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Posted 9/30/15
I have a copy on PS3, but I have a few questions:

1. Are there any differences in Loading times between the PS3, PS4 and PC?
2. How far can one go playing solo?
3. Is the 180day subscription really a "deal?" so to say.
4. How's the community?

I enjoyed the trial period, and I wanted to get back to it.
But I'd thought I'd ask for any advice before I do anything.
Posted 9/30/15
1. PS3 has slower load times, that's just the reality of an old-gen console. It'd go PC > PS4 > PS3 in terms of graphical and processing fidelity.
2. Very far, but there are instances that require a party or a group of strangers to complete.
3. Only if you like ARR. Otherwise don't over-commit your wallet to a game you might not be playing in 30 days. Basic consumer pragmatism.
4. Alive and friendly as ever. But typically anti-social, but at least not hostilely so.
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Posted 9/30/15

StrayedRabbit wrote:

3. Only if you like ARR. Otherwise don't over-commit your wallet to a game you might not be playing in 30 days. Basic consumer pragmatism.


Main question on the 180day sub though.
Is it $12.99/month or do they charge you the full $78

Thanks for answering my other questions
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Posted 10/2/15
This is the only MMRPG that I play, and I think its worth the monthly fee since there's lots to do. Don't forget the game gives you seasonal events from time to time and already has an expansion pack. However, I won't be playing this as much as I have during the summer now that the Fall TV season has started.
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Posted 10/3/15 , edited 10/3/15
1. A SSD does improve loading times on the consoles I hear. However, PS3's interface is really outdated and not really using the benefits of a SSD at all so I find that odd. I'm not sure what's PS4's hard drive interface, but I've heard it can take advantage of a SSD better. PC obviously depends on your specs but, back when I played a lot of console players struggled on things like Twintania dive bombs since their consoles can't keep up.

2. You can't really get anywhere besides getting to lv50 or whatever the cap is now? Not sure how different it is currently. Anything even remotely good requires you to play in a group. Unless you mean like solo queueing dungeons, that's doable but is boring and random. A good number of players are pretty bad in solo queue just like every other solo queue based game.

3. It's nice, but meh. ARR is a MMO designed to appeal to the masses, it's so easy compared to FFXIV legacy and FFXI that it's lost its appeal to me outright. I did get pretty far after the game launched and managed to take down Twintania. I do hear that patches have beefed up the "difficulty" a bit, but really it's just mindless grind. You die 5000 times to a boss, kill it once, then it becomes farm mode, and you just repeat. You can probably take advantage of all 180 days, but I dunno. It's nothing like FFXI or FFXIV legacy so if you're hardcore, I'd recommend waiting for the upcoming MMOs and not play FFXIV:ARR.

4. Community is pure garbage compared to FFXI and FFXIV legacy. Too many WoW kids and 12 year olds joined up since the game now is so easy it appeals to the masses. Back in the golden days, most of these trolls quit due to how challenging the game actually was. Sure, the game before had a lot of problems but damn, it was fun and you knew the people you played with were awesome, level-head hardcore players with a professional attitude. The community was the best amongst MMOs that I've played in those times. Now it's just another WoW-cloneish-but-not-really-full-on-clone kind of MMO. It's definitely better than the mass of crap out there at the moment, but eh, the titles in development sound more promising IMO.

This is coming from someone who has played FFX and nearly 100% completed FFXIV legacy and also played a very fair share of FFXIV:ARR, take it for what you will but I wouldn't recommend the game or 180 days. I mean, if you really want to try it just go with the minimum subscription and see if you like it, then decide for yourself. Getting to max level with a class is just an introduction. Real game and 90000000000 hours of grind begins after. At least they made crafting really easy now so you can max all of those really quick.
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Posted 10/4/15 , edited 10/4/15
Ps3 seems to be fine if you don't have experience on ps4 or pc but once you do it's hard to go back honestly.
You can practically play it solo for the most part besides the raids and such where you need people.
Don't know if that's a deal or not. I just go with the usual monthly subscription.
The community is very good. From my time with the game, people are actually very willing help if you need some. I'd suggest finding a solid free company and then you're set.
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