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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:15PM yeppers said

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BTW... this is on sale TODAY ONLY at Amazon for $10. Worth it?

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:19PM Raikulxox said

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@yeppers Depends. It's not like the norm MMO (WoW and SWTOR for example). You grind missions like EVEs for money and levels outside of partying, not quests. The quests in game are more for story and such than epic lootz, and the menus are built with controllers in mind (like a console based FF game). If the consolized UI and questless leveling doesn't bother you, then I'd get it. Games got a good community, nice crafting and gathering systems, and purty graphics and music.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:29PM EngadgetSoFunny said

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@Raikulxox

Good community? I think you meant to say dead community. Server-merge necessary type dead community. The game was so good that the own company who made the game determined it wasn't worth paying a monthly fee for, for about 16 months after its release and just last month started to charge fees and a few days later annouced server-merges. IE, so many people quit/felt it wasn't worth paying for and servers being so low-pop, they had to merge people together.

Keep in mind, developer also removed the /sea or /see command to search for how many players are actually online at any given time. Towns feel relatively dead/under populated and you have to spend 20-30 hours shouting for a party before you find a full 8 person party for grinding mobs which might last 2 hours at most which one of the eight people gradually dropping out over said time till the exp isn't worth it.

Beautiful game but lacking so much including auction houses, real-quests, a decent story, combat, etc. It's getting better but is still probably a year off worth paying any kind of monthly fee for and the community now is just religiously devoted die-hards. The majority of the gaming community has left FFXIV's carcass. Square Enix is now just hoping releasing this steaming pile of .... quality on the PS3 community will make it successful by adding new players into the community of said players that didn't feel the game was worth paying for prompting server merges.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:46PM odericko said

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@EngadgetSoFunny ITT: People think good community = amount.

The community is great, and not nearly as low as your making it out to be. Clearly your not following the game, as they added the search function back in. Once servers are cut in half, the average population per world will be 800-1200 on at all times. Not nearly as dead as your making it to be.

The market wards are barely serving there purpose, I agree. The story is better than most MMO's, especially if you dig into the newspapers on current events and such on the Lodestone and do the sidequests to flesh out the world. The main storylines and company quests themselves offer nice story arcs. Combat is nearly the same as any other MMO out there once they removed the stamina gauge. I can't see how you think it's bad.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:51PM Raikulxox said

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@EngadgetSoFunny To add on what odericko said, the game offers something no other "themepark" does. Crafting that is actually useful, an in depth gathering system, and slower paced party oriented gameplay. That, add gorgeous graphics and some of the best music with nice storylines (saying there isn't a nice story is just laughable, check out the FFXIV article a few days back for the story recap which is going to come to a nice conclusion to start off 2.0). Haters are just gonna hate.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 12:01AM Rhazes said

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@yeppers To me no, I played it in beta and canceled my preorder. The game is amazing graphically but I'm not even sure I could play it even if they paid me hourly.

If you know some one who has it see if they will let you install and play for a couple of days.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 10:09AM (Unverified) said

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@Rhazes
Because this game is still the same it was during beta?

Seriously if you haven't played XIV in the last two months you have no right to give an informed opinion of the state of the game.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 10:39AM Rhazes said

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@(Unverified) I'm sorry I will from now on ask your permission before I post my opinions and experience with a game in a thread about the game.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 11:05AM Vorender said

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@yeppers

$10 on amazon for the digital download? Thanks for the heads up. I'll give it a go. I played FFXI for about 2 years. Why not. :)
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 11:42AM Ortiner said

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@EngadgetSoFunny I think people just don't like playing with you for your sense of entitlement. If the negativity in your type is any indicator to what you are like in game... I'm not surprised you wouldn't have luck finding folks to play with. This game has grown to be something pretty special. Truth be told it's better off without you. And it's not like if you don't play the game is going to stop getting better. You really don't matter stop thinking you do.

They've really captured the sense of immersion in an exploration title. You don't get achievements just for doing things. You meet someone who's researching something specific, and in aiding their research you unlock achievements. There's not some build up to make you feel awkward about being important because you're not the only person involved. From the offset you're treated like one of many who is all assisting in an overall goal. You are given choices, what company to side with based on their goals and yours. Your not limited by the options because it's all merc's looking for work as there's a war on the horizon coming.

