The love included in the title is really only there for dramatic effect. Although I may use that word in the following shpeal. This post is basically just stating that I will be going back to FF11 after I really try to play this game for the next month.
How can you enjoy this game? From the start, the character creation was enjoyable. I liked the different styles, and the variety of colors in hair and skin are great! However, I couldn't figure out how to rotate my character. Perhaps I'm an ignoramus, or perhaps there is no rotating function for your character. Either way, it annoyed me a bit.
I don't understand the point in picking the day your character was born under the fifth sun or the sixth umbral moon or whatever. And guardian? Yeah, I just kinda skipped through it all. Maybe I've gotten lazy over the years with the whole RPG-Immersion element, or maybe I'm just not reading some lore, or something.
Next is class picking - Well, the little starting outfits are kinda cool, I decide to choose lancer. (Note: I went through the races, and see that all of them have the same starting gear for their classes. That was alright - But does anyone else miss the starting RSE in FF11?)
Starting the game introduces me into yes, a well-made (visually) cutscene where a voice tells me to feel and think about her. I am then attacking jelly fish on a ship. I actually liked that, because the weather effects and the rocking ship made it feel quite good to simply be on this big ship fighting! The rain looked awesome coming down from the stormy sky, and this was a high point of my gameplay.
And this is where the rest of my typing begins to sound like the BFF video review that came up today - The rest of the game I just didn't enjoy at all. Long, long walks; weird sounding voices; no auto attack; no instructions or directions; and an overall longing to play 11. I really liked the design style in 11 compared to this. (1 good thing: Music is still very nice!)
But I want to talk about the magic of Final Fantasy XI, and where it's all missing for me in this game. Does nobody else feel this? For some reason, 11 was just so much more than quick text conversations with a room filled of 40 NPCs and you only talk to 1, before you then run and run and run to a quest. Thinking now, FF11 was the very same thing - But I just don't understand, I loved, LOVED 11 so much more than this.
Thinking about what I really want to say, finally, I have a question.
Can anyone help me figure out why I hate FFXIV so much, and cannot WAIT to return to FF11? They are the same thing, but 14 has far less jaggedy graphics.
P.S. Why the **** doesn't 14 have an auto attack? I know some people don't like that, but in a game where you have to grind to get experience, sitting there pressing the 1 button does not make it a fun, immersive experience. I actually prefer to have auto attack, so I can more freely speak with the people in the area, or just do other things while I wait for the rabbit to die.
Edited, Sep 26th 2010 7:04pm by sodaworks