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#1 Dec 09 2010 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
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I'll be honest. I'm a pretty big Square Enix fan. So far, I really haven't played a game I dislike by them, and they've made their way to being my favorite video game company. And I play a lot of games.

However, although I'm a pretty big fan of what they release, I'm not a fan boy. I don't ignore bad quality games, and I won't enjoy a bad product. It's common sense, but most know how some fanboys can act.

Now, what I'm getting at, is will I enjoy this game? Things I enjoy about a Square Enix Title:

-Story. The idea of a story driven MMORPG sounds incredibly appealing. If anything, it could easily just be a really long RPG if some people are into soloing.

-Graphics

-Music

-Entertainment value (Entertaining RPG elements that never seem to fail me. Whether it be the Hack and Slash of Kingdom Hearts or Nier, or the Turn based tactics of Final Fantasy, I tend to enjoy it.)

The thing is, though, is that this is an MMO, and not a typical game. Expectations are different coming in, and gameplay and every other element is also different. I've played other MMOs, for a long time actually. I went from Runescape, to Guild Wars, to World of Warcraft, succeeding in both PvE and PvP play. So, I knew what I was doing, and I guess I really wasn't a casual.

So, that being said, I also know what makes a good MMO. I've played some good ones, and I don't really know if this would be a step down or not. This is where you guys come in. Do you think I would enjoy Final Fantasy XIV? I've been meaning to buy it for a long time, but the huge list of flaws can only make me frown. Please tell me they're only reviewers being reviewers, and that a large playerbase is still having fun with it.
#3 Dec 09 2010 at 10:33 PM Rating: Decent
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I like the game. The bad reviews are mostly from the game being so premature and buggy. I only really log in when the new set of leves (quests) come out every 36 hours. I have a full linkshell which has atleast 1 rank 30 of every class to perform repairs ect. and plenty of people to help with leves. With that being said, the game is fun if you enjoy logging in during the new leves and playing for a good 2-3 hours maybe more. But if you want immediate results and fast action game play that's going to rank you to 50 in no time then this game may not be for you at the moment. Like any MMO its going to evolve and this one is on a slow start. I for one am glad I didn't wait because I got 3 months of free play plus the 7 days early play. New content will make the game much better but its really up to you if you want to wait or just enjoy the leves for now.
#4 Dec 09 2010 at 10:44 PM Rating: Default
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Buy a single player popular RPG on the market instead and you will be happier. This game is known for boredom and lack of hardly any storyline. The gameplay is what sets it apart, in that it cripples any enjoyment that you would have.

Move on to something else and enjoy!
#5 Dec 09 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Default
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Yep like everyone else is saying, dont bother with the game yet. Unless your asian and like to grind 1 mob for 30 levels. thats all up to you.

Before someone says anything about the asian comment u have to think about it. All MMOs made by koreans/japanese/chinese are grindfests. The games that fail over in the U.S. its a fact , maybe we have less of an attention span here but yar the games not gonna fly here unless its fixed. Definetly not trying to be offensive.

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Edited, Dec 10th 2010 12:39am by Pyro2580
#6 Dec 10 2010 at 12:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Pyro2580 wrote:
Yep like everyone else is saying, dont bother with the game yet. Unless your asian and like to grind 1 mob for 30 levels. thats all up to you.

Before someone says anything about the asian comment u have to think about it. All MMOs made by koreans/japanese/chinese are grindfests. The games that fail over in the U.S. its a fact , maybe we have less of an attention span here but yar the games not gonna fly here unless its fixed. Definetly not trying to be offensive.


That's a pretty false statement right there. FFXI was a HUGE grind-fest, and it was highly successful worldwide.

As for FFXIV, it is hard to say whether you will like it or not. Personally, I like the game. There is a lot more to it than just grinding 1 mob for 30 levels (at least, if you understand that the goal of the game isn't a race to 50 on 1 job). There are a lot of flaws, but SE is working on it. I'd say maybe wait til PS3 launch, then give it a go.
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#7 Dec 10 2010 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
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adam483t wrote:
-Story. The idea of a story driven MMORPG sounds incredibly appealing. If anything, it could easily just be a really long RPG if some people are into soloing.


The game offers very little in terms of story. Levequests are boring, to the effect of "imps/puks/blahblah is hurting villagers/farmers/crops/blahblah here, go kill them". Mission quests are somewhat interesting, as is dialog with a path companion. But I haven't heard of anything extraordinary or amazing. No other side quests exist.

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-Graphics


Top notch in terms of gear, character animations, monster models, etc., but the terrain design itself is boring and copy-pasted dozens if not hundreds of times.

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-Music


Repetitive and annoying, but much better than most MMOs. Most people I know have this turned off.

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-Entertainment value (Entertaining RPG elements that never seem to fail me. Whether it be the Hack and Slash of Kingdom Hearts or Nier, or the Turn based tactics of Final Fantasy, I tend to enjoy it.)


