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FFXIV ARR is amazing! Kudos Yoshi P and team!Follow

#1 Aug 25 2013 at 6:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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Due to recent service outages there have been much negativity. So I thought I'd post something positive!!

Played 1.0 at release for casually 2 months or so, didn't get too far but felt so disillusioned I just had to stop.

Rebought FFXIV ARR and I have to say, HUGE kudos to Yoshi P and the team. I'm only level 15 out from Gridania but so far I have been very impressed. They have seriously turned this game around! It's actually FUN and jam-packed full of intriguing story, great gameplay, and an amazing sense and realisation of the world of Eorzea.

Not only am I amazed at the many fundamental improvements to how the game plays (e.g. combat system, world layout), I've also loved the little things that the dev team have included which reflects their incredible attention to detail. I'm loving the little things like when you zone, your character doesn't just suddenly stop and the screen fades. You actually see your character run off into the next zone, making it a more seamless transition. Like when you are amongst larger crowds of players there's rustle-and-bustle murmuring and crowd-like noises. Also love how a lot of unnecessary server-side processes (e.g. dialogue) have been changed to client-side; makes things much swifter and quicker. Also love the little icons and logos on top of mobs, marking their importance—quest mob, hunter's log mob, etc.

Also I want to mention how GREAT the gamepad works. PC players without gamepad—GO GET A CONTROLLER!!! You won't regret it! It makes adventuring so much more relaxing and creates greater opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of this fantastic world!

I think there are still little niggles here and there that hopefully will be improved on: I think there is definitely room to improve how mobs are labelled; often there's just a clutter of mob text littered across my screen which significantly cripples the journeying experience and immersion. We also can't compare loot easily.

But anyway, those are minor gripes. Wow is this game much better than I had expected. Can't wait to see more!!

Anyone want to share their most-loved changes in ARR?


Edited, Aug 26th 2013 1:30am by tarutso
#2 Aug 25 2013 at 6:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, I think everyone can agree the game is fabulous when you can play it.

Which makes getting kicked off the server all the more suckier. Smiley: frown
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#3 Aug 25 2013 at 6:52 PM Rating: Excellent
tarutso wrote:
I think there are still little niggles here and there that hopefully will be improved on (I think there is definitely room to improve how mobs are labelled; often on my screen there's just loads of mob text littered across significantly crippling the journeying experience and immersion).


Heh

Made me giggle.
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#4 Aug 25 2013 at 6:52 PM Rating: Good
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Catwho wrote:
Yeah, I think everyone can agree the game is fabulous when you can play it.

Which makes getting kicked off the server all the more suckier. Smiley: frown


Yeah definitely. Hope they're only teething issues!
#5 Aug 25 2013 at 6:53 PM Rating: Good
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Catwho wrote:
Yeah, I think everyone can agree the game is fabulous when you can play it.

Which makes getting kicked off the server all the more suckier. Smiley: frown


100% in agreement!
#6 Aug 25 2013 at 6:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I played a bit of the beta for 1.0 and then a couple months of release. Like you I quit because of the slow interface and confusion. I played P3 andP4 of this beta and am extremely happy with the changes.
Yes go get a controller for the PC, so much better. I'm using an XBOX wireless one. I have ARR installed on the PS3 but still have not played it on it yet since the PC experience with controller is amazing. Even with the challenges of today I'm still hyped for the game and hopeful for its success.
Still it's good to get the frustrations and qq'ing out on the forum ;)

The best little thing I noticed and enjoy: no first-come first get spawn points in gathering!!!!!!! {thank you}
#7 Aug 25 2013 at 7:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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pufardo wrote:
I played a bit of the beta for 1.0 and then a couple months of release. Like you I quit because of the slow interface and confusion. I played P3 andP4 of this beta and am extremely happy with the changes.
Yes go get a controller for the PC, so much better. I'm using an XBOX wireless one. I have ARR installed on the PS3 but still have not played it on it yet since the PC experience with controller is amazing. Even with the challenges of today I'm still hyped for the game and hopeful for its success.
Still it's good to get the frustrations and qq'ing out on the forum ;)

The best little thing I noticed and enjoy: no first-come first get spawn points in gathering!!!!!!! {thank you}


Great point. It just feels like the dev team took lessons from a wide range of games with split loot, split nodes, split mob tags. Reminds me of how great Diablo III's looting system was when playing friends—no fighting over loot which ultimately leads to less annoyance/bickering, more fun! There seems to be quite a number of features that FFXIV borrows and tailors for itself.

Edited, Aug 26th 2013 1:27am by tarutso
#8 Aug 25 2013 at 7:21 PM Rating: Good
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Your words sums up my feeling for ARR.
Same as you, I quit after 3 months of 1.0. Now coming back and feeling amazed of how it has changed. I am optimistic that this time I will stay regardless of all the errors we are currently encountering.
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