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  echolynfan

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OP  9/03/13 7:36:14 PM#1

No hyperbole here - this is a VERY polished game with possibly the best crafting system since SWG (it's still early yet but it's overwhelming how much you can do) Problems at launch will fade away as people get into the game - new servers are being added and upgraded as I type this.

You don't have to have 10 alts - you can create one character if you want and just skill up anything and everything! Just switch weapons and you switch combat/crafting profs in a flash...including gear for each. (I have wanted this is a AAA MMO since I've been playing). I did play Darkfall Online which had that kind of setup but the grind was terrible.

Game engine rocks and is smooth and the environment is one of the most beautiful I've seen - weather...lighting you name it. The detail is spectacular across the board - from avatars to animals to landscape to buildings...etc.

One big surprise to me (I'm new to FF) is the story...I find myself really getting into the story. Some cut scenes even have vocals and the voice acting is very well done. Some of the stuff is cutesy but not overdone.

Now...it's still early on but after playing so many MMO's - and I swore up and down after Star Wars The Old Republic that I was NOT going to buy another game at launch - but I'm glad I did) I can safely give this one a BIG thumbs up!

 

Currently playing as Pete Puma on Excalibur. FF ARR - The best MMO I've played since SWG!

  Husvik

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9/03/13 7:38:59 PM#2
Couldn't agree more.
  laserit

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9/03/13 7:43:08 PM#3

+1

Great game, shows what a bunch of dork's the version 1 developers were. ARR makes me very glad I purchased version 1

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  Raass

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Joined: 7/17/12
Posts: 21

9/03/13 7:49:56 PM#4

It's what I wanted to see for year in a game, but could not find. I found it in this, but can't play it. >< 

 

Fix the log in issues. Flip the switch on AFK. Setup a queue, so it caps at like 2k or something. It's so damn hard to log in.

I will stay around to play the game. Just work out the kinks. Like i'm sure they will.  

  ThumbtackJ

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Joined: 8/11/11
Posts: 503

9/03/13 7:50:14 PM#5

I managed to get onto a Japanese server and play for about 1.5 - 2 hours before the maintenance message popped up. It's clearly way too early for me to give any actual impressions on the game, but right off the bat I can say that it both looks and feels good. Music is pretty good too. I rolled a Thaumaturgist and got to about level 7 and some change. Cutscenes are a little much at times, but at others I enjoyed them (depends on what I found to be interesting). I've been reading the main story quests, and just sort of skimming over the side quests, and the writing is pretty decent thus far. I managed to get into a FATE just before it ended, but didn't really know what was going on (something about a rat attack). 

 

I definitely want to play more. So hopefully maintenance fixes everything and I'll be able to give it a go again tomorrow afternoon.

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  NobleNerd

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9/03/13 7:53:50 PM#6

I played most of the betas for this one. Was let down with 1.0, BUT as each beta progressed I became  more and more excited for launch. I have been frustrated by the login issues, but it is a rock solid game. I even upgraded my account to collector. I have always loved FF games and look forward to this one.

 

One thing (major for me) that does bother me is that they did not opt to voice act more of the cut scenes. Sometimes a cut scene is half done.... appears to me that they dropped the ball or focused efforts elsewhere due to time restraints. It would have been better for me to have NO voice acting than the hodge-podge that is in the game right now. The story I absolutely love!

  Braindome

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Joined: 12/06/11
Posts: 592

9/03/13 7:57:56 PM#7
Originally posted by laserit

+1

Great game, shows what a bunch of dork's the version 1 developers were. ARR makes me very glad I purchased version 1

 

Seems that you 1.0 players got to keep your Goobbue mounts as someone was dry humping my head with one the other day. Lucky sob's....I WANT A GOOBBUE, nothing humps head like a Goobbue. 

  gessekai332

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Joined: 3/31/07
Posts: 870

9/03/13 7:59:47 PM#8
best combined  horizontal and vertical progression ever. 

Most memorable games: AoC(Tryanny PvP), RIFT, GW, GW2, Ragnarok Online, Aion, FFXI, FFXIV, Secret World, League of Legends (Silver II rank)

  Wylf

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Joined: 4/13/13
Posts: 127

9/03/13 8:03:22 PM#9
Originally posted by echolynfan

No hyperbole here - this is a VERY polished game with possibly the best crafting system since SWG (it's still early yet but it's overwhelming how much you can do) Problems at launch will fade away as people get into the game - new servers are being added and upgraded as I type this.

