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Final Fantasy XI Forum » The Airship (General) » Is it worth trying ffxi again?

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  lzanon

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Joined: 1/28/10
Posts: 313

 
OP  2/13/13 4:50:41 PM#1
I guess tons of things may have changed since i last played this game back in 2009. With ff 14 comming out again and it does seem they did it right, would it be worth investing in ff11 till then. Are the servers busy or have they dwindled down. Any changes to the races stats or do you still need to make up with gear where your race does not excel at. (like galka casters)?
  Dfix

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Joined: 4/18/12
Posts: 256

2/15/13 12:42:54 AM#2
All I can say is grab a 14 day free trial and come try it out. Servers are still fairly busy and it's quite a bit easier to level now than it used to be. The new xpack is being released soon and you can preorder the whole collection for $39.99US. 

Vivik-Cerberus

  lzanon

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OP  2/15/13 10:28:35 PM#3
Originally posted by Dfix
All I can say is grab a 14 day free trial and come try it out. Servers are still fairly busy and it's quite a bit easier to level now than it used to be. The new xpack is being released soon and you can preorder the whole collection for $39.99US. 

i did that some deal on steam. Now just to decide what race to make. may spend most of my days as a drg/whm for fun.

  Calintz333

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Joined: 12/10/07
Posts: 1179

TWILIGHT ONION!

2/18/13 10:53:28 AM#4
This game used to be like a good cross country road trip. It was not only about the destination but also in large part about the Journey and the sights along the way. Now it really has become a top heavy 100% end game driven game. I left the game in 2008 when that transition to an end game focus began, returned in 2011 to check it out and found the game completely changed from what I had known. I didn't like it so I never came back. I know that some of the newer players enjoy it though, so it may satisfy some. 
  k11keeper

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Joined: 2/15/04
Posts: 1036

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2/18/13 6:54:46 PM#5
It's ok to try again. I sort of recent the notion that only new players might like it. Myself and many players that have been playing for years still enjoy the game. It is 100% true that the game is top heavy but it's a decade old they cater to the player base that way. Luckily they have changed so catching up isnt hard. 14 being released hasn't had a negative effect so if you're interested go for it
  lzanon

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Posts: 313

 
OP  2/23/13 3:21:11 AM#6
The new changes (from the last time i played) really do make it ieasy to get back in. Now its a thing of finding the right people to play with.
  joon143

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Joined: 11/18/11
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2/24/13 6:29:17 AM#7

I`m a really old school FF XI player who started playing it at release. Now I`m also considering getting back into it till Realm Reborn´s release.

 

What I`m mostly wondering is about the leveling. Are you still at lv.10+ heavily dependent to get a party just for the sake of leveling. Also, are you still not able to solo the class quests?

  Dfix

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Posts: 256

2/26/13 8:57:14 AM#8

You can easily solo now on most jobs. The xp per mob has doubled so chaining EPs - EMs from level 1-30 is pretty much standard. You can also do fields of valor or grounds of valor which give bonus xp once the objectives have been completed.

 

Soloing job quests could be done depending on what job you want to unlock. Anything with an NM to kill most likely not though.

 

The game has changed quite a bit since the abyssea expansions came out. I think you will be surprized at how quickly you can level up now.

Vivik-Cerberus

  birdycephon

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Not Safe For Woona (NSFW)

2/26/13 9:39:01 AM#9
I havent played for a while, do people still camp dunes?
  d00fbysancho

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Joined: 3/01/07
Posts: 220

2/26/13 12:29:35 PM#10

If you play come to asura my name is kenshinayu my linkshell is a very helpful and active linkshell throw me a tell and i can get you in

 

  Dfix

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Joined: 4/18/12
Posts: 256

2/28/13 11:58:55 PM#11
Originally posted by birdycephon
I havent played for a while, do people still camp dunes?

Not so much haha. But people still solo through there in the 20s.

Vivik-Cerberus

  lenathian

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Joined: 1/25/09
Posts: 12

3/23/13 6:26:29 PM#12

I would like to try this game, i've never played it. I went over the official website and clicked free trial but everytime I try it tells me, there are no more trial codes.... WTH??  

