FF14 Update Quite Godly

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Final Fantasy watchers have been greatly excited by Square Enix’s comparison shots (above) of its flagship title Final Fantasy XIV before and after the upcoming mega-patch, touted as being the restorer of the game’s plummeting player numbers and the company’s tarnished image.

In greater detail the differences are plain to see:

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The explanation:

Together with this structural change, we have rethought the distribution of enemies, both old and new, while giving considerable consideration to players engaged in gathering activities or simply passing through.

If the rest of the update is this impressive, Square Enix will have nothing to worry about.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So they've added a Llama.
    What a mega-patch this is.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    00:01 20/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Deviantart did it so why not 14??? 8D

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    23:32 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's still the same old FF14....

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    Comment by Overt
    00:59 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the writer of the article is either confused or is being sarcastic in an obscure way... the pictures are basically thumbnails to me even if i zoom them and there is clearly no noticeable change between them as well...

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    Comment by xRif
    09:35 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the thing that i only see in the new one is that they add bunch of animals or made it bigger. maybe they should just try adding a feature that make the graphic or the whole thing to a final fantasy 7 theme. are they trying to make it realistic to appeal westerner gamer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    By your logic, I guess FF7 was realistic, because western games tend not to be able to shut up about the damn thing.

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    Comment by alex251
    23:30 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    someone should tell Square Enix that it's called trolling :)

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    Comment by KoollKat
    23:40 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Ummm.. so-o.. what's changed??

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    Comment by araradude
    00:07 20/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    From how the mobs are looking at the camera in the second screenshot, I conclude that the change is that from now on, instead of roaming freely, the mobs will stop and stare at you as you move around the map.

    You know, like those pictures which seem to stare at you no matter which angle you look at it from? Only that with FFXIV, the mobs really DO turn around to stare at you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 20/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    oh great.! So someone like me who has some serious paranoid issues about being stared at when I go out etc. is really going to love this game then.....!

    Best book some more therapy now then..

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    Comment by Overt
    00:56 20/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    in FFXIV quite few mobs already do that. There are monkeys that run to you as though they aggroed then just stop and stare at you and goats that just follow and rub their horns on you without attacking. You gotta be careful of AoEs though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, Don't be a mage doing Horizon Leves and be a total "noob," for the love of god. It's never good to randomly lose your mage in the middle of a fight, whether a damage dealer or a healer.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That'd be amazing...

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    Comment by alex251
    23:46 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    nothing really - that's why it's just trolling

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:49 20/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Hmm......... lemme change my eyeballs first.
    Can't see any difference with so much bullshit clogging up my lens.......

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    Comment by Megidola
    00:12 20/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    What's changed is that we now have sheep and goats instead of turkeys. It's, like, an agricultural revolution.

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    Comment by TenguSan
    00:51 20/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    you know... i tried to find a minuscule change to joke about, saying something like "they improved the (so-and-so)!"

    .... i can't find it -_-

    00:51 20/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    The thing thats changed is that my eyes are more fucked now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The enemies now pose for the camera!

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    Comment by Setsuna Toshirou
    02:05 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To @koollkat: Loot's of things will be changed in that update but Sankaku as always like to troll and hate this game, that's why they only seek a sensation and barley don't write anything ... There will be tons of things Added and updated in November and December as well as Early 2011 but of cores Sankaku wrote nothing of it... I'm losing trust in this site.

    http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=9a18c549d68b08a4e6f2d162f5bd4263ed466626

    Overall list of things that will be Included in Nov, Dec and Early 2011, but of cores not all is wrote there, some things are wrote in separate news but i you find them yourself (Note: Not on Sankaku of cores)

    Anyway I'm stopping reading FFXIV related news on this site here, I don't wanna look anymore at Artefact news about this game, some people just troll for the troling sake, and some just want this game to fail now matter what people do. End!

    ...

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    Comment by Ghost Dog
    08:04 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bigger animals that look straight at you, quite impressive.

    This seems like a lost cause; Just give us Versus XIII already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, Setsuna Toshirou...
    I read that link you posted and I don't see any addressing of the real issues of the game...
    the Item search feature being the only attempt and it still doesn't fix the horribleness of the retainer system that I personally feel should be scrapped.:/

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    Comment by Ikuhisashiku
    08:25 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Setsuna Toshirou

    What I don't get is why they couldn't do all these updates _before!_ releasing the game. Why would you want to try and sell a product that is basically, for all intents and purposes, still unfinished? It makes no sense.

