Posts Tagged ‘ MMORPG ’

[dev1037] Enhancement of Battle Effects (from the Lodestone)

•The size of battle effects for actions and magic will be enhanced by 1.5 to 2 times the current.

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Final Fantasy 14 (FFXIV) Lag

I must say, that after getting this game on the pre-release I continue to hold very high expectations for this MMO.  This game, like most MMOs has its drawbacks but with the recent ‘restructuring’ in staff I think things will change very quickly for the better.  Since the January patch 1.15a, I already see many decent additions to FFXIV!!  One thing that does seem to puzzle most people I’ve encountered on the web is the issue of lag.  Whether it is UI lag, mouse lag, weather lag, server-side lag or overall graphics config, etc. it seems that lag is definitely a troublesome issue.

Of course, when playing the game I have experienced it as well as many others but what really is interesting is that there are videos (recent ones as well as old ones), that are either beta or post full release, that show no lag at all.  Interesting.

I think I just might leave Wutai and head to a ‘lighter populated server’ and see how it goes.  I played FFXI with no lag at all and even after turning down all the graphics config settings on the ffxiv config interface, I tend to still see lag.  It is not unplayable but it does make it unenjoyable at times.  Either way, I’ll wait it out since I’ve been a FF series fan since the NES (FF1).

Perhaps I’ll post again on the lag topic if it still exists in the future.  I hope they have more content and stability as well as a better UI before the PS3 release.

Smooth Gameplay r20 Thm quest

Another somewhat smoother gameplay video (closer to what I experience)

Another very smooth video of ffxiv gameplay

Nice solo gameplay

One thing I did notice is that their “R” is much higher than what I get, though the “S” isn’t much higher than mine.  I only get about 60-80 but some of these people receive around 200+.  I guess I need to look over my settings but in FFXI I used to get very smooth gameplay and could even see mobs spawn before most others.

 

 

Final Fantasy 14

I’m not sure what to think about this game.  I’m one of those guys that have been playing through the FF series since FF1 on the NES and have been an avid, loyal fan.  The earlier games used to be challenging, creative, massive, interesting but most of all…..fun!!  As much of a fan that I am of the grand FF franchise, I have to honestly say that they have been slowly regressing when it comes to story quality and fun.  The graphics have gotten better but the stories have been more……..lame?  I think that’s the right word to describe it.  Boring would be more accurate but not really.  A game that looks better but lacks a real point or has more ‘shock and awe’ moments but less substance would be the most accurate way to describe Final Fantasy 14 compared to former Final Fantasy games.

Any way you look at it, it doesn’t ‘feel’ like a Final Fantasy game.  It’s truly sad when the majority of FF fans still say that Final Fantasy 7 was the best FF game (or best game ever) that has ever existed.  Graphics have come a long way but it doesn’t seem that much else has.

However, I don’t think I can abandon the FF genre…yet.  I still hope that Square Enix will see their mistakes and realize that they’re having a ‘teachable moment’.  Even if it’s a very long one.

I don’t think that Final Fantasy is a lost cause.  There are many fun aspects to it but there is something definitely missing that most ‘experienced’ FF players notice.  We want ‘that’ back.

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I will say that I enjoyed Dragon Age and looking forward to playing Dragon Age 2 as well as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Fable III.  RPGs rock!!!