BFF Report Episode 41: Final Fantasy XIV

Fony finally gets to tell us what he really thinks about FFXIV. It's no secret that he's not the biggest fan, but now he gets to explain why in his latest video.

The Final Fantasy XIV servers are open for business for players who purchased the Collector's Edition, but the remaining fans have to wait until next week to enter Eorzea. And then there's Mike B. His latest BFF Report focuses on Square Enix's newest creation, and we get to find out what he really thinks of the game.

Now might be a good time to point out that the BFF Report does not represent the opinions of the entire ZAM Network. Yeah, now might be a really good time mention that. Whether you agree with him or not, check out episode 41 of the BFF Report!


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keep defending
# Sep 28 2010 at 10:53 AM Rating: Default
83 posts
I'm going to keep defending this MMO for a number reasons.

One - the standard edition hasn't gone live yet and it is most like that SE plans to have an update ready to go very shortly.

Second - the game was designed to more of an asian style MMO. If want to get the same old sort of experience you get with WoW or LOTRO your not going to get it because like FFXI, FFXIV is not the same old cookie cutter experience. It's a different MMO based on a number of fundamental differences from WoW and LOTRO.

Three - there are some issues which over all are very minor issues and will be patched very easily. For anyone who likes this style of MMO you're going to put up with them for the short while it's going to take them to patch it.

Four - consider the source. Most north american players have only experienced WoW and expect to get more of the same with a different game. It's easy for this people to disagree with something they don't understand. If it is not your kind of game fine, then don't play it, but we don't need trolls supporting threads of bad reviews based on a TON of false information.

Five - don't ruin it for others, just because you don't like this type of game doesn't mean your opinion is the word of god and have to spew your negitive demeanor all over the place.

Bottom-line - if you want something different and want to break away from the same basic MMO mold then you will really want to try FFXIV and see it through past some of the annoying parts.

# Sep 27 2010 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
4 posts
All i have to say is this... its getting **** reviews everywhere.. i have yet to see it past a 7.. all it is getting is about 6.0 and under.. and quess why :P

all i have to say is.. "fony hit the nail on the head" with this one.. and its true dont care how much you guys wanna back it up.. sure it has wonderful aspects but its not doing so well right now.. and probally not in the future.. but one can hope
Feedback to review and some of my own opinions.
# Sep 25 2010 at 3:42 AM Rating: Decent
1 post
Firstly I wanna say I am really enjoying this game, I have never played FF games really before except for FF7 when I was about 11 (which was an awesome game in my head at least :P). However some of what the reviewer said in this video was true.

For example the game is really unintuitive it isnt just a case of click the guy with a yellow ? over his head, accept quest, open map run to spot kill mobs which are there. Especially on the starting quests. There are no npcs with glowing question marks or rings or signifiers to denote them as the required one.
The npcs for the emote thing are stupid honestly that quest was annoying and often it wont tell you who to look for which is also annoying and really should give you more information. But I wont lie the learning curve on this one is steep and you better be willing to play and learn and not just be looking for instant gratification.

However I do think this review is so unbelievably biased it is unreal, the amount of hate and ******** I mean with the running distances come on man, do you have the attention span of a 5 year old? Watching this review felt like someone made their mind up they hated it after the first fight with the jellyfish monster thing and after that point was just looking for something else to justify it.

The running distances although longer than your average MMO dont feel horrible, it adds a sense of exploration and achievement when you reach the next area and it gives you time to kill all the way to the next crystal and regen health and mana instantly when you get there.
I mean the repeated scenery is annoying but is something I have never noticed, seen or spotted but then when I am running I am usually looking at my inventory, checking journal, allocating points I have forgotten to spend or something else so I don't really spend to much time staring at all the pretty colours.
Again the spelling mistakes are something I havnt noticed either but I generally scan read all the conversation and don't spend to much time looking for grammar and punctuation - this one at least will be fixed easy enough anyway.

In my opinion the game world and a lack of jump to manouver it should make the movement of FFXIV feel unbelievably linear but it doesnt somehow.
The combat system although somewhat clunky to begin with after some time begins to feel smooth and fluid which is strange cos first impressions screamed otherwise.
The UI is not built with idiots in mind and it will take you a few hours to feel confident navigating your way around the menu. The descriptions of abilities are not massively detailed only giving you enough info to know that Fire deals Fire damage takes 3secs to cast and costs 10mana. But hey what more do you need to know.

