1. Cutscenes AND story-driven quests. Yes, they're once every 5 levels, but still story centric quests which follow on from each other. If that's not content, then pray tell what is?
I'm only chiming in about the quality/quantity of the content here, and have no desire to argue over the definition of what 'content' is. That said ...
You'll find that after Rank 20, it is no longer 5 level increments, but worse. More like between 7 and 9 levels. Additionally, factor in the very long, arduous grind once you start reaching those mid-20s to early 30s. Believe me, I've tried. I've seriously tried to keep my eye on the prize, because I want
to keep going when it comes to the story content. But for Christ's sake, when I saw how woefully meager the level 26 story quest was after I completed it, and then
saw that there was an 8 level gap between that and the next story quest, I just flat out gave up on advancing my highest level job for now.
Not only that, let's talk numbers. Like I mentioned in my own post on the other page, there's somewhere along the lines of 6 storyline missions in FFXIV right now, from level 1 to level 50. That's right, only 6. Now I am sure people out there could comment that FFXI didn't have its full load of missions from Rank 1 to 10 until Rise of the Zilart was released, but let me say this:
Even prior to RoZ, the original FFXI had at least
a dozen missions between Rank 1 and Rank 4, three missions per rank. Let's also not forget that a majority of those were actually memorable missions. While the latter is more opinion than fact, nothing I've done up to the level 26 storyline stuff in FFXIV holds a candle to what I did during my run up to level 30 in FFXI and the memories I have of going city to city on a diplomatic mission, climbing Delkfutt, or going all Solid Snake in all three Beastmen strongholds to get some chunks of magicite.
Oh, right, and also the fact that I could, you know, do all of those by level 30 in FFXI? Wherein I get half the core game content over almost double the amount of level grinding in FFXIV? Just ... no. I'm sorry. No.
You can add voiced cutscenes, prettier graphics, and the like ... but those only do so much when it comes to these story quests. Edited, Dec 22nd 2010 9:59am by Satisiun