I just want to preface this by saying that I was really excited about this game, bought the preorder, and played it for about 10 hours straight before coming to my sad sad conclusion... This game is just fail. For the following reasons:
The UI is the worst design I've ever seen in my life. For example: If you want to open a chest in the world you cant simply click on it there is a lengthy process. You have to stand over it, then click your menu, then find the button in the menu that says interact with object, then click open chest... WTF? Just lemme click it! The same process is needed to interact with everything in the world. Its redundant and just silly.
The enter key is used to replace the x button on the ps3 gamepad which is just awkward. Right click maybe? I dont think right click is even used. Also the camera follow function only works when autorun is engaged... (side note, you cant activate autorun unless you are already in motion, why cant I just hit autorun and start running?)
Nothing is labeled and I mean NOTHING. Would it kill SE to label an npc "Eloriana [Cooking Materials}"? This forces you to talk to EVERY npc in the game on the off chance that they might sell something or do something that is useful.
No zonewide chat functionality? I mean I get the linkshell and I'm sure they have some failreason that they are avoiding spam chat or whatever but avoiding spam by eliminating chat is just dumb. So far I haven't seen any major socializing by the players because you just dont have to so why would you? There is also no convenient way to send a tell to another player without typing "/t long drawn out name (message)" every time. Too much to ask to click someones name in the chat window or have a reply function?
Combat is slow and awkward. Mobs kind of linger and are lethargic and generally unresponsive. If you're in trouble you can usually just walk away from the mob at a semi brisk mall walk pace and "escape".
Crafting, class changes, the fact that you can only do a certain number of guildleves/quests in a set time period, the experience caps after so many hours, finding and using equipment, repairing equipment... Maybe explain it? ALL OF IT?!?!
I mean I dont care if the game is abysimally complex as long as there are *interesting* tutorials for how things work. I mean its a **GAME** not a textbook. If I wanted to study I'd just go to class, I want to play a game.
Oh and the game's pacing is similar to a turtle who just took a bottle of ambien...
GJ SE you suckered me out of 75 bucks, fool me once I guess. I just hope someone reads this and can resist the shiney graphics long enough to stop themselves from taking out their wallet.
*EDIT: PS I understand that many of these "issues" are because I haven't learned the game sufficiently, but that is exactly my point. After 10 hours of gameplay I should at least feel somewhat comfortable with the game mechanics. I've played mmo's for 6 years now including ffxi online and I'm still lost.
Edited, Sep 24th 2010 3:30pm by Mord78