So I've played MMO's my whole life, most of the big ones and some f2p as well. Spent roughly 4-5 years on ffxi and then went to WoW and quit for a few years. Just picked up tera a few months ago and stopped playing in order to play diablo 3 and some old ps2 games: KH, KH2, FFX, FFXII. When i originally looked for an MMO i came here first and saw tons of problems and decided on Tera. I came back on here and after pouring through tons of threads I have some questions:
1) FFXI was pretty easy to subscribe to. You went through Playonline. I have read horror stories on the subscription service for ffxiv. Is this still the case? Or can i just set up a credit card for monthly payment like WoW or Tera or any standard MMO?
2)Tried to read about the advanced job system. Seems like a convaluted job/subjob system from ffxi which worked wonderfully. If I want to play a Dragoon, is it very different from lancer? or same thing with SOME new skills? Basically is it really worth it to get an advanced job?
3)The screen tears and AH function and all that probably wont bother me that much if the gameplay is good. But people are complaining about combat. Is it really that bad? And is it like FFXI where you need to party in Dunes to get levels 16-20 or whatever in order to progress? Seems like people are saying that can solo alot so I'm trying to figure out if its a group based system or not.
Any other information you guys think is relevant to help me decide to play or not would be great. I understand 2.0 will be coming out at some point so thats irrelevant. Also I have an alienware MX11 laptop, with... 8GB Dual Channel dual channel DDR3. Rest is standard MX11 stuff. Includes 1GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M <--- straight from the dell website lol. So I dont even know if my laptop can handle it.