LeilaniWildfire, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
It's not dead but needs a LOT of work
I went with the above. In order to compete with all of the recent and soon-to-be-out MMOs, FFXIV really does need a lot of work. It's not only
that the game needs work, but it needs to be done VERY quickly. Let's face it, no one is going to wait another 6 months to a year while FFXIV gets to where SE and the customer's want it to be. People are going to check out Rift, GW2, SWTOR, Tera, etc..
I stopped logging into FFXIV about a month ago. At the time I was mostly crafting. One day, I was like 'WTF am I doing!' Instead of enjoying a movie I was sitting there crafting while watching it and not really enjoying either one. With all of the changes that SE is going to implement, I'd rather wait and have a fuller gaming experience than play now.
Recently, I heard about Rift from a buddy I met in FFXIV. I checked out the site, the game didn't seem great or anything. Then I read about it being a 'WoW clone' which really turned me off to it. I thought I'd give it a shot since people on the forums were raving about it, so I decided to try Beta 5.
At first, I thought the game was horrible. Then, I started playing with the graphics, customized a few other settings and went out to hunt. After about an hour, I was hooked (took me a while to get used to a non-FF combat stlye). Even in beta, the game is VERY polished and everything is well thought out. What really sold me on the game was how inclusive it was; grouping was a breeze. I ran into one of the rifts, joined a public group (the option just pops up) and proceeded to run around with the group chasing rifts in the area. It was fun, relaxing and gave xp/loot. The thing that I like the most is that TRION is making great choices in the tweaks that they make and really
listening to the community.
Sorry about posting about Rift on the FFXIV section of ZAM, but I think it is relevant to this poll and the current discussion.