I'm pretty much making this topic to discuss what everybody's feelings are up to this point in time. This will probably be the longest post I've ever posted on a forum but please read as I'd like to know what your guy's thoughts are, good and bad. I'll try not to make a wall of text by breaking this mug up.
First off let me start by saying I myself am genuinely impressed with how things are going. I started out buying the CE with really no information or expectations on the game aside from watching about 10 minutes of a live stream of the beta. I had never played an MMO and did not even know what really en tales in such a game. I bought it on a whim because I love FF and missed the boat on XI back in the day and which I really wanted to play. Little did I know things were not going to live up to what I believe an FF title should be capable of.
For those who followed the development process of this game, what do you think went wrong? I am no specialist on Square's staff but what is with the bashing of Tanaka and his crew. I mean I know the end result, but I also know he helped work on Chrono Cross and Xenogears (2 games I enjoy very much) so I know he's not entirely incompetent.
Was he the head honcho of FF XI that everybody loves so much and just ended up dropping the ball like nobodies business for 14? It's like nobody at Square was watching him and his staff or maybe they just wanted to get the title out the door, because I believe it was around the release of Wow's Cataclysm. Which I still don't understand why they would care "that" much because FF has a huge fanbase regardless of a WOW expansion, or do you believe the rumors of outsourcing the development to save costs? This may be possible as it is not entirely unknown to do to games but if so was Square not even looking at what was going on. I realize Square just isn't what it used to be, but to release a game in the state it was in back in September 2010 is just insane to me. As much as I dislike their last effort, XIII, turned out to be at least it was a very polished game, and I know other people do enjoy it. It just baffles me how they let XIV just crash and burn.
But as for the present state with the release of 1.19, I'm pretty happy. Yoshi-P and crew have delivered time and time again, and I believe they have a good idea where they want to take the game. Albeit it is taking awhile but I am more than okay to wait for a game that will hopefully end up very enjoyable in the end. There are a few ideas I am not entirely pleased with such as the powerleveling because I mean lets be honest it's kinda cheap and your just cheating yourself by not learning the class. It really helps no one. I'm glad they are moving towards more party based play though, because as I said before I had never played an MMO and I thought that is what it was all about. I'm not gonna hate on the people who like to solo though, that's just a choice and a viable option but I feel you shouldn't really complain if it takes longer to get stuff done, as it should imo. As for the difficulty I think there will always be a mixed bag. Games nowadays are easier in general, but it's looking like Yoshi-P and crew know people aren't gonna be pleased with just a walk in the park. I'm glad to read that the new Ifrit battle has been giving people a run for their money and that's just the beginning.
I'd still like to see the economy get evened out somehow, because as of right now it is a mess. I can't remember where I saw it but some video I was watching was of some guy who had like 510,000,000 gil. That's just crazy to me and that's only one person. I'm sure many others have the same thing. I'm no expert on MMO economies but I'm guessing XI wasn't like this. How did XI keep everyone in check. Did things just cost more, harder to earn gil? They've already lowered reward prices for leves, but they've also lowered repairs and chocobo rentals are only 800. Airships are at least decently priced, but there needs to be more gil sinks. Again, what does XI or other MMO's for that matter do?
As for the future I think it has the potential to be a incredibly fun game. A major fear I have though is since they are pretty much redoing everything and they started with a canvas of an incomplete mess. I think a lot of people will just never be satisfied no matter what goes on and may never come back to play. I'm pretty sure those people are waiting for "their" perfect FFXIV to be made and it probably isn't going to please them no matter what. A PS3 release needs to happen decently soon, because it truly is like a "second chance" so to speak. As for me, I've stuck it out this long, but I've also re-rolled my character a couple of times. I've really just been messin' with different classes and servers to see differences in style. Now I've settled down on Wutai and am enjoying it quite a bit. Not too packed but definitely a good amount of players.
I will continue to support the game but believe me I'm not gonna just sit and drink the FF koolaid for the sake of it. I had no intention of paying a monthly fee for the game after the initial 30 days even though I bought the expensive CE. As a 25 year old who still loves to game and long time fan of FF I guess nostalgia plays a pretty big part in the series for me as well. Also MMO vets will you please tell me what you expect in a game like this, not just because it's FF. What's still missing for you and what have they announced that will keep you around.
For those who have read this monster post, thank you. /end @_@