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General Discussion  » FFXIV over WoW...is it worth my time?

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  Son0fZeus

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Joined: 2/22/12
Posts: 52

 
OP  2/05/14 9:00:05 PM#1

Finally got some time to start a new MMO or resurrect an old one at that. I have a very well advanced WoW account with couple 85's and a buncha gold that I was thinking of resurrecting and playing but FFIX has caught my eye..

The fact that a new one is coming out this year got me into thinking of trying this one out. ( NEVER played and FF before)

Do you guys think its worth starting over on FFIV and giving it a shot or should I resurrect my WoW account.

I'm sure all the actual players will tell me the game is great, and I get that, but WoW is great also. And if they are both great or very alike...I rather resurrect the account which is already advanced into the game and I'm very familiar with the interface/gameplay. 

If someone can tell me the most important differences between WoW and FFIV, that would be great!!

 

-K

  Chrisbox

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Joined: 7/15/10
Posts: 1530

2/05/14 9:08:44 PM#2

FFXIV has a journey that is worth playing through, however it seriously lacks replay value. Leveling to max can become grindy at times but is reasonable in length, class quests are immersive and dungeons are decent.  They buffed the exp from other sources but people would just grind fates for hours, I'm sure they still do.

End game content at this point is much easier with all the catch up systems they've implemented, and 4 out of the 5 games raid bosses are a joke compared to the high end raid content in WoW. End game gearing also makes no sense, the highest ilvl armor can be boughten with currency, and most of it (for bard atleast) was BiS so getting raid gear was not exciting at all.   

If you've cleared siege heroic or don't want to play WoW until warlords comes out, I would give FFXIV a go until then. However ultimately it failed to keep me and every other WoW player I know from staying because of large replay value issues. 

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  reeereee

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2/05/14 9:29:40 PM#3

The difference between WoW and FFXIV is very simple.  FFXIV has much better graphics than WoW, and WoW has much better combat than FFXIV.

 

Why is FFXIV's combat so bad?  For example in WoW for my dk the global cooldown is one second.   Figuring out what skill to use next in that one second and managing resources is really not that hard.  Now FFXIV has a 2.5 second gcd, that would have been fine if they had actually made the classes more complex... but they didn't in some cases the classes are even simpler than my WoW dk.  The problem is that your brain doesn't slow down simply because they increase the gcd, so in most cases people will be able to figure out what skill to use in well under a second which leads to a huge amount of dead time every time you want to use a skill and you're just stuck there spamming the same button over and over waiting for the skill to go off.

 

Also people may tell you that FFXIV has better crafting, but this is facetious because WoW's crafting, while it doesn't have a minigame to go with it is far more useful and relevant to PvE and PvP because you actually need the item enhancement things crafters produce whereas in FFXIV ever interacting with crafted gear/items is completely optional and you can farm better gear than crafters can produce in the basic 4 person dungeons.

  Dreamo84

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Joined: 5/20/04
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I actually still like MMORPGs

2/05/14 9:35:42 PM#4

I actually went back to WoW because I was playing FFXIV and said "this is pretty but I might as well be playing WoW."

Honestly? FFXIV's over emphasis on end game gear grind is what put me off. It really is the only thing they care about. Yes that is a big part of WoW but there's so much to do beyond the gear treadmill I honestly don't do the treadmill myself.

  ZizouX

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Joined: 5/17/11
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2/05/14 11:25:10 PM#5

You can buy FFXIV for $15.00 and play for an entire month.  That will allow to form your own opinion.  I know players who've come from wow that LOVE FFXIV and I know players who went back to WoW.

 

Regardless, it will be the best $15.00 you've spent because you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it.  And if you don't, you spent 1/3 of what you would have spent on other games.

 

Do yourself a favor and try it.  The only thing you will lose is $15.00 but gain the peace of mind in knowing that you found a game you love, OR, know for sure it's not the game for you.

  Tyroz

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Joined: 8/18/06
Posts: 20

2/06/14 7:26:52 AM#6

I quit months ago because of how repetitive the game is. Reaching max level was far too fast, no journey whatsoever, everyone keeps to themselves and it's just a major fate/instance grind. IMO they have one of the best crafting systems ever and yet it's worthless and again pathetically easy to reach max level.

Seeing as how you've played WoW, you'll probably enjoy this. The gear is all about item lvls, similar to WoW. The instances are recycled, again similar to WoW, like heroics. The community is similar to WoW. You'll fit right in.

  Tsumoro

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Joined: 6/30/12
Posts: 321

2/06/14 7:33:59 AM#7

I made the switch and never looked back, but I would recommend that you buy the game (as its really cheap at the moment) and take advantage of the free month that comes with it. That way you can form your own opinion. 

