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Crushinator
post Jan 7 2013, 11:26 AM
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New intro video release today (although the first 5 mins or so is crap from a previous trailer).



Sign up here:

http://entry.ffxiv.com/beta/na

Here's the roadmap for the beta:



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Scan_Man
post Feb 25 2013, 06:10 PM
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Game is solid. UI and mechanics. Just to be seen if the content will be there for late game. For the starting area there is quite a lot to do as is. Just wish they speed up the town intro stuff. Other stuff is minor annoyances that will be fixed if they truly value feedback.

I will go into more detail on beta forums and later here after I got a good amount of time with the game.

I will say this though, I do want to keep playing it, unlike v1.0. Especially realized I had been questing for a hour and I I open my map and there is whole other sub zone I have quest for and have yet to explore.


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post Feb 26 2013, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Feb 25 2013, 06:10 PM) *
Just wish they speed up the town intro stuff.



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post Feb 26 2013, 08:08 PM
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QUOTE(Knightsword @ Feb 26 2013, 02:32 PM) *
QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Feb 25 2013, 06:10 PM) *
Just wish they speed up the town intro stuff.



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I am talking about the introduction to the game. The amount of "intro" quests and running around town before you properly receive your first batch of "intro" quests to go out in the world and kill things. It feels separated and long. If 70% of new players that try WoW quit before level 10, this game is in trouble imo. It is bad pacing for what they have there so far. FFXIV v1.0 at least had the boat sequence at the start and you were already getting your first kill Leves when you zoned into town. I don't see this changing much because it's story driven and they already finished the cutscenes. Hopefully other starting areas have a different flavor in this regard.

I cannot think of one recent MMO that does not have you questing to kill stuff within 3 minutes after character creation. Usually the town stuff, basically showing you where you can find things while teaching you the non-combat and social mechanics, either comes later after they hook you with the combat and rewards systems or it's woven in while you learn combat (in between quest turn-ins at the starting quest hub). Good quests that flow well aid in this. Which is why WoW is successful. Guild Wars 2 does this a bit better imo because you have a ton of options where to go, what to do and the order you like to do it in.

Here you are dragging your feet leveling up from just running around town handing things in. I guess you can argue it's getting the bullshit out the way first, so the game can just focus on content and combat later. I don't like it, but I am reading the beta forums to see what others think and of course give my feedback.

Not to mention you get armor upgrade rewards where the requirements are several levels above the quest level. Most likely rewards are not done and it's an easy fix.

But they can speed it up, by combining quests and steps, so there is less NPC turn-ins to find within the quest chain. Which will reduce the amount of time running around town. That's all I am saying. I understand the town stuff is a bit of necessary evil.

Once you are actually out in the world killing stuff and the FF battle music is pumping the game is fine. The amount of content per area is quite good from what I have seen. This is what really matters in the long run, which is what v1.0 lacked at the start.

There are annoyances, a bit of the tedium left over from FFXIV v1.0 design, like manually handing in the fetch quest items. Which is pointless and unnecessary. Unless they were planing to add a puzzle aspect to that or multiple NPC want the same thing and you have some choice. I doubt it because here they give you the picture of what you already have and you have to drag and drop it then "left-click" confirm, or "right-click" and select the hand over option then "left-click" confirm. V1.0 had a ton of stuff like this and my opinion now remains the same, it needs to go or reduce amount of steps down to one.


