Years ago like any other kid on the block of (insert average town here) I had a lot of interests. As time went on things grew more and more complicated and technologically advanced. Then there was the cartoon era ( Still active; don’t judge me) as a little kid sitting on a couch five times bigger then you watching on a Saturday morning without a care in the world, but as school started so did the fads. The yoyo’s and card games (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, etc) but there has been one thing that has been a constant in my and many others lives, Final Fantasy. Going through FF 1 until FF 13 every one has been a great experience. Final Fantasy 14 is something of a coin toss, because it is like an older car with a new paint job. On the other hand new gamers who haven’t heard to many good things about FF 11 have a chance to turn back the pages of time and jump right into a new experience.
*Note: From here on is just speculation from what I’ve seen and comparisons from Final Fantasy 11, give that the next MMORPG isn’t coming out until the 30th of September.
Graphics: The screen shots that have come from Squire-Enix from the online game play videos from closed beta testers says it all without uttering a single word. As gamers know, from many disappointments in the past, graphics aren’t everything but they sure so make it easy on the eyes. The character screen looks much better and has a much better feel of freedom, as well as the in-game reactions of enemies as well as allies.
Game play: Well…Much can’t be said about this section then what I’ve heard from Beta testers. The game play hasn’t changed much as first thought, the party system is a lot better as well as the new Guildleves, but other then that, I have no info so far.
Characters: Well this seems like some of the Char’s from FF 11 have been merged or rather recycled with others. FF 11 started out with base char’s and continued to grow as the game progressed so I won’t be too hard on this section. As far as I’m concerned the break down is this: Pugilist = Warrior with Monk; Lancer = Warrior with Dragoon, Gladiator = Tanking Warrior with Monk; Maurder = Pure St Warrior, Archer no need, Conjurer = Black Mage/Elemental Summoner, Thuramage = Black Mage.
Concept: It’s still the standard and lets be honest here, who wouldn’t want to play with others battling side by side like the world counted on it all with casting spells and racking up TP? I think I’ll join in on the fun in September, I won’t be counted out on this adventure whether good or bad.
What do you guys think about this? Is it something different or just more of the same with a brand spanking new gloss?