Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Mistress Theonehio wrote:
****, I think in XI currently you hit cap faster than any MMO to date.
To be fair, that only applies on your second job (after all limit breaks are open) and if you leech Abyssea for 60 levels. Your first job to 90 still has to go through 8 limit breaks (I think it's 8, right?)
Yeah, but half of those limit breaks are the turn in a few Kindred Seals/Crests/Merit Points variety. And like you said, it's only once for all jobs you even have to do that.
And even if you aren't leeching Abyssea it's far, far faster to level than what many people remember of the old FFXI. For example, I took my Monk from level 75-90 in the span of two parties of about 3 hours each and I was actually contributing the whole time - no leeching at all. Even if I hadn't done any of three limit breaks in that range, that would have added maybe an hour or two to that total. You don't even really need to look very hard for parties, people regularly SHOUT to invite YOU to their parties, no matter what job you're on.
That's a MASSIVE difference from the old FFXI where that much time might have gotten me two or three levels in the mid-level range, and people were extremely picky about party composition leaving you out in the cold if you weren't on a highly desired job.
I'm not saying FFXI is perfect or inherently better than FFXIV. I AM saying it's disingenuous to compare FFXIV to FFXI when your "FFXI" in that argument is the 5 years ago version and not the game people have access to today. Both FFXIV AND today's FFXI have built on S-E's knowledge from years of FFXI, and both games have some features that evolved through that knowledge. Levequests in themselves are very much an extension of what S-E did with the Fields of Valor system in FFXI (and for those who haven't seen FFXI in the past year, even FoV has been significantly improved recently).
Perfectly fine if your game of choice is FFXIV for whatever reason - graphics, crafting, lack of party focus, no monthly fees. But people who say that one of XIV's advantages over XI is that XIV doesn't require you to sit around doing nothing and waiting for parties? That just shows a person who really doesn't know what's up with FFXI these days, because that really doesn't happen in the current FFXI.