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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).

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Here's the roadmap for the beta:


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post Jun 3 2013, 09:14 AM
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I played the beta quite a bit, its really improved on what I saw in the alpha.

They've essentially dumped most of what was originally in FFXIV 1.0 at this point, save for the Leves (which are still limited BUT there is so much content in the game otherwise that it balances out and isn't a problem now.)

The combat is very fast paced, with an awesome UI with lots of visual cues. If you've played FF12, its similar to that, how it draws an arcing line to highlight which player is attacking which mobs. You also get lines indicating which mobs will link to the ones you pull. It also has an on-screen display of the time remaining to EXP chain, nothing is really hidden from view to the player. Because of how quickly your TP and MP regenerate, you flow quickly from one fight to the next and can easily XP chain over the course of a quest which is nice. Camping and grinding XP isn't necessary compared to FFXI, thank god.

There are mini job-specific quests in your notebook like "kill 9 squirrels" that you can do as you proceed through the normal quests. The regular questing is the main source of XP and money, and is basically in line with any other Post-WOW MMO. It feels very much like Guild Wars 2, which is a good thing. You also have public-quest type things where everyone in the vicinity can jump in and help fight a giant monster or swarm of unique monsters, and gets rewarded for their contribution.

They've implemented the controller options, I played it using a dual shock 3 for a bit but to be honest KB/M is much better for this game. The improvements to the UI have gotten it up to speed to being on par with any modern PC game, and it just feels easier to me to play this type of game with the KB/M. Controller is completely serviceable though, it maps your shortcut keys to holding down the triggers and pushing the face buttons/d-pad.

Graphics are great, and its nice that they added the "missing" races/genders. Remember that they didn't have female highlander humans for no good reason too? Now you have lady galkas, man cats, and all.

The current beta cycle has ended, I'm not sure when the next phase will begin. Hopefully they add the additional starting areas, and all the starting jobs as the limitations of the beta content are starting to show. I'm very excited for the full release though, it's really unprecedented for ANY game to have this much of an improvement from such a terrible retail release.

P.S. Here are the details for the collectors edition below. Good news is, if you already bought the FFXIV 1.0 collectors edition back in the day, you'll get all the bonuses in this one too. All of us who already bought the game (regular or SE) will not need to buy it again to play ARR.


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Crushinator   FFXIV: ARR Public Beta Info Thread   Jan 7 2013, 11:26 AM
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
Crushinator   Alisha, I can't figure out what the heck you're th...   Sep 5 2013, 10:22 AM
Alisha   QUOTE(Crushinator @ Sep 5 2013, 12:22 PM)...   Sep 6 2013, 03:42 PM
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