You don't have to have 10 alts - you can create one character if you want and just skill up anything and everything! Just switch weapons and you switch combat/crafting profs in a flash...including gear for each. (I have wanted this is a AAA MMO since I've been playing). I did play Darkfall Online which had that kind of setup but the grind was terrible.

Game engine rocks and is smooth and the environment is one of the most beautiful I've seen - weather...lighting you name it. The detail is spectacular across the board - from avatars to animals to landscape to buildings...etc.

One big surprise to me (I'm new to FF) is the story...I find myself really getting into the story. Some cut scenes even have vocals and the voice acting is very well done. Some of the stuff is cutesy but not overdone.

Now...it's still early on but after playing so many MMO's - and I swore up and down after Star Wars The Old Republic that I was NOT going to buy another game at launch - but I'm glad I did) I can safely give this one a BIG thumbs up!

 

Well to each his own... I expect a much smoother launch, with fewer bugs and stupid problems from a game before I am willing to call it the best MMO in years.  But I certainly don't mean to disparage echolnfan,  I simply cannot agree with him. 

  gkb3469

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Joined: 7/22/09
Posts: 153

9/03/13 8:04:46 PM#10

i have to completely agree with you. This game is similar to so many others but it has something in it i cant let go. Immersion, story line, game play, whatever it is i cant stop playing. I was a huge Darkfall player as well but i grinded away for two years till giving up that they would fix it. This is the closest i've come to enjoying an mmo that much. (With that being said my perfect mmo would be closer to darkfall though) Im giving FFXIV 8.5/10, and im very critical. There are no bugs that ive seen so far and ive play in two areas with two classes to 23. It is easily the best looking mmo in the market and it just has this enjoyment about it. Would recommend. 

  Ppiper

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Joined: 2/08/13
Posts: 658

9/03/13 8:05:23 PM#11
Indeed! Totally agree. Hoping tomorrow brings easier access. If that's the case, I'm doomed. I'll never log out.
  David_Lopan

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Joined: 9/07/10
Posts: 815

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9/03/13 8:07:01 PM#12

The game is so solid I have to come up with weak sauce complaints about how the maps could have been twice as big and why I can't skip all cut scenes with ESC because I have seen them a bunch of times already (This game is not stopping me from making alts, less the usual, but still alts).

Great game so far

 

  echolynfan

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Joined: 1/26/10
Posts: 721

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OP  9/03/13 8:11:49 PM#13
Originally posted by Wylf
Originally posted by echolynfan

No hyperbole here - this is a VERY polished game with possibly the best crafting system since SWG (it's still early yet but it's overwhelming how much you can do) Problems at launch will fade away as people get into the game - new servers are being added and upgraded as I type this.

You don't have to have 10 alts - you can create one character if you want and just skill up anything and everything! Just switch weapons and you switch combat/crafting profs in a flash...including gear for each. (I have wanted this is a AAA MMO since I've been playing). I did play Darkfall Online which had that kind of setup but the grind was terrible.

Game engine rocks and is smooth and the environment is one of the most beautiful I've seen - weather...lighting you name it. The detail is spectacular across the board - from avatars to animals to landscape to buildings...etc.

One big surprise to me (I'm new to FF) is the story...I find myself really getting into the story. Some cut scenes even have vocals and the voice acting is very well done. Some of the stuff is cutesy but not overdone.

Now...it's still early on but after playing so many MMO's - and I swore up and down after Star Wars The Old Republic that I was NOT going to buy another game at launch - but I'm glad I did) I can safely give this one a BIG thumbs up!

 

Well to each his own... I expect a much smoother launch, with fewer bugs and stupid problems from a game before I am willing to call it the best MMO in years.  But I certainly don't mean to disparage echolnfan,  I simply cannot agree with him. 

Oh you're right - the launch was messed up but they're fixing the problem very quickly. I've been in games with great launches *cough* SWTOR *cough* which later turned out to be a big FAT TURD!. I'll take a bad launch week over a bad game anyday :)

And while we're on the subject - does anyone kn ow how much FF ARR costs? I mean...EA/Bioware spent millions on SWTOR and look how that game turned out.

Currently playing as Pete Puma on Excalibur. FF ARR - The best MMO I've played since SWG!

  Desiderium2012

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Joined: 10/12/12
Posts: 20

9/03/13 8:13:02 PM#14
Originally posted by David_Lopan

The game is so solid I have to come up with weak sauce complaints about how the maps could have been twice as big and why I can't skip all cut scenes with ESC because I have seen them a bunch of times already (This game is not stopping me from making alts, less the usual, but still alts).