So I dunno... does anyoen have a trial code they wouldnt mind sharing? 

mmoplayer77@yahoo.com

thx.

  teco221

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Joined: 1/20/06
Posts: 377

3/24/13 5:44:00 PM#13
I don't think they want any new players to join the game.  Usually free trail just download and register then enjoy the game.  I was an avid FFXI player, but of course I couldn't reactiavte my character because it's long long time ago.  I just want to retry it but I guess not possible.  It's odd, I would think they would still want more players, I guess they don't.
  lenathian

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3/24/13 10:29:18 PM#14
ya, seems kinda wierd if thats the case.... Why have a big banner that says "14 day free trial", if theres no more codes, or you don't want people to play... lol...
  Homitu

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3/24/13 11:48:53 PM#15

I rejoined a little over a year ago for a free month and didn't even last the month.  I don't even understand leveling anymore.  You sit in a raid with 17 other players in one area and auto attack mobs for 5 hours to get 15 or so levels, then you move on to another area to repeat, etc.  Nobody enjoys it.  Many people try to go afk for as much time as possible, only occassionally moving and auto attacking for a bit to make it look like they're doing something so they don't get kicked.  It's altogether extraordinarily boring. 

For how trivial they made levels 1-70, they didn't remove the limit breaks.  So starting at level 50, you still need to go on the limit quests to raise your level cap by 5.  While some of these are easier than others, due to your ultra fast leveling, you'll likely be next to naked and incredibly weak for your level.  As such, you'll have to rely on making a high level friend or two to help you out.  So you go from afk auto attack grinding to passive sneak and invis running through catacombs while watching high levels do all the work.  Your reward for your patience is that you get to return to your 18 man group to grind out another 5 auto attack levels!

Eventually you'll get high enough level and gain entry to Abyssea.  I didn't make it that far though, so I can't comment on what goes on there.  And unless you have a lot of free time to dedicate to the game, chances are you won't get there in 14 days either.  

  Seilan

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"Blue, blue."

3/25/13 2:36:29 AM#16
Originally posted by Homitu

I rejoined a little over a year ago for a free month and didn't even last the month.  I don't even understand leveling anymore.  You sit in a raid with 17 other players in one area and auto attack mobs for 5 hours to get 15 or so levels, then you move on to another area to repeat, etc.  Nobody enjoys it.  Many people try to go afk for as much time as possible, only occassionally moving and auto attacking for a bit to make it look like they're doing something so they don't get kicked.  It's altogether extraordinarily boring. 

For how trivial they made levels 1-70, they didn't remove the limit breaks.  So starting at level 50, you still need to go on the limit quests to raise your level cap by 5.  While some of these are easier than others, due to your ultra fast leveling, you'll likely be next to naked and incredibly weak for your level.  As such, you'll have to rely on making a high level friend or two to help you out.  So you go from afk auto attack grinding to passive sneak and invis running through catacombs while watching high levels do all the work.  Your reward for your patience is that you get to return to your 18 man group to grind out another 5 auto attack levels!

Eventually you'll get high enough level and gain entry to Abyssea.  I didn't make it that far though, so I can't comment on what goes on there.  And unless you have a lot of free time to dedicate to the game, chances are you won't get there in 14 days either.  

Yep, that's the exact impression I've got from the current game, and I haven't even taken part in it lol - it was just from reading the accounts of other players. It's honestly the SOLE reason that, despite how much I've always liked the game, I can't bring myself to return to it. I can understand wanting to make it easier to level, and even the desire to make the game more solo friendly, but their "solution" to the leveling situation was/is probably the worst I've ever seen. I'd never feel satisfied or even remotely entertained by joining a large group of players and then essentially being power leveled while I do nothing. I mean, why even have those lower levels at all? They might as well just start all new characters at a "viable" level right at the beginning and forgo that mess completely.

Sigh, it's a shame how things have turned out for the game. It still holds a nostalgic place in my heart, and honestly, there's a lot to like about it, but the leveling aspect is an important part of any game for me, new or old, and it just doesn't feel right to shoot through all of that content without really even doing much. Sure, you could still level up the hard way I suppose, but you'd most likely be doing it completely alone, and it would probably take you a month or two to reach a point that took most everyone else only a few days.