Does FFXIV really deserve the lambasting it received (troll bait!)? Not quite this badly I don't think.
Sure it did, and if you actually read the review rather than saw that it didn't get a good score and started raging about that, you'd see that most of the criticisms are fairly reasoned.
One of the nice things about an aggregator like Metacritic is that you can see an overall picture of how a game is rated and you can check reviews from high and low scores to see what they're talking about and what is worthy of mention (both good and bad) for the game. Edited, Nov 17th 2010 3:38pm by bsphil
I did read The Gamespot review, the Gamespy review, as well as the 1up review and the Cheat CC review. I also watched the Gametrailers review. I can say the criticisms are personal preference for the most part and even considering them "fairly reasoned" that doesn't mean the game deserved the scores it received, which is what most human being's will care about. Not everyone is an intelligent, patient human being such as yourself. Many people look for the number and be on their way.
Take for example the UI problems. Now if they are referring to the UI lag then yes, that is a considerable problem. On the other hand complaigning about the UI functionality is personal preference. Hundreds of thousands of players got through FFXI without stirring up a sh*tstorm. The rest of us playing FFXIV also get through the menu's with no problem. I survived with just as many menu's in EVE online or the aforementioned Lego Universe. Why is it key for these three games but not FFXIV?
I'm seeing a disturbing trend. AoC, WAR, Aion, now FFXIV. Any game that hypes up expectations as a WoW-toppler faces absolute failure and ridicule upon it's release. None of these games were bad per se but because they weren't quite ready to meet expectations they get destroyed by the media. Is this fair?
Again don't get me wrong. I'm not saying FFXIV was ready for release. I'm not saying the game isn't critically lacking in content. What I am saying is the game isn't bad. It doesn't deserve a 51.
Grown-ups play Lego Universe?
To be clear, my SIX YEAR OLD is playing it. By himself. Neither me nor my wife have helped him once in it. He's created his own characters, he's maxed out his friendlist, he's been getting zones. I have no idea what you do in the game, but I've watched him a few times and it's a gorgeous game (especially on my ultrabright CRT monitor - the colors are amazing and it runs so smooth).
It hasn't crashed once. Servers seem to be up when he gets on. We had zero trouble creating an account for him or paying. It came with instructions which he read, and he seems to understand the game fine without having to spend all day on forums.
It seems to run amazingly well. My son absolutely adores it. And it's the first MMO from Lego.
And it's FOR CHILDREN. And you can buy it for $40, not $50 (even cheaper some places).
And it gets 4 stars on Amazon from USERS.
I could barely play the open beta of FFXIV for more than 2 hours. It got so freaking tedious. The graphics failed to impress after an hour of playing (on ultra settings). And if the FFXIV zones are "bigger," it's cuz of copy/pasta terrain.
I can assure you without a doubt that at the moment (before they breeze through the content) the majority of the playerbase for Lego Universe is adult. Parent's such as yourself aren't yet the norm and most are very wary of allowing their kids play an MMO let alone paying 12 dollars a month for it. I offered to pay for my girlfriends brother to play (he's eight), her mother, who is a Pharmacologist with a PHD, i.e. a very intelligent women, and only 42 refused. This isn't because she is some random paranoid schizophrenic. There are legitimate fears to allowing your kid run rampant in a world filled with anonymous strangers who are not as they appear, especially when you have no control over it.
Not to mention yes kids who grew up with Lego never grow out of it. Lego is an amazing toy for all ages and nothing but your imagination can restrict the fun you will have with a box of blocks. That doesn't change the fact that the MMO in itself isn't worth 13 dollars a month. The only content of the game past day 4 is the block yards.
I find it harder to believe an adult would use the term copy/pasta. The FFXIV zones aren't only "bigger" they are 100 times bigger. The largest zone in Lego Universe might be about the size of one section of a single zone in FFXI, i.e. South La Noscea. Can you tell me what in Lego Universe isn't copy and pasted? Is it the same trees in Gnarled forest used over and over and over? Thats too easy.Maybe its the way the maps are layed out as hallway to zone where Maelstrom spawns to hallway to zone where maelstrom spawn. There are 8 enemy units in the entire game, 3 of which are the same unit in basic design, with a pirate hat on and with samurai armor on. What exactly in Lego Universe isn't copy and pasted in the entirety of their 5 zones?
I'm glad the pretty colours dazzled you though. Edited, Nov 17th 2010 5:33pm by Wloire