I actually was one of the poor souls that went out and eagerly purchased the Collector's Edition of FFXIV, slamming a whopping ninety dollars on the counter for a game that ultimately failed to inspire in every way humanly achievable with me. Safe to say this game alone has put me into a position of never purchasing anything but what I feel will be an absolute 'win', so to speak, with no uncertainty. Thank you, Square-Enix, developers suffer for your meek oversight I am sure...
That being said I've heard whispers and rumors that it has improved and will be much better very soon. To what extent this is an actual truth, remains to be seen. I was hoping some of you fine people would help to convince me to bother spending the time to install it again. It last left such a terrible taste in my mouth that even the effort of putting the CD into my drive is an agonizing prospect.
Allow me to describe the overall feeling I gathered from the game during my short stint on it.
1) The leveling process is incredibly boring with little deviation to distract you. Granted I am spoiled on WoW so this isn't a shock to me. You were constantly going back and forth throughout a rather bland, very similarly generated region. Only to move on to another camp with a similar setup and look.
2) The combat itself was extremely slow and clunky. So even just the mere 'motions' of leveling were annoying in of themselves. Thank you pointless stamina bar.
3) You were force-capped on level gains making you work on other 'jobs' or 'class' to do anything further. I somewhat liked this aspect and at the same time, found it disappointing you couldn't really specialize in a given field like you could most other MMOs. To me, some things aren't meant to be tampered with such as the classic system of defining your character's role in the game.
4) Terrible grouping.
5) The most frustrating auction house system ever to be released in a game.
And I'm sure there is more but I'll leave it at that for now...
How is the game holding up now and will those areas of complaint to some degree or another be lessened should I jump back on now or in the very near future? I'd like a general idea of the direction they're taking it(this new team I am hearing about) without having to go through a bunch of articles and semi-confusing patch notes to achieve as much. Any time you give answering me to the best of your ability will be GREATLY appreciated and determine whether I return now, later, or never!
Thank you and sorry if this is a reoccurring post on these forums as I am sure it is...