I posted something similar to this in the ask the devs 10/25 thread but didn't really receive many repsonses or discussion. I thought I would amend and post in a thread of it's own.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a come join me quit thread, this is not a troll thread, this is not technically a complaint thread. This is a let's discuss and help me understand thread.
Am I the only one that finds the chart and explanation for "reasons to level" very alarming? I know the reason it was posted is because a bunch of knuckleheads asked "Well why should I even level?". However the chart and response that does show the available content has sort of knocked the wind out of me. Not to mention that they actually felt justified in their reasoning to even post a response and "reasons to level" section. Really? You felt the need to tell people why to level. I don't know of any other game that has ever done that.
I know that the rank specific quests are available for each job/class but I don't think most people want to have to level 8 jobs to level 20 just for new content (some will and I respect that but I feel that would be the minority not the majority). I know the NM's and new levequests are coming in december but is there really no other meaty content now available? No side quests, no AF (or equivalent quests), no quests to unlock airship. Basically at this point it seems the meat of the game is wash, rinse and repeat the same leve quests over and over.
And no I'm not talking about end game content so don't go there. I don't expect anything like that. I've read those arguments and posts.
I've been keeping my head down and chugging along but I'm starting to feel my head hitting the brick wall. I love the FF series and I loved FFXI. The potential of this game is great; it looks amazing and EVENTUALLY it will be. I kept telling myself there is unlockable content, new job classes, Ishgard, Chocos, etc. keep grinding man, keep grinding. However this chart and response from SE direct just crushed my spirits; utterly.
Is this my fault for building this game up in my mind for so long in the anticipation of what was to come? Even during the beta i kept telling myself new content/quests will be available upon release. The game released and I said the first big update will add more and unlock areas. The new updates are announced (don't get me wrong there's great stuff coming up) but I found myself saying when the PS3 version releases it will be firing on all cylinders. I'm beginning to think I've been kidding myself; there is no Wizard of OZ. The man behind the curtain has been revealed and he's just a sad little man. The magic seems gone.
Please don't take my post wrong. I'm not trying to tell anyone to quit or promote quitting at all. I've seen enough of that on this forum. I'm not trying to complain I'm trying to understand. I just don't know if I'm the only one feeling this way or if my own expectations unjustly have left this bad taste in my mouth. At times I love the game and at times I find myself feeling frustrated to no end and lacking motivation to keep on keeping on.
I honestly wish SE would just lay it all out on the table and say hey this is the directtion we're going and this is our timeline. I know that's not their style but I can wish right? I feel like they need to do this or they are gonna lose a lot of newby's and veteran's alike. Again only my opinion so please don't think i'm soap boxing with my FFXIV bible in hand.
Everyday I come here hoping for an exciting revelation that someone found that hidden gem. Everyday all I see is BLAH DIS GAME SUCKS, I QUIT, WHERE IS THE UBER END GAME AND I WANT NO BUGS but I have kept the faith and not lost hope. Even despite this website having to actually create a complaints section due to the amount of nay sayers. But when from the official website comes a list of in-game content that imo (everyone has one like an *** hole I know) just seems lack luster and they feel the need to justify reasons to level ; I've lost hope.
The lag, the bugs, the broken elements and even the UI I could live it's a new game and that S*&t happens but this lack of any content just gets me depressed.
Again I'm not trying to troll or be defaulted etc. If this thread seems out of place or inflammatory please lock it, move it if you must but I sincerely hope it doesn't happen and we can get some NON BS discussion. Not dumb A$$E$ ranting about the same tired BS. I simply would like to get opinions. Am I out of line? Do others feel like me especially pertaining to the content and "reasons to level" response? Is this typical of a launch? Is this my fault for hyping the game and epexcting too much?
P.S.: I don't agree with the, "if you don't like the game now quit and come back when there is content" agrument. I understand your sentiment however I feel many and most won't come back. I don't think that's what SE wants to do either is drive people off and have them come back later. Why would they come back just to be behind on their ranks for crafting classes and combat classes. I see that solution and argument alot and I just wanted to nip that one.
Sorry for the long post and if this seems like a rant I apologize /rant off. That was not my intention. Please discuss and let me know if I'm being unreasonable in my expectations.