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Posted: Mar 5th 2012 9:39PM AstralEcho said

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'bout time.

Can't wait to go on a black mage nuking spree. Now give me blue mage and summoner!

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 10:08PM EngadgetSoFunny said

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A year late + some change and a dollar short.

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 10:12PM Bramen said

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This is way late for sure...

... but maybe it is time to go and try the game again.

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 10:19PM Buckwald said

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I really wish I could do more than 4 quests every 5 hours...

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 11:59PM Manafront said

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@Buckwald huh?
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 1:38AM Naru now in 3D said

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@Buckwald Are you talking about levequest limits? o_O

Because they've been changed for a loooong time now. I usually have 70-90 levequests available to me at any given time, I never run out of them. Not to mention there's unlimited amounts of sidequests and Grand Company quests available at any time.

It's kinda sad how so many people think FFXIV is in the exact same state it was when it released in 2010.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 3:46PM (Unverified) said

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@Naru now in 3D

I have been testing XIV still, IT IS still in a very sad state. Guildleve should have been completely removed, there boring and are the grindy element in existence. If it doesn't have story elements it doesn't belong in a FF game. Combat is still WAY to slow, with godawful cooldowns on everything. The game supports mouse control poorly, (MMOs are best for a PC, because people type to talk to each other.... MMOs 101) but SE decided to focus on PS3 rather then make a playable game. This game doesn't deserve redemption, it should be made a example of. If a company decides to put out a product that just plain bad, it should hurt their faults. They ignored testers that pleaded with them to make fixes before launch.

PS no 2H swords in a FF game, REALLY!?!?

/twitch,
this game angers me WAY to much.
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Posted: Mar 5th 2012 10:30PM Otakkun said

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Honestly, if they payed ME to play this game I would still have to think about it.

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 11:55PM Maseno said

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I am really surprised they haven't embraced the F2P model. They know the game is trash, hence the year of F2P. Just make the switch, get your population back up, and make a decent amount of money from your game. Right now you are just letting it linger in anguish.

Posted: Mar 6th 2012 1:41AM Naru now in 3D said

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@Maseno

The game isn't trash any longer. It has improved immensely since it was relased in 2010. It still has a long way to go to be considered one of the best MMOs (hopefully that'll happen in a year with FFXIV version 2.0) but it's still a lot better than most, if not all, f2p MMOs out there clogging the internet.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 2:25AM Balraw said

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@Maseno As someone who has within the past month resubbed to FFXIV on the strength of someone lets play video's I have to agree with Naru that it has come a long way from the mess that it was on release. It still has some issues but the dev team seem to have a clear vision of where they want to go and I am intrigued enough to support them with some money.

Having said that the game does have some quirks and as such it may not be to everyone's taste but for me it wouldn't be a final fantasy game without a few oddities. ;)
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 8:27AM Rialle said

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@Naru now in 3D

I agree it is no longer trash, but it isn't something I can readily justify a sub for as of yet. Maybe if I weren't filling my time with RIFT and Skyrim right now, but I feel that subbing is basically paying in advance for 2.0. I'm not sure I can really justify that as much as I want to believe that the game will be awesome by 2.0.

The fact that Square-Enix didn't go F2P with this game even though it would have probably "made sense" is promising to me that they are heavily resistant to that model, which I actually can respect them for. Hopefully it is a sign they have confidence that 2.0 will be worth the sub (and I also dislike the F2P model).
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 10:02AM Maseno said

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@Rialle

All I can say is that gamers are some of the most unforgiving consumers out there. There are many examples of games that had botched launches, made improvements, but never really became what they should have been in terms of popularity/population. I.e. WAR, Vanguard, AoC, and hopefully SWTOR will be added to this list as well.
The majority of people who bought this game feel completely burned, and most likely will never touch it again. I really don't see anything but a drastic change (very low sub fee, f2p, buy to play, or "freemium" which I hate) in the way the game is put out there to get numbers back.

The one thing that would make me play this game is if they ever put chocobo breeding/racing into it. Loved that in FF7.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 10:36AM Rialle said

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@Maseno

I was never a big fan of Chocobo breeding in FF7 but it could be a nice option in an MMO. It might actually be pretty cool if players could make money as chocobo breeders by selling superior chocobos or different colored chocobos they have bred off to other players.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 2:32PM Irem said

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@Rialle
We had that in XI (although the only thing you could sell was breeding rights to your own chocobo, sadly). It was awesome, although it took waaaay too long, resulting in me being one of roughly ten* people game-wide who actually gave a damn. :P

*May be a slight exaggeration.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 6:59AM fatedruby said

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The comments here just prove what I've been saying for some time already:

The biggest challenge SE has to overcome is not fixing the game (they're already done a good job on that front), but convincing everyone they did change it.

Posted: Mar 6th 2012 8:45AM Kaseryn said

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@fatedruby I agree but even if 2.0 makes this the best MMO out there, the people that would have played it will have already moved on.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 8:56AM Monkey D Luffy said

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@fatedruby. Not really. It's just that most of the people that use this site are extremely stupid, ignorant and leave moronic comments.

Word of mouth is that the game is playable and fun now, all they need is a trial and I'm sure they will have one at re-launch ~Nov, but the game is going to get hyped up again at E3 when they show 2.0 off and get everyone excited.
I've been playing for a few months and have tried to play some of the more popular MMO's that I have subs on but can't stand them for more than 15 min and go back to FFXIV which is one of the few real MMO's left.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 9:13AM Rialle said

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@Monkey D Luffy

I think fatedruby has a point. Many MMO gamers are less than forgiving of a poor launch and will write the game off as a failure even if the problems are fixed, especially if it continues to be a sub game.

FFXIV is a special case, though. 2.0 will be possible chance for recovery because of the PS3 version. If Square-Enix can manage a decent release on the console end, it will bring new attention and life to the title. There are plenty of MMOs for the PC, but on the PS3 I can only think of DCUO as a major competitor. Even though I personally hate the idea of playing an MMO on anything but a PC, the PS3 could be this game's salvation.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2012 12:49PM EIranzer said

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They should simply the job class system and replace the crappy named classes (Pugilist, Gladiator, etc) with the classic job classes (Warriro, Black Mage, White, Mage, etc). The more they make it like FFXI, the better.

It's still got a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go. In its current stage I refuse to pay for it. It's still not fun, and more importantly still not optimized. The game should run 10x smoother on the PC than it currently does, but S-E just don't know how to program. This game shouldn't need an Nvidia 580 just to run on medium.

(Disclaimer: I've played it on and off from launch to right when they started charging for it).

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