Ok before I start off my rant... You guys should try to be slightly more creative in your counter argument.. A game is just released.. Oh it is a new game.. Oh it was created last year it is a brand new game... Those are no excuse for a game to suck monkey nuts.. It was this bad during OB, and it is still that bad during release. I even remembered how people said tons of new content will be released upon official release.. DID IT? I think not..
The problem here is not the stupid graphics are the obnoxiously lag.. THat is to be expected because of congestion.. The problem here is overall lack of gameplay fluidity and immersion.. SPOONY's videos although biased as **** [http://spoonyexperiment.com/2010/09/13/pax-coverage-final-fantasy-xiv-guild-wars-2/]
Says the truth... this game has epically terrible AI.. What did Final Fantasy XIV done that no game has done before? Making all classes in to job so you can just become anything you want on the fly? Hardly creative and obviously game breaking.. What the **** happens when someone is proficient AT EVERY CLASS?
Nothing else seems astonishingly new other than the CG and graphics.. Very nice art direction.. and good attention to detail.. Of course these kinds of things will only appeal to the most shallow of users..
Before you bash me.. I will like to point out one thing.. If you have played tabletop DDO.. or RPG board games.. FFXIV is slightly faster... This game will definitely appeal to the old school gamers that are use to the uber slow turn based games... But this is not 1996 where crap like this can fly.. Any who I hope your sub 300k user base can actually financially sustain this game..
Go look at FF1. When it was released, it had EIGHT BIT GRAPHICS. There were only a few classes, no races. It wasn't 3d. There was no auction house, no LFG channel. And it spawned this whole series!
Every game has problems at launch. Take Aion, for example. It only had, what, tons of areas, tons of NPCs, tons of group quests, auction houses, flying mechanics, PVP and PVE zones, raids, instances, and the Abyss - right at launch - with working servers , a website that let you show off your character and take shots of it. BUT - there were waits to play! The first few hours or so ... but you had to WAIT, get in line! A huge, massive problem.
Okay, maybe it's not fair to compare FFXIV to Aion. Just keep comparing to a 10-year-old MMO that no one plays and then it'll seem almost adequate by comparison.
You sir are a stupid dumbass for comparing an old school game that is not even an MMO to this utter piece of garbage that is an MMO.. You used graphic comparison which automaticlaly makes me believe you are a shallow gamer.. None of your first paragraph made any sense as FF1 was made in 1994.. GG
Aion sucked.. Your second paragraph is invalid.. Gamers these days have aparantly don't care about game play.. Slow monotonous game play isn't hard or better... I played my friends FFXIV CE account.. and am now going to return my unopened copy of CE for a full refund..
WoW: we want to give players a more fun time with less grinding and generic quests
GW2: we want the player to feel like they are leveling while doing something fun
Final Fantasy XIV: we want less fun and more grinding