My wife and I played FFXI for about 5 years but cancelled our accounts since we weren't getting to play much. I tried the FFXIV benchmark on my PC but it crashed horribly. Figured I would give it a try on PS3 when it's released, but everything I'm reading about FFXIV is really bad. What are the major complaints about the game (whether you agree or not) and why are people generally put off by it? I'm not trolling, I promise, I just want an honest opinion from folks who've played FFXI like I have....not someone from IGN with little FFXI background.
As you can see from the above posts people either like the game or they don't. You can ignore Ostias
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On topic. I like the game and I believe it will get better and better in the future, so, keep that in mind when reading my comments.
I've also played FFXI for ~6 years and it's still my #1 MMO out there but I quit because I just don't have that much time to invest anymore.
So I played some offline RPGs and other stuff till I heard that FFXIV would come out and it would be a game not only for hardcore but for casual players too.
That is something FFXIV does pretty well. With fighting leves (short quests involving fighting monsters for rewards, similar to WoW quests and dailys but with adjustable difficulty) taking ~5-20 minutes and crafting leves where you have to make specific items with free materials/shards, you have a solid base for casual players and also something besides grinding for hardcore players.
The only thing the leve system lacks is variation but that's easy to change by adding new ones.
Most players were complaining about the UI when the game went live and I have to admit that I thought we would see something better than we had in the beta. But as you might know the UI was the same because they rushed the release.
However. We got a number of updates and improvements since then and the UI lag is really good now except for actions between you and your retainer (something like your FFXI Moogle) or NPC shops which are still a bit slow.
Another big negative point was party play. It was non existant because it was so bad. Party members not getting SP/EXP, battle regimen (something like skillchains with nice debuffs but a horrible system in my opinion) not working at all because of lag and actions not executed for the same reason.
It took some time but fighting works pretty well now and they changed the SP/EXP system. In the meantime people got pretty used to do many things solo though. Party play is currently only preferred for fighting leves where you get better SP/EXP if you link the leves and increase difficulty.
A very positive point is crafting. It was pretty nice at release and got some changes too, making it less cumbersome.
I like it alot more than crafting in FFXI. Although it can become very boring if you grind...
Since kinda everything from tools to armor and weapons is made by the players the selection of avaliable items was kinda limited at the start but you can get almost everything you want now in the market wards.
The market wards are FFXIV's AH. It was horrible at the start because you couldn't search for items and had to check every retainer manually to see what they are selling or buying.
The implementation of the search function in the wards and marking the retainers selling said item changed this into a working system too.
By biggest complaints right now are the kinda lifeless world (there still are empty areas in each zone), the heavy use of copy/paste terrain in some areas, respectively the lack of landmarks and the lack of story driven quests.
But Yoshida already said they might redo one area where basically every 2nd corner looks the same.
There have been changes to mob distribution already and it's an ongoing process.
We'll get more small quests (like the ones we got in the last update) and also longer story driven quest chains.
And they are already working on the first big dungeon for us to explore.
A few things I miss from FFXI are skillchains, the simple and effective party search, chocobos and airships (we don't know when we'll get them yet ><) and some special classes like Beastmaster, Dancer and Bard. Something like nation missions would be nice too.
A thing that's like night and day between FFXI and FFXIV is the item drop rate. Gathering items through mining, logging/harvesting, fishing or fighting is alot easier in FFXIV even without TH3 lol.
Graphics are gorgeous.
Sound effects are great too. If you stand in the shroud and close your eyes you really think you're in the middle of a forrest. That's great for the atmosphere.
Weather effects, moon cycles, sunsets, dawns all look great (it's sad you don't see the great thunderstorm animation more often ^^;).
FFXIV still has a number of flaws but it's far from being as bad as some make it look like.
If you joined now you'd have enough to do for some time before you'd get bored. If you're not sure about it wait another month or two and keep an eye on the updates.
Or you get yourself a copy and try it while it's free. Edited, Mar 28th 2011 2:31pm by RidingBean