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Crushinator   FFXIV: ARR Public Beta Info Thread   Jan 7 2013, 11:26 AM
Vitamin D   Just signed up, selected PC and Tr3y. Game looks p...   Jan 7 2013, 02:07 PM
Kazicht   QUOTE(Vitamin D @ Jan 7 2013, 02:07 PM) J...   Jan 17 2013, 12:44 AM
HC82   I signed up for the beta as well for the PC.   Jan 8 2013, 01:29 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Vitamin D @ Jan 7 2013, 02:07 PM) J...   Jan 18 2013, 01:54 PM
AC9breaker   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Jan 18 2013, 02:54 PM...   Jan 19 2013, 04:12 AM
Alisha   i signed up ps3 and pc.   Jan 19 2013, 02:17 AM
Alisha   the beta doesnt start till feb.   Jan 19 2013, 04:48 PM
Crushinator   http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/60542 ...   Feb 15 2013, 04:25 PM
Knightsword   I think that's a Highlander female. Also unless yo...   Feb 15 2013, 08:54 PM
Ellianna   I just signed up for this the other day and though...   Feb 20 2013, 03:27 PM
AC9breaker   I'll be playing it when it drops, since godamn Cru...   Feb 20 2013, 08:46 PM
Knightsword   QUOTE(AC9breaker @ Feb 20 2013, 08:46 PM)...   Feb 21 2013, 05:37 PM
Ellianna   I can't blame anyone here since I haven't been aro...   Feb 22 2013, 07:52 AM
Knightsword   I dont have the link handy since I typing from my ...   Feb 22 2013, 08:52 AM
Ellianna   QUOTE(Knightsword @ Feb 22 2013, 09:52 AM...   Feb 22 2013, 12:43 PM
Crushinator   I got a beta invite mail as well, so expect more p...   Feb 22 2013, 10:45 AM
Knightsword   Perhaps a thread in the ops forum, to avoid any ND...   Feb 22 2013, 10:50 AM
Scan_Man   I got in too. I did the benchmark last night. . . ...   Feb 22 2013, 03:10 PM
Knightsword   From the producer letters, it sounds like the phas...   Feb 22 2013, 03:38 PM
Kazicht   Dammit, where's my email? :|   Feb 22 2013, 04:38 PM
Knightsword   QUOTE(Kazicht @ Feb 22 2013, 04:38 PM) Da...   Feb 22 2013, 04:45 PM
Vitamin D   I didn't get an email either, I think it's because...   Feb 22 2013, 09:55 PM
Alisha   i didnt get an invite either :( but heres my bench...   Feb 23 2013, 07:01 AM
Kazicht   QUOTE(Alisha @ Feb 23 2013, 08:01 AM) i d...   Feb 23 2013, 08:38 AM
Alisha   QUOTE(Kazicht @ Feb 23 2013, 09:38 AM) QU...   Feb 23 2013, 12:45 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Alisha @ Feb 23 2013, 11:45 AM) its...   Feb 23 2013, 02:11 PM
DarkEpyon   I signed up twice but forgot to do the survey on o...   Feb 23 2013, 10:01 AM
DarkEpyon   I use an old HDTV for my PC. Works great!   Feb 23 2013, 02:59 PM
Knightsword   Hell, even my samsung monitor is a hdtv too.   Feb 23 2013, 09:48 PM
HC82   I got no email. Fuck this game...   Feb 24 2013, 01:46 PM
donkeybeatz   QUOTE(HC82 @ Feb 24 2013, 01:46 PM) I got...   Feb 24 2013, 04:04 PM
Ellianna   Tried using the benchmark....wont run. Keeps givin...   Feb 25 2013, 03:35 AM
Knightsword   Make sure to extract all files and sub folders to ...   Feb 25 2013, 04:18 AM
Ellianna   It was a directX issue, was missing a dll file so ...   Feb 25 2013, 09:02 AM
Scan_Man   Game is solid. UI and mechanics. Just to be seen i...   Feb 25 2013, 06:10 PM
Knightsword   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Feb 25 2013, 06:10 PM) J...   Feb 26 2013, 01:32 PM
Scan_Man   QUOTE(Knightsword @ Feb 26 2013, 02:32 PM...   Feb 26 2013, 08:08 PM
Knightsword   You can get the first killing quests right away if...   Feb 26 2013, 09:40 PM
Scan_Man   QUOTE(Knightsword @ Feb 26 2013, 10:40 PM...   Feb 26 2013, 11:24 PM
Crushinator   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Feb 26 2013, 10:24 PM) s...   Feb 27 2013, 10:14 AM
HC82   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Feb 27 2013, 11:14 AM...   Feb 28 2013, 12:12 PM
AC9breaker   I'm ready I guess.   Feb 27 2013, 07:36 AM
Knightsword   My issue is every mmo starts off with combat, and ...   Feb 28 2013, 04:21 PM
DarkEpyon   Honestly, what else is there though? It's still "t...   Mar 2 2013, 03:34 PM
Vitamin D   Well, at least I got into Phase 2. It apparently s...   Apr 9 2013, 04:00 PM
Crushinator   Nice, we can all be man-cats together! Are they r...   Apr 9 2013, 04:21 PM
Vitamin D   Naw, next the next phase is for the Tr3y. If I get...   Apr 9 2013, 04:46 PM
Ellianna   Got my email for beta test this morning, yay!   Apr 10 2013, 07:20 AM
Crushinator   Holy shit! I love it, and the homage to FF6's ope...   Apr 11 2013, 10:41 AM
