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Square-Enix: FFXIV In The "Critical Finishing Stage"

It was part of Sony's E3 conference and confirmed again for 2010 and although we don't yet have a finalized release date, Square-Enix insists it'll be ready for this year.

In speaking to RPG Site, FFXIV producer Hiromichi Tanaka said the game is still on track, and the development team has reached the "critical finishing stage." Thing is, when it comes to MMORPGs, there can be a lot of snags in the design and roll-out process, so fans of the genre have often been skeptical concerning the possibility of a 2010 launch. This being said, Square-Enix appears to be chugging right along, and without hitting any serious obstacles. Said Tanaka:

"Yes, that (2010 release) is the plan. In fact, we were planning to bring the Director, Komoto-san to this interview as well, but he had to remain in Japan to work on the game, so it is really at a critical finishing stage at the moment. We hope you and your readers will enjoy the game when it arrives later this year!"

Of course, those who aren't interested in MMORPGs will have to wait for news of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which was sadly absent from E3 this year. The disillusioning part about that is simple: Square-Enix promised a closer look at the game earlier this year and here we are, at the halfway point in 2010, and we know little more than we did last year. 'sigh' But at least FFXIV is looking good.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV

6/20/2010 9:08:39 PM John Shepard

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 9:53:25 PM
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I expect Versus XIII to come out first but at this rate FFXIV will be out first.

Oh great, might as well call it FF Versus XIV instead of Versus XIII.

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Victor321
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 9:55:25 PM

Yah, I'm thinking the same thing. What the hell are they thinking?

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shadowpal2
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:09:00 AM

Back in the middle of 2008...I said that Versus XIII will most likely come out 2011 - some called me crazy.

But it's sure looking like it isn't it?

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OtisFeelgood
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:05:36 PM
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Bleh, I want Versus 13. =\

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Milonakis
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:05:41 PM
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exclusive??

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:18:09 PM

erm... sorta, but not for long.

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Jawknee
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:52:07 PM

Sony said it was at E3 in 2009...or Square told them it was and was lying.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:13:36 PM

They mentioned PC, then there was talk of a 360 version so who knows.

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shadowpal2
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:15:10 AM

@ Jawknee...but during the XIV announcement by Jack Tretton...he did mention that it was exclusive to the PlayStation 3 "console." Which excludes PC. It will be coming to PC...but yea Squeenix suddenly came out like 2 weeks later saying


"OH YEA...there might be a chance it'll come out to the Xbox 360!"

So I guess they really are liars. However it's not official yet...so far it's just for PS3 and PC.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:43:58 AM

As I recall, it was announced as a PC and PS3 timed exclusive to appear on the 360 at a date TBD. (That last part wasn't announced at E3 but came down the tube later on.)
Peace.

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Riku994
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:10:36 PM
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We all want Versus, unfortunately SE doesn't understand the fact that giving people what they want is GOOD for their company.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:17:53 PM
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This thing is gonna crash the second it goes live.

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NeoHumpty
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:45:53 PM

Yeah, the $14.99 per month that I'm hearing is a no go for me. Or maybe that was for DCUO. Either way, it's way too much. I'm wishing they would make MMO's free for Playstation Plus subscribers or something. I'd love to get a good MMO to try to get into, but I won't pay that kind of money for it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:07:59 PM

Well, there was that one for PS3, I forget the name, Retarded Realms or something. But there hasn't been any info in ages.

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Underdog15
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:37:14 PM

I really don't get all these people thinking they would somehow get a quality MMO out of a free version. It makes ZERO sense. It is absolutely unlike any other game that might be online. For example, in a game like MW2, minimal work goes into servers. All they have to do, is pair people up, then gamers individually and randomly host the game. Not the server.

In an MMO, there are multiple servers. All of which need to house information on EVERYTHING. Not only that, but it needs to take information from all of our actions and relay it to everyone else. Packages are constantly coming into those servers and back out to everyone nearby. The worlds are incredibly complex. Especially for events that are run by the servers that everyone in the game participates in.

There are constant upgrades, 24 hour in-game support, constantly evolving storylines, and more. MMO's need constant work and supervision from the developers. If it was free, they would run out of money quickly, and MMO's would not be profitable. Last time I checked, video games are not developed by not-for-profit agencies funded by United Way or other non profit investors.