Great game so far

 

You can skip cut scenes, double tap ESC

  Leiros

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9/03/13 8:13:23 PM#15

Agreed. It's refreshing to have a game that I look forward to playing when I get home at night. It seems like over the past year or so I've been going through phases where I'll play TSW, GW2, Rift etc. for a few weeks and then get bored and switch to another game. Hopefully this game remains fun after the newness wears off and it becomes easy to login. I feel like part of the appeal with ARR  is that it is so difficult to access this game right now. lol There's a sense of mystery to it. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to finish my last few levels needed to unlock my warrior job.

 

Here's to a good game in a year full of duds.  

  echolynfan

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OP  9/03/13 8:14:28 PM#16
Originally posted by Ppiper
Indeed! Totally agree. Hoping tomorrow brings easier access. If that's the case, I'm doomed. I'll never log out.

I stayed logged in for 3 straight days until the server was reset lol

Currently playing as Pete Puma on Excalibur. FF ARR - The best MMO I've played since SWG!

  Arakazi

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Joined: 5/23/09
Posts: 864

9/03/13 8:14:35 PM#17
I love the game but find it hard to pinpoint why. There's a lot of things that I don't like in the game. Invisible walls are everywhere, the zoning the problems with logging in, the unashamedly themepark design and so many other niggles. But I have enjoyed every minute of the time I have spent in game.

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  Ppiper

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9/03/13 8:14:58 PM#18
Originally posted by echolynfan
Originally posted by Wylf
Originally posted by echolynfan

No hyperbole here - this is a VERY polished game with possibly the best crafting system since SWG (it's still early yet but it's overwhelming how much you can do) Problems at launch will fade away as people get into the game - new servers are being added and upgraded as I type this.

You don't have to have 10 alts - you can create one character if you want and just skill up anything and everything! Just switch weapons and you switch combat/crafting profs in a flash...including gear for each. (I have wanted this is a AAA MMO since I've been playing). I did play Darkfall Online which had that kind of setup but the grind was terrible.

Game engine rocks and is smooth and the environment is one of the most beautiful I've seen - weather...lighting you name it. The detail is spectacular across the board - from avatars to animals to landscape to buildings...etc.

One big surprise to me (I'm new to FF) is the story...I find myself really getting into the story. Some cut scenes even have vocals and the voice acting is very well done. Some of the stuff is cutesy but not overdone.

Now...it's still early on but after playing so many MMO's - and I swore up and down after Star Wars The Old Republic that I was NOT going to buy another game at launch - but I'm glad I did) I can safely give this one a BIG thumbs up!

 

Well to each his own... I expect a much smoother launch, with fewer bugs and stupid problems from a game before I am willing to call it the best MMO in years.  But I certainly don't mean to disparage echolnfan,  I simply cannot agree with him. 

Oh you're right - the launch was messed up but they're fixing the problem very quickly. I've been in games with great launches *cough* SWTOR *cough* which later turned out to be a big FAT TURD!. I'll take a bad launch week over a bad game anyday :)

And while we're on the subject - does anyone kn ow how much FF ARR costs? I mean...EA/Bioware spent millions on SWTOR and look how that game turned out.

I never bash any game here. I realize everyone has their own perspective and likes, all should which be respected. I played SWTOR since launch only to stop a few months ago.  I enjoyed it, nuff said.

  David_Lopan

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9/03/13 8:16:20 PM#19
Originally posted by Desiderium2012
Originally posted by David_Lopan

The game is so solid I have to come up with weak sauce complaints about how the maps could have been twice as big and why I can't skip all cut scenes with ESC because I have seen them a bunch of times already (This game is not stopping me from making alts, less the usual, but still alts).

Great game so far

 

You can skip cut scenes, double tap ESC

     

 

  I've tried, works on 33% of them, but not all.
  bizoux86

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9/03/13 8:16:49 PM#20
Originally posted by NobleNerd
One thing (major for me) that does bother me is that they did not opt to voice act more of the cut scenes. Sometimes a cut scene is half done.... appears to me that they dropped the ball or focused efforts elsewhere due to time restraints. It would have been better for me to have NO voice acting than the hodge-podge that is in the game right now. The story I absolutely love!

Agreed. I think that the game is awesome and I am loving the story, but I wish they had either voiced it all or none. I thought my game had glitched out when I was doing a story quest that started out voiced and then midway went away - was irritating sadly. I almost would have preferred no cut-scenes because it reminds me of watching a silent movie, if they weren't going to do voice overs then just have the block of text next the NPC, don't need a cut scene for it.

But really, the above it my only gripe, I am loving the game thus far! Can't wait till login tomorrow night! Haven't played in 3 days due to "error 1017" so I am REALLY looking forward to logging in!

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