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First of all, I'm not a huge FF fan, don't play console games, remember how much of a failure I heard this game was years ago. But I came in with a handful of info and an open mind.
I'll be the first to tell you, I've only spent about 5-6 hours in game.
I have a level 10 Lancer, and 6 Gladiator, but I'm already wavering, and heres why, feel free to chime in.
1) I hate the armor models. Every class other than Lancer and Gladiator looks horrible. I thought about making an archer, but disco pants, feathers, and brimmed hats doesn't appeal to me. This 'sticky nostalgic' idea was horrible. I guess many FF fans may like it, but I thought that the Gladiator's armor looks straight up like a 2013 masterpiece, while Archer or other classes look like a 1970 Joke.
2) Hard to keep going already by 10. Quests are all run to A to B to C to B to A to C. All instanced mini zones, and at times for a new player you spend more time clicking on little zones to see which one you need to go to than you do actually slaying stuff/having fun.
3) Socialization. In my 5-6 hours in game on Behemoth I saw 100's of players. Never once did I interact or see any of them chatting/interacting. At the 'FATES' we would all zerg then walk away. The website forums doesn't have SERVER forums, or guild forums easily found. And I didn't see many people actively recruiting lower people to guilds etc, now I understand this may be better at higher levels but I didnt feel immersed in the community right away it seemed like a lot of instanced maps with tons of noobs running all over with no purpose.
Honestly , the combat is slow. I LIKE the animations, but its like 2-3 second cooldowns on main abilities, feels rather dull and honestly I'm sorry - outdated.
I know this is all level 10/6 review, but honestly I've seen most of the main city, done 10-15 'fates' or *COUGH* Rifts, and the combat, community, website, social, and esp. armor hasn't impressed me.
Right now I rerolled to gladiator because thats the only armor models I can see liking at lvl 50, thaumaturg was ok to be honest, we'll see. I'll have to see how dungeons are and stuff.
Does anyone else feel this way at first? Does it get better after a while? Honestly I would prefer grinding and killing stuff over running here there here there, I feel like all im doing is running and its really lame.
I realize that this is all early game stuff - because I've been max level in a lot of games, it may seem absurd but think about it -
You release a fail game and then re-release it 5 years later, and my first 5-6 hours have me yawning and unconvinced? You would think they would focus heavily on the early levels to make sure people see a changed or by god - revolutionary game, and instead im sitting here trying to bite the bullet hoping later game is decent.