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#1 Sep 26 2010 at 7:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Alright guys, I appreciate this is a wierd thread that will probably be met with the same mixed responses i've seen elsewhere across different forums - BUT - (inb4 why ask biased forum) you guys seem the smartest bunch I could find. Honestly, you guys pick for me - do I pre-order the game for the 30th?

I did play XI for a few months but called it quits due to exams and never resubbed (rl stuff). I'm looking for a decent community and the like for casual play inbetween uni and work, i'm not interested in hardcore stuff any more and managed to catch a glimpse of the release date (no idea how i've hardly seen any advertising!) and remembered the community and feel of XI.

I've got it in my cart but cant bring myself to order it without some professional opinions :P.

TL;DR - Casual, with patience - but a >>tight wallet atm<<. I realise that things will be lacking until the console release. - do I buy it? Tempted, but dont want to play a game thats empty after the first few months!

(its the tight wallet thats making me wonder, really :<)

Cheers in advance!
#2 Sep 26 2010 at 7:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I suggest you read this thread: http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=128552966716252146&page=1
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#3 Sep 26 2010 at 7:44 PM Rating: Good
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Did you get a chance to play during the Open Beta? If not, I'd recommend trying to get one of those "Buddy Passes" that will let you try the game first..

Just read through the forums, there are some issues with the game, no doubt about it.. But also different people react very differently to the same issues. How you will react to those issues is not something we would know.

IMO, if you're strapped for cash then I would recommend Starcraft 2 over this game if you haven't got Starcraft 2 already. I've been playing SC2 for a long time and it is worth every penny 10 times over, especially considering all the custom maps that people are making for it.

That being said, I'm not strapped for cash and I've already purchased two copies of the Standard Edition of Final Fantasy XIV from NewEgg and it's already been shipped.. I'm a little anxious about the targeting glitch especially and have considered putting both copies on the shelf for a month when they arrive simply because I don't want to play any game with these kinds of glitches.. However, after learning that I could put my account on pause and not lose my character, I think I will just go ahead and install it on both computers (me and my little sis) and play.. If it bothers me too much, I'll just skip a month or two and try back later..

Over time, the monthly costs will far outweigh the original cost of the game.. Of course, there will likely be expansions and I haven't figured out how much extra that's going to cost me for two computers..

When it's all said and done, I still think Starcraft 2 gives you much more for your money out of the box. I recommend buying both if you can afford it.. If not, just get Starcraft 2, it's such a great game..

Final Fantasy XIV (2 accountS)
$99.80 initial purchase
Currently has some pretty nasty bugs.
$26 a month
Additions done by SE

Starcraft II (2 Accounts)
$99.80 initial purchase
NO BUGS
No monthly fees
Custom mods constantly being added by fans/gamers free of charge

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 9:50pm by Sidicas

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 9:51pm by Sidicas
#4 Sep 26 2010 at 7:44 PM Rating: Good
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Well right now the community is dead silent across pretty much all servers. The game isn't going to be dead in a couple months, but a lot of the bugs will hopefully be fixed by then. I'd wait, especially if money is tight.
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#5 Sep 26 2010 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
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honestly, if your tight on money, I wouldn't suggest buying it. You will feel like you didn't get all the bang for your buck. The game is very clunky right now which will discourage you. Wait until ps3 release to think about purchasing the game, as most of these problems (I hope) will be fixed by then. FFXIV is reminding me of FFXI release as FFXI had no auction house at release either. Good luck!
#6 Sep 26 2010 at 7:50 PM Rating: Decent
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bsphil wrote:
Well right now the community is dead silent across pretty much all servers. The game isn't going to be dead in a couple months, but a lot of the bugs will hopefully be fixed by then. I'd wait, especially if money is tight.


Meh, yesterday somebody was shouting at the gridiana level 10 camp and got together a party of about 10 people to do a bunch of leves. And my linkshell is pretty lively at all times of day and night. But I guess yeah, normal chat is less talkative that I want it to be.
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#7 Sep 26 2010 at 7:59 PM Rating: Default
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I would get it 2 times over. It's pretty good although clearly in need of work. I couldn't say for you to get it tho. You may want to watch some of the gameplay videos and decide if you are willing to put up with some of the content that isn't in right now.

I myself find the bugs and missing pieces so far to be mildly annoying at worst. Overall I enjoy the combat system and most of the zones and mobs. Then the story is still grabbing me tho there is still not a lot apparent about it. It is exactly what I expected it to be knowing SE game history. Some people expected it to be an mmo already years into market fixes or something and it is not in any way that polished.

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 9:59pm by zoltanrs
#8 Sep 26 2010 at 7:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Sidicas wrote:
When it's all said and done, I still think Starcraft 2 gives you much more for your money out of the box. I recommend buying both if you can afford it.. If not, just get Starcraft 2, it's such a great game..


This. I do love both FFXIV and starcraft 2, but I agree with this. Starcraft 2 is worth every cent and more. I'm one who bought the $100 collector's Edition of Starcraft 2. Best CE I've ever bought. but the game itself is just awesome. I'd get both if you can afford it, like Sidicas said, but if your strapped for cash I'd recommend Starcraft 2 first. NOt that FFXIV is a bad game, I love it, and will probably keep playing it for a few years at least, I'd just sooner recommend SC2 as it's, well, just a great game. Love that one Resident Evil Map (I think it's Resident Evil anyway).



