- The UI is bad, and the lag until simple commands are exectued is irritating.
What simple commands, specifically? Because I keep hearing this very vague general statement like it applies to every single person in the game. There are only two things in the UI that I have any lag with. 1) Retainers. 2) Shops. When I am in combat my skills are used immediately when I press the button. I go into active/passive mouse immediately when I press the button. I synthesize and use crafting abilities immediately when I press the button. Please elaborate, because I am at a loss as to what "simple commands" are so laggy.
What exactly were we fighting for... oh yes, some evil empire. Which we were recently told the names of two commanders of. Who is the Emperor? Does he have family? Who killed the Dragon? Why?
If he had talked about immersion in this kind of context, I would have been fine with it. Instead he says: "The game still exists in a bubble of unashamed grind, the levequests are still available from the twinkling crystalline hubs, obviously made just in case you felt immersed in the game, and there seems so little to really interest the gamer above and beyond gaining levels. It seems odd as the Final Fantasy series is acclaimed for its engrossing, if somewhat corny, storylines, and those on offer in this entry are truly uninteresting. The opening quests serve as an obligatory annoyance more than anything, and fighting the urge to skip the cut scenes becomes one of the MMO’s greatest challenges."
This tells me nothing save that he obviously didn't delve into ANY of the content, otherwise he would have been asking questions like yours instead of making comments like he did.
- A year was a very long time to fix a lot, and what has been done is still inferior to the standard of games with much lesser budget at launch. They had to do a lot, then there was the earthquake, and many other reasons come to mind. But the point is: just as the customers don't care, neither does the reviewer have to.
Last time I checked Square Enix didn't say FFXIV is ready yet. It didn't meet the standard to begin with, so they are fixing it, until they are done fixing it, you can't compare it again. You can only look at the game compared to itself one year ago. When SE says: "It's finished! We are charging you again!"
Then sure, compare it once more to the rest of the MMOs out there.
- Where the **** is my ability to clear "dead" LS members from my list?
Once again, no where in his article did he mention anything like this. Which is only further proof that he didn't bother to play the game past the first couple levels. (Considering you can go from 1-10 in less then 15 minutes that is pathetic.) If he had brought up points like this, or the fact that we have no mail system, or functional party search system, etc... I'd would be arguing against that. Instead he makes this kind of comment: "There is still no auction house, but searchable player merchants, little in the way of social interaction, and distinctive lack of forward facing development. Spending time within FFXIV makes you feel like you have gone back in time to play a very needlessly complex EverQuest clone, albeit without the charm."
The auction house vs. market ward debate is still up in the air from what I understand so I am not going to go there, however his comment on "little in the way of social interaction" makes me believe once again that he didn't bother playing for more then 10-15 minutes, if that, because it isn't hard to ask around for a linkshell and make friends. If you aren't socially interacting with people it is either because you are a bad person that no one likes, or you purposefully seclude yourself, neither of which are an excuse to complain about social interaction.
Mini-games are boring...so how do you expect to solve that? Auto-crafting? Seems like a lazy man's excuse to me, let me fill up my inventory with materials and go watch TV for 12 hours, because I shouldn't have to personally work to accomplish anything.
Tell me you don't
watch TV or the internet during crafting. With a straight face. So where's the difference?
I only watch anime when I craft, and only if it is something that I can standard spam with maybe a 1% chance of failure(stockpiling shards or a specific material needed for skilling up). Most of the time that is not the case. The majority of time I spend crafting is skilling up. This being the case, I tend to be doing difficult synths that actually require my attention. In this case I play some music, talk to friends on line, or occasionally take a break and swing over to the forums.