I figured I would finally start my blog to say a bit about Final Fantasy XIV. To clear one thing up, I'm not going to talk about the game itself. I tried the beta out on my laptop and couldn't make it look any better than Return to Zork with my limited hardware. So I know almost nothing about the game other than the fact that I'm still anxiously awaiting the opportunity to eventually try it out myself on the PS3. I'd like to address the issue that people seem to be ignoring the fact that Square-Enix is trying to fix it.
First off, I'm not going to say that the game doesn't deserve the reception it's gotten. Again, I can't make my own call on the matter, since I haven't been able to play it. But I don't think it's possible to ignore the abysmal response it's gotten from critics and players alike. So shame on you, Squeenix. You should know better, and you deserve every low score you get on this.
Square's reaction, in my opinion, has been wonderful. They're not talking about patching a few spinning heads or some texture pop-in. They didn't defend their game (not to be confused with not having confidence in the game's potential), and try to peg it on gamers' inability to "get it". They took full responsibility for their mess, and even publicly apologized for the game. Key figures stepped down (or were kicked down), and the team was restructured to fix this as quickly as possible. They're not charging people to play it until they feel it's become something worth paying for. They're even postponing its launch on the PS3 (the platform that it was clearly made for and is really going to shine on). You could not expect a better reaction to the response FFXIV got. And yet people are still bashing SE. THEY'RE FIXING IT, PEOPLE! I mean, I'm sorry the game wasn't great, but I've hated almost every MMORPG I've tried at launch. I wouldn't expect this one to be any different.
Should they have listened to beta feedback and delayed the game until they could implement those changes? Yes. Did they release a flaming dog-turd of a game? Yes (I'm having to take everyone's word on this one). But they are doing everything they can to make it better. And yet everyone says the game will still suck, no matter what Squeenix does to it. They're wanting to improve on it, but there's not much incentive to do so when people say they won't play the game even if it's fixed. Square took their punches; now back off and let them try to fix their mistake. If they come back with a game that's still terrible, then feel free to unleash on them; I might even join in. But for now, I am still excited about trying the game on the PS3, and I'm willing to wait until they're happy with it.