I wanted to write a few things about FFXIV since it seems a few of you have access to Beta Phase 3:
First, I'm wondering how long you all are going to actually play the game because from what I understand from reading posts, some of you never played the original XIV. So this post is for you.
I downloaded the Windows version of the beta, started a character, found a server, MALBORO, and got to a level 3 character. I don't know how long I plan to play this game, as the game has a tendency to make people quit if they don't "get the game" or party mechanics aren't to their liking.
One of the major issues with the original game was the lack of support for new players. There was a very rough non-existent tutorial that hindered a lot of new players from enjoying the game. Link Shells? Levequests,? Lack of single player story, (it's an MMO but people expected single player content, go figure), and a retention wall that didn't really allow you to go out and just kill things to level up, which is sort of standard in most MMOs. The map sucked too and so did cut and paste textures and level design. I could go on...
After spending a few hours in Old and New Gridania, The Forrest Area, I can already tell the game is aesthetically nicer and there are plenty of quest givers to keep you busy, unlike the first game. The game might be giving you too many tutorials to start out with and it may seem a bit boring at first. However, it's better than no tutorial or having to join forums and subscribe to youtube channels just to learn how to play the game, which unless you were playing in a group was almost a necessity. I've only scratched the surface of the game and so far I see vast improvement from the original game, but if you are new to it, you might not be able to notice the changes which might become a problem. It has become similar in style to other MMOs like Rift, and Guild Wars 2 with public events and WoW NPC quests and hot bar commands. So it should be more intuitive for new players.
So far I'm liking the game and still have a ways to go to learn about all the systems like FATE and so on. I haven't tried the PS3 version yet, so I might give that a try as well. So far I approve of the game, albeit the few hours I've spent with it isn't much to make an accurate impression in an MMO. I haven't even gotten into crafting or major enemy battles and such.
So how are you all liking the game? Thoughts?