    All those updates are the normal things you would already _expect_ an mmorpg to already _have_ in the game by the time it comes out. Things like improved user interfaces and quests? Most of that should've been sorted out already in beta testing.

    My point is, those updates are nothing new or creative. And I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to go and pay for some unfinished game.
    (I know they don't make it P2P yet, but my point remains the same. I wouldn't pay for a bunch of crap, basically.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you look through the list of changes, it seems like they might finally make this the game it was suppose to have been this entire time.

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    Comment by alidan
    05:09 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Setsuna Toshirou
    02:05

    i just read the majority of what they are doing.

    they aren't out right saying anything, they are beating around the bush saying they are retooling things, it doesn't mean that it makes it better.

    lets say they need a 100% upgrade to be good, what they are promising between now any 2011 is anywhere from 1% to 50% and are promising up to 80% sometime in 2011

    they aren't telling us that any portion of the game is going to be satisfactory, or that any part of whats currently broken will be fixed...

    what did you expect Artefact to jizz himself over details that aren't even detailed? what they basically said is this "shits broke, we know, here is a list of what we want to fix and hopefully when it will be fixed"

    Canadane
    02:54

    congrats, your problem with the game is known and should be fixed this year.

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    Comment by alidan
    01:42 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok i cant see it at all in the pictures, but what it sounds like are more mobs.

    i cant see this as a bad thing, but i also wish they would have shown a better image comparison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now we can clearly see how shitty this game is!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    from the pictures i almost thought they added a playable goat race..

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:03 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...

    ...

    ...

    More enemies, that's fine...

    But what about the dreadful curfew system with equal amounts of punishments..?

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    Comment by Canadane
    02:54 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I wanted was less lag with the controls.
    Not too much to ask for? Passive/active mode, and menus and stuff. All have this undeniable lag on them.
    It's my only complaint with the game.

    The fact I've been given three free months though, is very nice.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:12 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing much have changed...

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's still the first step of whatever they're also planning....not that this would change my mind about this game though.

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    Comment by fxc2
    23:47 19/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    You don't play MMOs do you? The structure of the NPC enemies is EVERYTHING.

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    Comment by OhYeah
    11:31 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps maybe they should say... address the problems they implemented in the first place? Lovely use of new animals and giving us an extra mountain peak to see, now remove the time limit so that we can grind with a decent outcome ya morons!

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    Comment by alidan
    02:10 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    part of the fun, is a hard pull, spiting off the mobs, and killing them.

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    Comment by Sithreis
    06:18 20/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Whats changed?

    Everything.

    STRAP ON YOUR SEATBELTS BOYS, SHIT JUST GOT REAL

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where we're going, we don't need quality to play!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agricultural evolution was epic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I found it!
    THE ANIMALS HAVE SHADOWS NOW.

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    Comment by King Tiger

    just change the "fatigue" system and we're in business ^.^ lets see where this goes >_>

    Comment by Sharakan
    23:32 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    square enix shouldnt get it's hopes up. a patch isn't gonna make people want to play a bad game

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    Comment by Misakite
    23:37 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Indeed. There is only so much a patch can do.
    If they're going so far, might as well download a whole new game.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:14 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like shaping shit to chocalate,it's still bad no matter how you patch it up

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet many people(mostly S-E drones) still fail to fathom the concept behind patches.

    FFXIV is coded with the server-client connection interfering in almost EVERY ACTION you take, from opening the menu to confirming to it. I don't know who's the absolute idiot who thought that asking for server permission to do ANYTHING is a great way to curb hacking/cheating and all that shit which they claim they want to kill.

    Patches can take away the little rough edges or add small details to it, but it can't change the composition of the game's core. There is virtually no real way to patch away their main problems within a short time(<4~5 months), because the amount of effort needed would mean that they might as well make a new game.

    Bottomline of S-E's actions post FFXIV: They're trying to sell as much playtime as they can to try to salvage whatever they can scrape off any willing customers left.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Killing the retarded retainer system and just putting in a normal Auction House like EVERY FUCKING SINGLE OTHER MMO OF ANY QUALITY HAS would be a good first step.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 19/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So uh... They made the animals face the screen when you screenshot them, is that the difference?

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    Comment by Gol_Galad
    23:32 19/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Is it me or are these animals staring at us with malicious intent?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 20/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No they are sad and desperate because no one comes and plays with them and kills them afterwards :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's coming right for us!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are looking a way out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The mobs now level off YOU.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    believe it or not but there are mobs like that in FF11, lol its great fun when it manages to kill an entire 18 man alliance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 20/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    baahhh why don't you like our game






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