He had some points.. but it was beta version... granted.. people have gotten to more robust betas as well. Killing right at the start would have been easier if he'd not picked Marauder as well... in fact it's quite easy enough to do with a crafting class... Go Go super axe guy of doom! Who actually helps when your not a War/Magic class.
About that... as long as it appeared to take for him to attack, that was from Phase 2, wasn't it? I don't recall combat being that slow in Phase 3 or open beta. He didn't even mention anything about the teleporting via anima in there either.
They didn't just throw something together. They put a de-content-ified current build of the game up to see how it would handle the client load.
Wrong, but I'm thinking you misunderstood what I meant by throwing it together... What we saw wasn't the finished product, crashes are expected and the guildleve cooldown was in experimenting stages from what I recall. I even believe they made a statement somewhere that this cooldown period was being reviewed and would be reduced. What I meant by thrown together is the translation mostly. I recall speaking to an NPC or two in Ul'dah that just replied with [EN] and nothing else. The translations were quickly thrown together so we could read it. Patching stuff like this (And the crashing) were not really a priority of theirs. Everyone knew the game had some stability issues, most which I'd like to believe have been taken care of with the release of retail. If they do exist still, then well, by all means rag on the game. At this point we're paying for it so issues such as these shouldn't be happening anymore but once in a blue moon and should be fixed immediately.
I don't reward bad coding and inept game design with my hard-earned money.
I'm not sure where to comment on this, I'm not a coder or have coding knowledge but the only issues I could see were stuff that was in beta. Now again, it depends on if these issues still persist in retail. If they do then your comments are totally justified. But from what I see at this point, you're condemning an entire game based on the unfinished product that was clearly still in its beta stages, hence the name, beta, not "retail". Did you ever stop to think maybe so many problems persisted because the dev team were working their butts off trying to make a short deadline? I recall an article awhile back saying that they were trying to push the game out the door right away and they admitted they wished they had more time. That said, the dev team was likely working around the clock to ensure these problems were resolved before release. Why spend precious resources on problems they knew existed on a service they were giving out for free? Wouldn't it make sense to use those resources on the final product, not the product sent out for testing?
I won't lie SE, could of handled alot of this much better than they did. As a company their practices suck more often than makes sense. However they do churn out some quality products. And there's still something I'm wondering: In your reply on the BFF you you complain that the graphics are bad, exactly what's wrong with the graphics? Apart from the copy n' paste job I have a hard time discerning what issues there are with their graphics. You have a point however if you're griping about how the game ran on some systems, there was some bad coding involved in that. I'd like to think they fixed it in retail but I can't say until I play it.
Now before I get too far into the tl;dr range (I know I probably am by now.) I want to end it by saying I'm not buying this because of the Final Fantasy name stuck on it, I'm buying it because I enjoy the MMO. I've played various FF games and I am by far from being a FF-fanboy. If anything I'm a fanboy of the Phantasy Star Online series. Despite how much that title sucked at times I kept playing. Anyway, the entire case I'm trying to make is your post just seems to attack the game based on what's happened in beta. Before you are so quick to judge the game, wait until it's been out for awhile or bum a buddy pass off someone who buys the CE version. Try the game and see what you think. If nothing's changed since then, then you have a valid and perfectly good excuse to bash the game.
EDIT: Forgot to add about the FF-fanboy stuff... I've never beaten one FF game that I've played, most of the storylines for many of them save maybe 6 and 7 I can't recall. I never even got into any of the endgame content for FFXI either. Edited, Sep 21st 2010 10:24pm by SamusKnight Edited, Sep 21st 2010 10:29pm by SamusKnight Edited, Sep 21st 2010 10:31pm by SamusKnight