played FFXI for nearly 4 years
I've currently got a level 49 BRD
I see. So you aren't able to access any of the 50 content.
Issue #5: The game is entirely too easy in all aspects
I've run nearly every dungeon
...but you just said you were level 49. How could you possibly know that the game is entirely too easy in all aspects if you haven't experienced one aspect of it? Do you really think you've 'nearly' ran every dungeon if you're missing two of the biggest ones plus a plethora of level 50 ones and 3 hardmode primals plus coils? I don't think so.
this is solely my opinion, and based on my perception rather than facts
Oh that explains it.
for those out there who don't have 3-4 hours to queue up
As a DPS throughout my travel from 15-50, the longest queue I've experienced has been 45 minutes. I'm not sure why you are getting 4 hour queues. My guess: exaggeration for effect similar to how you said you are:
1) i'm a die-hard Final Fantasy fan
A 'clever' tactic. First, present information that would make it appear, topically, that you were unbiased. Next, state your experience in other MMOs (without referencing which ones) and, as an aside, casually mention you've written many MMO reviews. It almost makes you seem objective.
Wait, here's your avatar text:
[quote]It's my job to be objective, it's my right to have an opinion.[/quote]
Well, cat is out of the bag on that one I guess.
Issue #1: Crafting is utterly useless
there is no demand for hardly anything.
Does he realize the game was just released? The market is flooded with things because people have been leveling in huge droves up to 50. You EXPECT this type of situation. He mentions that crafting gear is useless since it may be obtained from quest gear.
When you go to level a 2nd job that doesn't use any of the gear that your first job did AND you're out of quests, what do you do? Oh, that's right: buy from the market.
Most people have not gotten to the point of leveling a 2nd job yet. Heck, you're still 49. Yes, they're leveling quite quickly. They have quests and FATEs to choose from with a massive amount of people in each area to do the FATEs with in groups. What happens when the population spreads out more evenly? Do you still think that would be the case? Probably not. Your 2nd job is going to be much slower, require much more money if you don't craft since you'll need to buy gear since it isn't supplemented by quests anymore.
By the way: some of the weapons you may craft are quite nice. In fact, some of them are even better than the primal weapons due to the ability to meld materia into them. The fall short of relic weapons but guess what? Crafters make those per-requisite weapons. And they make a lot of money doing so.
Not to mention that crafting will continue to become more valuable as more and more content is released where materia may be melded into it.
I could stop right here and say that this alone is enough to dismiss this review entirely. But, let's go on! I want to see what else he has to say.
I've seen multiple people with 2-3 jobs at level 50
Me too. Legacy players sure are awesome. One can't help but think that if it were so easy and that you admittedly have a lot of time to play this game (even at work), why are you not 50 yet? I have yet to find anyone in my FC (250+ people) who has acquired more than two level 50 combat jobs.
Issue #4: The duty finder has far too many DPS, and not enough tanks/healers to go around
Not a unique issue to FFXIV at all. Go take a look at WoW's queue system and let me know what the differences are. Hint: DPS queues are also much longer than healer/tank queues in WoW as well. Yet, people still somehow manage.
the end-game is so easy that Free Companies are legitimately selling clears and relic weapon acquisitions to the highest bidders (roughly 150k gil)
How. Would. You. Know?
Also, think this is exclusive to FFXIV? Again, see: FFXI and WoW. Wanted black belt items? You paid some black mages to get them for you. Wanted some tier piece but you belonged to a casual guild? Pay another guild to run you through.
Issue #6: There simply isn't enough to do once you hit 50
How would you....oh I give up.
but with players completing the game in roughly 14 days
You mean the minority of players that speed through a game, including endgame, to be 'world first' or 'server first'? Yeah, they exist. SE has some nice gating techniques that require you to play for longer than 14 days to become maxed out.
The first expansion is already in the works. A huge content patch is due in less than 3 months. In fact, had you read some of Yoshi's comments, you would have seen, "I wonder how many players will reach coil 5 before patch 2.1". This implies that he is expecting many people to not be able to get there in time. This suggests he KNOWS game design well enough to continually release content that is just out of reach for the semi-hardcore or casual player.
We still have two primal fights coming up, crystal tower, and so much more. It's really silly to say there isn't anything to do at 50.
Again, this issue is definitely not specific to FFXIV. People rush through all types of MMORPG hardcore content the minute it is released. A MAJORITY of players do not.
Issue #7: The gil-sinks, gil-gains debate (which is covered by MMORPG.com already) and the gil-sellers
The STF always bans in waves. You played FFXI for nearly 4 years, remember?
I doubt they're unaware of the situation and are already working on alleviating the spam in towns.
[quote=somerandomthread]Issue #8: The staying power is not present.
As I said, I'm an avid final fantasy fan. I love the world, the lore, the mobs, the characters, etc. I have a great community of people to play with. However, it's 14 days in, and we're nearly out of things to do. How can I justify subscribing month after month after month if there isn't anything new or exciting for me to do?
I think we talked about getting to level 50 somewhere in this post...I can't seem to find the 27 instances where I mentioned it, though...
First, get to 50. Then, if you think there's nothing to do, you can always remove subscription until new content comes out. If you're so concerned, you MUST be blowing through content so fast like you've stated other players do, leaving boredom in its wake.
Wait, you aren't the type of player you described: you're still lev...no, I'm not going down that road again.
I like MMORPGs. FFXI was OK if you use your rose-tinted glasses to look at it. WoW used to be (and probably still is) a lot of fun.
How is it that two people who have spent so much time in other MMORPGs (FFXI since NA release, WoW since vanilla, iRO during F2P in 2003, GW2 for a year or two, etc). can come to such vastly different opinions regarding FFXIV?
Well, one of us is at the level cap and has done everything outside of coils with the level capped job. Yet, I still feel like I haven't even scratched the surface of this game.
[quote=KingAlkaiser]no offense to anyone who enjoys game/taking it snail pace but think of the hardcore players reviews as warning of what you will soon complain about in a few weeks or month after. ( heck and I am not even that hardcore myself its just honest review and opinions ). [/quote]
You know... I humored you by reading your 'review' (and then tearing it to pieces). If this is what your argument is based on, I'd recommend not speaking for hardcore players if you aren't one yourself. I haven't seen a, "God, I'm so bored and don't know what to do with my time." in shout, FC chat, or any other forums for that matter in regards to FFXIV.
I will say, though, that I have seen many people point out the fact that FFXI, when released, had very little 'endgame content' in it initially.
It's amazing how many people who think this game will not last cannot see the obvious pattern that SE plans to take. They want to keep subscriptions and will do just like they did in 11 to make sure this happens. FFXIV ARR is their baby. You don't pour this much effort, time, and money into a huge revamp of a project like this and just let it sit around till it self-destructs like in 1.0. Edited, Sep 17th 2013 4:09am by HitomeOfBismarck