Ellianna   So what server are you guys using? >.>   Apr 12 2013, 06:40 AM
Crushinator   I'm on chocobo, to be honest I haven't even seen a...   Apr 12 2013, 09:32 AM
Vitamin D   When I made my character, Chocobo was full, so I h...   Apr 12 2013, 09:47 AM
Ellianna   yea chocobo is full :/ I started on Behemoth, but ...   Apr 12 2013, 10:03 AM
Crushinator   If Atmos is still open I have no problem just star...   Apr 12 2013, 11:16 AM
Ellianna   It was when I looked earlier, going to log in now ...   Apr 12 2013, 02:49 PM
Crushinator   New areas look amazing.   May 23 2013, 12:05 PM
AC9breaker   So what the hell is up my ninjas? You ninjas play...   Jun 1 2013, 08:53 AM
Crushinator   I played the beta quite a bit, its really improved...   Jun 3 2013, 09:14 AM
Vitamin D   I honestly was impressed with the game, despite th...   Jun 3 2013, 10:12 AM
Alisha   i played phase 2 as you can see in the ops thread ...   Jun 8 2013, 01:09 AM
Crushinator   Unless they add a lot more content I'm done fuckin...   Jun 8 2013, 05:33 PM
Knightsword   Phase 3 is suppose to have the other cities and th...   Jun 11 2013, 04:38 PM
Alisha   rest of the classes too sans arcanist   Jun 11 2013, 07:56 PM
DarkEpyon   Well I got my key this morning. I'm still fighting...   Jun 14 2013, 07:32 AM
Ellianna   I've gotten to level 4, but now i keep getting dis...   Jun 14 2013, 09:15 AM
Crushinator   Oh damn I didn't know it was back up this weekend!...   Jun 14 2013, 09:30 AM
Knightsword   I'm roll'n on Diabolos for this round.   Jun 14 2013, 09:07 PM
Crushinator   Making a new doob on Diablos right now.   Jun 15 2013, 09:38 PM
DarkEpyon   I definitely liked what I saw in the time I had wi...   Jun 16 2013, 09:33 AM
Knightsword   The beta of the new Lodestone is up and running.   Jun 20 2013, 07:11 PM
Scan_Man   Man the producer of this knows what the fuck he is...   Jun 22 2013, 12:58 AM
HC82   Don't have beta access forums. Could you copy and ...   Jun 22 2013, 10:01 PM
Scan_Man   Yeah sure. Didn't think to do that because I had j...   Jun 23 2013, 05:42 AM
Gabriell   Just made a character on Diablos. Gabriel Verst.   Aug 17 2013, 10:06 AM
Wiryu   Dude on Ultros. Wiryu Eam.   Aug 17 2013, 01:15 PM
Vitamin D   Oh yeah, forgot the actual game releases soon haha...   Aug 17 2013, 01:35 PM
Wiryu   I hope it's on Ultros! I'm so pimped out! SO PIMPE...   Aug 17 2013, 07:04 PM
Crushinator   Wait is this shit out for realreal now? I complet...   Aug 19 2013, 09:01 AM
Kazicht   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Aug 19 2013, 09:01 AM...   Aug 19 2013, 10:00 AM
DarkEpyon   Image dump ahoy! Just thought this one looked co...   Aug 19 2013, 05:03 PM
Wiryu   I feel like the big reunite of AT calls for a pre ...   Aug 20 2013, 09:30 AM
Wiryu   So during this last Beta period, I got a little ca...   Aug 20 2013, 09:57 AM
DarkEpyon   Another note on FATEs - they'll give you seals whi...   Aug 20 2013, 02:23 PM
Crushinator   Those snow and mechanical areas look awesome, I'm ...   Aug 21 2013, 11:57 AM
DarkEpyon   You folks like dungeons?   Aug 21 2013, 12:29 PM
Scan_Man   I am excited. Though I still do not care for the f...   Aug 21 2013, 02:26 PM
DarkEpyon   Yeah, really. Their site's been pretty messed up a...   Aug 21 2013, 03:56 PM
Kazicht   I'm planning to preorder the PS3 version tonight s...   Aug 23 2013, 02:09 PM
Wiryu   All day every day! Wiryu Eam. ;)   Aug 23 2013, 05:08 PM
Vitamin D   Have the game pre-purcahsed and just waiting a bit...   Aug 23 2013, 09:26 PM
Ellianna   Reserved a copy through gamestop before I knew abo...   Aug 25 2013, 06:23 AM
Ellianna   Ultros isn't excepting new characters   Aug 25 2013, 02:20 PM
Vitamin D   QUOTE(Ellianna @ Aug 25 2013, 02:20 PM) U...   Aug 25 2013, 09:06 PM
Ellianna   have to keep refreshing the world list. I saw Ultr...   Aug 25 2013, 09:29 PM
Scan_Man   Maaaan I was really getting into this game early t...   Aug 25 2013, 09:58 PM
Ellianna   Finally made a character (Ellianna Cuthrell) got o...   Aug 25 2013, 10:16 PM
Kazicht   Got to level 10 Lancer after a few hours this week...   Aug 26 2013, 09:15 AM
Vitamin D   There have been a bunch of problems for me trying ...   Aug 26 2013, 09:55 AM
Alisha   http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/...   Sep 4 2013, 12:45 AM
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