I can't find anything redeeming about any feature the game has. Combat is annoying and broken. Gathering is fun for the first 5 minutes, but then rapidly becomes frustrating when you realize there's delays for no reason and it takes you two minutes to chop down a tree because you're playing a silly minigame. Two hours later you're hit with gathering fatigue and must not and cannot gather for 12-24 hours. Crafting is mashing enter/X, because the other options other than "Standard" synthesis are worthless. Items break very frequently, and every craft has a dependency on another craft, which proves to be highly frustrating because you cannot reliably buy crafting materials from other players.
#8 Dec 10 2010 at 1:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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adam483t wrote:
I'll be honest. I'm a pretty big Square Enix fan. So far, I really haven't played a game I dislike by them, and they've made their way to being my favorite video game company. And I play a lot of games.
While I should say that to my taste SE has its share poor titles, nevertheless I was honestly thinking in a very similar way before purchasing FFXIV.

Not just me but many players did quite of research and prepared expending a substantial amount of time and money just get ready for this game.

Unfortunately in the end, the game didn't like to its hype, but some of us (a lot of us) patiently waited week after week in the promise of a retribution patch.

I feel is unnecessary to say that it never came, or what came wasn't actually enough, we are currently suffering from the following:

- Due the limited content the only real option is to keep doing the same things over and over.
- While important bugs and glitches with the game mechanics and interface has been addressed there is still a substantial amount of work required in those areas, specifically we are still lacking of an efficient economy driver.
- Lack of in game information (recipe lists, rank points progression, stats and attributes impact/performance, etc)
- Many basic features are still missing (offline messages, delivery service, player search, party/linkshell management options, custom map markers, etc)

Although on the bright side the game offers:

- Astonishing Graphic quality.
- A class system design which gives a lot of freedom and encourages leveling multiples disciplines (which you can do with one character being this a SE MMORPG trade mark)

I'd personally will recommend you to wait, specially if you need to upgrade your system to play, I feel quite depressed while saying this, but it may not be worth your money.

I hope this helps.

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#9 Dec 10 2010 at 3:15 AM Rating: Decent
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kenage wrote:

- Many basic features are still missing (offline messages)



offline messaging is a basic feature? not in any mmo iv ever played... unless your referring to xi's POL system


if thats the case then please god let them leave this "basic feature" out. i hated POL so much...

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#10 Dec 10 2010 at 4:30 AM Rating: Default
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Really, wait until you hear about changes
UNLESS your a gambler, buy the game, play for free, grind osme levels and hope to god it gets finished before you lose patience.
The game is supposed to have massive improvements and additional content incoming, at least wait for that unles syour determined to (grind) ahead of the possible influx of interested players once changes are made.
#11 Dec 10 2010 at 8:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I would suggest you wait until March for the PS3 release. The November patch fixed a lot of issues and the December patch is suppose to have a number of fixes/enhancements also. If you come in with the PS3 group there should be a large number of new players to join in with.

As a minimum I would suggest waiting until we find out what exactly is in the December patch.

As a side note I do enjoy the game and I am having fun.
#12 Dec 10 2010 at 10:32 AM Rating: Good
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SquareEnix wrote:
[Extension of the Free Trial Period]
As stated above, the newly restructured team's top priority is to bring about improvements to the game's enjoyability, and therefore we have decided to extend the free trial period until we can provide a plan that outlines a level of enjoyment that will satisfy both us and our customers. When we are confident that we have reached that goal, we will notify our customers immediately.


Based on the information above, I personally believe that FFXIV is worth the initial payment of buying the game. I have had plenty of enjoyment so far - However, it is not currently worth $14 a month in the state it is in.

It sounds like to me though that we are going to receive a free trial for at least a couple more months. My suggestion to you is go ahead and purchase the game, see how you like it, and just keep your character during the free trial period; if they fix the game to your liking, and add content that keeps you playing...well..then keep playing.

I haven't been playing every night, but I am looking forward to the changes, and am hopeful that it can become a game I will enjoy to play on a regular basis. As long as they continue to work on the game and will continue the free-trial until the game is at a state that is worthy of monthly payments, I say no harm - no foul.
#13MclarenTAGPorsche, Posted: Dec 10 2010 at 10:49 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Honestly. No. If you love Square Enix try FFXI. FFXIV is not good even free at least for now.
#14 Dec 10 2010 at 10:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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MclarenTAGPorsche wrote:
Honestly. No. If you love Square Enix try FFXI. FFXIV is not good even free at least for now.


This. Msconduct is a troll anyways. At the least the box is cheaper, its free for now, and you won't have to wait till ps3 to see all the changes to make it a great game. If your pc can play ffxiv and run it well, then by all means get a headstart if you were to wait for the ps3 release. Also, you will see an MMO evolve from its beginnings, which does make you all warm and tingly later on when you reminisce on what a great game it became.
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#15 Dec 10 2010 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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TBH only you can really decide if you want it or not. I like the game, yes it needs some things but i do like it. Some ppl like it some hate it and some are on the fence. There are changes comeing though. So really only you can really say yes or no. There are games i like that other hate and games i hate that others love.
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#16 Dec 10 2010 at 1:52 PM Rating: Good
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I enjoy it and currently it is free to play. It has some issues to work out but if you think of it like you are playing a beta and get to keep your character when the game goes live - it is pretty sweet. If you're going to play you will need to pay the box price at some point - so you might as well do it while you get several free months of play. That's my take.

The game is very stable, very beautiful, and has a pretty great job system. I really liked the music until I got sick of it (happens with every mmo/videogame for me) and some of the quests are pretty awesome.

Crafting and gathering are quite involved and full classes with their own quests. I recommend trying it out if you can afford any upgrades/box price. If you don't like it right away you probably will after the fixes.
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