FF14 “So Bad They Gave Players Another Free Month”

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Final Fantasy XIV’s release debacle continues with the news that Square Enix is offering players another month of free play with their purchase – a move which detractors lambaste as an attempt to stop even more disgruntled players from abandoning the game.

The offer of an extra 30 days free (for a total of 60 days free play for all accounts opened before the 25th of October) certainly means there is no better time to start the game – however, critics claim Square Enix is simply trying to reverse plummeting server populations whilst it rushes out patches.

Meanwhile, the western gaming press continues to pan the game almost as much as the players themselves:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    biggest disappointment, beta was sooo slow. i want Squaresoft back

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    Comment by Noodles
    11:21 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its kinda true, after the merge into Enix they have been pumping out more crap than a cow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes, me too! I want squaresoft.
    They make alot of games, but most of them are crap.
    That was good times when was orginal FFVII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully this will be the death rattle. I liked final fantasy titles but at this point I really just want to see the fanboys who viciously defend this game be totally destroyed.

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    Comment by Phenie
    07:05 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played the beta and I'll be honest. I really feel that SE tricked a bunch of people into buying a game that they knew was absolutely horrendous based on feedback on the beta boards. Of all the feedback there, there was probably one positive post for every 20 negative posts.

    And they'll sell another whole bunch when they release it on PS3; Sure they'll patch it up again, but the game is fundamentally flawed, the combat is tedious, mining is a chore and finding places is just frustrating.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well at least there's still FF13...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF13 sucked too

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FF13 is my first Final Fantasy other than Dissidia, so I'm glad I got to play it without the bias against it's gameplay and characters compared to the other games. That would probably make me as bitter as most of the rest of the world is about it. I'm about in the middle of it and I haven't seen how "horrible" it is yet, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're like a virgin who has no idea how bad he is in bed because he doesnt have any other experience

    what am I saying, "like"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 19/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was the same for me. It still sucked.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    10:18 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow square that's just sad..

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never have I seen a series as expanded as this.
    Though FFs are never sequels to start with, they're all just slapped on with the same title with an added number every installment.

    Even when not considering that, wow, get creative SE. We're tired of seeing this repeated crap you call beautiful design & all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's face it, that game is made of fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why haven't there been any articles on Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, which was just released outside of Japan last week?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because there is nothing to troll about that game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give us FFT back!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody's going to go for that shtick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well every company suffers from a bad streak every now and again. I guess now is the time for square enix to suck...again.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    04:56 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i gotta admit... this game was a disapointment for sure.

    Comment by Pyrolight
    04:06 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    About 1 hour in the beta made me realize there was nothing worth paying for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're dropping an MMO after playing for one hour, you have no business playing an MMO in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SE, just let FF die... Please...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this a punishment?

    Why would anyone want to waste time playing this crappy game?

    Comment by Tenno Seremel
    05:09 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering all this maybe it's not that bad that there is no new Chrono game…

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    folks this is REALLY final fantasy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No amount of patchwork will make this game better. They need to make a new game from scratch to make a game that will be considered triple A class. Of course that means a lot of money and resources which Square will simply not do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything about FFXIV seems to be about money:

    -Discourage the amount of time you play so that they can put more people on less servers.

    -The extra free 30 days to people who buy the game by the 25th (get more people to pay $50).

    My guess is that the CEO wanted a nice X-max bonus so he set the release date reguardless of the state of the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 18/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just make that stupid game f2p

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 18/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tinfoil hat on. Take all this with a grain of salt, it is merely speculation by someone with little industry knowledge.

    You know, one of the comments I hear most frequently in the criticism on FFXIV is "where did all the time and money spent on the production on this game go for it to come out like this?"

    And it got me thinking, what if SE hasn't been honest to players and stockholders about the amount of time and money spent on FFXIVs production?

    And the reason it came out in such a rushed and unfinished state is that stockholders became suspicious, and demanded to see where all the money was going to?

    Lets say profits for a quarter are more dismal than expected. And the real reason is that sales are lower than projected.

    It looks better to stockholders if you lie and say that sales were actually really good and the reason profits are down is because you spent a lot of money on the production of an MMO that is likely to provide a significant return on investment.

