First, A little about me, I played FF titles on consoles since the first one as a kid, and have lots of love for the franchise. I have never played FFXI, one of my best r/l friends has played for 6ish years and I was always somewhat intrested in it, but with my work schedule and already time consuming love for Dungeons and Dragons Online, i passed.
Now, he has convinced me to purchase and play this one because i have exhausted DDO and am pretty much, rush to end game, grind for gear, rinse and repeat. So, I made a marauder on the Fabul server.
The character creation process was simple enough and race differences seemed minimal, so i chose based on looks and settled for highlander. I was impressed with the graphical intro to the game of course. It was very appealing, and although my friend was distracting me, gave me a feel for where in the **** i was going and why. After the intro completed, my friend gave me a quick crash course in the game, and I was off. xD
Then, i was lost. lol. It took lots of time reading through the various websites and guides on the web, i kept looking for some sort of ingame tutorial or intro to systems and what not, but to no avail. But to keep the long story shorter, because of the lack of, at least easy to find, ingame tutorials, i stuck to reading on the web the first couple of days lol. And, that is a testament to the players, because what SE wasnt expaining to me, i got from the player base's guides and tips.
I will try to speed this up, lol. I am pretty spoiled to an established MMO with the kinks worked out, easy to find groups, lots of content, LOTS of players, etc, etc. And with that being said, I am really, really trying to enjoy this game. I keep thinking im doing it wrong. I cant stand the battle sequences, they just are not engaging or fun for me yet. I am only physical lvl 16 and rank 13 maurauder, rank 11 Therm(so i can sacrifice for myself and found that he out dps'd the higher maurader class on the same mobs at a lower rank, anyways..) i am pretty sure that it will only get better on that end. But, im sure the actual interface for battle is no different. I will admit, anything different than i am used to, is probably imo, worse and will just take getting used to.
Another issue i encountered was problems finding/affording better gear and not understanding the optimal rank was not a requirement. I set up my bazaar people but was unable to sell the materials i was getting from farming low level botany and mining at bare bones prices compared to the others around me. So my buddy laughed at me and gave me 500k gil, problems getting gear ceased, but i still wonder how i would have gotten the other tools and stuff as quickly as i did without the help from my r/l frined.
I also dont understand the attribute point allocation completely. Does each attribute have a cap? If so, Do i get enough points to cap 2 and get pretty high in the others? I was unable to find anything about this. And what do the points invested in the elementals effect besides the obvious like resistance to and power of spells.
Im summary, i really like the look of the world and the fact that you can freely run into different sections of town and out of town with no load screens. Also, find the farming ingredients from botany, mining, and fishing spots to be quite fun, although i worry the mini games will become more of a drag as i continue to do it. Fishing is hard so far lol. I also really like the ability to change classes so easily and like the variety that it brings your avatar. I do wonder if all players will be basically able to successfully perform all roles needed by a party at endgame and split up duties based on what they feel like playing at the moment, or if roles will be more defined.
I just wanted to share my feelings and experiences so far. Thanks for listening:)