I just don't see the validity that leves and behests are a 'nail in the coffin.' It's not supposed to be epic quests of danger, and its not supposed to be a long grind. It is working as intended for casual players. Login, get some decent sp, logout. The problem with it lies repetition. Same Leves over and over again.
Do you think it is just decent sp? Compared to what? The only thing my ls has been doing is jumping from leves to behest and back to leves again. No leves means "boring, I am out!". In the very beginning I did see parties, but behest and levequests give way more sp, so that scenery disappeared quite fast.
And the problem with behest and leves is that you don't really have to think
in order to do them. You do not even have to remember
who is playing what job. You just join and do what your job tells you do (or not, because who cares?) regardless of what the others are doing
and when a leve is too hard..well...you just turn it down a notch
. And all this gives you the best sp/hr in the game
, so it's a no-brainer in the broadest sense of the word. Talk about mindless!!! You do not even need a strategy!
I rather grind in a party where people need me for my certain melee skills or because of my enfeebling magic than pretty much being forced (the other option is soloing) to join this online version of Rock'em Sock'em Robots.
Sure some people just love that stuff, and sure, some other people just have one goal and that is having as many rank 50's as possible when they release the game on PS3... but I believe that eventually - that is, to most people - this activity that is just dull as dishwater is taking its toll on that other aspect of a game, namely joy.
Just go back to 2003 and imagine a FFXI that already contains a Besieged and Campaign that gives more exp. than any exp. party could ever give to people. Do you really think people would have had just as many Besieged and Campaign stories now as they have FFXI party stories?
I don't. Because what's there to tell?? "Remember when we were doing this leve and everybody died??? Haha, we just went back to the crystal, lowered the difficulty and kicked some ****! That was cool!!"? Or "I recall five levequests in a row in where we were able to levelink three times!! Yeah...those were the days!". Would that be it? Because I think that this pretty much sums it all up.
And that's why I think that both behest and levequests have been an important nail in the coffin of FFXIV. They made them too
The funny thing is... in its current state levequests and behest are still the two major activities for DoW the game has to offer, so I can certainly understand his surprise (or frustration). I just cannot force myself to raise my fist in the air and complain with him. Edited, Jun 26th 2011 10:38am by Woofdram