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FFXIV vs Guild Wars 2?

sanctusspartansanctusspartan Member UncommonPosts: 5
Been away from MMO's for quite some time, but I finally have a bit more time to sink into one. I'm looking forward (and a backer) to Camelot Unchained as an avid DAoC player ages ago, but looking for an MMO to fill in the gap until then. 

FFXIV and GW2 both caught my eye and though i dabbled in both, i never progressed super far due to being in college and lacking time. How would you compare these two in terms of:

PvP?
Dungeons? 
Class/character development?
General thoughts on the state of the game, community, accessability for someone starting anew?

Comments

  • DeltoisDeltois Member UncommonPosts: 384
    Ugh, they re both beyond average.
  • ThorkuneThorkune Member UncommonPosts: 1,969
    I personally prefer FFXIV due to it's content richness. GW2 is good for a game that you can jump in and play for a few days to break the monotony of your main mmo, but the grindiness won't allow me to stick with it.

    /2cents
  • ceratop001ceratop001 Member RarePosts: 1,594
    Try them both and see what you feel most comfortable with.
     
  • josko9josko9 Member RarePosts: 577
    FFXIV is the last traditional MMO which is actually good.
    While GW2 is one of the best Modern MMOs.

    Honestly if you don't mind one of the worst combat system in the genre, absurd grindiness of the traditional MMOs, then go ahead with FFXIV. They are releasing a ton of content pretty damn fast, even though it's not of a high quality (filler content). At least you won't have to worry that you'll run out of things to do.

    Othervise if you're looking for a modern MMO, then GW2 is a very good choice. However it has plenty of faults as well. Main one probably their update schedule, which is very slow and lackluster. Anyways if you're actually looking for a modern MMO, then I'd recommend ESO, it's way better in pretty much everything than GW2. 
  • d_20d_20 Member RarePosts: 1,878
    FFXIV -- dungeon runner, more "traditional" character progression, well made traditional game

    GW2 -- pvp is fun and gear doesn't matter

    Both are fun depending on what you want. GW2 is f2p for the vanilla game. FFXIV has a free trial.



  • scorpex-xscorpex-x Member RarePosts: 1,030
    This is like asking which football team is the best, you're going to get fans of either saying their team is the best.

    You own both, so play one for a few weeks and then play the other.  Decide which you prefer yourself.

    Both have huge negatives and positives, whether they are a big deal depends on you.
  • aesperusaesperus Member UncommonPosts: 5,135
    What I can say is, if you're looking for a fairly vanilla dungeon-centric MMO, FFXIV fits that bill. Both games have their flaws, but FFXIV is basically your standard WoW-esque MMO w/ a final fantasy skin. (not meant as a slight, just stating how it is).

    GW2, while I used to enjoy the game a lot, Anet has done nearly everything in it's power to ruin that game. They've overnerfed most incentives to do things like dungeons in the game. Though things have gotten a little bit better on the pvp side, they still screwed up the meta pretty badly. WvW is still waiting for that love Anet keeps promising and never seems to deliver. Etc. Simply put, Anet went so far into their expansion that they actually ruined the core game experienced to try and force players to play the expansion content more. As a result, you may still have some casual fun in GW2 but I would not recommend it anymore.

    Nearly all the main guilds in that game have given up on it after the stuff Anet pulled post- HoT. (pulling content promised in the expansion and diverting those resources to work on their next expansion)
  • GeezerGamerGeezerGamer Member EpicPosts: 8,826
    Been away from MMO's for quite some time, but I finally have a bit more time to sink into one. I'm looking forward (and a backer) to Camelot Unchained as an avid DAoC player ages ago, but looking for an MMO to fill in the gap until then. 

    FFXIV and GW2 both caught my eye and though i dabbled in both, i never progressed super far due to being in college and lacking time. How would you compare these two in terms of:

    PvP?
    Dungeons? 
    Class/character development?
    General thoughts on the state of the game, community, accessability for someone starting anew?
    PVP=GW2
    Dungeons=FFXIV
    Class/Character Development=Toss Up. I like both. but edge out towards FFXIV
    IMO, I think FFXIV is on a SLIGHTLY better path than GW2. ANET has made a lot of deep mistakes as of late. I think FFXIV has simply put out a better expansion at this point.

  • drivendawndrivendawn Member RarePosts: 2,144
    edited May 2016
    GW2 is a new style mmo that has a in between tab and action style combat. It Also has large scale 3 faction pvp area so you may like that coming DAoC. FFXIV is tab target and more traditional mmo with a couple of unique things such as all classes on one character and cross class skills. Both have an emphasis on story and that is subjective to the person on which is better. Also I don't know if this has changed or not but FFXIV has trinity focused party play while GW2 doesn't. I will say that FFXIV's pvp has gotten better but I am sure GW2 is better by a large margin.
  • CyraelCyrael Member UncommonPosts: 239
    They're both really fantastic MMORPGs. FFXIV has been dungeons, GW2 has better PVP, and they're about the same in most other areas.

    If you're crafting oriented, FFXIV may be better, but if you're achievement oriented, GW2 will be more your speed.
  • DakeruDakeru Member EpicPosts: 3,796
    Just want to mention that I applaud you guys.
    You made bias free evaluations of both games without drifting too much into one corner.
    Harbinger of Fools
  • sanctusspartansanctusspartan Member UncommonPosts: 5
    Dakeru said:
    Just want to mention that I applaud you guys.
    You made bias free evaluations of both games without drifting too much into one corner.
    Agreed with this. I think I'm gonna give FFXIV another run, direction wise based on what you guys have said and a bit of research I think the game is trending in a more positive direction. If it doesnt work out I may try out GW2, or even ESO as someone mentioned. Thanks everyone!
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