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I bought this game in a moment of weakness 8 days ago. The first 2 days and 10 levels were interesting and I was still excited. 6 days later, I am finding it a chore to log on and considering dropping the game already. So I was sitting here asking myself, what makes this game so disconcerting.
It starts with the small stuff, two of the three cities had teleporters that told you where you are going but in LL you have to pull the map up because if you want to get to the Marauders Guild, you actually teleport to the Coral Tower. On the other maps, it was specific. This was a small point, but one of the first problems I came across.
I leveled each class except pugilist to level 15 and it to only level 5. There are not enough quests without using levequests which run out pretty quickly to level more than one class in an area. The downside to this is there are 2-3 classes per starting zone. Now, this is because I chose to play a single character, but the game is supposed to be designed around it.
Jobs are one dimensional. Guardian is the tank, don't flame me warriors, but the end game healers hate healing you. All else is Healer or DPS. There are no real hybrid classes, but then again the game is designed for you to play all the classes on one character.
Chocobo. Get to level 20, join a guild, grind for an hour, get a Chocobo. Seriously? Boring.
And you still hear the same BS in guilds about classes, rotation, etc... My favorite statement made by one of the top players in the largest guild on my server was that his rotation was typically three keys. Seriously, maxed out chars with relics hit three keys. Again, Boring.
There is no incentive to play together at lower levels, so the MMO part is dead at early game.
The upside, the graphics are pretty and you can play all the classes on the same character.
I guess I just convinced myself to uninstall. $30 down the drain, not that it will break me. FFXIV and MMORPG.com sold me based on its high rating and advertisement campaign online. I should not have been fooled so easily.
To those who enjoy the game, more best wishes to you all.
For the record, this is my 2 cents on FFXIV. If you don't like my opinion, feel free to sue me.