So I came here to post on the MMORPG.com forums so I can avoid the FF14 fanboys who will take my word and toss it down then stomp on it, no matter how logical I present my case.
Anyway, the combat system, the way your character moves, interacting with npc's, lackluster chat box with unfriendly controls
- The Combat System
- 2.5 second Global Cooldown
- The Way your character moves
- Interacting with npc's
- Lackluster and unfriendly chat box
- No option for text balloon of some sort
The Combat System-
It is just old school in a new time. Some people may like the shoutout to oldschool MMO game play. I have seen the promised land with active combat MMO's, like Tera. And semi-active combat MMO's like GW2. FF14 just feels like a huge step backwards to me. Though some of the enemies in this game have attacks that they "tell" and you as a player have to move your character out the way. And by "get out of the way", I mean nonchalantly strafe out. Don't worry, the enemy knows you have no roll ability and will wait for a little while before actually commencing his attack.
2.5 Second Global Cooldown-
So, they already made this a very relaxed (for lack of a better word) game with hardly any "action" in the combat system. Like rolling out the way, etc. Add in a rather long 2.5 second global cooldown and you have a recipe for a slow, arduous game.
Doesn't feel very reactive. I press the key and it feels like a millisecond delay, which isn't that much but enough to be annoying. Before anyone asks or tries to tell me.. no it isn't a result of my computer and/or my graphics settings being too high in the game.
Interacting with NPC's-
This is not that big of a deal, but you do this enough to where it gets a little annoying. Click on the npc. Wait like 0.5 - 1 second... Then the npc focuses on you and stops you from moving while he "talks" (makes you click through text spam) to you.
Lackluster and Unfriendly Chat Box-
Ever try ignoring a gold spammer? Normally just right-click the name and... oh no, not in this game! Ever try to set up tabs to new chat tabs to have chat channels on/off to your liking? Good luck. I've put together chairs from scratch that had their directions written in another language, and that was still easier than this.
No Option For Text Balloons Of Some Kind-
An option.. any option. This is kind of a big deal to RP'ers, and I do RP every now and then. So, with such an unfriendly chat box coupled with no text balloons... if you are an RP'er, just prepare yourself now to get lost in a sea of text with only 3 people RP'ing.
That's about it, though there are other issues that I am either forgetting or I thought they weren't serious enough to address. Just voicing my opinion is all!