I'm talking here about leves. It seems to me that what SE intended leves to be and what we are doing with them are 2 totally different things. Also they so far leave a lot to be desired for "epicness"
SE idea of a leve: The opening cut scene. This is pretty awesome. A guy on a great adventure fighting with friends to take down an epic looking mob in a hard fun fight. So we have: Normal guy risking his life for glory and gil. Pretty sweet.
The way we do it/the way it is: wait for timers to be up. Smoke through weak mobs for 6 minutes solo and claim the rewards.6X8= 48 minutes and another probably 20 running/resetting etc. So in under 2 hours even for slow pacing it a 34+ hour countdown begins. Not much fun was had. No epic mobs(At least yet in mine) have been killed. Some rat got squashed. Most people don't group. SE has stated a few times that blowing them down solo was not intended. It is how it is done though. So we have: Normal gamer smoking down easy content leaving himself with not much to do as it was intended to take a good chunk of time out of the 36 hours.
So what needs to happen here?
SE: needs to make these things more than some weak norm con mobs that appear in a set place and get zerged. It would be sweet if there was some NM type mob with some kind of story and you have to follow a trail to hunt it down or something of the like. Give it a little skill/timesink manhunt clue processing action with an epic feel to it and a nice FF story. I mean with a FF story where do you go wrong? This could be swapped up in any number of ways to make an interesting timesink of a quest that isn't badger badger badger badger mushroom mushroom style. Maybe they're awesome at 50. I'm not there. Maybe there is a pack of lvl 50 marmots waiting for me to make 6 minute cash off of them. I dunno.
US: Assuming the leves get a bit better, we need to stop just crapping all over the intended way of play I don't think one of these can happen without the other. Clearly SE intended the level system to be like the opening cutscene but with more hilarious lalafell death and a good time had by all members of a prepared party.
I think this system has potential. It isn't what it could be tho methinks.
What do you guys think?