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#1 Oct 15 2010 at 8:02 AM Rating: Decent
Okay, first post here and I'm not asking the question a lot of other people ask; maybe a variation, I guess, but not the same.

Why do you keep playing FF14? I definitely see more people complaining than praising. It's received generally mediocre reviews mainly mentioning it having a premature launch with luster lack features.

I'm not saying all of this to garner negativity, i'm asking because pre-launch I was very interested in the game but I never pre-order games as to avoid being put off by the masses of problems at launch.

I just want to know why people are currently playing this game if there are, for the moment, better games to play. It's alien to me as to why people would play purely for the sake of it. I've been in the mmo market for a while now (currently an avid WoW player) and I was looking forward to playing an eastern mmo again (used to play lineage2 wayyy back).
#2 Oct 15 2010 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
Cause the game is amazing and is only going to get better in time. In 2 months there is going to be nothing but threads about how far this game has come and reason why we came back to enjoy this game.

I enjoy the game alot at the moment and with all these updates and fixes the game is only gonna get better for me.
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#3 Oct 15 2010 at 8:07 AM Rating: Good
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Ap0stle wrote:
Cause the game is amazing and is only going to get better in time. In 2 months there is going to be nothing but threads about how far this game has come and reason why we came back to enjoy this game.

I enjoy the game alot at the moment and with all these updates and fixes the game is only gonna get better for me.


I actually agree. I really really enjoy the crafting system and I also enjoy the way they've done DoL.

That being said I've kinda stayed away from DoW/DoM because at the moment I am not satisfied with how those classes work.
#4 Oct 15 2010 at 8:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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Not sure what makes mmo players trying out the new game stay rather than leave for other mmos, but it's simple for me...I like final fantasy and enjoy playing this game.

I guess what I enjoy the most is the people I've gotten to know so far, in LS and elsewhere. And I really dig the story/guild quests. To name a couple key things I like...

Edited, Oct 15th 2010 10:09am by TwistedOwl
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#5 Oct 15 2010 at 8:09 AM Rating: Good
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Here is one reason:
http://ffxiv.zam.com/forum.html?game=268&mid=1287150116129322556&page=1
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#6 Oct 15 2010 at 8:13 AM Rating: Good
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There was a thread like this before, and it was just as silly.

Why do we who enjoy FFXIV need to justify ourselves to you? We enjoy playing because we enjoy playing. There are probably better games out there from an objective standpoint, but most of the differences are subjective. I subjectively enjoy this game, and subjectively disliked WoW, FFXI, WAR, LOTRO, and most other MMOs I've tried.

Why do you crave justification?
#7 Oct 15 2010 at 8:20 AM Rating: Good
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It's new, it has flaws, SE is fixing them. Overall the game is a blast to play with a group of your friends.
#8 Oct 15 2010 at 8:23 AM Rating: Excellent
Great question :)

Well for myself, I genuinely enjoy pretty much every aspect of the game. The crafting is extremely enjoyable, as is the gathering, and combat is for the most part a pretty fun, interactive experience, with the potential to be very dynamic by switching out classes and abilities.

The way I see it, this game, in its current state, is only going to have lasting play appeal for a certain niche of players.

People who want to focus on a single class, and/or crafting class, and who play for a long time each day are quite possibly going to get frusterated, because the leves and grinding will get very repetitive for them. If they don't have a good social base in the game, they will almost definitely get bored and leave, and quite possibly have their frusterations augmented because of the general portion of their life focused on the game, which, let's be honest, is far from complete in it's current form. The other type of person I believe will have issue with the game is the type of person who wants to level up every day or two. This is near impossible past level 15 or so unless you are literally on it all day, and even then it would be a tedious grind-fest.

So who does it appeal to?

FFXI players who don't have time to play for hours on end anymore.
People who don't get bored with grinding and who play for long periods of time each day.
People who enjoy social elements of a game.
People who only play for a few hours a day, and are content with a levelling rate of 2-5 days (beyond level 15)
People who are looking for something different than all the other MMOs out there
People who enjoy crafting and gathering

That's my 2 cents anyway. Are there better games out there to play right now? Really depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for a game like WoW, then WoW or LotRO are your best bets. Looking for a sandbox style space-combat/strategy/economic style game? Eve Online is good for that. Looking for great PvP? I've heard great things about Warhammer Online and Dark Age of Camelot in those regards. Eve Online also has fun PvP, though it takes a while to get good enough to compete in PvP. However if you are looking for something that breaks the mold, maybe cause, like me, you've been playing MMOs and other MMO style games (MUDs for instance) for years and years and gamesthat follow the same old mold just can't keep your interest anymore, than FFXIV may be perfect for you, as it is for me. That's not that the game itself is perfect, but given what it does offer compared to the competition, it's the best option out there.

If you're relatively new to MMOs, you may love it or you may hate it. If you're looking for convenience and mindless game play, not that either of those are bad, then you're probably better off playing World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings Online. Both are great games, but very different from what Final Fantasy XIV is. FFXIV can be extremely fun, but it does require a bit more work to succeed than the average MMO, and certainly more than either of those two I just mentioned.

Hope this helps you make your decision :)
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#9 Oct 15 2010 at 8:28 AM Rating: Good
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Because I like the game o_O, haters gonna hate.

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