I feel that the combat in FFXIV would be a lot more fun if combat was more intricate. If some how SE could make tp gain faster giving the player a constant action or option when in combat would be the first thing to consider. Down time in between skills is an issue for me. So the cool downs should also be shortened. This could be counter balanced by giving mobs more health and maybe making them more difficult so that the increase of tp would be more valuable and needed. This would encourage more tp management and therefore a deeper system mechanic. I like the strategic placement while on the battlefield in relation to classes and feel it adds great depth to the game. I also like the combo system and would like to see more combos and maybe skill chains in the future encouraging team work and strategic thinking when approaching a mob.
An example of this would be in the Fighting game genre where meter management is detrimental to the successful outcome of the match. If you burn through your meter you loose both offensive and defensive options.
Another aspect of combat that I feel would greatly increase the fun factor of combat in FFXIV would be the need to dodge enemy attacks and patterns specifically boss fights. A good example of this could be if a mob has an aoe that at the last second showed a shadow of were the objects would strike you would have to move out of the way or be hit with a negative status effect and damage. This would keep players on their toes and make combat that much more interesting.
I feel that FFXIV is on the right path for success and took a lot of good things about MMORPG's and made them more involved such as the crafting. The storyline of FFXIV in my opinion feels more like a traditional final fantasy game than any of the current Final Fantasies that have been released since Final Fantasy X. The only thing I find lacking is involved combat. I believe that this changes can be made while keeping the traditional feel of the series and without loosing FFXIV original identity.
Please give me your feed back and let SE know if you would like to see these changes all or any in FFXIV. Once I have enough support both pro/against I will link this post to the suggestion forums for SE to look over.
Thank you for your time
Tsubaki Kuranai (Ragnarok)
Edited, Apr 23rd 2012 7:27pm by Schmidtnurface
Edited, Apr 23rd 2012 8:11pm by Schmidtnurface