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FFXIV announced Changes. PVP ANNOUNCED! Read within.
General Discussion « Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
9/21/10 9:31:52 PM
What source did this announcement come from? Not that I'm doubting this is true but time has made me a skeptic of unsourced news. I'm not seeing this under any of their main site, final fantasy xiv site. Was it sent out in the newsletter?
Some of it seems to be tailored to solve the many issues being complained about while being vague and providing to information about a game releasing tomorrow/in a week. I doubt many of the "we're thinking about it" will see it into tomorrow's giant patch.
Some of the worst things about this cash shop is that the items that would make sense to be a account wide upgrade, aren't. So increasing your bag and storage space only goes for one player, buying the mystery pouch (which can only contain specific items) is for each character and not shared. So to get larger size inventory bag, storage, and mystery pouch takes that cost for each character, while those items may not be too expensive, you'd be looking at significant cash when you add it up for 3-4 characters. 3 ether bucks per 6 slots for inventory bag and mystery pouch, 2 ether bucks for 6 slots, 12 upgrades possible for each storage, 88 ether bucks per character to max out all item space. Per character! With the rate being $1 = 1 ether bucks... it's just not worth it. Granted you can buy ether bucks from the market but it's pretty outrageous cost in gold, which is designed to be harder to come by since selling items to NPC stores is pretty much worthless for gaining money. That's not to mention other things that are absurd in cost like the "wedding supplies" which two have to be bought for 30 ether bucks each.
Bunch that up with not being able to directly transfer any items between characters in the same account it really makes it less appealing to play if you ever intend to pick up a multiple characters, with different crafting focuses, to be able to pool the crafting supplies you get from multiple characters. It also makes it harder to share a nice drop for a different class with your other characters. Unless, of course, PWI has changed on this policy you pretty much have to use either the mail (which is costly) or a friend (or dropping in an empty area) to broker the exchange.
Other than that, I'd have to agree it's above average for a f2p/cash shop game.