I know talking bad about FF14 is forbidden on these forums, but I was very hyped to play this game and even took a couple days off work when it was first released. Honestly it's not a terrible game, but it needs time to be refined just as FFXI was when it was first released. I see a lot of potential but at the moment I feel as if I'm wasting my time playing this.
I have about 5 hours to play when I get home from work and before I have to go to bed. The other day I logged in and started collecting my new leves and went off to craft. I just felt so horribly bored while grinding out these localleves. I was thinking to myself while crafting that I had a better time at work doing a take off, which is literally doing a count as to how many parts appear on a blueprint.
I don't know what it is, FF14 is missing something though and feels too much like work. I know MMOs aren't supposed to be carebearish and make everything easy for you a-la WoW style, and I know MMOs are designed literally to suck up time, but FFXIV feels like it goes out of it's way to waste your time. I suppose it the UI and menu layout that really does it for me. Everything is so clunky and has unnecessary steps. On top of that, socializing is pretty much discouraged while you craft since it continues to close out the chat box. Yes, I know you can reopen the chat and hit the up arrow to resume your typing but it's still lame.
The worst part of this all, and I was guilty of this until last night when I had enough, is that I kept defending the game and doing my absolute best to put on a face that I was enjoying it. Friends would ask me how it was and I'd tell them how much I was loving it, etc. I don't know why I did that, I guess I just want FF14 to succeed and didn't want to talk badly about it.
tl;dr: Is anyone else disappointed by this game but afraid to admit it to themselves or others?