What It All Comes Down To Is That Everything’s Gonna Be Fine Fine Fine

Lalafell

La-la-la-lalafell! Hugs!

I think I’m on a roll on this whole positive outlook-thing. Despite my last post about MMO companies and their relationship to betas (it was not only directed at Square Enix), the MMO genre is still a source of happiness and pleasure. I’m doing great in Star Wars Galaxies, I’m giving Final Fantasy XIV a try and I recently resubbed to Lord of the Rings Online to be ready when the F2P version goes live in a matter of weeks.

It became a bit more obvious to me today, when I read Rankvile’s blog entry about Final Fantasy XIV. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a lot of things right. The UI is horrible, the menus convoluted, the patcher a nightmare, the quest system non-intuitive at best. I’ll repeat what Pete said about it – Final Fantasy XIV won’t be for everyone. But when Rankvile writes that it’s an “advancement of sorts for it’s own predecessor, Final Fantasy XI” (compared to an advancement of the MMO genre in general), I feel happy. Because that’s exactly what I want from it. Final Fantasy XI fascinated me, but I burned out on forced grouping. I mostly solo in MMOs, and would love a FF-MMO where I didn’t have to group up only because I want to level.

That’s not to say that I’m sure I will play Final Fantasy XIV for a very long time after launch, the game does have its issues. But I am not cancelling my preorder yet.

Ewok Love Familar

Seriously, I want one on my ship in SW:TOR. They are cuddly!

The second time it struck me today was when I read Heartless’ post about the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic-video released by Bioware. Heartless (man, he’s grumpy these days) thinks the combat looks terrible in TOR, with a traditional “trash pull”-mechanic. It has looked that way for a long time, there doesn’t seem to be anything truly innovative about combat in TOR. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be much innovation in the game at all. The “epic storyline” and the fully voiced cast might be cool, but in general it’s looking to be a classic MMO. Levels, trash pulls, dungeons, etc. And you know what? You probably guessed it – that’s exactly what I want from it.

I want to play a MMO set in one of the coolest time periods of the Star Wars mythology. I don’t care about innovative combat mechanics or the storyline. I just want to play a MMO where I can team up with my friends and go explore the world of the Old Republic. I don’t even care about the fact that TOR’s space missions are on rails anymore. That minor disappointment eroded as soon as I remembered that I have the space-system I need in SWG anyway.

It’ll be alright. Because I got one hand in my pocket, and the other one is swinging a lightsaber. And I look good doing it.

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6 comments

  1. RanknVile says:

    Thanks for the linkage. And you ARE right about FFXIV advancing what already exists (FFXI), but not the MMO genre as a whole.
    As I also believe, like Dragonchasers wrote…it is an “adventure” game, but geared toward FF lovers. For MMO players…well, lets say, it will not be stealing any subs from WoW…lol.
    The experience as a whole is not satisfying…but, for someone who just wants something new on their computer…can’t go wrong with the prettiness (and the nostalgia, thanks to software mouse cursors and the FF music) of FFXIV.
    Cheers

  2. Yeebo says:

    I’m right there with you on SW:ToR. Even if it’s nothing but “KoTR III: sub fee edition” I’ll still buy it and enjoy it for a few months.

  3. Leon Field says:

    Ah but are you willing to encourage the bad business practises that EA are using to push Star Wars: the Old Republic just to enjoy that? EA are trying to use this as a trend setter for what origin exclusives will be like and I’m not sure the consequences of going along with their “limited release” “£5 pre-order charge” “RRP £45 for a pc game” approach to a digital market.

    I loved KotOR and its sequel and TOR looks like it will make me happy when playing it, buuut. In the hands of EA things don’t look good.

    • Petter says:

      Heh. Thanks for the comment, but without going into if the Origin thing is “bad business practice” or not you should note the publish date of this entry; it was published last September, before the launch of Final Fantasy XIV and the F2P-conversion of Lord of the Rings Online. :)

  4. Leon Field says:

    Oops! A bit of a blunder their but still I would like to hear your thoughts on it sometime :)

  5. Leon Field says:

    *there

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