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[QUOTE] Stop concentrating on North America, put all your efforts into China. FF14 would have to have a few words with you. Also, I've been using the time needed to reboot Civ5 everytime it crashes to imagine a way the game could be ported to consoles. Fascinating. I could never be a game designer. [/QUOTE] [QUOTE] Stop concentrating on North America, put all your efforts into China. FF14 would have to have a few words with you. [/QUOTE] Ahhh FF14. That game looks like the most colossal waste of time and talent I've ever seen. On the plus side it's got beautiful art. It's one of the last old school high fantasy games out there. The look and feel of it has much more in common with classic fantasy literature and TSR era Dungeon's and Dragons than any other RPG on the market including those developed in "the west" (ironically, Blizzard games feel much more stereotypically Japanese --their design esthetic is really really similar to Yu-Gi-Oh). The game's even being released in China. And for once, they did something smart with their marketing, they had [URL=http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/8416-interview-with-morning-musume-girls-on-ffxiv/]one of the Chinese members of morning Musume promote it.[/URL] TOO BAD IT PLAYS LIKE A DECADE OLD PC GAME. FFXIV looks like it was developed in some sort of vacuum where no one paid any attention to all the criticisms leveraged towards FFXI, neither did they pay attention to advancements in MMOs, and worst of all, they didn't even consider what people like about Final Fantasy. There's absolutely no reason why you should begin the game fighting squirrels that take 20 swings of an axe to kill (half of which miss!). Final Fantasy 7 opens with Cloud dispatching trained soldiers with one swing of his sword. You're immediately thrown into the action and feel like a hero. In FFMMO you live in fear of rabbits, squirrels and crabs for the first 10 hours of the game (albeit, very well designed woodland creatures that I'd rather look at than most boss monsters from other MMOs). There are more Final Fantasy fans playing WoW than FFXI or FFXIV. There is something very wrong here. The crew of FFXIV seem to be completely out of touch with reality and their fans. The worst part is, there are so many great subtle touches to FFXI and XIV. For instance, there are unique sets of armor per class per race. Other MMOs just use rigging tricks to skin the same model and texture on everyone. The races even have different animations per weapon. For instance, the way an [URL=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_R86rSHPwg3w/R8bwVb3FBaI/AAAAAAAAADs/jvcq_PfJXiU/s400/elv_rng_gun.bmp]Elvaan[/URL] holds a gun is totally different than a [URL=http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff151/ringthreetheicp/Armageddon-1.png]Human[/URL]. It's also one of the only games out today where I can tell a character's class by the way they look. I'm sorry but everyone in WoW looks like a deathnight, and everyone in Dragon Age looks like a generic rogue. There's so many good things going on in terms of art direction in FFXI and XIV, I just wish they were paired with a game that made some sense.
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