    Now maybe someone with a better grasp of economics and the transparency of SEs operations than me can rip this post to shreds and I welcome it.

    But something seems fishy about this game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We just got to wait. Apparently in the past the company got pwnt and when they released ff1 as a last hope or some shit they went back up. So hopefully, they release something fucking epic to revive the franchise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares about the game, give me more Miqo'te!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why haven't there been any articles on Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Failure XIV?

    Square-Enix will not be pocketing my money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why doesn't this site have any articles on Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you possibly imagine an article by Artefact talking about that game?

    "Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light promises great game-play. People are optimistic about it's release, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light sells 100 thousand copies in its first week in the US."

    What the hell kind of news item is that? It's not at all worth mention. Frankly, no one gives a damn. What would the cover image even be? Nothing about the game is even remotely sexy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sure why not... the game needs help im playing it atm and its a great game but it can use some improvements >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tales of Series > Final Fantasy any day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 18/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Totally fapping right

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    Comment by Bigall
    01:58 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except in the days prior to FF7. You know, FF6, FF5, FF4, etc...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would say prior to ff8

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    Comment by Nekomancer
    21:26 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FFVII and VIII is where this series began to rot. FFIX was the last shine before the complete crapification.

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    Comment by Nekomancer
    21:27 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nomura should be fired.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have watched many gameplay videos on youtube. And just watching from those videos it is enough to tell me it is not worth the money and time to even try this game out. And even if I wait 6 months or more for this game to mature further to be enjoyable it might be to late ( for my case ) as i am waiting for Guild wars 2 and other mmorpg.

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    Comment by Fox89
    01:33 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not worth the money to even try this game out?

    So you're saying "Even without playing this, I can tell it's so bad I'm not even willing to try it for free!"

    Now there's a crappy attitude. How can you make a judgement from youtube videos? It's a GAME. It's kind of a different experience when you play it instead of watch it, you know?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm playing and I'm enjoying it.

    MOST of the player I've asked liked it.. no, make that ALL...

    The truth is MOST of the whiners and bashers either haven't played the game or too damn noob to figure out how to play it.

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    Comment by Unlimitedbladeworks
    07:53 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're absolutely right! It's everyone else's fault because they can't see the genius of FFXIV. It's couldn't possibly be that SE just made a shitty game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, if you like FFIV it's ok, keep playing. Just realize that that means you're within a very niche market, since apparently most of people in the world, from n00bs to pros, don't quite agree with you. Then again, it's just a game...some lives on, some dies...horribly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 18/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whiners and noobs as you said only figured out how the game is extremely poor! How can you not see the same if you're not blind or else?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^^Really, because we have people on this site PROUD that they didn't even play the game...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No it's a phenomenon called a "Vocal Minority" essentially you have a thousand people bitching, but then you have the 200k still playing, most people who bash the game do so because of the 50 freaking articles that came out BEFORE THE GAME DID, which generated negative hype.

    ^^And don't toss that excuse because it's just as easy to say that you're following the hatewagon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you. It's a whole different experience when you're playing a game rather than just watching it. Simple as that.
    You can't really judge based on that.

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    Comment by baeshin
    06:49 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im glad someone here has some goddamn common sense here Fox89. Most havent even played and it are bashing it using others opinions and passing them off as their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, so you're saying we have to dish out money for the game, plus, probably, money to actually play the game in a decent state. What I don't get is why you are trying to defend the game in it's current stat after you already admitted it's crap that needs massive patches to fix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow you're retarded fox89. If you can't tell a piece of shit from a good game without buying it, I feel sorry for your wallet, dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reading a movie's script would be an excellent way to judge how good it'll be, what the hell are you talking about...?

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    Comment by huari
    03:39 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone's never seen Star Wars.

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    Comment by Fox89
    02:22 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I feel sorry for all the great games your missing out on if you judge them from 'what you've seen on youtube'. I used to do that as well, but then I played some of them and found that they were actually fun.

    And some look great on youtube and play like shit. The point is its never fair to judge a GAME based on videos of it. It's a bit like judging a movie after just reading its script, if you don't experience it in the way it was designed to be experienced, what makes you think you're making an accurate judgement?







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