Final Fantasy XIV “Marred By Total WTF UI”

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The endlessly incendiary Final Fantasy XIV’s relaunch and PS3 port is still proving controversial, with some rather convincing complaints about its overpowering UI being too much even for PC gamers, let alone those on the PS3.

The realm may be reborn, but the UI is attracting criticism for being stillborn – though the much praised graphics continue to be well received, the UI dumped on top of them has been dismissed as an unreadable mess:

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When relieved of its overbearing interface it is clearly quite pretty however – if just as unplayable, although the same can of course be said of most MMORPGs:

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The game has now been firmly dated for an August 27th launch, at least making it in before the PS4…


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    Avatar of Rene
    Comment by Rene
    10:28 26/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    That's a bad UI? It looks like every other fucking MMO UI out there.

    It's just people crying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 26/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Played old 14.. played beta for ff14:ARR
    ...the interface is fine...
    infact, the whole game has become enjoyable, and very
    addicting.

    the interface is highly customization. you can move anything, and adjust size.

    i don't know what people want?
    maybe a game with no interface where you just speak to it
    and it does exactly what you say?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    that be nice just speaking to it would love that feature for looking up porn but my parents might hear me saying ass licking lesbians

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    SAO or go home? even that has a UI no?

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    14:51 26/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No kidding Rene.

    However if anyone thinks this is bad, they should play EVE online sometime. That games UI cant turn into a HUGE mess, especially in fleet battles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Eve online UI gave me nightmares.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That thing was so complicated, there were still things on there that I never figured out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The UI is good. U can disable any window or scale it. U can disable pretty much every kind of msg on chat. Only thing it lacks is build-in party and guild chat, not one just customised to show only party or guild msgs

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Absolutely what I thought. I know nothing of this particular MMO and I'm not really any good at reading Japanese, but I had a pretty good idea of what everything was for almost instantly. Because everything is exactly where it is in every other modern MMO around.

    The only bit that is a little "different" is the positioning of the hot buttons for the PS3 version. And that makes sense if you think about it. You could hold a button and then press in the correct direction to activate the skill or something like that. Totally intuitive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:47 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No. It's just Sankaku Complex being trolls with Squeenix as usual. I don't understand your surprise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Honestly, wow. What is it with SanCom always trying to twist any Square-Enix / FINAL FANTASY news into something negative?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 26/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    SanCom hasn't "become" anything. It's always been a troll site that gets hits by over-exaggerating to the point of ludicrous. You have to take every post with a bucket of salt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well this game still is shit. I'm a legacy and a beta tester. I played 4.0 because I trusted SE and the new team, but what they're doing to customers with the new CE and a game system still based on luck and time sinking is a shame.

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    Comment by fxc2
    17:11 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have always have my trusty bucket of salt with me whenever I roam this site.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I fill a tub with salt and add some bath water to it... and even then I have to have a salt shaker on standby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    don't listen to sancom whenever it's talking about SE or aya hirano. it's like listening to a butthurt woman

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    and that would be Aya Hirano... if you understand^^

    Just kidding. I'm partly with you on this. SanCom creates too much negative hype, true. All the "pussy" news are fake bait, etc.
    BUT when it comes to SE and the crap they do... I can't deny the truth. And concerning Hirano... well, she literally fucked up and is still suffering from the backlash. Also, a lot of things she said publicly were stupid, and whenever she appears with some new ugly look in for example a morning show/drama/other shit... it's just hilariously bad. But in her case, she has to take any job she gets offered.
    Yeah, SanCom is hating on her, but it doesn't matter... or does it?^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is the way of Sancocku.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't be putting all this on SanCom now, I see negativity towards S-E and especially FF no matter where I go on the internet these days. They've totally earned the backlashing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Because lately, Square-Enix themselves nearly always (inadvertently, one would hope) turn anything Final Fantasy-related into something negative.

    Exhibit A: FF XIII and its dungeons, which are more linear than the border between Colorado and Wyoming.

    Exhibit B: FF XIV, the original version. So terrible, they couldn't give it away for free. Bad even by MMORPG standards and had ostrich-like birds you could ride like a horse, which were called "Horsebirds." They were later renamed "Chocopos" [sic].

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you fucking retarded? It's free if you bought the first one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    exhibit B fails hard. it became one of the most awesome MMO since version 1.20. try researching more than just speed reading the initial receptions and random bitchings

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Its free if you bought the 'first part' dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    When you make a game, and are forced to REMAKE a game... you need to just say LOOK...

