Summary: I bought this for Final Fantasy XI and was planning on using it for Final Fantasy XIV when it's released again. Comfort wise I love this controller. The longer grips are perfect for my larger hands. The buttons work alright, but the shoulder buttons could be a lot better. I downloaded the drivers off Snakebyte's UK site (the only place that has them), installed, configured FFXI and I was good to go.
Summary: As my title says, this game is not at all ready for launch. There are problems at the core of the game that need to be addressed before anyone but those hardcore for this game will play. The absolute biggest complaint I personally have is the lack of an auction house or anything even remotely like it. Instead, players must go to a section of town in which throngs of npcs(most on top of the other) are left by players to sell their goods.
Summary: After having spent some time with this game I think I am finally able to give a review. As the title states there isn't anything awful about the game. The graphics are good. Your character won't look like some goofey cartoon that has been taking steroids and hitting the gym for years and your attacks all look good while you execute them. The people I met in the game aren't elitest punks either. They are all more than willing to help you if you ask.
Summary: Great graphics, but that is where it ends. I was hoping the NPCs would talk, but it leaves the player to read, read, scroll down, and read. For the amount of time the dialouges appear in cut-scenes, it is like reading scripts of play .. endless scripts. If the NPCs would show emotion with sound, not emotion in mute, the game would have been interesting at the least.
Summary: So...I ordered this game online. Even after reading all of the negative reviews. I had read that Square was making this game much more playable and easy to get into. Sadly, my experience was one of disappointment. This game from step 1 is a convoluted mess. The character creation is ridiculous. You have to go on a website and add a character on your account before you can build one in the game. Once you do start the game the confusion continues.
Summary: Well I managed to hold back reviewing the game till after the first major update. To give a little background on myself, I've been playing FFXI since before the North American release (when it was still Japan only) so I was of slightly mixed minds when it came to FFXIV (I've spent over 8 years of my life in Vana'diel I wasn't sure I wanted to visit Eorzea). Still, like the good loyal Final Fantasy fan, I plunked down the money for the game.
An MMO with potential, but in its current form CANNOT be recommended.
26 November 2010
Summary: SquareEnix dropped the ball entirely with FFXIV. It's an MMORPG that currently appeals to no specific target audience. The irony is a lot of people here seem to think FFXIV was developed for the challenge-loving non instant-gratification crowd. Well the truth (look it up) is that FFXIV was intended to be a casual friendly game. That's how bad the game is in reality. It's designed for the casual crowd yet only the somewhat masochistic actually enjoy it.
Summary: If you want a game that has great graphics...and you have the computer to run it...then pick this up :)...but don't pick it up for the game play right now. Wait about 6 months after release to get it if you want to play it so they can get some game functionality and hopefully some fun into it. Right now its a boring grind fest, and it the grind will catch up to you way too early in your leveling experience. Over all it will be good one day...but for now...certainly not.