I guess that now is as good a time as any to give you guys my quick thoughts on FFXIV.Â I played some of the closed beta… well I guess some is an overstatement.Â I maybe clocked a combined total of three hours.Â Is that enough time to comment on a MMO?Â Honestly, I am a big proponent of the idea that you -can- judge a game right off the bat if it provides players with clear opportunities to judge.
Why did I only play a couple hours?Â Honestly, you’ve probably heard these reasons from just about everyone else who isn’t playing but I want you to hear it from me too.Â I’m not even going to touch upon any of the controversial stuff like the fatigue system.Â My problems with the game are straight forward and simple.
The controls are terrible.Â Even with a gamepad, which I had to put in after the first hour of play just to be able to continue for another hour, the game is unresponsive.Â The new keyboard/mouse controls are just plain bad and unresponsive as well.
Chatting with NPC’s is like reading a novel.Â They say so much… but they don’t say it.Â I had to read walls of text that I didn’t find the least bit interesting.Â Some people have told me things like “at least the lore is good”, but I didn’t get that impression.Â The chat window (unless fixed recently) doesn’t help things.
Combat is unresponsive and dull.Â It’s not entirely a menu system like you would expect from FF games, but it might as well be given how delayed and clunky everything is… heck, even the menus that you do see are wonky.Â Is it a lack of polish or just a total lapse in judgment on the dev’s part?Â I can’t tell.Â It feels at times like a sloppy port, but then again isn’t the PC the primary platform?
It’s not immersive.Â Bottom line, I log in and I play for an hour or two and not once do I feel like it’s a game that I would want to play seriously or invest time into.Â That’s a very, very bad sign for me.Â Maybe it’s the Eastern influence.
You guys know me.Â If there’s even a chance that I’ll enjoy something you can probably find me foaming at the mouth somewhere.Â However, when I don’t like a game even from the start it’s because the game usually has some major problems.Â This is partly where I don’t know what to think… the FFXI crew might love it but I don’t see how anyone who appreciates a responsive, immersive, and fun game could.Â Maybe it will do well based upon franchise loyalty, but that doesn’t change the facts.
If you base your decision on playing (or trying to get one of those coveted beta keys) solely from reading this blog, then I’ll do you a favor and tell you not to waste your time.Â If you’re a loyal to Final Fantasy then please tell me what it is about this game that you love so much.