Large scale MMO's CANNOT operate without constant cash flow. Plus it's a business. No one is going to make an MMO that merely maintains itself. Companies are not going to put effort into something that merely keep it afloat. They want to make a profit. And we shouldn't expect them to do other wise. It is the real world we live in, afterall.

Now, all that being said, and after we all accept the fact that MMO's need constant funding and are similar to cable companies in that you have to pay for a service that is constantly worked and improved upon, we can discuss the fact of whether or not you're interested in MMO's.

If you don't want to pay fees, than MMO's are not for you.

Let it be known, that I completely 100% understand where people are coming from if they don't want to have to pay subscriptions. I understand and respect that. However, MMO's cannot exist that way, and that means MMO's are likely not for you. If you're against it, don't pay or play it. SE knows lots of people won't play because of the fees. But they're ok with that. They're aiming at folks like me who will and understand the necessity for fees for service.

Look, it's different from the PSN. PSN has numerous ways to offset the cost of free online play. They have the PSN store, now the premium service, and advertising. MMO's, aside from one you download off the internet that have a kajillion annoying ads, do not have those side services that can offset the cost of functioning.

The long and short of it is this. MMO's would suck monkey butt if SE was not making a profit. And they definitely wouldn't if it meant they lose money. Why would you invest in something that has a guarantee of no return? It just doesn't make sense people. Get with the program. MMO's will never be free AND of good quality. The words "Free" and "Quality" cannot coexist.

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ps3sownsxbox360
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:33:00 PM
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... What? another FF sequel. what about FF VII or versus 13 that everybody wants really bad. I don't think FF is going down the right track.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:34:55 PM

You and me both brother.

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kraygen
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:33:13 PM
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I really want to try out ffxiv but I didn't realize they were still planning on releasing it this year. That kinda worries me, we've seen hardly anything from it and they just started the first beta within the last 2 months.

As for versus, disappointing that there isn't any news for it at all. From what they've shown thus far, looks like we won't get it until christmas next year.

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Jawknee
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:49:38 PM

and what ever happened to this?

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/5842.html

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shadowpal2
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:12:16 AM

@ Jawknee...



Gosh I completely forgot about that. Honestly DAMN SQUEENIX this generation. JUST DAMN THEM AND THEIR LIES.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:35:56 PM
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Versus shouldn't even have the number XIII attached to it. Gives it a bad name.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:42:08 PM

Truth

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shadowpal2
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:10:37 AM

Completely agree with you...though in a sense...if you think about "Versus XIII"

This game will go against the "original XIII" - I guess some can think of it in that sense. But you're honestly right - just call it XV considering it really is XV. I mean it's not some spin-off of XIII...it's a completely different game!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:22:19 AM

The only connection to XIII as far as I can see is that it is in the same "universe," or possibly on the same planet. But they are in vastly different time periods.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:42:51 PM
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Im trying to stay away from MMORPG's...last one I got a little too connected to...

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Banky A
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:44:47 AM

TRUTH.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:52:55 PM
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Do Square Enix even listen to their fans anymore?

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Zemus101
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 10:59:44 PM
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Lots of negative comments in here it seems, that's okay ...I'm bringing the positive!

There has been plenty of podcasts, videos, and article on FFXIVCORE if anyone is interested in how this game plays, and what it looks like (the character creation stuff is pretty freakin awesome, especially when compared to FFXI on ps2)

I can't wait to start up my subscription for this cuz it definitely will save me money in the long run. I've been playing FFXI for about 5 years on and off, I believe my play time is around 150 days, so ..well that's a lot of hours. Some of it fighting, some of it fishing and crafting, some of it just hanging around with friends, or helping people out with quests etc etc... this game will save me money because as of right now, I've bought a new PS3 game every month (not including psn games) for the past year or so, I know I won't be doing that once I get my hands on XIV.

I love RPGs with insane amounts of depth, FFXI delivered handily in that department, and from what I've seen, read and heard, XIV is going to be quite the epic game. Now ...please don't have micro transactions, that's the only thing that will ruin it for me. Can't play a game where the other players can just buy their items and exp with real money.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:15:27 PM

Well, they had them with XI didn't they? At least I thought they did. Anyway, it's cool you're psyched but you are gonna miss out on some gems in the coming year!