Note: This is just my honest opinion on the matter.
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#9 Sep 27 2010 at 4:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks muchly for the advice guys!

I'm in the situation where i've just paid my uni fees for this year upfront (for some dumbass reason they don't pay you the grants and bursaries in order to pay for accomodation etc. before the dates you have to pay your landlord, which as you can imagine is *not* helpful) which are pretty **** hefty. It'll sort itself in a few weeks. I can't help but think i've got a little birthday cash (lololol feel like a 2 year old saying that, maybe I can buy enough lego to make a lifesize mithra or something instead) set aside for something and I can't help but feel if I get in earlier it might help me find a decent server/linkshell with a fair amount of people in it and with that same air I found in the first.

I'll definately have a think after what was posted above - I know this is dumb but I feel that *I want* this game to be successful. Where's all the EU advertisement? Is it just me who completely missed it!?

Thanks again!
#10 Sep 27 2010 at 4:31 AM Rating: Decent
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Square Enix has a specific target market for Final Fantasy 14. They have their enormous fan-base that makes them enough money to keep the game running. Basically, if you were a fan of FFXI minus the Auction House, you'll love this game. However, you need to have some patience and know that there are still many things that needs to be adjusted. If you're willing to put up with a lot of annoying issues that will eventually be fixed, this game is worth buying. If you want to buy a complete game that won't have too many issues, wait at least a month or two.
#11 Sep 27 2010 at 6:06 AM Rating: Good
Sidicas wrote:
Did you get a chance to play during the Open Beta? If not, I'd recommend trying to get one of those "Buddy Passes" that will let you try the game first..

Just read through the forums, there are some issues with the game, no doubt about it.. But also different people react very differently to the same issues. How you will react to those issues is not something we would know.

IMO, if you're strapped for cash then I would recommend Starcraft 2 over this game if you haven't got Starcraft 2 already. I've been playing SC2 for a long time and it is worth every penny 10 times over, especially considering all the custom maps that people are making for it.

That being said, I'm not strapped for cash and I've already purchased two copies of the Standard Edition of Final Fantasy XIV from NewEgg and it's already been shipped.. I'm a little anxious about the targeting glitch especially and have considered putting both copies on the shelf for a month when they arrive simply because I don't want to play any game with these kinds of glitches.. However, after learning that I could put my account on pause and not lose my character, I think I will just go ahead and install it on both computers (me and my little sis) and play.. If it bothers me too much, I'll just skip a month or two and try back later..

Over time, the monthly costs will far outweigh the original cost of the game.. Of course, there will likely be expansions and I haven't figured out how much extra that's going to cost me for two computers..

When it's all said and done, I still think Starcraft 2 gives you much more for your money out of the box. I recommend buying both if you can afford it.. If not, just get Starcraft 2, it's such a great game..

Final Fantasy XIV (2 accountS)
$99.80 initial purchase
Currently has some pretty nasty bugs.
$26 a month
Additions done by SE

Starcraft II (2 Accounts)
$99.80 initial purchase
NO BUGS
No monthly fees
Custom mods constantly being added by fans/gamers free of charge

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 9:50pm by Sidicas

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 9:51pm by Sidicas


WTF? Starcraft and FFXIV are 2 completely different games....
#12 Sep 27 2010 at 6:10 AM Rating: Decent
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why would you have 2 monthly accounts on FFXIV. ONe character can do everything. Alts are useless. And isn't the Standard Edition $60?
#13 Sep 27 2010 at 6:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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WTF? Starcraft and FFXIV are 2 completely different games....



Yes, I am sure everyone is aware of that.

I beleive the point was one of value proposition: The OP stated that he had financial constraints. SCII is a really good PC game, with plenty to learn and master and great longevity to its multiplayer, with no monthly fee.

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#14 Sep 27 2010 at 8:50 AM Rating: Decent
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I thank my lucky stars that SE provided an open beta for this game.

First time a game publisher has actually helped me save money!!!

All you need to do is a little surfing around the forums or sites with previews and youll see that this game is going to crash and burn hard. Heck it might win an award as biggest game failure of 2010, and be in the nomination list as biggest failure of all time.
#15 Sep 27 2010 at 8:56 AM Rating: Decent
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tennisfreak wrote:
I thank my lucky stars that SE provided an open beta for this game.

First time a game publisher has actually helped me save money!!!

All you need to do is a little surfing around the forums or sites with previews and youll see that this game is going to crash and burn hard. Heck it might win an award as biggest game failure of 2010, and be in the nomination list as biggest failure of all time.


You are so wrong from the truth, I actually lol'ed.
#16 Sep 27 2010 at 9:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Don't purchase. You will be angry at yourself. Unless, of course, you purchase my copy of the CE and account from me at a discount price - then you will be filled with joyful butterflies and rainbows.

I wish I had played the OB, I would have never tossed out 80 bucks on this thing right now. I have played about every major MMO out there since EQ1, and while this one has had one of the more functionally smooth launches - it's overall flaws in design and structure destroy it where launch itself didn't.
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