Archmage Callinon wrote:
I actually DID cite this review in the gamespot review thread, did you actually read it though?
It's actually kind of a strange review, they say a lot of bad things about the game and recommend against buying it.... but then they give it a really high score.
To get some perspective I checked their Aion review (which they scored lower).... and they recommended you buy that game if you wanted solid gameplay.
The conclusion I drew is that CheatCC's reviews sort of make sense... but their scoring system is completely random and arbitrary.
I think they scored it on the potential. FF14 does have problems but it also has a lot going for it as well.
It's a nice transition from FF11's slower battle system, it could have been very easy to alienate/traumatize a lot of their old school fans if they were abruptly thrown into a WoWesque battle speed. The reverse is also true as well for WoW players giving FF14 a try.
I did have some friends from WoW join me in FF11 and there was much complaining of not having enough buttons to push.
Visually the game is stunning. It's exactly what I expect from SE, though the ocean isn't nearly as nice as it was in FF11. It's the same musically as well. It didn't take long for me to download an addon for WoW that allowed me to play my mp3s from inside the game, no alt-tabbing needed. FF14 leaves me free of that desire.
The leveling system literally caters to everyone. Die-hard crafters never have to pick up a weapon if they so chose while Battle-harden critter murderers can go on doing what they love, meanwhile the gatherers just keep on denuding the landscape of it's natural resources.
Which is something I would've appreciated in WoW, since I obsessively level every craft just so I never have to buy anything.
A lot of what is wrong with FF14 is really just technical errors with the UI several of which were fixed in the last patch. The only other complaints I've seen boil down to requests for a mailbox and an easier way to search the retainers/or put in an AH.
"Hey, mastering magic is a process of trial and error."
"Yeah, but that's back at the academy where most of your errors don't result in your friends
turning into a pile of ash
"Actually...you'd be surprised."
-Chronicle of the Annoying Quest
Aileesa lvl 85 Fire Mage