First of all, Hello :) (Long post, only read if you have a genuine interest.)
I can't possibly read through every topic here to find a similar thread, so i will just open my windows here. I just got FFXIV and logged on for the first time yesterday... and.. oh boy...
I am a "Since NA release FFXI veteran" Give or take a break here and there and a final quit about hmm... a year and a half-ish ago. I recovered my Zam ID (Caleberiel) which was also my FFXI-characters name on Titan. Amazed it was still here since my main forum activity during the FFXI Days were at killingifrit. Anyways.
I would lie if i said i had not heard about all the flak FFXIV had taken since release, but i always try to get some hands on experience before i start judging things.
This post will be a combination of question marks that popped up in my head, that i hope that some of you more experienced players can help me answer, as well questions to the FFXI vets out there.
My first big "WHY" is the macabre focus on crafting... I cannot understand how any sane developer would release a game (something people use to wind down with after work) where appearantly all effort has gone in to refining the arts of manual labor. Crafting worked very well as a supplement hobby in FFXI. Something to do while looking for party, or in between events during dead hours. Naturally there were hard core crafters in FFXI as well, but the game did not stand and fall with it. From what i understand there are next to no gear rewarded for quests, or dropping from monsters in this game. Every thing is crafted. Heck, the crafting classes out weigh the "conventional MMORPG character classes" 3 to 1 in this game... To even make them real classes is beyond me.
"Hey there goes Rex Ruthor! Hey Rex, seen any action today?!"
"You bet! I've been needeling the **** out of these here pantalons for days now, son! Life as a taylor sure is mighty exciting! I get to leave the city walls every few weeks when i run out of chalk!"
Needless to say, i didn't craft much in FFXI... just to get the sun glasses to wear as a fashion statement... and i might be alone in finding this bizzare, anyways. Is this really what we expected? If there is some higher purpouse to the crafting that i have missed (which i probably have, only 2 days in to this game) please explain it to me. :)
Then we have the levesystem. What in god's name? What happened to god ol' fashioned questing, with good ol' fashioned rewards? Alot of what made FFXI fun (for me at least) Were all the multi part quests given to you by regular towns folk, cowardly city guards, and shady characters lurking in the shadows. I mean...
"Where's the street wise hercules to fight the rising odds?"
Well right now he/she is leashed to an Aetherite fighting to keep the squirrel or mosquito population from getting out of control, no further than a couple of yards away. Is this what we were to expect prior to launch? Does my fellow FFXI vets have any input on this? Is there a higher purpouse for this system?
Then we have the city life. Which is nowhere to be found. It kinda feels like you are inside the clockwork puzzle in Castlevania Lords of Shadow. Everything is so... mechanical... Nothing really feels "real". It's like walking around inside a big vending machine. Where is the ambient residents? Where are the running children? ... in fact... where are the children, period? Higher purpouse?
Partying... From what i understand, the game mechanics don't favor partying at all right now. I wonder why SE figured there were only black and white here. I would not want a 7 hour wait for party because i can'd do anything on my own, like alot of times in FFXI, but it feels like they didn't fathom the possibility of both options working together in the same game... Higher purpouse?
UI... well... nuff said.
Here is a question for all you FFXI veterans out there: Would you have liked, and were you kinda on some level (like me) expectiong a game that were alot more like FFXI than what we have gotten so far? In my naive way of thinking, i was kinda expecting it to be a polished, updated, and rebooted version of all we loved in FFXI, with all the dents and dysfunctions from that game hammered out with FFXIV. Trust me, i really WANT to like FFXIV. But already after only 2 days in game, i find it very hard to believe it will last me over 5 years, let alone 5 weeks.
This whole post has come across as very very negative, and in a way it is what i feel, but i thik alot of it is because i was expecting something that was waaaaaay different from what i got. And it hurts my soul to see SE fail so miserably at reading and picking up on what fans of their old MMO installment really appriciated about their epic saga.
(Epicness also something that is nowhere to be found in FFXIV unfortunately)
It actually hurts to see what i wrote. But this is my first impression of this game, as an honest, former hardcore FFXI fan. And if this is the common reaction, something went horribly wrong. :(