I know, i know, but have a little compassion, please for a company that gave us such great times in FFXI. That's all I ask. I'm glad I can be in now and level some and craft some.
FFXI is exactly the reason I'm not giving them any slack. Not only to release a game riddle with crippling bugs/bad programming lag, but also to leave out every lesson it took them years to learn/implement in FFXI:
-No LVL Sync
-Crafting that now is 100% material loss, where Synergy brought in 0% material loss.
-Extremely steep TNL curve, from the early days of FFXI.
-LESS transportation options than FFXI (Anima teleport regen = 1 per day) FFXI had mages that could infinitely teleport from the 'start' with MP.
-Not only does the TNL get really huge, but SP gain solo becomes stupidly slow because most worthwhile things bite your face off (like they fixed in FFXI.)
-Targetting that makes sense
-Inventory system that makes sense
-Readable, sortable and customizable chat log.
-Choice of where my homepoint is, instead of forcing it to be the last crystal I touched for a levequest. Leaving me stranded across the world and having to pay my 1 teleport a day to get back to my home.
-Easy ability to turn on "Seek party" status (OMG SE?!?!?!)
-Easy ability to search the world for party members without filling out an insurance claim form.
-To-the-point and "extra click"-free NPC/game interactions.
I could go on, and will probably edit more in later...
But these are the reasons I can't give them 'a chance'. This kind of thing should have been built into the core of this game. It should be FFXI and better. Not "Every bad thing from FFXI and none of the good things"
In FFXI they actually ****** me off for years with sh*t like this. They only started appearing to 'get it' in the last years, when it became better. The reason I won't give them slack is I don't want to to start that headache all over again. Not only is it unpleasant, but now there is NO EXCUSE. They already did this once, we know now that they know about these good things. That means their absence is a deliberate choice "We don't need that. Let's patch it in next year". Sorry SE, you needed it all before even the first alpha. It should be in the backbone of the project to keep the lessons from FFXI.
It strangely seems like they're trying to recreate the beginning of FFXI, as if they think people liked it better back then... Rather than say "ok how is FFXI today, how can we start from there and improve?" Edited, Oct 5th 2010 11:05pm by RattyBatty