Just for reference. Just went out solo in Uldah fighting coblyns. A level 3 coblyn took me 35 seconds to kill at rank 8. It rewarded me with 75 exp. Pre-patch I killed them in 10-15s for more like 100sp. A level 9 coblyn would have killed me if I didn't spam 2 potions. The battle took me well over a minute and I gained a whopping 181 xp. Yeah, I'm sorry but this system for low level players is awful.
This is kind of a slap in the face to casual and semi-casual players like myself, and those who just like to solo, but it's a valid direction. I can definitely live with it as long as it's still fun to exp one way or another (not to mention I'm working on my DoH right now, so it won't apply to me much until I get back on the LNC wagon).
I disagree. It's not a valid direction if it completely shuns part of your playerbase. Like it or not, there are a large amount of players in an mmo that like to solo. Don't get me wrong, I like to party too. It's enjoyable. But I don't ALWAYS want to party. If they are turning this into a game where you really HAVE to party to effectively level, they have just lost my business forever. Like I said, I don't want a ffxi clone. It makes me really sad to see the game heading in this direction. Edited, Oct 5th 2011 12:19am by BartelX
In my opinion, shouldn't partying be faster than solo? I don't think solo should be at all without merit... but this is a Final Fantasy game. Even in the single player games you've gone through the game in parties. EXP parties are the foundation to which you learn to use your abilities with the abilities of the other classes/jobs to take down opponents. It wouldn't be FF without that aspect in my opinion.
It only seems right that partying should yield bigger bonuses than solo play. Without partying being faster, what forces people to communicate? To make friends and help build the game community? Are we just supposed to get together at rank 50 for the big end game fights and learn how a CNJ, THM, Gladiator & Pug combine their skills to effectively take down bosses? I'm sorry, but party play needs to be emphasized. Yes, soloing should be a valid option as well but party play needs to take center stage.
Not saying you're wrong, and once again this is all just my opinion, but I'd like you to give the current circumstances another thought. Though it's inevitable that everyone won't be pleased as they COMPLETELY rework the game mechanics as we play, it's a must that they change it up. FFXIV is becoming an entirely different game before our EYES from what it was a year ago. I expect it to all work out and be a GOOD game. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if it's a good game I'll be satisfied. I'm not here for MAJORITY solo play in an MMO. I want to play with others, otherwise I'd replay the console FF's. If it turns out to be mainly solo, I'd prolly quit. But if other's enjoy it and it thrives... I'm happy for it. But... I still think we should wait and see the intended direction before we call foul.
I apoligize if it came off wrong, in my head it didnt sound argumentive.
You're on Allah, just posting can be turned into an argument.