The One and Only SamusKnight wrote:
I had hoped they would have made it more useful than this... A friend bugged the **** out of my to reactivate my FFXI account just so he could reach LV60 since he didn't feel like joining parties to do so. Trade off is he pays for half the fee to reactivate my account and I get the Hermes Shoes as payment. *sigh* Looks like I'm screwed both ways...
I certainly didn't really expect them to give some kind of turbo boost, maybe a mild boost in comparison with Botanist's "Triangulate" ability. It seriously takes too long to traverse ground in FFXIV, whether or not it's designed to be a much larger open world. It loses the appeal when it takes nearly 10 minutes or more to get to the second camp (This could be an exaggeration but only by a few minutes.) just to realize you left something back at the city. Oh and about the onion helm, do we know if it kicks in if put on after death or is it like the rumored info about it only kicking in if put on before death?
I don't begrudge you feeling that a movement speed boost would be nice. I'd love it. The thing is, you can't just give stuff like that away to a select group of players and say **** you to the rest unless you place substantial restrictions on the item to keep the benefits in check. It's one thing if it's gear that you had to earn in challenging content or gear that was available to anyone just for signing up to play the game. When it's gear that you can only get if you have an active account with a completely different game, or for buying a first run edition of a game for a platform that a lot of your players don't even own...stuff like that...very fine line to walk as a developer. Too powerful and the people who weren't willing to pillage rental stores for XIII codes or spend the RL money on XI or their own copy of XIII start to resent it. Helm too good or beneficial for too long and your newcomers post launch festivities feel left out.
There's nothing wrong with having little perks here and there that some people may just never have access to...unless the developer allows those perks to create a significant and persistent
benefit, at which point they end up doing as much harm as good.