I got a free copy of FFXIV two days after the games original release date from my disgruntled friend who vowed to quote "never play that piece of crap again and stick to FFXI"
I enthusiastically accepted the free copy of the game and began making my character. Immediately after doing so I noticed some major problems. Primarily speaking, my computer lagged like all **** while playing the game. This issue should probably still bother me but not to the same extent. I still have the same old 2007 machine, but I have upgraded the graphics card quite a bit since the last time I played FFXIV.
Something else that I noticed when playing FFXIV back then was the lack of community the game seemed to have. I don't mean lack of players, or lack of communication by players. I mean actual lack of community, as in ex FFXI players quitting after about a day or two going back to FFXI and not sticking around long enough for me to even do a single group activity with any of them. This was very disheartening and so I eventually left the game as well, not really having given it much of a chance.
It has been well over one year since I originally tried FFXIV and I am honestly surprised to see the game is still alive...
I would have bet money that the developers would have just cut their losses and let the project shut down, but I suppose SE wants to save face.
This brings me to today, I feel like giving this game a second chance now. However, I want to make sure that the issues that bothered me significantly have been in some way or another addressed so I will list them here, in hopes that you, the community can enlighten me on the current state of these issues.
#1. Game required a very solid PC at the time of release. Is this still the case? Did they lower system requirements, or optimize the game differently?
#2. the most lagy interface I have ever experienced in an mmo....it took up to 2 seconds for my menu's to pop up...unacceptable. Has this been fixed?
#3. Overtly complex "unique" class system...I honestly just didn't like the fact you leveled with an Axe you were this...you crafted you were this...no. I really like mmos with a clearly defined class system. The biggest reason I loved FFXI for so many years was because I had a ton of clearly defined classes to choose from at any given time. Something about the FFXIV class system just didn't appeal to me much.
#4. Guildleaves..... I mean really? this is the biggest glorification of the Kill X number of Y mob quest I have ever seen. I don't mind grinding, not at all. **** I would love a game like FFXI's past where you found a group of like-minded players and found a spot to sit and grind while you talk about sports, politics, life, and make new friends. It may not be very casual friendly but it sure as **** was fun back in the day.
The issue with guildleaves for me came from the fact that they really pushed this as a "casual feature" when the game was in its beta stages. Something that "everyone" can do together with friends. Forgive my ignorance but I expected more than just group grind quests....Maybe I didn't level high enough to get to the good content ?
#5. No mounts...need I say more?
#6. No Auction house...again really?
That is basically the list of the things that really bothered me about FFXIV. I didn't mind the slow combat at all, I actually liked it coming from FFXI. My biggest issues were the high system requirements and the class system to be perfectly honest. Both of those were the thorn in my side.
I would appreciate any updates on these things, if they have been addressed to some extent or of the problems still persist.
Hope to get some great replies from the community,
Edited, Mar 14th 2012 12:17pm by Alazardragoonz