If you were waiting to see how improved retail was from beta, to decide whether to buy or not..
Cancel your pre-orders. The only difference from beta are : 50% less menu lag (still too much), and hardware mouse. And slightly faster levequest cooldown. Also abilities don't unequip on class change.
-The overly complicated menu 'nesting' for every **** thing, is still the same.
-The locked zonelines are still locked
-No NPC quests that I have found or heard of, besides main storyline
-No search for bazaars or an AH
-No extra zones compared to beta
-Airships still locked
-Chocobos still locked
-Crashing on levequests still = loss.
-No inventory sorting
-No improved gear damage visibility
-No new levequests, still the same 3-4 per lvl range.
-Parley is now attained at rank 15 mission, and no npcs currently use it besides the tutorial npc.
-No player search function
-Replying to tells is still a *****
-Nobody talks because typing still sucks
-Trying to equip a hat still shows you your entire gear list.
-Anima still runs out way too fast on teleports, even using them minimally. On day 3-4 you're walking.
-Still severe server lag which often leads to an enemy beating your face in for 2 minutes without letting you engage.
-Same lag still makes 'reaction' abilities like PUG's haymaker 75% useless because the server won't listen to you until it's past the window to use it.
In short. They need some huge patching, which they haven't done a single one of yet. SE version comes out very soon, if you were waiting on CE people's report to decide, there you have it.
Let's put their balls in a vice again, because I don't see much movement.
Edited, Sep 26th 2010 3:37pm by RattyBatty