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Been gone too long..

February 17, 2011

With the release of FFXIV and it being pretty much Dead on Arrival, I took a step back from really posting.  To be honest, I had hugely high hopes for the game and its utter and total failure to bring even a modernized and playable version of FFXI to the table was more than a huge let down for me.

WoW is a game that just ends up bringing me back into the fold.  Not because WoW is an awesome game, but because other games just do not do anything WoW does with any polish.  I honestly, loved the “Asian Grind” that was the original Final Fantasy MMO.  FFXI had its grind, but it mitigated that grind with a heck of a lot of good story, cutscenes and missions that mattered both to the player and to the world at large.  Armor, Weapons and other rewards you got along the way, often times stayed with you for a long period of time.  A character in the game was permanent and was “all-in-one”.  You “owned” your character much more because you could grow with it.  Want to play a mage today?  Sure, just go to your Moogle and change jobs and level up!”  There was no rolling or rerolling when you wanted to change it up.

I was looking forward to that more than anything in FFXIV.  Alas, even that portion of the game was botched in my mind.  From the first day I entered the Alpha, I wasn’t impressed with the new “Armory” system of choosing your job.  Crafting as a “Class”?  It never made sense to anyone and it just didn’t work in the end.

That brings me to the simple fact about FFXIV.  It won’t recover.  The new development staff may be trying to tell us of all these changes they are making to the game.  However, it’s all smoke and mirrors and the game will probably never make it out of its “free to play” time it currently sits in.  While I know a handful of people who still play the game and are having fun with it, that is a small majority.  What those players have to say about the state of the game still holds true.  It’s not a great game, it’s not a good game, it’s just a game of hope.  They are holding out that the devs give them what they are telling them they are going to get.  Hope is all they have, because the rest of the MMO market consists of a handful of older games, that most have either played or have no interest in, WoW, or a couple of new games like DCUO or Rift.

Most players left WoW for XIV because they were tired of the Amusement Park mentality of the game.  The idea where you rush to get in line (level up) and then sit on the kiddie rides (5 man dungeons) until you are ready to get on the big rollercoaster (raids), then by the time you experience the Matterhorn, you just don’t get excited by riding the Tea Cups anymore.  Rift is a virtual copy of ever major part of WoW.  Except it’s based on the same ugly graphics engine as Warhammer.  The physics are horrible and the gameplay concepts take a few things that were interesting from Warhammer and even FFXI and try to put them to work.

Rift’s major draw is just that… Rifts.  They play a lot like a crossbetween XI’s Besieged and Warhammer public quests.  Where as instead of having the same public quest each time in the same place like you had in Warhammer, the server continually ramps up and sends rifts and even mobile armies to attack towns and encampments like Besieged/Campaign is in XI.  I must admit, that being in the Beta for Rift and experiencing these small, medium, and hugely large rift invasions and the mobile armies of elites that lay waste to everything between them and their chosen target are extremely cool.  It brings an element to the game that WoW is lacking, ie the War in Warcraft.

But is that enough to make the game appeal to me?  Not really.  The look and feel of the game and the extreme lack of character customization make the game unappealing.  It is fun to play for a few here and there, but it will never be what XI or WoW have been for me.

Rant off…

I should be back to posting.  The guild has become quite casual, but we are 12/12 and now working on Heroic Modes.  So some good stuff here and there to come.  Check us out at http://tempest-kilrogg.wowstead.com

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