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7-14-2009 @ 9:20PM
Just two points on the 'unimaginative designers':- How the hell can you call anything that's been released since Wrath, Naxx aside, unimaginative and 'cut and pasted'? Every 5man, every raid is something new, something unique. I mean, Vanilla patches contained a class review which swung the balance pendulum wildly, and one single feature, be that a battleground, a holiday event, or in the last patches of Vanilla, new raids. No Vanilla patch compares AT ALL to the changes 3.0, 3.1 and now 3.2 bring to the table.- Those things that are reused or 'boring' are for a GOOD reason. If you were there at the end of Vanilla/start of BC you'd know that Blizzard stated they dropped the ball releasing Naxx so close to the expansion since they loved the work they put into the raid. So when an expansion came where Naxx would be setting appropriate, they brought it back to let people see the work they did and an even more badass looking version of a tier set very few people got to wear. As for the T9 gear, it's already been said by others that the design is because the Tournament is training troops for an attack on Icecrown Citadel. And, as the troops of each faction will want strength through unity, what better way then to create a 'uniform' of sorts? Who cares if your shoulders don't have a flaming eyeball impaled on a spike, or that everyone.. haha.. 'looks too much the same'. Get over it, enjoy your shiny higher stats and the raid and look forward to Icecrown.And for all those who say that WoW is too easy, I just have one thing to say: Final Fantasy XI is still running. It's not for casuals, if a game that's challenging is all you want.
7-15-2009 @ 7:59AM
I still look back on my years playing FFXI fondly, usually whenever someone starts concern trolling about the deep, deep sadness they feel now that Blizzard's dev team has magically morphed into a bunch of vaguely-humanoid cackling money-counting machines, intent on churning out half-assed patches because they like the taste of gamer tears and want to spend more time kneeling before some wailing corporate demon who demands their creativity as a sacrifice. It's at that point that I want to scoop the person posting up, turn them into, say, a Tarutaru black mage or summoner, and insert them into one of three places in Vana'diel:1) Dragon's Aery, in an LS that's been camping Fafnir/Nidhogg for an hour already (and there's still at least three hours to go!);2) Sky, the endgame zone where nearly everything aggros magic, sound, sight, or all three, in an LS that's waiting on them to start Kirin and with exactly three 30,000 gil-per-stack sneak and invisible pots in their inventory;3) LFG for a merit/leveling party while they stand outside Aht Urghan and solo colibri and marids very...very...slowly.Even at their most clueless, I never thought the FFXI dev team didn't love their game.
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