Hiya FFXIV friends,
I came accross a discussion in another thread regarding on not wearing gears with optimal stats (for example people who kept wearing AF and AF2 in FFXI)... And I was like, "ooh I'm kinda like that.. but I didn't want to wear some ugly gears just because it has the best stats..!" (T.T;) Just to clarify the purpose of this thread is not to argue purely on "stats v.s. aesthetics", but more of opening up the discussion on, "why can't we have both?"
I also understand that this topic is probabaly irrelevant for some of you who are "less-casual", as you would have no problem whatsoever if you are wearing a light green plate armor with a navy-blue pants, as long as the gears provide the best stats which give you distinctive competitive edge (and/or recognition from other players).. If you fall into this category then I just wanna say I totally respect your preference, we are just different type of players looking for different experience from MMO :)
Since my MMO experience are only limited to FFXI, RO and about 5 hrs of FFXIV, if there're other games that already had great solution for such dilemma I would love to learn more about :)
Back in FFXI one of my biggest pet peeves as a Paladin was to wear some ugly helmet that completely cover my head/face... So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got the AF/Relic headpiece :P and fortunately with the game being relatively new (late 04) at the time, I never really got any complaints on wearing "sub-optimal" AF headgears even during Dynamis/Sky, etc... Even though I didn't take it to the extreme and refuse to wear any armor with non-matching colors, I did do my best to avoid wearing all armors just with best stats (especially if it looks ****-ugly when put together), and try to piece together different gear pieces that "looks right" + with decent stats...
What I also don't like about the gear trend in FFXI is that everyone almost always wear the same armor/clothing compare to other players who are in the same level range... This is especially true for pre lvl 60s.... so when you are in a 6 player PT, 80% of the time you would see melee class in one type of gear, and healer/spell caster all in the same clothing... FFXI does offer different options, but usually a few certain gears are so just so much better compare to the rest (and not hard to get) so people just stick with it...
At higher levels due to the fact that some gears are just harder to obtain + not all sets provide optimal stats, we see a bit more varieties in what people wear.. although the drawback of it is that we tend to see some really bad-looking gear combinations... I remember one time in Dynamis I felt like I was in a circus full of clowns with outfits that's just.. unbearable to look at.. (>.<;)
For a semi-casual player like me who really like to immerse myself into this fantasy world, having to see everyone wearing the same gears in different level range + odd-looking gears with polar opposite color schemes... just kinda turns me off and reminds me that "I'm just playing a game with bunch of people who just want to compete and/or be the best..."
I always wonder if its doable for a MMO to come up with a system that allows you to wear the gear you like + having the stats you prefer... So maybe instead of armors and clothings with set stats attached to it.. we get armor/equipment with no stats at all (well maybe just the basic DEF), then we can purchase/upgrade gems or crystals with stat bonus/modifiers that we can infuse into the gear we like.... We can still set level restrictions to armor/equipment so we won't see a level 5 gladiator wearing a shiny plate armor standing right next to a level 50 gladiator wearing the exact same thing... and for each level range there will be a wide selection of armor/gears that you can choose from...
Or perhaps just allowing players to dye their gears will be more realistic/good place to start?
Edited, Jan 14th 2011 2:01pm by Yumiechan
Edited, Jan 14th 2011 2:03pm by Yumiechan