"Something Very Special Amidst The Problems"4.0 starson by Fensfield32
Pros: Absolutely beautiful graphics, characters, costumes, and environments. A highly flexible class system, including fully-realised, dedicated crafting and gathering classes. Great storyline, setting, and characters. Great voice acting. Deep character cre
Cons: 'Find out for yourself with some subtle prompting' tutorial philosophy certainly not for everyone. Combat system in some ways awkward. Understated spell animations may be very underwhelming to some. No chat bubbles, communications only in log windows.
Summary: First off, several important notes:Oh, also! Do ignore the 'Starting at' prices on the right. Most highstreet retailers stock it for around £15, and places like Amazon start at £4.19.
Final Fantasy XIV's free trial has been indefinitely extended until such time as the game has 'reached the level of enjoyability and service befitting the Final Fantasy name'. According to the new Director/Producer, Naoki Yoshida: 'we'll have reached that point once we've developed a system where we listen to the voices of the players and then communicate back what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, and a deadline for when it will be done. We're not there yet.'
The game systems and content are presently subject to large scale, ongoing development and adjustment, and may change radically in some aspects in the near future as such.
Final Fantasy XIV.. well, as the title says, it's a very, very special game, amidst all the troubles and issues have cropped up since launch. The pros and cons should cover everything, I think, however the only piece of advice I can give is while this game is wonderful in my opinion, a lot of issues remain, and most will have to decide for themselves if they will enjoy it. However, being as the game is under massive redevelopment right now, checking back now and then to see if anything you disliked or problems you found have changed or been fixed is well worth while. The final rule of thumb? Check it out when subscriptions resume, or the PS3 version is released; the producer has made it clear these will be important development milestones.
Updated on Apr 4, 2011