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: Even if you are a devoted fan to both Final Fantasy XI and the FF series in general, do yourself a favor and skip this game. The design choices are ridiculously bad and the game suffers from a complete lack of thought and creativity. The game's world feels lifeless and dull, the maps are repetitive, there is no lore, hardly any story, and most of all, no fun to be had.
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: I was a huge fan of FFXI back in the day, but found this game to be terribly disappointing. There is a lot of potential, but several aspects of the game seem incomplete. The economics system is miserable, which was an especially big let down after the super efficient auction house system in FFXI. Buying involves entering a large, laggy room with hundreds of NPCs and checking each one to see if they happen to be selling anything you want.
Summary: A little backstory. I played FF11, and left about a year ago because it was too time consuming. Final Fantasy 14 was supposed to appeal to the casual player, and I was real excited to get on board with it. I participated in the last round of Beta, and while I wasn't real excited about what I saw, I saw potential, and like alot of people, had hoped the bugs and poor interface would have been fixed by the time I shelled out nearly $80 for the Collector's Edition.
Summary: From the account creation process (and subsequent cancellation) to patching the game to finally playing it, there isn't anything that feels natural or works well about this game. You'll need to create multiple accounts to initially get logged in, from a Square-Enix account to a service account to a credit card billing company account.
Summary: Where to start with this abomination wrapped in a gaming abortion? Anyone in the very least familiar with the previous brilliant Final Fantasy titles should be fully warned before jumping headfirst into this game. It is lacking major accessability and approachability in almost nearly every aspect, and even some of the key elements that make a Final Fantasy title feel like a final fantasy game are totally void here.
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: if you havent already played it, its worth checking out seeings how the dev. are actually fixing stuff and have fixed most issues and added tons of new content over the last month and a half, but if you were on during launch like me, you probably cant even bare to reinstall it just for lack of overall disapointment, and i was a HUUUUGE ffxi fan, and badmouthed WoW so much...and AION..
Pros: First off these are the best graphics on the market i believe, and trust me...the game will quickly point out any shortcoming your computer has because of it. If you dig 11, you've been waiting for this game to come out (like me), i got it at launch and called all over town to find a copy, played it for about 1-2 months and kept telling myself that all the shortcomings will be patched...
Cons: ...but when!? finally i said enough was enough, yeah they came out with some updates and fixed some serious problems but at that point the server populations were down to about 15% of what they were @ launch and it was just flatout boring, i ran possibly the biggest linkshell on my server, full pop @130 members, couldnt kick inactives out (are you kidding me? they still havent fixed that) which lead to the disbanding of my LS...the GUI was the sluggish thing i've ever...