I will and often do point out my dissatisfaction with the combat system, but who doesn't?
It was a lose-lose situation from the start. The point of the combat system is to kill off that discrepancy between melee and mages by putting both on equal footing and thus fascilitate PvP, because otherwise mages would rule PvP. If they keep TP build up as it was in 1.0 they wouldn't meet that goal. Going the "abilities with individual cooldowns" and giving each class their own unique resource system like WoW et al would mean you'd have an army of FFXI purists crying that they got rid of TP and further idiotic drivel of it taking away from the game's Final Fantasy identity. They tried going down the middle with their approach to TP and those rules for spells/abilities they mentioned in the FF 25th anniversary panel.
I'm not sure that PvP being the cause is a fair assessment of the situation. We really have no idea how it will be implemented at this point.
I'm not really an advocate of each class having separate resources, it just depends on how the battle system works. I play TERA where melee classes use mana just like mages would to 'cast' their abilities. For the sake of immersion it sounds silly, but it doesn't really bother me because it works well. I'd even argue that it works out better that way because it's easier to account for the scaling on abilities. Melee ability 'a' does damage 'b' at a cost of 'c' mana is easily translated to mage ability 'x' doing 'y' damage at a cost of 'z' mana. The only real differences outside that which need attention is cooldown on the abilities, bonus damage based on elemental affinity or positional requirements, ect.
I understand how and why people who played XI would want XIV not to stray too far from the formula if they appreciated that game, but XI had a better system than XIV had both at first alpha and even through the addition of auto-attack. Time will tell how changes in ARR affect the game, but I'm sure we could all agree that the system in XI could and should be improved upon even if they do decide not to stray from that type of system.
Perhaps I'm a little hard on SE for not putting together something better. Is it too demanding of me to place a higher standard on them because they've been doing this for decades or should I hold them to the same standard as I would a rookie development team?
FilthMcNasty's name is very familiar to me because of the negative statements. However, none of what he said was wrong.
You seem to be missing the point. It was said before, by others, and quite a few time too. Please don't make it come over like any of his repetitive whining opened eyes that had been closed before.
It opened mine.
If there is one thing I realize, is that we need the complainers. I won't do it, and someone has to. Most of the time, I'm TOO understanding. Sometimes it takes that one person willing to ***** about it to make me see perspective.
When purchasing things online, I go straight to the 1 star reviews to see if there are any valid concerns. If most of them are about UPS or FEDEX shipping it to them late etc, I'll rest easy and take the 5 stars more seriously. If I had an issue with a product, I really couldn't be assed to go complain about it and put a 1 star review. Granted I never had a product fail on me because I do a lot of research before spending my hard earned money, especially if it's expensive. "Cheap things no good. Good things no cheap."
My point is, I'm kinda grateful for the negative nancies of the world. They have their purpose with me.
I already tried reasoning this out with people. The white knights simply try to deny or discredit any opinion that doesn't praise SE or XIV without offering some of what they like to brand 'constructive criticism'. Don't say anything bad about XIV unless it comes with a laundry list of ideas to fix it.
Let me put on my Poubelle hat for a moment here and ask the 'tough questions'
Do you need to be a plumber to tell when a pipe is leaking? Do you need 4 years of med school to understand when you're sick?
If people can answer these questions(those of us who are not plumbers or doctors anyway) then they should be able to understand why not all criticism is required to be constructive. I do try to come up with alternatives or at least a valid comparison simply to soothe the army of torches and pitchforks, but it's never enough.