If you arnt looking for a WOW clone this game delivers, the style of play reminds me of the older MMO's which imo are better than most today. WOW imo is a dieing giant spoon feeding its subscribers doses of success to keep em comming back for more and churning out expansion to refresh an otherwise repetitive timesink. WOW is a game I have spent ALOT of time playing btw I played from release and my subscription is still open today although I havnt played it for 4 months (but you never know when the urge to login will return :P)

But imo FFXIV although it still feels unfinished, (some of the bugs are unbelievable however the vast majority of these have been fixed since wednesday). It is still fun to play bringing something different to the market. It will never be a giant such as wow but it will survive with those who are willing to climb the mountain that is a learning curve and enjoy the game for what it is.

Oh also my enjoyment of this game went up 10fold once I started using an xbox controller to play, the mouse and keyboard situation is dire but on a control you really feel as though you are playing it how it was meant to be played.

Sorry for the wall of text dunno if it makes too much sense but hope it helps someone and will encourage some of you to try this game yourselves instead of relying on other peoples opinions to put you off.

Ps, that clip at the end with the ladybug is LOL funny.

Perfect review.
# Sep 24 2010 at 11:31 PM Rating: Good
3 posts
Fony really hit the nail on the head with this one. Personal firsthand experience confirms every single problem, and many more, that he highlights. Definitely required material for anyone thinking about buying FF14.

1post user(s) are pretty cool guys. Eh trash Fony and doesn't afraid of anything.
# Sep 24 2010 at 10:45 PM Rating: Decent
This has to be one of the most biased reviews ever. Who lets this ****** review for such a nice site?


bad review from this guy
# Sep 24 2010 at 9:07 AM Rating: Default
83 posts
Don't base your decision on this guys review its completely off base and not even reviewed on the retail version. He doesn't know what he is talking about. The MMO launch has been smooth and the game is pretty good. If you like an MMO that makes you work worth the rewards and achivements worth something then this is the game you want. If you want a game where stuff is handed to you by doing a few quests then go back to WoW or LOTRO.

Um you really expect your character to be super duper uber first starting out? Really this guy is complaining that he is missing on a mob thats part of a tutorial at level 1??? Hello??? YOU ARE LEVEL ONE ******!!!

First off it's an ASIAN style MMO game. That means you actually have to play the game and work for your achivements instead of doing one or two quests or running a raid once and getting some uber piece of gear. This is the difference between people who like Final Fantasy and say people who like WoW.

As far as the slow combat goes -- this has been completely tuned up for the release and is actually really fast now. This review is based off of the closed beta, not even the open beta which had many changes to it.

This guy fails to mention that once you reach the camp you can teleport back to it anytime you want from any place by simply choosing teleport option from the menu.

As far as dying, do you really want a bunch of dialogs boxes popup up when you die in some raid? NO because someone is probably going to raise you so you can keep fighting. I for one enjoy not having crappy popups in my face when im trying to play my game.

And copy and paste graphics? Hardly. So you find a few places where looking at it from different angles looks the same as some place else in the game??? Big deal you can do that in real life you know also.... Yea resources do get resued a lot in MMO games -- tell me which NEW MMO's dont?? Unless you want the game to be like 800 GB when it's installed, they are gonna need to reuse stuff. Not to mention the game has been in development since 2006.

Really don't base your opinion on buying the game or not over this guys useless review. It really is way off base and not even based on the retail version of the game..

bad review from this guy
# Sep 27 2010 at 9:01 AM Rating: Decent
83 posts
I strongly disagree -- the more I play the game the more I like it and the more I understand why they designed the game the way they did. I will definately keep playing.
bad review from this guy
# Sep 26 2010 at 5:17 PM Rating: Decent
25 posts
great review from this guy.

Now , four days after the launch, the game is still ****.
I miss FF11.
SE vs Blizz
# Sep 24 2010 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
Honestly, I say give SE a break... Yeah, they merged with a multi~something corp. I guess wow took it to the extreme with the whole monthly billing. But a stable server costs $$. To MMO or to not MMO? RPG, has always been a single player story emersion. But now we get to take that story into a few million dollar design test. Copy and pasta', lol. What about the other 10g of space. I started playing wow vanilla. Watching my lil bro try for his small % at some ti3r. I was instantly hooked. Made me go out and buy a pc (orly ^). Yes! How did a kid with no RPG exp get tier in wow? I guess I'll never know. I've played every FF up to XI. Sorry Square, you lost my interests. I so desperately want this to work. I'm so tired of yelling at blizz behind the mc. So sick of awaiting the return of my precious Diablo. Now they have the nerve to destroy everything I know and love. Avg FF Game Time : 80hrs. WoW: Weeks. So that said. Mike B, dude your awesome. I was rofl all over the place during your vids. (first time viewer, def not the last.) Your dead on man. Get the weak points out the way. Square Kid~
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