In this thread we share and gather the wisdom that we have learned from the FFXIV fanbase both in the game on various forum boards. I will add a few things i have caught so far but i would be thrilled if some of the hardcore players could contribute and shed some enlightenment to us lost souls.
Although I am definatly a FF Fan I never really considered myself as a SE Fanboy but maybe I am so I'll try and clear some points of view.
1. This game is the real deal. Face it, most people will not have what it takes to play it. The purpose of this game is not to entertain, it was made entirely to scare of the dumbed down masses and cater only to the selected elite of online gaming. Only the few, chosen people who are blessed with the soul of the warrior can stand up to the challenges this game offers. It is the definition of a real mature, complex game only for the most dedicated and talented.
If you are not one of them, then tough luck for you mate, but remember; you have no right to complain about anything in the game because it is not the games fault that youre a total fail who cant stand a real mmorpg. Guess what? Square Enix doesn't even want you to play their game, Inferior one. Go back to WoW.
I have no idea if this will be any better than other games out there but I know it won't have as many players as WoW and I'm happy with it. This is a game and as such it is supposed to entertain but different people have different likes so it's expected this game wont be liked by everyone. If SE wants to make FFXIV harder than other MMOs available in the market at the moment (in my opinion just like FFXI) it is their choice since it will also be their monetary dawnfall. Personally I like things being hard, gives you a bigger sense of acomplishment. It players dont want to play a hard MMO then they should have other choices in the market.
Liking or disliking an harder MOO does in no way reflect a player's maturity, IQ or general knowledge, it's the constant crying about it instead of just leaving that drives me crazy.
2. If you don't think a game should require you to use a walkthrough or wiki page to find out the locations of vendors, Quest givers or other important NPCs and locations, you are a lazy, spoiled little child and must immediately go back to wow (which obviously is your favorite game, kiddo) . You are not worthy of playing Final Fantasy XIV. The same rule applies to game mechanics such as interface, combat and crafting. If you are too stupid to figure out how these things work by yourself, GTFO. Square Enix shouldn't have to bother with making tutorials just because you're to lazy and stupid to figure things out.
In regards to finding vendors in the cities it's easy enough (in my opinion) but if you need to look it up online it shouldnt be that hard since we now have the oportunity to play the game windowed and as such just Alt Tab. Quest givers so far are really easy to find as long as you follow your Journal (if there r other quest lines besides the main story at this moment I have no such knowledge and as such my opinion does not reflect those). Most often than not if your in Ul'Dah and stuck go talk to Momodi, otherwise look in your journal or online. In regards to crafting it isn't that hard to understand but the nuances of it might be chalenging, you might want to use the SE FAQ
to help you out a bit.
3. Real hardcore gamers (aka worthy human beings) don't require ingame rewards for them to keep on playing. Mounts? Such vanity is only implemented for lazy impatient people who cant face the test of endurance. Quests? a true passionate gamer does not demand such a luxury. 1 story mission each 5 levels is more than enough and it is disrespectful and demanding to ask for any more.
Every player likes rewards but different games dont necessrily have to work in the same way. Since FFXIV has just been released there are quite a few things that are not present in it and I think Chocobos are one of these. Whether they will work as in FFXI or as other games like WoW I have no idea, maybe I'll just wait and see? Since the Guildleves mechanics are quite the same as other game's "regular" quests I don't see why you don't include them but if your refering to Missions every 5 ranks (yes, ranks and not levels which make it harder) then I do indeed think is more than enough untill an expansion comes out with a different story development. FFXI had City Mission, CoP, Zilart and eventually more but these were mostly from expansions as it is FFXIV has the city storyline available and I personally think it's enough.
4. In general, It is always the customer who should adapt to fit a product, not the other way around. the paying customer has no right to voice their opinions on the product they are paying for.
In this point I'm afraid I'm almost 100% behind you if products were completelly dependednt on the majority's wishes and no input from their creators we would be in a world where everyone would eat McDonalds and dring Coca-Cola. I'm just happy there are some restaurants providing home mad meals and natural juices even if most people just want fast junk food.