The community, the people who play are amazing. They care about the game, they want to see it succeed. They'll help you find what you need. They'll party to do whatever. you can easily play with other folks who are in lower levels by switching to a job class you haven't leveled much. So there's always character growth, and you can build your toon however you want. It could be taken as fanboy love. or you could see it as people having faith in something they want to see grow into something better because it had a good set of ideas.

I hope it succeeds if no other reason because people who like to judge an mmo and tell people that they shouldn't play it because their tastes and interests weren't met are voicing their opinions as undeniable fact. When plain and simple (i'm wordy as hell.) If you don't like a game... don't play it. We'll be happy to not have to deal with your whining in game.

:) peace love and remember only you can prevent trolling, by having a sense of respect for people beyond a veil of internet anonymity
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 9:12PM (Unverified) said

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@Rhazes
If you weren't such a retard, I wouldn't have said anything.

You played during OPEN BETA. that was well over a year ago. You know how much has changed in that year? DO you know how much the game has changed in the last 2 moths? How about how much it'll change once this months patch goes live?

So next time you're presented with a question "Is this game worth playing" think about how the context of your experince applies to the question at hand. You played during OPEN BETA., the game NOW is NOTHING like it was THEN.

So you win the asshadouchebagMcgee award, congrats.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:16PM Raikulxox said

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The game has come a long way. At first it penalized players for leveling with the fatique system, and now they implemented something comparable to WoW's rest system. Grats SE.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:37PM hami83 said

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I liked the game. I played it around 1.7-1.8 or something.

If it was $10/month I might play, but not $15. And probably not till the PS3 version came out.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:44PM Raikulxox said

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@hami83 It is $10 a month...until 2.0.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:45PM odericko said

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@hami83 It is $10 a month mayne.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 10:55PM hami83 said

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@Raikulxox @odericko I meant after 2.0 sorry. Should've mentioned that, sorry.

I also didn't know it was $10/month now. Thank you.

Kind of tempting, but I'll wait till 2.0 with the whole relaunch thing.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 7:22AM Khalus said

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@hami83

And come 2.0 it still won't be $15. The total cost will be $13 a month...
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:32PM EngadgetSoFunny said

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Yes, a long way indeed. To think, after only a single year and several months worth of effort they got rid of a fatigue system and added a bonus rested exp system, still do not have an auction house but have a slightly closer system to an auction house and added a several storyline quests to mix in with their incredibly terribly guildleve system.

Combat is still pretty terrible but ok to watch ... for the first month or so. Slow-paced combat. Not much strategy involved. Better than it was before though. Oh also they've added a total of about 5 dungeons to the game over that time frame and 0 raids. Also, a few areas to grind mobs repetitively.

Posted: Feb 15th 2012 2:10AM (Unverified) said

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for $10.00 most defiantly worth it. Even @ $20.00 (which is sells for as a digital download) is worth it.

What do you get for your money? 30 free days of game time. Early access to ver 2.0 in October which is free to play until january. (even if you decide not to pay past your first 30 free days)

Yes the game had a horrible launch.
Yes it's taken a year to build this game back up.
Yes it still has much more rebuilding to do.

but worth playing? YES.

But be warned. If WoW or SWtor is the perfect type of game for you, You will mostl likely not enjoy FFXIV. If you like tight helpful communities, party based game play, You will find something in FFXIV.

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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 3:06AM Balraw said

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I have subscribed to this game within that past week, after seeing someone's Lets Play on Youtube.

I am quite surprised by all the changes and the effect that it has on the game play. Speaking only for myself I am actually finding it somewhat fun rather than just being a chore as I previously found it. The game doesn't lead you by the nose to everything and you actually have to look for things, discover things for yourself and I find that satisfying. This style of play is not for everyone but it suits me and I enjoy it.

Does it need more adjustments, certainly. SE however seem to be pushing FFXIV in a good direction and I am intrigued enough that I am going to stick around for the moment.


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