Raiziell, I really truly feel for you, and I have been there. In fact, even now I'm playing through my hordes of unfinished or even unplayed console games--I often come to a game that I really really want to beat because it's a part of a series I'm playing or I want to experience the story, but I get so tired of the gameplay or even dislike various aspects of the game from the outset that it becomes more of a chore than anything. The best course of action is to just move on and admit that you can't like everything.
I have a few unplayed / unfinished console RPGs for a variety of reasons:
1). Technology updates make it difficult to play old stuff. When I got my 37' Widescreen TV, I found out with displeasure that it does not like older video game systems very much. Everything is very highly pixellated (old TVs, you didn't see the pixellation oddly) and it just gives me a headache. So, I got a few PS2 and a couple PS1 games I can't even play anymore, as I don't have room to keep an old TV around just to use my PS2/PS1.
2). Time. Sometimes I just don't have time...
3). Distractions. I'll start playing a game, get halfway through it, and something else captures my attention, and by the time I remember I was doing that game, I'll forget exactly where I was, or I forgot half of the story up to that point, etc, unless it is a game I am _very_ familiar with.
That being said, I really wish you didn't have to make this thread about it. We have enough people hating on FFXIV and "cancelling preorders" when many of us actually enjoy it and intend to play it, the last thing we need is someone giving an actually logical reason for not playing the game on top of all the illogical ones :(
The people who are cancelling preorders based upon beta stuff, are probably people you wouldn't want to see in FFXIV anyways. The whiners, the people you just can't please, the pure elitists, and the immature people are those kinds of people you wouldn't want to see in-game anyways. Probably better for the rest of us that they did jump ship at the first hint at something not being exactly what they wanted.
That said, everyone has a right to their opinion. I, myself, tend to keep an open mind. I've not made any decision on whether or not I plan to buy FFXIV -- I'm in a "wait and see" mode. I want to see Gameplay. I want to explore a little. I want to experience the game a bit. Then, and only then, near the end of the OB, then I'll make a decision if I want to spend hard-earned money on the game.
Not to derail but - if one more person talks trash about the game boy FF's I'll turn these forums around... so help me.
I wasn't talking trash on them myself, but I will agree that all three of them suffered from a similar problem, just in different forms: "How to Kill Stuff" and "How to Not Die" took lots of research and/or lots and lots and lots and lots of "Try, try, try again".
Having to spend that much time in an offline RPG, when the game itself doesn't give you much of a clue as to how exactly to survive battle with mundane mobs (not to mention, BOSSES), kinda kills the pleasure a bit. I can't think of any other game, save 7th Saga (and even 7th Saga was more of a "just get more XP" as the simple answer to most of your problems), that was so ridiculously hard to survive battle with mundane stuff as FFL2 (and FFL1 but not as badly) was. Seriously, that game was a true GuideDangIt. Edited, Sep 6th 2010 12:00am by Lyrailis