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Gamespot's Review is out ... 4/10Follow

#1 Oct 07 2010 at 2:55 PM Rating: Decent
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EDIT - OOPS. It was posted already. I fail. Sorry. Feel free to ignore.

Let me preface my post by saying that I've been watching FFXIV from the sidelines for a while. If you had asked me last spring I would have said I was going to be all over this game the instant it launched. RL has taken a turn for the busier, and so I have just been watching. I am not whining about the game - I haven't even played it - but I am disappointed by how poorly it has been received.

Gamespot is not everyone's favorite gaming site. However, it is a decent and unbiased metric, and since the 90s I have looked to them for scores on games. I always take every review with a grain of salt (and so should you) but I was pretty shocked to see that the game scored a 4. FFXI, by comparison, scored an 8.2 at launch.

I watched the review video and it outlined what most people are complaining about ... What they didn't mention was the incredible similarity to FFXI. I know it's a completely different game... However, a good number of the issues, including the interface and the strange diversity of difficulty, coupled with the lack of NPC descriptions, vague quests and grind-intensive gameplay, are all similar to FFXI.

I was really hoping that FFXIV would bring FFXI-style gameplay into the modern era. I guess I didn't really know what I was hoping for because that is exactly what they did. They added far superior graphics and a more casual friendly leveling/progression system, but it seems like they left the rest of their old-school marks in place. It's also amazing that they launched the game without an Auction House. I mean - seriously? Accounting must have made that decision. There is no way a gaming exec would choose to push a game out before such a staple feature is in place. An MMO without an AH lacks a proper economy, regardless of whether some players are happy to sift through dozens of bazaars. Releasing before the AH was ready is a disgrace.

I hope things improve over time. I really want to grab this game when RL hands me some spare time.

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/finalfantasy14/review.html

Watch the video.


Edited, Oct 7th 2010 4:56pm by Jordster
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#2 Oct 07 2010 at 3:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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I just watched it lol. To be honest it's a very accurate review.

Best quote: "FFXIV does the most basic things completely wrong, things that should be polished before alpha beta"

That I agree with the most. It seems Square Enix tried too hard to make the game "unique" and totally forgot and ignored general and basic functionality. It's like someone making a Pizza and saying "***** cheese, ima make mine without cheese and it will be better. Even if people think it REALLY sucks at first they will get used to Pizza with no cheese! Who cares if they've been putting cheese on pizza for years and years. Mine will be better without cheese! I'll use all the same other ingredients...I just wont put cheese on it!"

Personally I think they did not include an auction house simply to detract from all the other games problems. It's really a game that shouldnt even been in beta yet. Not only is almost every aspect of the game, aside from visuals, WAY underpolished, but everything you try to do has a pointless obstacle to try and hinder your progress. Sorry but this is 2010...Games as in depth as this one should have massive tutorials or at LEAST SOME form of tutorials. I got the hang of it rather quick, but I played FFXI for 5 years and knew what to expect.

Edited, Oct 7th 2010 5:17pm by Soezu
#3 Oct 07 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Good
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^^^^ ROFL the pizza anaolgy is pretty spot on nice... except I would rather eat pizza tonight than play FFXIV, so pizza still has a one up even without cheese (mmm breadsticks)
#4 Oct 07 2010 at 3:30 PM Rating: Default
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is it possible to get the reviews changed after if se gets everything sorted and people start to like it. 4/10 is low even lotr got higher then that.
#5BRizzl3, Posted: Oct 07 2010 at 3:31 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) GTFO this has already been posted about. It's like 5 posts under this one. Try looking at the boards before posting.
#6 Oct 07 2010 at 3:35 PM Rating: Default
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BRizzl3 wrote:
GTFO this has already been posted about. It's like 5 posts under this one. Try looking at the boards before posting.

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1286417050303847381&page=1

he did but abit late
#7 Oct 07 2010 at 3:52 PM Rating: Decent
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It's hilarious how some people take serious offense to repeat threads lol. This is the first one I saw so I could care less if there's another one. But I posted in both.

FFXIV is garbage. Anyone that thinks otherwise is in denial and trying to defend their spent money to make themselves feel they didnt get ripped off.

Whoever said "even LOTRO got better than this" lol...LOTRO is obviously 100 x better than FFXIV, even at launch. But currently it's one of the best PvE games on the market in my opinion. And it's now free to play lmao.
#8 Oct 07 2010 at 3:58 PM Rating: Decent
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BRizzl3 wrote:
GTFO this has already been posted about. It's like 5 posts under this one. Try looking at the boards before posting.

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1286417050303847381&page=1


lol calm down man. there are a lot more important things to get stressed about
#9 Oct 07 2010 at 4:05 PM Rating: Good
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debodeebs wrote:
is it possible to get the reviews changed after if se gets everything sorted
This is implying that SE is planning on actually making changes to the game, like removing UI redundancies. Frankly I don't see it happening if it hasn't happened yet, but I'm still hoping it will. That's not a bug either, it's intentional design.
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#10 Oct 07 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Decent
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You, sir, are stupid.

BRizzl3 wrote:
GTFO this has already been posted about. It's like 5 posts under this one. Try looking at the boards before posting.

http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1286417050303847381&page=1


Jordster wrote:


Edited, Oct 7th 2010 4:56pm by Jordster

EDIT - OOPS. It was posted already. I fail. Sorry. Feel free to ignore.



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#11 Oct 07 2010 at 4:09 PM Rating: Default
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gotta love the SE **** kissers who will grind there way though a junk system and like it, guess i like cadillacs.
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