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#31 margrave

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:38

Love it. I'm a little bias as I own all the Final Fantasy titles. Love the series. Was never a fan of XI but this reboot of XIV is great. Can't wait for launch!




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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:46

Well I took part in the beta over the weekend and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the game. It definitely had that Final Fantasy feel, which you'll either love or hate; but, I happen to like it. The game had a lot of polish, despite some technical problems with the servers, which I hope/assume will be fixed by launch or soon after.

 

Even with my old computer, the game ran really well and still looked good too. I could see this game looking amazing if I had a newer machine.

 

Right from the get-go, the game was pretty welcoming. The tutorial tips and the introductory quest lines were pretty good at teaching you the basics. I like how there is a "main" quest line, filler quests, and class quests to do.

 

I mainly played a Gladiator, but I also tried a Conjurer. Combat is pretty standard, but felt good. I didn't try any crafting, and unfortunately, I couldn't play enough to get to real group content. So I can't comment on either of those. Though I have heard that people are really enjoying both of those things.

 

The Fate system is your (now) typical public question system. They'll pop up in pre-determined areas from time to time and you're required to fulfill a certain objective within the time limit. Then, you're rewarded experience and gold based on your performance. I think it's even possible to win items from them, but I'm not 100% on that.

 

The only thing I didn't like about the game is the disconnected feeling of the world. The game world is not a huge, contiguous landmass like WoW or others. Similar to FFXI, it's made up of a lot of inter-connected areas that are large-ish, and requires a loading screen every time you cross a barrier. At least on my machine, the loading times were under a minute, but still not quick. This may improve with a better machine, but it's still lame. Even the capital cities are split into two sections, which was surprising. And made it hard (at least at first) to figure out where to go for quests and to get your barrings. I guess related to that issue is the map system. It's good, but not the greatest.

 

Overall though, I had a lot of fun with the game. If I had the time to play MMOs, I could definitely see myself choosing this one over others.



#33 CUBBYJR2005

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 16:11

cant wait till it officially launches



#34 Jaybot

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:51

I have been playing since beta 3, and absolutely love it. This game is classic Final Fantasy.

 

I can't wait for early access!



#35 dead.cell

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:56

I've already pre-ordered the collector's edition. I'm already seeing it become sort of the next main MMO, as I seem to see people all over the place talking about which servers they'll be on. People I haven't played with in a long time, which is cool considering World of Warcraft seems to have lost that intelligent user base that once existed. (not that there aren't smart people on there, but I used to be able to easily find great people to talk to)

 

Anyway, I'm pretty excited. All my friends seem to be joining up on all different realms though so I'll be committing to the realm this one cute girl asked me to join her on. Yeah... I'm a sucker for a pretty face. :blush:



#36 +Anarkii

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:09

Im not sure yet but I have already made a character on a Japanese server (since its closer then a US one). 
Tonberry I think it was. Not sure if these latest characters save over to the official release but if anyone wants to join when its out, may be a nice idea to start a Neowin guild much like we did with WoW and have everyone join the same server :)

 



#37 Blackhearted

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:11

Last i heard, characters from open beta(this past weekend) will remain as you left them for launch.



#38 dead.cell

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:56

Last i heard, characters from open beta(this past weekend) will remain as you left them for launch.

 

Hope it's true, if only for the fact that it may help to reduce the crazy amount of people all in one damn area. :p

 

I didn't hardly get to play this weekend. Work sucks.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:43

Free to play in 3, 2, 1.

:p

MMOs these days don't do very well without being free to play at best they last half a year with subs before they adopt some form of free to play, and without som from of free trial time or free to play starter area which players have really come to expect so they can see how the game plays I don't see it working out for them with just subs.

#40 YounGMessiah

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:18

Only characters from BETA 4 phase will be saved FYI.



#41 TheExperiment

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:21

Free to play in 3, 2, 1.

:p

MMOs these days don't do very well without being free to play at best they last half a year with subs before they adopt some form of free to play, and without som from of free trial time or free to play starter area which players have really come to expect so they can see how the game plays I don't see it working out for them with just subs.

FF11 never went F2P and I don't expect this to either.  We'll see if they can get the players back though.



#42 HawkMan

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 17:18

FF11 never went F2P and I don't expect this to either.  We'll see if they can get the players back though.

 

FF11 is a long time ago though. pretty much no MMO that doesn't use a F2P model today.



#43 Patrick831

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 17:21

Really enjoy this game a lot. Although the Map is frustrating for now. I hope they change it in the final release.

 

Your characters from the Phase 4 weekend will be saved unless a game breaking bug comes up and they need to wipe. So far so good! :)



#44 Blackhearted

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:00

And a confirmation from the ff14 twitter that nothing will be lost from last weekend.

 



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 22:12

I cant wait till early access tomorrow :D