Like a large majority of the MMORPG community, I have been indulging in Square Enix's latest creation. What exactly are my thoughts? This is a game so uninviting, so hard to control, so user-unfriendly, and generally mean spirited. And yet...and yet there is something here, something possibly great and rubbish in equal measure.
After creating my character I was thrust into the story line, blinking and rubbing my knees at the visuals and generally feeling my way around. The game feels like wading through hot fudge or some other substance, everything seems delayed and turgid. After giving up with the mouse/keyboard combo I switched to my Windows 360 pad and things got a little better.
I can't explain the total confusion to my feelings of this game. One part of me hates and yet another loves it. Final Fantasy 14 seemingly wants you to dislike it, everything about it screams "my way or nothing" there is not even a simple nod to MMORPGs of the last decade and not even a whisper of anything WoW-like.
Does this mean it is great or bad? Infuriatingly I don't know. I want to scream and cry when the game doesn't do what I want, I want to murder when approaching the Macro system. Alternatively when I finish a Guildleve I want to jump for joy and tell everyone around me just how great this game is.
I am a few days into the experience and as of yet I just simply don't understand how I feel about the game. As soon as I realise my true feelings I shall enlighten all.