StateAlchemist of Amestris wrote:
Pointing out the game's horrible UI by giving a simple example about how even getting into the game takes a lot longer than it should
How long does it take you, exactly?
It only took me (just now) almost exactly 1 minute. (That's with multiple other programs running, on a PC that's not all that great, with broadband.)
How long should it take to log on? Because 1 minute is a breath of fresh air to me compared to logging into FFXI or LotRO or even starting up Civilization V, Age of Empires III...I could go on.
Now that aside if you actually wanteed to use a good example, like say...exchanging items with retainers? Now that is an example of a not-so-great UI.
But a 1 minute log in? Seriously? I'll take it any day of the week.
In FFXIV the lag is so horrible
Whens the last time you played? My PC definitely doesnt stand up to some of the ones people have around here and I have zero lag when it comes to synthesis and combat. Z-e-r-o. :) Edited, Sep 20th 2011 3:00pm by StateAlchemist
I built a beast computer a month after FFXIV release, so it's still pretty decent. Every click takes a few seconds. It feels like when I click, I'm waiting on a response from a server in Japan. Plus my internet isn't bad, it's 50Mbps down and 10Mbps up.
The UI would just be really bad, if every action was instant like in other MMOs. The problem is that the lag compounds the fact that there are too many other menus and confirmation clicks everytime you do anything. I know it's easy to get used to, if you don't think about it, but if you play anything else it's a huge problem. It's so unneccessary. Most of the stuff we have to click serveral times for, and wait for the UI lag to bring up the menus, should just be hot-keyed and instant. Your example of retainers is a good one.
Click the menu button, and wait a few seconds for the side menu to pop out.
Click the top bubble thing and wait for the retainer menu to pop up.
Click summon retainer and wait.
Click which retainer you want and wait.
Click exchange items and wait an even longer time while it brings up both inventories.
Click the item you want to deposit, and wait for the quantity menu.
Click the left arrow to deposit all, then click okay (or whatever it its) to confirm, and wait for the item to disappear in your inventory and appear in your retainers inventory.
Now just start mashing the esc key until you can move again... this will take several seconds but it's the quickest way.
That is the worst way to deposit items I have ever seen in any game. All the clicks and additional menus are just silly. Then the fact that everything is done server side so you have to wait for everything just makes it not worth it.
They need to fix this UI and lag to make the game playable, before they add anything else. IMHO.:)