Heads Roll At Square-Enix As FFXIV’s Failures Become More Prominent

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Final Fantasy XIV, MMORPGs

As a long time player and fan of FFXI, I was really, REALLY looking forward to Square Enix’s next installment, FFXIV. However, mistakes SE made in the past with FFXI seemed to trickle down into FFXIV all too quickly. I left the game as soon as I started, disgruntled at the fact I actually paid for the Collector’s Edition. I had hoped this would be the new MMORPG of the era. I wasn’t expecting it to topple the colossal giant that is World of Warcraft, but I at least hoped it would be a contender.

I soon realized that wasn’t the case.

FFXIV, at release, is a failure. Yup, I said it. I expect the following flame comments, so if you’re included in this, don’t bother. Trust me, I’m already well aware:

“The game has only been out X amount of months! How dare you demand it be perfect!”
“SE is just gearing up for PS3 release.” (Don’t you feel like a fool now?)
“No MMO is ever complete. Why would you expect this one to be?”

Truth is, I DON’T expect this MMO to be complete.

But god-fucking-damnit, I expected it to be playable.

This is what pre-launch week was like, in case you’ve forgotten:

– Skill points you earned in battle weren’t going towards your level/rank.
– Enmity was non-existent. It didn’t exist. Period. Don’t argue with me on this one.
– The servers couldn’t even stay online for the pre-launch week 24/7. Keep in mind, SE had pre-order numbers in already.
– Click and Buy. My boyfriend calls it Dick and Screw.
– Conjurers reaching Physical 50 within a week because of a “bug” that allowed them to generate massive amounts of skill points by curing themselves until they run out of MP, clicking the Aetheryte crystal to regenerate MP, and do it all over again.
– No MP regeneration. At all.
– No Auction House or Broker of any kind.
– Menu lag.
– Unable to mute ambient sounds. (wind, rain, footsteps, ect. Personally, this was very annoying to me.)
– SE’s failure to code anything for a PC or DirectX. (Can’t tell ya how many DirectX errors I got because I opened up task manager.)

And that’s just pulling shit off the top of my head at 4:30am.

No, I don’t expect a game on release day to be complete. I expect the basic mechanics to simply work. EXP gain, enmity, menu lag. They had how many betas and alphas to fix this, and didn’t? Rumors were going around that Closed Beta 3 and Open Beta testers were simply there to test out SE’s hardware for the servers. What did they call them? Oh yea, “hardware slaves.” Simply put: Those testers’ only job is to log in and congest the servers. That’s it. Way to go, SE!

So it was no surprise to me to see the articles that flooded the internet early Friday morning that Tanaka has been fired from FFXIV and replaced by some dude who can’t make it any worse than it already is. Tanaka has ruined this game. Period. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. This game is so terrible that I actually considered going back to FFXI. And anyone who knows me knows that I am not a fan of FFXI anymore.

Oh, and did I mention PS3 version is delayed indefinitely? Yes, this game is so crappy, SE is putting the brakes on the PS3 version until the PC version meets the standards.

And here’s the biggest kicker of all: FFXIV will continue to be free.

I’m a fan of free games, but I’m not a fan of having absolute crap on my harddrive.


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