at the wow being 6 years old, i'm talking at release, don't try to make it sound like i'm making that crap game to be the end all be all of MMOs.
and yeah, XIV has 192 weapons, not counting the consumable ones for classes other than archer who NEEDS them, the number is paltry. most of the weapons anyway are doubled up on crafting and gathering classes for main and sub hand.
once all of the DoL/H classes are taken out of the equation since they're not battle classes, it leaves the 7? DoW/M classes with a small handful of weapons each to choose from.
Edited, Oct 11th 2010 2:57am by Naeo
I must be playing the game wrong because I can only use 1 weapon at a time making the 100,000 weapons available on WoW completely irrelevant to me.
yes, you can only use 1 at a time, but you atleast have options of the 100,000 other weapons. where here you only have your one weapon until the next upgrade, in which you only have...oh look, one option.
In any MMO there's going to be the best weapon of choice, and then a scale down hierarchy from there of what is the next best, and the 3rd best, so on and so forth. right now, Harpoon is the only weapon for level 9 lancers until their next upgrade. It offers the chance for people to charge outrageous prices for a weapon because unless you want to stay with the level 1 weapon and do crap damage forever, you're going to NEED it. Which then leads to players constantly being gimped gear wise.
For example: say i'm level 22 Lancer. i haven't the gil to buy the level to match my rank, just like at level 9, i didn't have the gil to buy my harpoon, and dont know anyone to talk to about buying the parts cheaply to make it. So by Rank 22 Lancer, i've got the gil to finally buy the harpoon.
I'm still gimped, because i don't have the gil for the weapon to match my rank, but i'm not doing enough damage to kill anything solo, and the two friends i've made randomly doing stuff are tired of my sub-par DD abilities, so i atleast upgrade my weapon with what i can afford.
Were there other options, i could atleast get the second best or third best weapon for my level, i wouldn't do as much as someone using the best for the rank, but i'd be doing far better than i am with the rank 9 weapon i just purchased.
((for the record, my LNC is 8, and i'm not touching it until i have the gil for harpoon, because i dont feel like being gimped))
Please forgive any errors in my spelling. it's 3:30am i dont feel like putting my contacts in just to type since i'm headed to bed soonish. Edited, Oct 11th 2010 3:13am by Naeo