Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
From the first day I reinstalled FFXI, and every day since, I wake up thinking "I want to play FFXI". I will drive to work thinking "I want to play FFXI". I will stare at the clock at work thinking "When I get home, I'll get to play FFXI." I will drive home thinking "Less than half an hour till I'm on FFXI". Then I get home, get on FFXI, and am constantly doing stuff until I realize "oh sh*t, it's almost 1 AM and I have work tomorrow." Today is Friday, and to me, Friday means "Two days of FFXI and not having to go into work."
I haven't -wanted- to play FFXIV since Closed beta. I -wanted- to play for about a week, after which I only got on because I really felt like I should. During open beta, I was excited about how much different it would be... for a day. When the game released, I went to the store at midnight, super excited to play. Installed the game thinking how much more fun XIV would be than XI... and less than two days later I was already burned out and bored, and I hadn't even gotten to level 10.
Since the beginning of October, not once have I woke up and said "I can't wait to play FFXIV". Not once at work have I said "I can't wait to get home and play FFXIV". With XI, I almost can't play anything else because whenever I try, I keep thinking "I'd really rather be playing XI". I can not honestly recall a time, ever, since closed beta, that I was playing a game and thought "I'd rather be playing FFXIV".
That's my biggest issue. I don't want to play the game. I -want- to want to play the game, but no matter how much I play it, it seems like the game can't keep me interested. I log onto FFXI thinking "There's so much stuff to do, what do I want to do today?" and never have enough time. I log onto FFXIV thinking "Okay... now what?"
Surely I'm not the only one who feels this way. I know I'm not.
I know what you mean. You also explained the exact reasons why I don't want to play too many hours right now.
It is true that most xp parties in xi are static while only few players run around. HOWEVER interesting strategic combat does NOT mean that everybody is running around spamming quick attacks!
Like many I've spent a whole lot of hours in Qufim lvling near the lake and in pug alley.
Both places still require constant alertness and awareness of the time of day.
If few pt member drop the ball for few seconds it can mean death for the entire party. And death is something no-one in XI takes lightly. The fact that the pt's are quite static does not mean that they are boring. I've spent sometimes up to 6hrs lvling in one spot and had to adjust my strategy when pt members changed. Sure after 6hrs it's pretty **** monotonous to do ANYTHING in life but even thinking about a 6hr grind session seems unthinkable.
I appreciate SE for trying something different but we all should stop antagonizing XI's design as clearly XIV doesn't hold a candle next to XI. I honestly wouldn't mind if they ripped big chunks of XI ideas (fishing for one thing) and brought them into XIV.
I'm worried as time goes by that the "new" team has gotten too used to the bad design choices in XIV and instead of re-building they're pretty much just focusing on stat tweaks.
Even more worrisome was Yosi-P's message:
Patch 1.15a went live with all of the intended content (resulting in a bit of behest-induced fever on some forums, hehe), and the dev team is now on the next step in improving the game. After balancing skill and experience point awards in 1.15a, I logged in and clandestinely took part in a few behests. I was left with the impression that everyone seemed to be having a good time. And it reinforced my conviction that MMORPGs are all about people getting together and having a good time.
I certainly would have had a different view to express to him as clearly our view of the current state of the game are like night and day.
As it is I'm really looking forward to quests. The real change will be when I don't have to cling onto every new piece of content and I can start the play session like Mikhalia in Xi thinking "There's so much stuff to do, what do I want to do today?"