Final Fantasy XIV: Quick Thoughts
There will be issues with any MMO barrage -- it's just allotment of the process. Granted some issues are worse than others, but aggregate including the absolute Apple of Warcraft had its allotment of quirks if aboriginal fabricated accessible to a advanced audience. It shouldn't be abnormally surprising, then, that Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV has bugs and added irregularities. The acceptable account is that the issues aren't adverse in my acquaintance so far. Logging into the bold and accepting a appearance started is no problem. I haven't apparent any above bugs just yet, admitting there are affluence of inconveniences throughout. It's an abnormally appealing game, with abundantly abundant visuals for a big online apple like this, but it aswell suffers from a abridgement of transparency.
In case you're staring at your pre-order cancellation and apprehension your archetype of Final Fantasy XIV isn't shipment until September 30th, don't be alarmed. The alone humans in the bold adapted now are those who best up the Collector's Edition. Basically that agency the abounding weight of the accessible has yet to angular on FFXIV's infrastructure, so aggregate could still angle and breeze if the 30th hits and the servers are abounding with first-time players. For now, though, things assume almost peaceful.
Running Around Town
I was in the accessible beta for a few weeks afore barrage and can say that while the bold still requires a lot of accouterments beef to get it to run semi-smoothly, it does assume to be alive bigger now. In the IGN offices we use an ultra able machine, but at home I use an Alienware M11x-R2 laptop with an i7, and accept noticed a cogent framerate boost. It's still far from bland and could be improved, but at atomic there's progress.
If you are cerebration about acrimonious this bold up to try out for a ages or so, you should apperceive that it's an acquaintance that requires an adverse bulk of advice hunting online to amount out what you're declared to do. The action is appealing straightforward, but the way the bold explains the mechanics to the amateur is inconvenient. Abundant tutorials are congenital in, but the letters aren't stored in any axial location. Instead, you accept to appointment all the alone NPCs and structures to admission the info. I like circuitous games, but I'm not as abundant of a fan if aural the aboriginal few hours of play I'm already paging through databases and fan wikis because the bold does a poor job of answer how it works.
What I'm added absorbed in adapted now is the appearance chic adeptness bond and matching. In Final Fantasy XIV you're not bound into any specific role. All you charge to do is accouter a altered weapon to change classes. Afterwards that, accomplishment credibility acquired through action or adeptness agriculture accord to your class-specific level, unlocking new abilities as you go. Again if you adjudge you accept a admired class, you can accouter the adapted weapon to actuate it and set abilities from assorted classes to be active. As an example, I collapsed up a Pugilist chic to alleviate a healing ability, again switched to the axe-wielding Maurauder. As a Maurauder I could accouter the Pugilist's healing ability, and it's agitative to brainstorm the accessible combinations already advance is fabricated in abounding altered levels.
Making a Kill
For accessible beta I'd called Gridania as a starting town, and the surrounding forested environments were adequately baby and cramped. That's not the case at all in the bouldered breadth surrounding Ul'dah area I'm currently questing and leveling. The advanced accessible amplitude of area is huge and the draw ambit impressive, befitting the aerial walls of the arid city-limits in appearance even afterwards you've been alive abroad for several minutes. As was the case in Gridania, starting in Ul'dah began with a story-driven questline that introduces the basal mechanics of the bold and gives you some starting money. Afterwards that's complete the bold the depression you into the apple at ample and offers actual little direction.
When it comes to structured tasks, there are abundant quests you can aces up. The arrangement is congenital so that assorted quests are meant to be again as you level, but already completed quests alone reappear afterwards a cooldown timer expires. In the after time aeon it's simple to run out of things to do if you're accurately aggravating to akin up action classes. To abide authoritative advance it's best to again accumulation up with others who still accept quests available, which seems to be the way the bold encourages amusing interaction.
Exploring the Countryside
So is any of this fun? It's apathetic going, to be sure. Questing, appearance progress, and even card aeronautics is a time-consuming action in Final Fantasy XIV, something players searching for a faster, Apple of Warcraft-style accolade beck will acceptable loathe. I'm still acquirements how aggregate works myself, and will be afterlight with added impressions as I abide to play for review. If you wish to see how the bold looks, feel chargeless to analysis out the videos anchored in this article. And if you're already playing, maybe I'll see you online.