What people dont realise is the BETA version you actually are using is usually a month old version of what they currently had ready.
is really getting old. You guys used it when it was alpha. You used it when it was closed beta. You used it when it was open beta.
The ship has sailed a long time ago. Even if the CE users were
given an old beta client release, that makes the development team even worse
because they've spit in everyone's faces that used up their time for early access. Which they didn't, because early access means early acces -- to the actual retail game, and not a beta client.
Look at FFXI and WoW - there was practically nothing to do when the game came out, and if you compare that to now, they both have tremendous amounts of content. Same with Lotro and Warhammer.
Yeah no, nice try.
WoW had a fully developed leveling system. It had a co-existent set of dungeons for almost every level range (except for 2 5 man instances, added in less than 4 months) that weren't required at all to reach the endgame, but the gear obtained within was usually too enticing to go without trying to obtain for a lot of people. It also launched with 3 endgame instances used to gear up for raids (Upper Blackrock Spire, Scholomance, Stratholme) that were also used as mini-raids themselves by the majority of the launch populace. Then there were two endgame dungeons in which to fully start the experience, even if one was just a one boss encounter.
LotRO ALSO had a fully developed leveling system. It ALSO had a co-existent set of dungeons for almost every level range that weren't aimed for gear so much so as the storyline they were weaving in, yet wasn't required to reach the endgame. Endgame was barebones with the book hunting and the one dragon that was available to kill, but at least it was something
I don't remember WAR much, as I only played a week (not into PvP) but I do remember there being a guided leveling system that co-existed along with the battleground leveling system they implemented. So nice try on applying the fail state of FFXIV to every other MMO. Even at its worst
, FFXI was never this bad.
FFXIV fails even more due to how they could potentially handle the impending update on the 30th. If it's lackluster, the game fails because there's still nothing to do and nothing to aim towards while leveling. If this miracle patch *DOES* somehow mysteriously appear, then it also
fails because they've screwed over the CE players as well as the potential players they probably lost due to leaving the CE 8 days in such a sorry state, thus ******** the company itself over due to lost revenue.
Honestly, the best thing they could do would be to get rid of Tanaka and his team. They won't, however, due to how Japan handles business promotions and internal affairs. Edited, Sep 28th 2010 1:19pm by StrijderVechter