Summary: I bought two of these. First one was for $20, second for $25 with shipping. I thought they were a rip off at that price, imagine how I'd feel at $50. The D-pad died after 6 months of GTA SA. The sticks are competent but one side has gotten notchy after a year. These are great for big hands with their long handles. $50 is some kind a joke though. I'll buy another at $20. Just like last time.
Summary: I just got Windows 8 and I have not found a way to get the controller to work. I installed the driver from the website and when I plug in the controller, it says the driver could not be loaded and the controller input does not work. When I had windows 7, one problem I had was that it doesn't work with all games that have controller support, whereas a pc xbox 360 controller usually would. When it worked though, it was pretty good.
Summary: So let's begin with the pros, and some of these may have been mentioned by others: Inexpensive, non-shoddy construction. The analog sticks have a great "click" when pressed, and the face buttons have a distinct depressed feel. Also, I am a big fan of the very long cable, too. The analog sticks snap straight back to the center upon release. The resistance of my two sticks are slightly different, but it's near negligible.
Summary: I liked the World of FF 11, Square's last mmo, but the combat system was so archaic, and it was so hard to find groups (for many reasons) that I couldn't handle it, but I had heard they had fixed many of the problems that plagued FFXI at U.S. launch so I had high hopes for FFXIV. To be perfectly honest, it feels like FFXI all over again, but for complete different reasons. I must say I'm trying to like it even now, but it could use a lot of work.
Summary: I really want to like this game... I wonder if I'm even reaching with giving it 2 stars. I can't stand playing it, quite honestly. It's so clunky (and not graphically, just the UI. Graphically it's gorgeous, and I have a great computer to handle it on max settings. This is the one (and maybe only) major plus). Pros - Graphics are great Cons- Everything is confusing, and you'll get no help. EVERYTHING is confusing!
Summary: I could barely play this game for a month before giving up. Nothing seemed "broken" per se, but nothing seemed "fun." I look forward to seeing what they do with it in the coming months so I can try it again once they work on making a game what it's supposed to be, "fun.
Summary: Ok here is what you do to make this game awsome... Tutorials, make the guy who repairs your stuff called "lumessia item repair" or somthing. Have him tell you how to repair your own stuff if needed. this game trys to do the "fantasy" thing the whole way through! Its ok to refrence the UI in NPC speech.
Pros: They now have the AH functioning, its a different approch but it works well, very few bugs now, Runs at highest settings w/o aa on a phenom 3 3.2ghz with a 5870. Beautiful game
Cons: There still is no tutorial! Most people who play this game are at higher levels at this point and no one wants to party up usualy. There are very few quests to do. just the same old leve quests over and over and a few main quests but very few. once every 10 levels or so
Summary: Like i said the game needs work, It's not great, but it's good. Overall 3 Eggs for all the problems. I didn't order off the egg because I was already out at the store. If you want to try it, I say go for it. It's a fun game when you figure everything out, It's just buggy.
Pros: hardware cursor! yay! But seriously, Graphics are great for an MMO, but even some high end systems have problems. Gameplay is great fun when you learn it, combat is somthing different. Good solid character creation. The Market wards is pretty good, now that its actually in sections of classes. Unlike the beta where it was just random rooms and it was like rolling the dice with a market area x_x
Cons: Cons are pretty heavy, Like the title applies game can be great with a little time. It runs, well, bad. Performance isn't great, gonna get a 6870 though and see if it changes anything. Well let's see, the game's learning curve is a bit difficult. This game was not yet ready for release! Crafting, yes it's aggravating, yes it's boring, but, it's different. You really don't have much of a chance against crafting, its really just luck. I'll be honest this game needs ALOT...
Summary: My overall thought is it's bearable but unless your like me and have time to kill and want a leg up when S.E. delivers a finished product who really wants to play a bearable game. With that being said I love the FFXIV community I've played a lot of MMO's over the years and few have had such open minded community.
Pros: Graphics - As everyone before me has said the graphics a visually stunning. The Artwork is on a level of it's own. Class System - The class systems sets itself up to be fast pace, a easy swap of weapons and now your in a different class. Community - Surprisingly this is barely mention by anyone reviews before but the FFXIV community is very welcoming in a sense. Ask a question and you will get answers but where the fun comes in is joining a Linkshell and making friend...
Cons: Where to begin... U.I. - Is one of the worst I've EVER encountered. It's laggy, cluttered, and unwelcoming to say the least. I try to use it as little as possible which is a daunting task. Laggy - It's everywhere! Storyline - The main storyline is amazing but you are limited to small sections of it at every 5 level intervals. Which at first doesn't seem that bad but once you hit 20+ 5 levels can take an eternity. In between levels it's grind grind and grind some more.