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#1 Apr 17 2011 at 12:42 PM Rating: Decent
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So I just finished ordering parts for the new PC I'm building, mainly so I can start a new MMO. I've only played FFXI (Had a fully geared Dark Knight, loved every second of it) and LOTRO (mediocre Warden, wasn't crazy about the game), and I'm trying to decide if I want to start a character on FFXIV or if I want to play Rift. I never played WoW and have read that Rift is similar to that (I suppose LOTRO was to some extent as well), but it received mostly great reviews across the board. FFXIV on the other hand received mostly terrible reviews, but from what I've read the devs are working hard to make it into the game it was meant to be. So, my question is this:

Since FFXI was so appealing to me and LOTRO wasn't, do you think I would enjoy this game more, or should I go with Rift? Any thoughts/insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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#2 Apr 17 2011 at 12:47 PM Rating: Good
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It depends on your patience level. FFXIV also doesn't have monthly fees at the moment and getting a copy is fairly cheap at the moment.
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#3 Apr 17 2011 at 12:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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FFXIV is free to play and cheap to buy. Give it a try.
I played XI and am enjoying XIV.
No experience with Rift, I'm afraid.

Edit.....beat me to it.

Edited, Apr 17th 2011 2:50pm by Grockle
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#4 Apr 17 2011 at 1:22 PM Rating: Excellent
I've never played LOTR or WOW but did play FFXI for many years. I feel that FFIXV still 'retains' some of the good things about the 'feel' of FFXI but as everyone knows they really should have waited another year before release. With that in mind FFXIV is still worthy of a try and I for one think that eventually it will be a classic like FFXI: but only time will tell. I would say as it's cheap to buy and currently free to play, have a go and see what you think.

Personally I am really enjoying it and its only the fact that the population is smaller that people are not enjoying it as much.

Edited, Apr 17th 2011 7:23pm by EdyNOTB
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#5 Apr 17 2011 at 1:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Objectively, Rift is better. It's much more playable and polished, and has more content.

But, FFXIV still has two things going for it that might make you give it a try:
1) It's superficially like FFXI, and the developers seem to be going in the direction of making it more like FFXI at a deeper level.
2) It's cheap to buy and free to play.
#6 Apr 17 2011 at 1:32 PM Rating: Decent
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So far out of the people who have tried it its only been the game for about 9% of us. But is is cheap to buy and free to play(for now).
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#7 Apr 17 2011 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
What little of Rift I played came across as a masshup or Warhammer Online, LOTRO, and WoW. I really didn't get into LOTRO but I really enjoyed WAR for a few months...

IMO buy XIV at it's reduced price and give it a go, I don't know if RIFT has a trial client or not but if so try both.

XIV is still F2P for the short term of things, it's decent and getting better. I honestly enjoy it as I don't have the time to dedicate to a MMO like I used to and I'm accomplishing things at a pace that feels rewarding without feeling too grindy (on the melee side of things, crafting is a bit tedious some times for me)
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#8 Apr 17 2011 at 1:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the input. I didn't realize it's still f2p and I know I've seen copies in town for under $20 so I'll just try it out and go from there.
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#9 Apr 17 2011 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Good choice, lindblum is a good server by the way.
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#10 Apr 17 2011 at 1:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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mullesch85 wrote:
Thanks for the input. I didn't realize it's still f2p and I know I've seen copies in town for under $20 so I'll just try it out and go from there.


Hope you enjoy it! I know it still needs work, but if you find the right people to play with and set goals to achieve you will have fun and create good memories!
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#11 Apr 19 2011 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Just wanted to add something to this. I've been spending quite a bit of time on the forums here for FFXIV and also on Trion's official Rift forums. I'm definitely going to give FFXIV a try and forgo Rift for one simple reason: Community. I really don't think I want to include myself in that bunch of crybabies who obviously will not be satisfied with anything Trion does.

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Good choice, lindblum is a good server by the way.


Can you elaborate why it is good? Has its server pop stayed somewhat healthy?

Thanks in advance.





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#12 Apr 19 2011 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Rift has repeatable content just like ff14, I chose 14 cause 11 was probably the best mmo ;)
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Rift is a great game with more potential for success then any other MMO out there since WoW. FF XIV is currently a massive, unprecedented failure, whose history is in question. Play Rift, and wait for the PS3 release to play 14. You'll know FF XIV is as "fixed" as it's gonna get when Squeenix feels confident enough to release it for PS3. They want to avoid another launch disaster.
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#14 Apr 20 2011 at 5:50 AM Rating: Decent
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What I've been telling folks who ask me is, wait a couple more months, if you can. The game is still undergoing some big changes, and content is being added about once per month. For every month you wait, there will be more content, and the content that's there will be more polished. There have been a lot of changes and improvements over the last 6 months, and I suspect that there will be even more over the next 6 months.

But if you're going to end up planting roots in one MMO and staying with it for a while, I'd much rather have you FFXIV. Just keep in mind that you're getting in on the base level before the game is "re-released" when it comes out on the PS3. The lower level camps are not exactly overflowing with new players right now. But once you get up to the rank 30 and 40 camps, there should be plenty of people around.

If I can offer two more little pieces of advice for when you start the game:

1) When you start the game, you get to choose your starting city. I'd strongly consider starting in Uldah. Most of the players have migrated there. Limsa Lominsa is more empty, and Gridania tends to be a ghost town. If you want to be where the other players are, and where the market wards are most active, I'd suggest going to Uldah.

2) Join a linkshell. Not only will you have people to play and socialize with, but I understand some of the tutorials aren't fully fleshed out yet. So you'll probably have some questions. If you get in a linkshell, you'll have people to talk to and who can help you out with some of those basic, starter questions.

Good luck!
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