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How is the game now in 2012 ?Follow

#1 May 22 2012 at 4:46 PM Rating: Good
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I poked around some, even tried the game in late 2011, and stopped playing for various reasons. most ratings are very bad, but they also date from game release. Then I tried to find updated information but with little luck.

My first MMO was ffxi, loved it, breathed it, left it a bit and returned. I felt like Abyssea kinda killed it. Anyhow I tried ffxiv, but heard so many bad things, and then realized those complaints come from the launch era.

Did they improve the game ? Is it very solo oriented ? How's the player base ? Is there notable group oriented events ? Is there a lot of players online to support parties or group events ?

I'm trying to find updated information on how the game is now, it's pulse, and can't find much honestly.

A bit hooked on D3 currently, but i'm sure i'll want to return to another MMO eventually, since WoW is getting boring and I feel like abyssea killed ffxi, is ffxiv worth it ? Is it worth the monthly fee given it's current circumstances ?
#2 May 22 2012 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
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meh, I just stumbled on ffxiv V2, guess that answers a lot of my questions. Guess i'll wait and see.
#3 May 22 2012 at 6:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Taerra wrote:
My first MMO was ffxi, loved it, breathed it, left it a bit and returned. I felt like Abyssea kinda killed it.


It's nothing like XI. Who's to say what it will be like for V2 but that's still about 8 months away as you probably saw.

Just a quick question for you about your comment regarding XI... What exactly about abyssea 'killed it' for you? I see this comment a lot, but rarely ever accompanied by any explanation.
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#4 May 22 2012 at 7:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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well honestly, I remember the hardships, the achievements, banding together to take down impossible foes. I'm not saying ffxi is now bad, just not what it used to be. It's *too easy* now. I got my rdm and bst to 90 ( before cap was raised ) in a matter of days, mindlessly mashing in pages of the books, crippling skills due to synching down, then taking hours to boost my skills.

As a lot have said, it's more *easy*. I didn't do much in abyssia, but from I saw, people mostly small manned some NMs. Rarely did I see those old former events, get together with a LS to do dynamis or bahamut, HNM.

Takes some getting used to. Not necessarily bad changes, but since I was accustomed to FFXI being hard and rewarding on most takes, it got a bit too easy maybe. Unless I missed out on something or some core end game events, I don't think there is much more going on now for large LS events ?
#5 May 24 2012 at 12:25 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think too many people missed teh massive ls events. I pretty much did the smae as you - played ffxi for better part of a decade. quit then came back and tried abyssea. I got hooked on abyssea fora few months, then I realized it was more of the same and was going to take a huge time sync to get things done. Even if things require smaller gorups, you still need to actually get in good with some decent players in order to take down some of those things in small man groups. If you join random small parties you usually get hammered because people aren't on the same page or just aren't very good sicne they spent three weeks getting their job to lvl 90.

I read some reviews on the current state of FFXIV since I too quit within 6 months of release. For whatever reason the updates seem to come very slow for that game still. SE developers seem to be able to add massive amounts of content to FFXI in a few months time but can barely change a few menus over the course of 12 months in FFXIV. MAybe since they are still tinkering with the core nuts and bolts of the games mechanics and code everything takes longer to do.

I'm still confused on is 14 V2 will be a big change all at once upon release.... or is V2 basically a what htey are claling these incremental changes leading up to the PS3 release? Basically, what I would like to know is, if I'm playing FFXIV one week, then version 2 comes out the next week, will the game look and feel drastically different - or will 99% of the changes will have already been implemented leading up to the official V2 release?

btw - I too have been playing D3 exclusivley. Rumors seems to be consistently saying Guild Wars 2 comes out this summer so I'm leaning towards giving it a shot. Never seen so much hype about a game. Of course I'm a FFXI guy and GW2 is nothing like FFXI. I miss the chilll pace of FFXI with so many different things you cna focus on to occupy your game time. So I'm skeptical. I wish FFXIV would grow into FFXI-2 sooner than later. Chances are tha it will never happen. The pace they move at seem to indicate lack of real desire to make the game succeed. I really don't get it. Either make it good, or pull the plug. I don't udnerstand this half assed effort they seem to be throwing at ffxiv.

I honestly feel like its doomed for certain. By the time a PS3 release is comes out, next generation cosoles will be rolling along. Wii U this year, and I'm sure we will have all the xbox 720 dates and rumors full bore by the ned of this year. PS3 will be even more of a red headed step child by the time ffxiv is released so I don't see it having much of an impact or even garnering any attention in the gaming world. IF they really want to make noise they need to announce that the xbox 720 verison is in the works at the same time they release the PS3 version. They also need to hope that GW2 kind of bombs.
#6 May 25 2012 at 5:16 PM Rating: Good
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IF they really want to make noise they need to announce that the xbox 720 verison is in the works at the same time they release the PS3 version.


they tried/wanted to release on xbox, but microsoft refused to participate with multi-platform servers and share a playerbase with pc and ps3 users. xbox wanted their own dedicated servers where there would only be xbox players and nothing else. microsoft's arrogance and unwillingness to compromise has, at least for now, eliminated them from carrying ffxiv so it seems what your wanting wont be happening.
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#7 May 26 2012 at 9:27 AM Rating: Default
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^^^ That is false, the reason they declined it, was because of money, not servers or w/e. Only gold members could sign up for XIV, that means 2 monthly subs, one for xbox live, one for FFXIV, if SE had tailored a payment system for the xbox users, where it was not 14.99+14.99 a month, it could have worked in theory.
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#8 May 26 2012 at 4:30 PM Rating: Decent
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^^^ That is false, the reason they declined it, was because of money, not servers or w/e. Only gold members could sign up for XIV, that means 2 monthly subs, one for xbox live, one for FFXIV, if SE had tailored a payment system for the xbox users, where it was not 14.99+14.99 a month, it could have worked in theory.


Since FFXIV wasn't a respected title they had no leeway, with FFXI they wanted it on Xbox so they bent the rules and you can play it without a gold account.
#9 May 28 2012 at 1:59 AM Rating: Good
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In answer to your question, the game has improved since launch, yes. It hasn't improved enough for me to sub to it, but it is definitely much better in a lot of ways.

Then again, it all depends on what you like. With combat, I think it is worse, because I never wanted them to eliminate skills, and restrict them, and I wasn't crazy about them adding auto-attack. Lots of people like it though.

XI endgame is currently mostly alliance sized battles, but you'd have to spend time gearing up to get accepted to them for most jobs, especially DD. BRD is probably one of the only jobs you can get a spot with if you don't have pretty good gear.
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