I don’t care how good everyone says the game is. I don’t care how much there is to do. I don’t care how beautiful it is. I don’t care how it’s a must-play for die-hard Final Fantasy fans.
The $13-15/month price tag is just not worth it for me.
Call me cheap, I really don’t give a shit. But the fact that at best, I’d be paying $150 a year to play ONE game is absolutely asinine in this day and age where almost every other MMORPG offers a pay-to-premium system rather than a subscription fee. This MMO subscription system is nothing more than an antiquated, draconian money-sucking system only used by developers who know they can get away with this model. You certainly wouldn’t see a game like Tera or Skyforge go with this model, no one would buy into it. But Blizzard and Square Enix are large enough companies with a large following behind them who are willing to shill out exorbitant amounts of money just for the privilege to play their amazing game.
Why in god’s name would I pay triple what I pay for a service like PlayStation Plus, which not only allows me the ability to play ANY AND EVERY GAME POSSIBLE ONLINE but also gives me FREE GAMES every month on top of that! Instead, I should be paying $150 a year to play one game? Not only that, but assume I’ll be playing that game every day for an entire year? What if I take a couple weeks off? Do I get half my money back if I don’t play for half that month? Of course not. When I play online with my PS4, I’m on almost every day because I have a wide range of games I can play. If I get bored of Destiny, I have Black Ops 3, I have NHL 16, I have WWE 2K16, hell I have F2P games like Planetside 2 and Warframe as options if I really need something to do to tide me over.
There was an article in Kotaku by Jason Schreier that really pissed me off, leading to me writing this article. The title in itself is enough to upset me “Every Single Final Fantasy Fan Should Play FFXIV”. Really? Every fan should play this game? Are we assuming there’s no possibility that any JRPG fan out there may not like the MMORPG style? I’ve never been much into MMOs to begin with, Guild Wars and Tera are the closest things I’ve had to an MMO that I played with for an extended period of time and at best that lasted a month. The style drags on too long, there’s too much mundane shit you have to do and unless you either already have a group of friends or you stumble across some, playing solo just isn’t fun. At least with Destiny there’s enough action to keep me invested if I’m playing solo.
The part that pissed me off the most though was a quote Jason had towards the end of his article:
“Still, if you like Final Fantasy but have never cared to play the MMOs, take my word for it: Even as a single-player game, FFXIV is great. Also, you can play Triple Triad with strangers and NPCs. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, then, well, you’re not a Final Fantasy fan.”
So essentially what I’m hearing from that line is that simply because I don’t like MMORPGs that much and I have zero intention on paying an expensive monthly fee just to play the game, I’m not a Final Fantasy fan.
Motherfucker, I’ve been playing Final Fantasy games since I was 8 years old (almost 20 years now). I can count on one hand the number of console released Final Fantasy games I haven’t played (cause fuck mobile games). You can make any excuse you want after releasing this article, but you basically called a group of hardcore fans who just didn’t want to play this one Final Fantasy game, not bonafide Final Fantasy fans. Fuck you and your MMO master race bullshit. I’ll happily stick to my PS Plus service with my Yuffie and Rikku figures standing beside my collection of Final Fantasy games that I’m proud to own.
The second this game goes free-to-play (if it ever does), of course I’m in! But I see zero value in playing a game and paying as much as I would be when I know that I’ll either tire myself out of it, get bored of it, or be distracted by the many other games that get released as time goes by.
I’m sorry I can’t stick to one game. I guess that doesn’t make me a true Final Fantasy fan, huh? What a fucking crock of shit!