I don't post often but I do read these forums quite often. The reason for this thread is that I feel that after reading a lot of threads, opinions, flaming and fanboyism that I want to express how I feel because I feel it is not totally unique to me and that it is an opinion shared by many.
Just a side note: For curiosity I am going to post this on both Zam and Core forums to see what the different responses will be. See where the fanboys are more active and such. You can disregard this. I don't really know why I am stating it.
Anyways, I'm going to explain a bit about how I feel. As a Fan.
I have played Final Fantasy for the better part of my life. I am 25 years old and can remember FF on nes, snes, psx, ps2, ps3. All of em, I played. Even other SE titles like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Legend of Mana, Crystal Chronicles and so on. Because of this, I am confident I can say that I am a life-long SE and FF fan.
Based on this, I have to say SE has really fallen off the wagon with releasing quality FF games. Like, look at 13, for example. When was FF really that linear? When was it really that boring? I quit playing because all I did was hit X on my controller for 2 and a half hours and won every fight. Only to be rewarded but running in a straight line and getting boring cut-scenes where monsters turn into sports cars and space ships. Really. This wasn't an FF title. It was just junk with FF on the cover. I lost interest and shelved it. Never went back. When I got 14 I thought I would love the game based on how much I loved XI and thought they would grow on what they had in FFXI. Turns out, it sucks. Hard. Real hard. They never learned anything from XI. Can't stress that enough. It was a joke and I am embarassed I trusted this company enough to buy this crap. I was so excited and so let down. Just like a lot of people.
What I am getting at here is; there was a time when I would buy any SE title at the bat of an eye because I had always expected the enjoyable gameplay, lore, story etc. that I enjoyed all my life. Now, I don't trust this company anymore. Like a lot of people.
What I am about to say may offend you guys but it is my opinion and I feel a lot of people who frequent these forums feel it too.
I want this game to fail.
SE has totally crushed my trust and respect for this company with the last two releases of their flag title that I grew up loving. I now have to think twice about future SE and FF titles. Just like this game, I don't trust it enough to come back. Its boring and being updated at a stupidly slow pace and the more I hear about the letdowns the more I laugh inside because they are failing. Therefore, I choose not to come back and be dragged along hoping that in time it will get better. If SE wants me back, like a lot of their more loyal, life-long customers, they need to make it right and then give it to me. I refuse, especially now, to have SE drag me along their open-beta-ride in the hopes that this game will work out in the future. I am a customer and I don't work for SE. They work for my money.
However, I will tell you what will save this game and why.
They need to take the servers down and fix this game on their own.
Why take them down? Because all SE is doing is dragging people along and scarring them. The people who leave this game as they deal with slow updates and low-quality content updates will never recommend this game. That being the case, the people who continue to be dragged along will be the downfall because they will not recommend this game to anyone based on the fact it sucked so bad and it caused so frustration being dragged along to get it right. If you are currently playing, you will NEVER log onto this game one day and it will be good. Human nature always remembers the bad things that are done to the person. Remember that.
SE needs to fix this game without the frustrating roller-coaster ride and player pressure and re-release this game with new hype the way they should have done it in the first place. Release it in a new, shiny box. Admit what you did wrong and give the players a great game like you have before. This is the only way to incite trust into this company now. This is the only way to get a large group of people to come back to this game. This is a trust issue with fans and they are now badgering what they have left of them.
The fact that they won't only fuels my fire. I want this embarassment to fail because of the way they ruined my trust for their company and because they want to drag me along with this garbage.
Thanks for your time.