I don't know why everyone is putting the p***y on a pedestal here.
In every thread you hear negativity and disappointment about how this new tiny bit of stuff doesn't live up to the insane hype you've built up in your head. Where is this hype coming from, because all i hear is "oh man they better impress me or I'm going to stop fiending for every tidbit and alpha leak."
SE hasn't even rolled out a hype wagon, in the slightest. The only thing said about today was "Some news coming on Jan. 7th." and everyone's all sour-pants because why? You thought bacon-mage was gonna be announced?
Set your expectations accordingly, or this is going to be a long ****ing 7 months.
I don't really think anyone is "sour-pants; just not ready to gush over what is a lackluster cinematic. Like I said, it's certainly gripping. Just watching it before seeing anything in these forums or even seeing the earlier version which some folks have said it's just a copy pasta of, it really grabbed my attention and made me want to know more. More about super mage. More about that guy who I guess is probably Cid. More about wtf is everyone fighting for when the sky is literally opening up and vomiting forth dragons. More about how the heck do the chocobos balance with all that armor and only two legs!??
But that doesn't mean that it's a particularly good opening cinematic for introducing someone who wasn't there for the nth Umbrella Era to FFXIV Revisited.
The city is burned to the ground. Then it isn't. People are all fighting. Then they aren't. Five companions are in the middle of it all. Then they're gone. Then they are somewhere else. Super mage smiles, and disappears into oblivion, along with team thamaturge and the conclave of complex clerics.
Even after reading through that wiki that someone linked - it's a good story, but I wish that the cinematic just made more sense. An opening trailer is supposed to introduce you to the expansion, or in this case, the relaunch. It doesn't have to tell you the whole story, no. But it could at least be an entry point into the world without overwhelming the viewer with, wtf? Edited, Jan 7th 2013 3:52pm by Torrence