Combat - I love the combat system. It has that FFXI feel but its a lot more interactive. It's nice how using a weapon skill doesn't use up all your TP and then you just end up attacking with basic stuff until you have enough. Can rack up enough TP to sometimes do 5 weapon skills in a row. Battle Regimens are nice too. It seems not too many people use them but I think once we get into farther levels, people will want to start pulling off regimens that will lower a mobs attack, accuracy, etc,.
Music - Music is great, thats a given. Today I asked my friend if he had his music turned off and he said he left it on because he was enjoying it. I was surprised, for the past 5 years of doing different MMO games with him, he always had it off because it annoyed him.
Crafting - Crafting is a lot more fun this time around. I also feel the rewards from crafting this time around come early. I don't have to hit level 50 woodworking to make that one item that I can use as my level 12 archer. The whole idea of not really knowing recipes or not having them saved so you don't have to transfer mats is a bummer but in the end I think it'll be more immersive. I plan on using my CE Traveler's Journal as a log of recipes =D
Artwork - Not only are the graphics and music amazing, but the artwork for this game is top notch. You can have great graphics and music, but if the environment and layout of places is so so, it can cut down on the immersion. You feel like you're in a real world and theres ton to explore. There is a lot of areas that are still off limits to us or protected by high level mobs that we haven't seen. Can't wait to check them out.
Equipment - So much detail and just looks great. Straight from level 1 I like how everything looks. They also did a good job making the armor for DoW and DoM classes unique so you can somewhat tell what armor piece would be for who.
Okay, ending post, getting long =P
Serge Luminaire of Mysidia
Member of Blades of Valor
~ A FFXI/FFXIV Linkshell Community
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