I have a bit of downtime here at work and decided to make a thread about AF gear, specifically the differences of obtaining them between FFXI and FFXIV.
I don't want this to be too "dead-horsey" but I think getting AF (at least the first 4 pieces) in FFXIV was a bit too easy. And I don't want to seem manic, because I do think FFXIV is it's own game and shouldn't be FFXI, but I think the AF quest deserves at least a bit more challenge for how iconic the armor is. I was a bit let down when it was basically one (easy) quest, and not a series of quests.
For MNK, (and I'm assuming it's like this for other classes), it was literally sneak behind some tents and recover the gear. There was a fight or two near the end, but for the most part it took me less than 30mins to get 4 pieces of gear... and I even caught a couple of FATES along the way.
Now I'm not saying we should go back to waiting for key drops, fighting ridiculous NMs with a group or even jumping through crazy hoops like this, for example...but as I've mentioned in another thread the Duty Finder makes finding groups a bit more tolerable and that was more than half the battle. Heck SE could make a random item drop from FATES or from dungeons 40+, that you would then turn in to the AF quest giver.
The irony here is that I'm not totally a fan of the MNK AF (looks-wise) and also most people seem to graduate pretty quick from it once they're in their 50's for a bit.
Anyway, in the end, FFXI had more than a few things going against it in quests like these: low drop rates for things like keys, forced grouping with no incentives for other players, long travel times, and little to no direction without a walkthrough/guide; these are things FFXIV fixes and does right. However I just think they took it a bit too far on the easy side when creating the AF quests.
So I don't want FFXI levels of crazy but I would have like to at least seen separate quests for each of the gear, a bit more of story, and maybe a bit of hoop jumping, and maybe a bit less hand holding, especially if it's all able to be completed solo.
What do you guys think?
Edited, Sep 26th 2013 1:49pm by Kierk