I’ve been tooling around w/ the Beta all weekend and I have to stop at this point because I’m getting highly frustrated. I am still buying the CE ( 2 copies in fact, because my wife plays as well, and wants to play whatever MMO I’m playing). However, I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it, given my time allotment for gaming each week and the sheer volume of time required to get anything done.
Here’s an example:
I started as a Marauder - I’ve always had a soft spot for double handed weapons. I got through treasures of the main, and then started grinding a bit to see how it felt. I like the combat engine, a lot. I always felt WoW was too fast and FFXI was too slow – it’s almost perfectly in the middle of the two, exactly where I wanted it. That was Saturday morning when I hit this point, then whoops, my gear needs to be repaired…
Since Saturday morning I’ve been trying to figure out the crafting, reading every help I could find and really it came down to trial and error when figuring it out. I needed to repair my axe, I needed 2 Bronze Nugget, and 4 fire shards. So to get ingots, I had to synth copper and tin. Where do I get Copper/ Tin? From mining… So I go grab a pickaxe and head for the mountains, and by the time I get enough together, my pickaxe is now degraded to where it’s about to break as well, and I’ve spend 3 hours just trying to repair my OTHER weapon.
Ok, so now I go back into town, and I get all ready to repair my axe so I can go back to killing mobs. I spent 2 hours searching the forums for why in the **** I can’t add shards to the recipies – I mean the recipes I found online for Bronze Nugget and Fire shards. I get frustrated and accidentally try to synth w/o the shards to find out they’re automatically added to the recipe, you don’t have to add them. Only now I find out the recipe was wrong, it’s not fire SHARDS, it’s fire CRYSTALS.
Now it’s Sunday, and I have spent a whole day yelling and screaming because all I want to do is repair my weapon so I can spend another hour getting to rank 10 and see some of the higher level content. I spend about 2 hours trying to find where I try to find someone who sells the alchemist weapon so I can turn my shards into crystals. I finally figure it out and sit down to make some crystals, and I need to make Fine Sand, and need to be a goldsmith. When I see this, I just scream and then log off. I go back and play some more Dragon Age…
All of this leads me to the following questions:
1) Am I playing the game in the way it was intended?
2) If so, under what pretense does SE think that this game is intented for causal players?
3) If not, what am I doing wrong, and how is it going to be presented so that a casual player will figure out the nuances w/o getting frustrated and quitting?
I’m not claiming I’m the smartest guy in the room, but I’ve played quite a few mmos. It feels like all the time I waited for parties in XI was replaced by tedius work in town in XIV. That doesn’t make it any more accessible to me as a casual gamer, and no more fun either. I truly hate WoW, it isnt’ fun like a game should be. It’s more fun like a drug addiction. You’re not really having fun while you’re running hot, you just miss it when you’re away, and every now and again you have to remind yourself why you stopped playing. I want XIV to be a fun game, but I have a feeling that I’m going to have to wait 6 months for it to be approachable for someone w/ less than 30 hours a week to play.
Am I off my rocker, or is this the same sentiment shared by others?