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I've purchased two copies of FFXIV. Original copy back in 2010 and I preordered a PS3 copy this week. I have been watching and reading every article pertaining to this game for the past 15 months. There isn't another game that I have more excitement for and I have been an ardent defender of the producer, company and the game they are developing.
However recently after spending a good 15-20 hours in beta 3, I have one big concern. What makes the jobs in ARR individually special?
After playing FFXI for 5 years I can tell you what set Red Mage apart from every other class. Phalanx, Stoneskin, Blinks and Ninja sub along with Refresh and Cure 3, made it head and shoulders above any other class for soloing in a game that no one soloed in.
Thief had Sneak Attack/ Trick Attack which gave it great burst damage and helped the tank control hate in a party. If things got hot, Flee could save your life.
Dark Knight was the melee damage king. Guillotine was the most vicious weapons skill in all the game. I could go on and on, but the point is each job brought something unique to the table and people had their favorites.
Now I could be completely wrong and if I am someone help me out, but I don't get the same feeling from ARR. Whats the difference between Dragoon and Monk? One attacks faster and strings combos together, but it doesn't have a higher dps.
Paladin vs. Warrior? They both can tank. One has better hate control vs multiple mobs, but does that make it special? Fact is if you want to play melee you only have two real options, one of two tanks, or one of two DDs.
Yes I understand most games don't have a lot of classes at release, and ARR has more than any other, but can you really get excited about the jobs and classes you have to chose from?
When I chose to play FFXI I first read through all the available classes and I knew Dark Knight was the one for me, even before creating a character. After 5 years of play it still was my favorite job.
Same with WoW I first read the gamers guide and decided Warlock was what I wanted to play. I later switched to Death Knight, because it fit my playstyle better, but I still loved the class.
I have decided to play Bard in FFXIV ARR, probably because so far it is the most unique job, but I doesn't excite me like other jobs and classes from other mmos have in the past.
Granted Ive not played any of the jobs in FFXIV and I am only going off what I have read from SE's official website and videos I have seen on youtube of people who have transferred lvl 50 jobs to beta. So I could be completely mistaken. But so far this is my biggest concern with otherwise a marvelous game.