FFXIV First Day Reactions

After not being able to get onto the server I wanted with my guildmates Wednesday, last night (Thursday) was much more fruitful.

  • Stability has greatly improved – I crashed once in nearly 10 hours of gametime on one of the most congested servers. Even in the few cases where the client seemed to want to crash due to high traffic in a small area, it was able to recover quickly – this alone made my playing experience all the more enjoyable.
  • Lag has slightly improved – As I noted previously, even in densely packed areas (~100+ people) the game ran smooth with little to no clipping/ tearing/ blinking. There was a small bug with not being able to attack certain mobs effectively due to lag but it’s being fixed now and should be live shortly.
  • UI and Hardware mouse improvements – This one was huge for me, the UI (while still having it’s issues, menus in menus etc..) has much more noticeable speed and get up, and what more can be said about a hardware mouse addition that hasn’t been already on numerous forums/blog. Great job making the once  painful, manageable.

All in all, this has been a fairly smooth pre-launch and a fun headstart for those who are used to the SE and FFXI way of doing things. To those that aren’t (my wife for example who, bless her heart, struggled all night learning the ui and leve system while fighting with general FFXI idiosyncrasies), try to imagine this analogy while playing.

General MMOs like WoW, EQ2 and LoTRO is like eating with a fork. It’s functional, efficent, tried and true, and most importantly – your used to it.

FFXIV is like eating with chopsticks for the first time.

It’s difficult to hold, hurts your fingers, not terrible intuitive, and at least initially, you can’t grab more than one item at a time off your plate. Does this make chopsticks a terrible eating utensil? One would think so, but nearly half the world prefers it.

I hope that helps as you find your way in Eorzea, I’ll have more design reviews to come.

-D^t

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2 Responses to “FFXIV First Day Reactions”

  1. Crave Says:

    Please continue with these mini-series reviews, it piques my interest in the game as I wait for my computer to get fixed.

  2. I’ll continue these reviews just for you crave ❤

    -D^t

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