 

  Beelzebobbie

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Joined: 1/03/09
Posts: 420

If DaoC was so fun why don't you just play it?

2/06/14 7:39:15 AM#8

I have played both games and don't like either one of them, it's not there bad it's just not my kind of game.

But if I have to choose between the two I would choose WOW any day of the week.

WOW is HUGE and there are lots of stuff to grind to keep you occupied and if you are a fan of raiding and stuff then there is no competition, WOW is the king.

No matter how much I hate WOW there just isn't any other game out there that comes close in the raiding department.

 

  silverreign

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Joined: 6/09/08
Posts: 325

It is what it is

2/06/14 7:40:25 AM#9

i cant believe no one has mentioned the fact that u can b every class in the game without making an alt. just switch ur weapon and u go from a tank to a healer in a second. u start back at lvl 1 so u have to lvl each class but its the same toon. once u get a mount it is usuable for all classes right away. u also learn every profession available. again, all on the same toon. no alt ever needed. that alone is a HUGE difference from WoW. no getting on xxx toon to send over money or craft xxx item. do it all on one toon.
then there is combined classes. archer at lvl 30 + lancer at lvl 15 allows u to do the quests to unlock the bard. another difference from WoW. FFXIV has alot more to offer than what is being said here. like the above post said, try it for urself. i have 8 lv 85+'s in WoW and am currently playing FF. only way u will know it play it not ask opinions from others

  Vannor

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Joined: 8/11/03
Posts: 2997

2/06/14 8:23:26 AM#10

I really didn't like it. I bought it and played it a week. It's just move here.. kill.. quest giver.. kill... guest giver.. move here.. kill.. quest giver.

The flow was much worse than WoW. I'd stick with WoW if you still enjoy it.

The differences are that FF has much better graphics but it has this childish theme to it. I know people say WoW is childish cos it's cartoony.. but really, lore and story wise, it isn't childish at all. FF is completely linear, in WoW you have a choice of what route you take most of the time (there's areas of outland I've never even been to other than to do a simple ferry quest). New armor and weapons come in very slowly in FF and it's basically the same item progression for everyone.. there is little choice, what you find is either better or worse than what you already use. There's absolutely no debating which item to use.

I don't play WoW, cos I've played it to death. But I just couldn't bring myself to continue killing pokemon looking creatures and seeing either really camp (gay looking) or over the top cute players and NPCs.

It's the usual generic MMO, although a polished one. I don't recommend it to anyone.. there are much better ftp games (that are seriously free if you choose them to be) that are MUCH better. Rift being the main one.

  Lipstickpaddy

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Joined: 4/08/13
Posts: 18

2/06/14 8:31:22 AM#11

I have played extensively both WOW and XIV:ARR.

 

WOW is THE most polished experience in any MMO to date.  With a free trial up to level 20 this would be my first suggestion, especially as the starting zones have been refreshed since MOP.  It's good fun playing all the starting zones with each race.  Pandarian and Goblin noticeably my favourites out of the bunch.

 

XIV:ARR has a low entry of around £20 and for that you'll get your money's worth in your first month no bother.  However the game isn't massive as an MMO veteran would like so I would treat XIV as a holiday.

 

Expect months of content with the WOW expansions to get your teeth stuck into, whereas XIV isn't mature enough yet.

 

With Wildstar and Elder Scrolls Online on the horizon, there isn't a better way to see what else is on the market in the run up to it.

 

 

  mbd1968

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Joined: 2/21/07
Posts: 1943

2/06/14 3:11:44 PM#12
I bought FFXIV at relaunch and didn't like it, can't remember why. Went back recently for a second attempt and am struggling to enjoy it. I think the problem is the 2.5 second GCD, it just makes the combat slow. The graphics are nice, the concept of every class on one character is interesting but if you don't enjoy combat there is not much point in playing. I would go back to WoW.
  GeezerGamer

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Joined: 4/03/12
Posts: 4782

2/06/14 3:18:48 PM#13
Originally posted by Tyroz

I quit months ago because of how repetitive the game is. Reaching max level was far too fast, no journey whatsoever, everyone keeps to themselves and it's just a major fate/instance grind. IMO they have one of the best crafting systems ever and yet it's worthless and again pathetically easy to reach max level.

Seeing as how you've played WoW, you'll probably enjoy this. The gear is all about item lvls, similar to WoW. The instances are recycled, again similar to WoW, like heroics. The community is similar to WoW. You'll fit right in.

Is the exact reason I terminated my Sub.

