wasn't enough incentive to party, removing the social dynamic, the combat was fairly repetitive and straightforward, and there was an overall lack of content.

The game felt almost Korean to me very early on.
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#12 Sep 03 2010 at 2:48 AM Rating: Decent
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I hate playing this game.
Knowing your characters are going to be deleted makes me not want to even look at my desktop icon.
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#13 Sep 03 2010 at 2:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't feel overwhelmed really. More like held back. So far everyhting in this game is showing me it's something I want to play, but the UI is really counter-intuitive sometimes


I have to say this is my issue. I think the problem is we all feel like we are getting thrown in the deep end. Now once you get the hang of it, such as cross class skills, quests, etc. Your like "oh this is cool" but i read through all the crap they said in the game and such and i was like "er...why only 8 quests?" until i got on a forum...they should of somewhere said 8 quests per 48 hours but maybe that would break the feeling of the conversation?

I think this really means that either A. they want to build a really strong community of people helping each other
or B. the real manual is awesome
#14 Sep 03 2010 at 11:40 AM Rating: Decent
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orenji13 wrote:
I think the problem is we all feel like we are getting thrown in the deep end.


It's the shallow end that concerns me. We're bottlenecked by the leve system into only very, very slowly being able to collect guild tokens. I dearly hope this is fixed.
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Armant wrote:
ok let no say this again once...

U have 20 dmg, u shoot 30 dmg, but if ur not RNG, u want HALF, with no time reload, so u get 10. but, BUT, u want no DRG since ur shooting, so its 30 dmg or 10?
#15 Sep 03 2010 at 12:10 PM Rating: Decent
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lambon wrote:
I hate playing this game.
Knowing your characters are going to be deleted makes me not want to even look at my desktop icon.
=(

This is how I feel also. When I played beta 3 I did very little leveling b/c what's the point? I did some battles and leves just to get a feel for the systems but that's about it. I mainly use beta to explore and check out the world and to see how things work in game. I just got my OB key but i'll probably just log in for a bit. I won't play it much.
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This was more or less my experience. I quickly grew bored with the gameplay in beta-- there wasn't enough incentive to party, removing the social dynamic, the combat was fairly repetitive and straightforward, and there was an overall lack of content.

The game felt almost Korean to me very early on.

no incentive to party? combat repetitive and straightforward? lack of content?

Bro, you're like lvl 6 right now... maybe lvl 10 at the highest (haven't logged into OB yet so not sure how they adjusted exp. gain) and if you played other betas you probably didn't get too high lvl there either. I hear this a lot but think back to ffxi. When did that game get interesting? around lvl 20 ... some would say lvl 30. And levels 1-10 were a almost complete solo exp (unless you were a whm and then you begged a war to tag along with from levels 6-10) and I don't believe there was a more repetitive game during early levels. So my point is if ffxi is any indication of how SE views early levels I would say don't expect an incentive to party until lvl 20 or so. I've already heard leves get a lot harder around that level so I am sure its probably to your advantage to party unless you want to stick with 1 star guildleves. Also, you really can't judge content and leveling exp of really any MMO from early levels. They all kind of suck early on.
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#16 Sep 03 2010 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Bro, you're like lvl 6 right now... maybe lvl 10 at the highest (haven't logged into OB yet so not sure how they adjusted exp. gain) and if you played other betas you probably didn't get too high lvl there either. I hear this a lot but think back to ffxi. When did that game get interesting? around lvl 20 ... some would say lvl 30. And levels 1-10 were a almost complete solo exp (unless you were a whm and then you begged a war to tag along with from levels 6-10) and I don't believe there was a more repetitive game during early levels. So my point is if ffxi is any indication of how SE views early levels I would say don't expect an incentive to party until lvl 20 or so. I've already heard leves get a lot harder around that level so I am sure its probably to your advantage to party unless you want to stick with 1 star guildleves. Also, you really can't judge content and leveling exp of really any MMO from early levels. They all kind of suck early on.


Even if that were true, it's something of a problem if the game gets boring early on. Most new players won't be like, "Oh, I'm sure it'll get better in a few levels."

I've barely even played in the OB. I'm talking about my past experiences-- I've been on board since alpha, and there were plenty of people who got into the 30's and higher in the last phase. Unfortunately it really didn't get much better, and that's coming from the people who liked the game well enough to get that far. Personally I was far too bored to even make myself get to 20.

I'm afraid you're too optimistic. SE has a lot of problems to fix, and while they've been doing a decent job of it, they have so much to do that it leaves me to suspect that major problems will be ignored. And while we're talking about FFXI being any indication, let's hope that it's not.
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#17 Sep 03 2010 at 6:20 PM Rating: Good
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FFXIV right now falls on a scale of gameplay_________________|____graphics imo. Take it how you want but there is definitely stuff to be fixed still but it is getting better. I think if party play is cleaned up and polished it will enjoy about the same success as FFXI. Sadly I remember reading in an interview that SE said the game will be geared more toward solo play. If they believe that they will capture the casual crowd they have another thing coming. The game requirements are steep for one and its not a follow the breadcrumb game. You really need to read and pay attention to get anywhere. That right there will turn off the casuals since you can feel overwhelmed right away. I could go into more detail but I got to head to work.
#18 Sep 03 2010 at 6:51 PM Rating: Default
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Yeah the core game itself doesnt seem any better than FFXI was. It's just more of a chore now with mages being required to spam their weapon attack to deal damage.
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