Hi all, I've been seriously thinking of delving into FFXIV lately, I just had some questions. I read someone else's topic "To play or not to Play," but my reasoning behind joining FFXIV is different enough that I figured it warranted a new topic.
First of all, my only experience with MMOs so far have been FFXI -love of my life- played from ps2 release til somewhere around level cap 90 (is also why I already have a zam account). The reason I quit was mainly because I started to work full-time for the first time in my life, and secondly because all my long-time friends had already quit and moved on elsewhere.
My only other MMO experience has been Tera. I have to say, compared to FFXI, Tera is the Dane Cook of MMOs. The combat system is polished, as I'm sure some of you have heard, but that's all there is to it. Its a vapid chain of non-stop questing til level cap (took me maybe 20 days to reach cap on my archer) and then the game falls flat on its face. Both endgame and crafting are a joke atm; it seems nothing BUT the combat system received any attention from developers. But my only real reason for quitting Tera is simple: the horrible community.
Non-stop trolling 24/7 in server-wide chat. Everything from US politics to how good GW2 will be. If you chose to be either an archer or a berserker, you'd better have a nice guild because you'll be getting the insta-boot while trying to run endgame dungeons, either for greed (the only tank class shares loot drops with berserker) or because people underestimate a job's viability (archer had to be buffed sometime before the game was released in the US). Out of the three guilds I joined during my playtime, two fell apart, and the one large one had no communication in it except for when people were trying to run an instance without the risk being insta-kicked, or to avoid the hour-long queue. Dungeon instances were cross server, so even if you ran a dungeon successfully, leaders could switch the loot settings right as the last boss went down and you'd never see them again, nor your drops.
I have a lot of complaints about Tera, but it made me reminisce about the strong community feel that FFXI had, where it was the majority, not the minority, that were polite and decent human beings.
|Hello!| |/bow| |/salute| |Congratulations!| |Thank you.|
In Tera, if your guildmates greet after you log in, consider yourself lucky.
That brings me here today. I want a more party-oriented game, where people are forced to interact with others, and where the trolls can't handle the game and "give up and go back to wow" as we used to put it. I've heard FFXIV is more solo-friendly than FFXI, so that kind of worries me. Anyway, I was just hoping some of you could shed some light on how the FFXIV community is as a whole. Sorry for the giant wall o' text.
tl;dr: How's the community in FFXIV?