I'm in despair! Square Enix has left me in despair! Being utterly fed up with World of Warcraft (for the dozenth time), and still not having 25 hours a day to invest for any meaningful result in EVE Online, I had gambled all my hopes and dreams on Square's upcoming online game Final Fantasy XIV
- confident that it would be a worthy match for my chronic MMO addiction. Big, big mistake!
Some recent gameplay videos that surfaced on YouTube - which have since been taken down in shame at Square's request - depict one of the most boring combat systems in MMO history. Hell, even mining in EVE looks more exciting at this point. And that's very, very sad...
A backup of said videos can still be seen on San'plex
, if you really don't have anything better to waste five minutes of your life on (hint: fap). Sure, the game's cinematics
look awesome, as usual with Square's CG works. But if the combat pace will remain this dead-slow in the final release - "TBA 2010" - I don't see much point in subscribing to FF XIV. Other than rolling countless Miqo'te characters
to watch them frolic lewdly.
In other FF-trolling news, true-RPG developer Bioware is once again bashing
the JRPG genre, and Final Fantasy XIII
in particular. Here's what the studio's writing director Daniel Erickson had to say about Square's latest pseudo-RPG in the Final Fantasy franchise.
"Well, before I address the main point I just want to take a slightly more controversial route: You can put a 'J' in front of it, but it's not an RPG.
You don't make any choices, you don't create a character, you don't live your character... I don't know what those are - adventure games maybe? But they're not RPG's."
Does he have a point? Sure. But?... No buts.