now its a worse than world of warcraft joke.
World of Warcraft is an excellent game and has some of the only endgame that's actually worth doing. FFXIV has always
been far, far worse than WoW in every single possible way. The graphics may be shiny, but they also eat $1500 PCs for breakfast on DX9. Please keep your references accurate and comparable.
I want FFXIV to be a good game too, but don't make moronic statements please. Edited, Mar 9th 2012 6:38am by Transmigration
Seriously? $1500? If you're meaning a laptop, fine, but I completely rebuilt my desktop for about $700 a year ago and it makes mincemeat out of FFXIV. Granted, the game doesn't look all that fantastic (it's not hard to beat WoW, but the detail draw distance is pretty terrible, no matter what settings you change), but to suggest a $1500 PC is insufficient to run this game well is ridiculous.
That being said, to stick on topic - FFXIV isn't a complete joke, but it's a long way from being ready. Even with the new development team, there are a lot of issues that take too long to get fixed. I mean, Ul'dah's inn hasn't been working since release; why is this such a complex issue? Let alone a myriad of balance issues, lack of content issues, performance issues, etc. etc.
Now my hope is that the reason a lot of this isn't getting fixed is that they're re-designing it all from the ground up, in a modular way, that makes it easy to add content. I'm convinced that this was a massive problem in FFXI, though I never saw SE come right out and say "Yeah, our engine wasn't built right for this, and it caused issues."
But now, they have more experience; now, they have more perspective. This game needs to be built in a way where a couple of content developers can build a whole new map with functioning questlines in a week or so, not a month or two. If they succeed in designing it that way, then I think with time, the bugs will be worked out, the performance issues will become a thing of the past (PC power increases alone will fix those), and content will be plentiful, since it will be so easy to generate. If they cripple themselves again, though, I think the game is going to deteriorate very quickly, because I suspect most people don't have a lot of patience left for easily avoided *****-ups.