The system shows lack of fantasy from the developers, or call it laziness to make a quest system.
Why does everyone think that just because they included a type of quest used for leveling that they are going to scrap their bread and butter? SE is known for their story-telling. Where is all this press coming from stating that they are scrapping all story based quests in favor of the XP based guildelves?
Uh, since when is Square-Enix known for their story telling? Last I checked they're known for making enjoyable games and fairly impressive graphics (and FMVs!), but certainly not for the **** stories. They're enjoyable and fairly entertaining, buthardly anything to get wild over considering how disjointed and predictable they are. If there's any series I can think of offhand that's more known for their stories it would Tales Namco or Bioware -- certainly not SE.
I hope FFXIV gets horrible reviews. I'd be very pleased to see the game die as a horrible failure within a year of release.
Frankly, within the next six months I would not be seriously surprised if this turns out to be another "Spirits Within" for the company. Between FFXIII and FFXIV, I would hope that there's serious restructuring within the company as to let new blood in that actually LOOKS to see what is popular with gamers and what they enjoy -- and not just what's been done. Sure, FFXIII may have sold decently well now (but lackluster in comparison previous entries), but I can't remember another FF game where directors and managers made public statements about why they had to make X and Y decisions as well as their defense of their decisions.
And really, these type of decisions are problems that I'm seeing cropping up in a lot of other Japanese companies in regards to games (or perhaps they've always been there -- more likely -- and I've only recently started to really pay attention). Namco Tales Studio is another big example of moronic decisions over the years that's lead them into bankruptcy (which is sad, because to me the stories in Tales games trumps any SE story hands down).
Edited, Sep 8th 2010 5:01pm by StrijderVechter