    14 flopped... end it, make 15...

    Stop trying to save Face... people really dont give a shit, what they wanted was a fucking REFUND.

    Since you didn't want to REFUND our money, its like saying "Go fuck yourself and your next product."

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Best part is SOCIETY BEING STUPID ENOUGH TO REPAY FOR Part II of 14, in a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD?

    They already bought the FIRST GAME?
    GO FUCK YOURSELF?

    GW2 buy once, Free2Play and the SERVERS ARE STILL FULL!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF14 was a commercial failure... they remade it, trying to get some of their losses back. How it turned out... no idea and I don't even care. I don't play MMOs or any other online game... I'm a singleplayer type... and after FF13 failed to entertain me, I didn't even want to try the sequels.
    AND I won't buy a FF15. After playing almost every Square-Enix JRPG and being severely disappointed, I'm done with the company. Not interested in rotten milk, failure sequels, MMOs, social games, bad new FFs, or any other stupid franchise they come up with, milk or ruin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This game is nowhere close to today's standards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "This game is nowhere close to today's standards."

    Wrong, its very close to today's standards and that's why its shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you sir, are in the minority. Now, go play with your play dough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you wrote there in response has absolutely nothing to do with what was said.

    Regardless of FF14's 1.0 launch shortcomings, it doesn't excuse grasping for straws to try and shit all over the new FF14 team's triumphs as they're working their damndest to rebuild this title into a quality MMO by today's standards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF XIV was one of the worst MMO when it came out, but had suddenly became one of the best MMO right after the billing started (took it long enough though dammit).

    try researching instead of just reading the initial receptions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apologist asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    sit on your thumb

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    Comment by Mitchell
    17:13 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah its not good but I have played games with worse UI's. I could tell what every box was so no biggie.

    Game looks great and if it allows mods I'm sure someone will tone down or compact the UI.

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    Comment by Arisu
    23:29 28/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Plus, you have to remember that, when this was posted, it was in like stage 1 or 2 beta, so it really wasn't -supposed- to look good

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, no wonder this is a site full of trolls and trolls trolling trolls, the guy who runs it is a huge troll himself. He just made an entire blog post to basically express his hatred of MMORPGSs, basically saying that this game is just as unplayable without the UI, except that then it's at least more pretty, and then saying all MMORPGs are unplayable like that, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I've tried a ton of MMOs and it looks like the usual fanfare. Doesn't mean it's good, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the ui look annoying and would easily get lost in it, or overlook something. you need clear cut buttons and pannels, here look at this
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    its youtube, anyway that is original everquest right there. clean cut, no fat, only what you need right in front of you.

    everquest of today however
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    go to about 3 minutes in, it can be a fucking mess, but even that can be cleaned up pretty damn nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess you didn't play much MMO, huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    QFT. The UI looks ok so I don't understand the complaint.

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    Comment by Arisu
    00:25 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idk about the PS3 port (don't own one), but from what I've seen the PC runs it beautifuly

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are not complaining because they think it's bad, they are complaining because they think there's a lot of information being displayed at the same time on the screen and they are afraid that the PS3 won't be able to handle it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    see wow full of extras... its 10 times that...
    i dont see a problem here

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you play wow on a PS3 ?, no I thought not, the PS3 is old enough that any reducement in unneccessary effect is very much needed.

    Sure there are worse UI out there, but saying "oh it's bad but there are worse alternatives" that's like saying "dog crap doesn't taste good but at least it's doesn't taste as bad as horse crap".

    Both are shit, you should strive for a good result not just allow it because there are worse results.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    who gives a shit about wow this is about ffxiv

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can be wrong, but the reason that you can't play WoW on the PS3 could be because Blizzard didn't bring out a PS3 version of WoW.

    And just to inform you, the PS3 get his own UI.

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    Comment by Mr.Demon
    15:12 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well i don't see anything worth complaning..

    Looks pretty normal for any MMORPG... PS3's users should learn to deal with it...

    and the game looks really beutiful.. all those scenaries... are really worth exploring.. I hope the game is made F2P soon so i can play it..

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what I was going to say. Swear to god.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:54 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    http://www.hardmode.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/final-fantasy-nes.png

    Is this even the same series anymore?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Pure text MMORPG. Do away with ui and graphics. Force mechanics and story to the fore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like "cinema".







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