Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Dungeon Crawl Part 1
From the dark recesses of Tam-Tara Deepcroft to the wilds of Brayflox's Longstop, take a tour of the lower level dungeons found in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
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Playing the Beta on PS3 at the moment and to be honest i love it, it feels and plays great, no lag no slow down unlike Defiance, but i'm in a fix now, i'm tempted to get it on PS3 but thinking how it might look on PS4, my question is, if i get it on PS3 then upgrade to PS4 later, will i have to start all over again ??
How does this game play on low-end hardware, say an i3 processor and a 525m card? Surely they can't sustain a pay-to-play model for very long, however much they want to recoup production costs, they'll limit the player base massively.
I was actually surprised at how fun these dungeons were. The game forces you to do a few of them as part of your job's storyline, making you use the Duty Finder and play in a party to proceed, which I was pissed about at first. I don't mind party-only quests, but didn't like being forced to do them. I quickly changed my mind after doing the first one, though, as I might not have done it as early as I did if it weren't required, and I would have missed out on some fun.
The lack of voice chat hurts things a lot, though.
@Micra-IRL- I very much doubt it, they'd still have you're character data and its still the same engine :)
@johnwck90 Also, I think you'd be lucky to run it on that rig :(
@johnwck90 F2P games typically retain their large player bases for release periods and then they drop massively in my experience, most mmo gamers I speak to still much prefer the P2P model as F2P rarely allows for a level playing field.
@DarqueDragon I was surprised that they needed tactics in order to get a smooth kill on boss.
@Eduspcloud why new PC? Even my 6 years old Q6600 with 4GB RAM was able to run this game. And this dungeon too. I was a beta tester. You need around 1GB MAX VRAM with a GTX460-560 like gpu (nothing special today really...) to run this game on high settings.
@Eduspcloud both are acceptable choices, just don't get an xbox haha
@Breyant did you get a chance to play in the Beta? Phase 4 is starting soon. The game is quite fun. The combat is a little simplistic, especially for a Final Fantasy game, but it is one of the best looking MMOs I have ever seen on the PS3, and the game is quite fun. I actually spent over 5 hours just mining ores so I could do some blacksmithing.
I like the fact that PC and PS3 players are on the same server, as some of my friends plan to play this on PC, but I no longer have one.
I remember the last one I did, just before Phase 3 ended. I was the tank, I had two ranged (archers) and 1 healer. I went head to head with the boss while the archers did ranged and took out any help he called, and the healer healed us all and stayed out of combat. I never fell below half health, never once had to defend against a minion, and we took down the boss in short order.
The only thing I wish was that there were ways to replenish your TP, as I kept running out and had to rely on the auto attack until I got enough to do a skill attack.
@pa_amb_tomaquet @Eduspcloud As someone who had an X-Box, I totally agree with Eduspclud. After I bought my PS3, my 360 stated gathering dust and ended up getting sold.
A PS3 would probably be cheaper than getting a PC powerful enough to handle this game, though. :p
Believe me I reallyloved SWTOR at lvl1-50. But when you reach lvl 50 there is (or was) nothing to do.
Adds are the extra monsters/minions a boss can have.
Also didn't you find strange taht you cannot earn gold in no other way than doing quests? I mean in most games if you are fighting monsters the monsters give you enough gold if you die to repair. Something like this doesn't exist in FFXIV. This was really strange
@Coseniath Really? I leveled up pretty quick for awhile there. It was after 15 that it was slow for me. Of course, my second profession (Marauder) ran out of quests to do. :p
I was only level 12 and couldn't find anything else. According to the beta forums, Phase 3 was missing quests, so hopefully I won't have that problem.
I like how easily you can change between job classes (this is what the game calls them), and that each job can have it's own gear.
The crafting was pretty fun. It takes place in game (instead of in a menu) and uses the same system as the battles, which makes it easy to transition from fighting to crafting. Each job has it's own toolbar when you switch to it, so you can put the skills however you want for each job, instead of hunting for them. In the beta, I only had 2 crafting jobs (blacksmithing and mining), but I might take more, as certain jobs allow you to repair your gear (blacksmithing can create and repair weapons, for example).
As for your thing about the endgame, I never actually made it that far, but only because I lost my PC. I was a subscriber to SWTOR and loved it. If I still had a PC, I would probably be playing that.
But, the thing I like about ARR over SWTOR is that in SWTOR, you could only have 3 crafting skills. In ARR, you can take every crafting job in the game, if you want (which I might).
Oh, about the Adds>Boss thing, I knew that meant to kill the boss first. I just have no idea what Adds are. :p
@DarqueDragon @Coseniath Oh I am sorry, prio= priority. Adds>Boss = First kill adds then boss. (If you leave adds alone the healer will take the aggro cause it will heal the person the adds will attack.) TBC = 1st WoW expansion The Burning Crusade. Wrath = your guess is 100% accurate :). I played SWTOR too (beta also :P). Though the non-existed endgame content was a huge dissapointment, after the best lvling experience I ever had in an MMO. I never liked using multiple characters either. In every MMO I played I always trying to use one character.
I didn't payed so much attention to crafting. I just lvled one proffesion (or w/e was called) to lvl 10. It was painfully slow though...
@Coseniath @DarqueDragon I have never actually played WoW, or any other MMO at the level cap for that matter. I also never made it to that Scorpion fight, as I was only in this last part of Phase 3 (I missed the earlier parts, unfortunately, because I failed to check an old email account), and spent a lot of time mining and blacksmithing, which was more fun than I thought it would be.
The only MMOs I have played are Guild Wars and SWTOR (on PC, which I no longer have, so I can't play anymore) and DC Universe Online on PS3 (which I have grown bored with).
I have never been a fan of games where you have to use multiple characters just to have fun. I like the job system of this one, where I can take a main and secondary job, but also take whatever crafting jobs I wanted.
Oh, and I have no idea what "Prio was" Adds > Boss even means, and no clue what TBC and Wrath are (though I assume Wrath refers to the Lich King expansion for WoW).
@DarqueDragon @Coseniath Actually about the Scorpion fight was: Begining of battle: 1 range destroy all poison thingies. Then stay away from green thing of the floor. Prio was: Adds>Boss and when tail was coming to the game we have to kill it asap. (I was hardcore raiding in wow for some years especially on TBC and Wrath :P)
The fight is something so hard. But the surprise is that this was a lvl23 dungeon lol. I would love to see the difficult of raiding lvl50 instances :)