Crafted gear stops at iLvl 70. Raid gear goes to iLvl 90.

What was the point of such a robust and complex crafting system then?

It's the sad state of the genre. The next big title has as many threads discussing issues with it's business model than issues with the game itself.

  NetSage

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Joined: 3/20/10
Posts: 1010

2/06/14 6:21:26 PM#14
Originally posted by mbd1968
I bought FFXIV at relaunch and didn't like it, can't remember why. Went back recently for a second attempt and am struggling to enjoy it. I think the problem is the 2.5 second GCD, it just makes the combat slow. The graphics are nice, the concept of every class on one character is interesting but if you don't enjoy combat there is not much point in playing. I would go back to WoW.

It will feel faster and get faster at later lvls depending on your class.

 

@OP Personally I like it more than WoW for a few reasons but a big one is the community seems better overall.  But, if you never played FF before it may not be the best for you honestly :P.  It steals a lot from WoW and puts in with a FF flavor.  My Suggestions buy it (on sale if you plan on playing through PS3, or wait for sale since they happen pretty often) and try it for that month to see if it's you cup of tea.

  Colt47

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2/07/14 3:49:27 PM#15

The game is worth the entry price + 3 months subscription.  After that it starts to get a bit dicey as you'll burn out on end-game gear grinding really fast.   It would help if the crafting in the game were more relevant to the market, but the design team behind the game are pretty adamant on making all true raiding gear come from dungeons.  Also, that subscription number is coming from someone who plays this game on a rather casual schedule. 

  Bluewhitehell

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Joined: 8/31/13
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2/10/14 11:06:39 AM#16
Originally posted by Son0fZeus

Finally got some time to start a new MMO or resurrect an old one at that. I have a very well advanced WoW account with couple 85's and a buncha gold that I was thinking of resurrecting and playing but FFIX has caught my eye..

The fact that a new one is coming out this year got me into thinking of trying this one out. ( NEVER played and FF before)

Do you guys think its worth starting over on FFIV and giving it a shot or should I resurrect my WoW account.

I'm sure all the actual players will tell me the game is great, and I get that, but WoW is great also. And if they are both great or very alike...I rather resurrect the account which is already advanced into the game and I'm very familiar with the interface/gameplay. 

If someone can tell me the most important differences between WoW and FFIV, that would be great!!

 

-K

 

The biggest difference is FFXIV is made by Japanese, so it feels nicer in terms of animation/graphic if you're into JRPG style. However WoW has better exploration. In FFXIV you have no talent tree and very little room to create your own build.

You can try FFXIV for about 2~3 months if you want. For any serious MMORPG players it doesn't take more than 2~3 months to experience everything in FFXIV. Being "advanced" in WoW doesn't really matter because it's quick to catch up in FFXIV.

 

 

  fantasyfreak112

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2/10/14 11:08:25 AM#17
Any game that neglects endgame does not deserve your time or money. FFXIV is one of the worst offenders.
  Silentstorm

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Joined: 9/29/06
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2/10/14 11:12:20 AM#18
I play FFXIV over WoW because I like FFXIV community and story better. Not that WoW is a bad game just too old at the moment for me.
  alkarionlog

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2/10/14 11:28:58 AM#19

simple put if you never played anything other then wow go back to wow, from what I could notice is most people who started with wow say tehy prefer it because they have a life or wow did better(with was not true but in they head....).

 

FF14 is more like graphics, they also make it a lot more easier, I liked more the first launch even more the craft there, but each to his own.

FOR HONOR, FOR FREEDOM.... and for some money.

  Doogiehowser

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2/10/14 11:32:30 AM#20
Originally posted by Son0fZeus

Finally got some time to start a new MMO or resurrect an old one at that. I have a very well advanced WoW account with couple 85's and a buncha gold that I was thinking of resurrecting and playing but FFIX has caught my eye..

The fact that a new one is coming out this year got me into thinking of trying this one out. ( NEVER played and FF before)

Do you guys think its worth starting over on FFIV and giving it a shot or should I resurrect my WoW account.

I'm sure all the actual players will tell me the game is great, and I get that, but WoW is great also. And if they are both great or very alike...I rather resurrect the account which is already advanced into the game and I'm very familiar with the interface/gameplay. 

If someone can tell me the most important differences between WoW and FFIV, that would be great!!

 

-K

Given the fact that WOW has over 8 years worth of content the choice was easy for me. After couple of months i was basically done with FFXIV. I am not even a hardcore player and yet at this moment WOW sub is more worth my money. I play casually and the amount of content WOW has will take me good year or two to finish it.

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