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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 9:14AM fatedruby said

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Do I get yellow glowing eyes as Black Mage like the one in the quest?

If the answer is "Yes", I forgive him.

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 9:48AM stephen09181981 said

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suprised this game is still going to be honest this was a complete bomb

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 9:54AM Syesta said

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This is about in line with Yoshida's initial estimate about a week or so ago of somewhere around "March 6th - 9th"
With the sheer amount of stuff crammed packed into it, I will wait patiently.

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 9:56AM valdi313 said

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Is anyone playing the game right now? I'm interested to hear how the game is shaping up since they've revamped so much of it.
Thoughts?

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 10:07AM Zaken said

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@valdi313
I got it when it was on sale on Amazon for 10 bux two weeks ago. It is surprising rather playable. I hated it in beta and cancelled the pre-order but now I might play it on and off since its about 10 bux to sub and people are rather helpful in game. Chat channel are decent. Try it out if you can get a cheap copy or wait for 2.0 which would have more improvement.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 10:17AM valdi313 said

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@Zaken
Thanks for the reply. Is the game still only keyboard based with the UI or can you actually use a mouse with it like most games?

I always loved the idea they had about classes being based on their armor. Is this still the case?
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 10:33AM Zaken said

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@valdi313
Mouse is still clunky to use. It is way better than in beta. Still, it's faster to do some stuff with keyboards. They are suppose to update the PC UI to modern standard in 2.0. It is rather hard to explain, the best I can do is "PC UI is largely improved but still not up to western standard".
For example, casting now goes like this. Target monster -> Click on Spell -> Click on Target again to confirm casting. The 3rd step is just stupid but they are patching that issue soon.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 11:48AM Dunraven said

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@valdi313 I played up until they brought the subscriptions back..they have made a ton of improvements...sadly being a teen with a part time summer job I can only afford one MMO and I'm currently sticking with SWTOR
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 8:15PM Manafront said

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@Zaken or you can press spell number and click on monster and spell goes off
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 9:59AM Otakkun said

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I wonder if this game is ever going to be at least as good as FF XI.

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 11:00AM (Unverified) said

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The changes to magic were posted today, and they're looking great. The game is receiving a much-needed sub-targeting system, as well as movement canceling casting. You can also see the upcoming Black Mage spell "Burst" towards the end, which looks amazing.

More importantly though, check out the responsiveness of the UI! Hopefully that's a 1.21 change and not just JP / Dev latency.

http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/38543

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 11:16AM Zaken said

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That does look awesome. Hopefully they can improve server lag issue or NA players probably wont see the responsiveness of the improvement. I still have about 1-2 sec lag between UI tell me the spell is ready to cast and when I actually trying to cast, system tells me its not ready ugh.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 11:20AM Spron said

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I wish that the FFXIV team would learn to build these delays into their declarations of when patches are going to drop. Hasn't every single patch, since late 2010, for this game, been delayed? Especially considering that the game is being redesigned from the ground up, delays are going to be a fact of life. Why the dev team doesn't simply add a week or two of cushion to each projected patch date is beyond me.

Otherwise, yep, I'll keep on hoping the best for the game. I played right at release and thought the game had decent promise but it was such a disaster. It looks now like maybe in a year or two, it'll finally be ready for a real release.

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 11:36AM (Unverified) said

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I'm not happy with the casting movement change at all. I still enjoy the game, but I personally have not been happy with some of the changes to casters.

Can't win 'em all. :)

Posted: Mar 1st 2012 12:05PM Zaken said

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Such as ? I would like to know since I only started trying it out for like 2 weeks.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 1:58PM (Unverified) said

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@Zaken

When the game started out, Thuamaturge's abilities and lore revolved around life and death themes, along with hindering spells like sleep, while Conjurer was elemental with all of the basic spells. Both had utilities for helping parties, but Conjurer had the cure, shell, and protect spells, and so was considered healer.

When the jobs came into the works, there was great debate on which mage class would unlock black mage and white mage. Many thought that CNJ should be black mage because they were elemental, and others thought it should be white mage because of the lore and healer role. The changes came as you see now in the game. The elements were split between the two classes, with THM gaining thunder, fire, and blizzard.

Another change that affected all classes was that each class was tied to exactly 15 abilities. Before, there was no set number. This meant CNJ lost a lot of abilities, because it had all six elements and their II versions, the elemental DOTs (these have currently been pulled out of the game, but it's been hinted they might resurface in another mage class), the cures, shell, protect, and a few others that are now taken out of the game. Of course, you couldn't actually use all of those abilities at once, as there was a limitation on how many you could have on your bar. Unfortunately I was less familiar with THM, but I know they had some pretty big changes too.

But it's water under the bridge as they say. :) Yoshi-P is doing a great job, and there are bound to be bumps for someone or another along the way. What matters is the end result.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2012 3:44PM Monkey D Luffy said

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The delay is old news, it was announced last week.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2012 8:57AM Spookimitsu said

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"Patience, they say, is a virtue -- and no one is more patient than the Final Fantasy XIV community"

*cough, cough* the potential and long awaiting PS3 FFXIV community >

Posted: Mar 2nd 2012 2:51PM Joshinu said

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I'm still waiting on them to fix the interface for PC users. In my opinion that is something that should not be waiting till 2.0 and should be one of their first priorities. I know they have to rework combat to the point to where they like it in order to make the UI work for combat, but simple things like clicking on things, opening a specific menu with a hotkey rather than opening the game menu then going down to the menu you want, using abilities needs to be more fluid and swapping roles needs to be faster and smoother. My biggest complaint about combat was that I never knew which ability was going to be used, when procs were able to be used and how to manage my resources. And aggro was a pain in the ass too. I'll be extremely happy to try it again when all of that is changed and I'm hoping it becomes the game I always wanted it to be. I just fear that because SE primarily makes console games that any PC game is going to have that console feel.

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