I honestly dont think its that great either, I mean if partying is supposed to be so great now why didn't they rewrite the party search feature a little...... I STILL can't "seek" party.....shouts are pretty limited, theres no "set" place to do it at, camps, 3 cities etc.... we really need a seek option.
Additionally, fighting I'm still finding boring and tedious, it was a nice step and I admit I got excited when I was reading patch notes just for the fact that me and my fiance might actually have fun in a duo now. But the increase in sp gain after we played I realized wasn't the REAL issue this whole time. Fighting is still boring and tedious, especially if your a glad clicking "Guard" every 5 seconds..... something your char should do 100% auto anyway. The active battle system didn't change at all, just sp/xp gain.
I think what OP is saying, and I feel this, is were still waiting for a "real" change to this game, not updates that dont really change the core gameplay at all.
They said they would be overhauling whats currently implemented, and I guess they are, but the things being changed has nothing to do with that "fun" factor.....
I actually think content is ok for the moment, the story after the 3rd mission is actually good, it starts to revolve around "you" and not characters youll never see again later like in XI, so story/missions imo are pro.
If people cap to 50 there is plenty other jobs, just like people did in XI we would go level something else, content level is not great, but its not BAD either. Grinding needs to be fun again, not the same as in XI, but should be fun LIKE it was in xi, in xiv it is just awful, and NO change has come for it yet. They need to enhance the fun factor in what IS in the game, the battle system and party system itself being altered majorly would pretty much have all of us logging in. New content? sure, but not needed yet, highly doubt over 1% has 3 jobs at 50 cap yet. Just enhance what us players would do everyday, and they haven't done s**t yet....
So you can't really say I'm waiting for more content, I'm waiting for this "noticeable" overhaul to the battle system, not a xp/sp table change, and honestly this takes no more then 5 minutes to change.... excuse me, for ONE person to change.. They say there are all these people working on the game every day, but from the patch to me it looks like one person comes in once a week and just alters things already in the game that are not complex alterations. It's ******* me off, free to play atm or not.
And not to sound like a total bi*ch here but spare me the well if you knew what it took to change coding in this or that etc. I know exactly how much it takes and I'm telling you, these dev's are taking they're GD month vacation at the same time or they're just ******** around the office competing with each other on DDR pads on 7 hour lunch breaks on 8 hour shifts.
Even the crafting I'm sorry to say, its tedious. First look having all these cool instruments, crafting gear out the ***, abilities to use while you craft, sounds fun as ****, and at "first" it is, but once you get over the using abilities, and the fact you have a full set of gear for crafting, it turns from fun to repetitious, and from that it turns into being extremely tedious, to the point you don't log in "just" to craft anymore, because there is still no AH and no in-game recipe book, I dont count recipes you've already completed as a book either. That is one thing I will give props to WoW for, and when I say one thing, I mean the ONLY thing..... cause I hate wow, but they have the only crafting system I found fun after getting over the first few weeks factor.
Even XI's crafting system is more entertaining then XIV's..... after the initial glee goes away there was no tediousness in XI's system, at least not enough to complain about, XIV I have to do more input to craft one object then I have to input commands to kill a mob. Little backwards don't you think?
I played Brd in XI on tons, lots of people didn't do it because there was no direct interaction with enemies unless you slept and slowed them. But the main factor was running BACK and FORTH from melee to mage every 3 minutes to cast songs AND pull.
I was not one of the brds that would fall asleep in a party, I would be one of the BRD's that hustled every second of the party and when they would say stop I need a break I would go Huh!? pansies! :O jk.
So I have a pretty high tolerance level when it comes to tediousness lol.
But XIV, at least as a GLD, and crafting, IMO, is by FAR the most tedious game I've played, in my LIFE.
So lets get it going SE, change it.
Edited, Feb 3rd 2011 1:23am by Laernu