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Zemus101
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:23:24 PM

Well World, the closest thing to micro transactions in XI were extra character slots, or way back in the day ..server transfers.

Also, I won't skip every game (I won't be spending ALL my free time on XIV, at least after the first week lol) It's just right now I'm buying anything that seems even remotely interesting, pretty much one game a month. Stuff like Dragon Age and WKC I ended up trading in about a month later because there wasn't anything else to buy. This year I'm looking forward to Fallout New Vegas and LBP2, that's about it I think. A little excited to try Move though...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:57:24 AM

I never played it but looked into it, I though that you could buy gil with real money for some reason.

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kraygen
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:43:18 PM

@ world

on most mmo's you can find companies that sell in game gold for real money, but it's against the games rules and if caught buying gold, some mmo's will give you a warning, but a lot of them will delete your account if caught.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 4:08:02 PM

I see said the blind man.

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 6:02:32 PM

Zemus101
Links man, links!!!1

Where's all the links?????

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Underdog15
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:00:34 PM
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I loved FFXI. I'm really looking forward to this title. FFXI was like a difficult version of WOW. WOW is for kids, while FFXI is for strategists.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:02:31 PM
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Really want this game

At first I wasn't sure (was bitter at Squeeeeenix)

But this game stays true to FF. NO GUNS (except for the class which can use guns).

It'll have healers, blacksmiths, black mages, everything that defines a FF

Unlike FFXIII

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Zemus101
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:06:34 PM

Yes! Oh ..and that sweet sweet classic FF music throughout. Love Uematsu, welcome back to FF.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 20, 2010 @ 11:08:28 PM
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Starting Nier tonight, maybe my opinion of SE will go up.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:52:51 AM

Don't see why; it was made by Cavia. ;)

And I love Nier. I stand by that. Just get past the craptastic opening dialogue that plays when you start the game; Kaine isn't voiced well, but things get far better after the prologue sequence.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:25:13 AM

Just publishers eh? I can never tell who is making what anymore. Umm I'm up at the Lost Shrine or whatever looking for my kid and so far I'm very unimpressed. Please tell me it gets a whole lot better really soon?

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CharlesD
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:20:01 AM
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As I have said before, I am not interested in MMORPG's and will certainly not be purchasing this one. All I can hope for is this killing WoW which as some of you already know, I simply can't stand and wouldn't be sad if it diapered off the face of the planet... forever.

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Banky A
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:46:07 AM
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MMORPG's kill lives. So FFXIV will over-devour souls.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:23:23 AM

Yup, it's been proven by science foo.

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bridgera
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:28:26 AM
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I got my Paladin up to level 75 on FFXI online.

I played that game for about 4 years.

Yes I had some fun with it, but looking back, I wouldn't recommend it.

So much potential, but SE didn't listen to input from gamers for SO long.

Think they are ignoring their fans now? If you haven't played FFXI, you missed out on just how much ignoring they would do.

At least 2x they released unfinished expansion packs that weren't completed until at least an entire YEAR later. So you bought the game, and waited 12+ months for them to actually finish it.

Beautiful game, but man, they took YEARS to fix the very very broken in that game.

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Clamedeus
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 2:01:54 AM

That's gotta suck, i hate when they do that on any game anyone releases it's a pain.

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Underdog15
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:39:57 PM

Yeah, that's true. I started a few years after release, so never experienced that stuff.

I haven't played in about half a year, but I had a level 75 Red Mage and 75 Thief. Lots of level 37 jobs. Nowadays, it's pretty simple to level up.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:52:50 AM
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So what, FFXIV is in the 'finishing stages' and Versus XIII is still in R&D and 'oh look, we got pretty pictures, videos and a load of tempting details that really tell you nothing' stage. Damnit. Why can't they have finished off the announced pieces of the Fabula Crystallis Nova compilation before announcing this.

With that being said, Versus XIII, while it may appear to many to be very different from XIII in many ways, it maintains the story about the crystals, and I would assume also the Fal'cie/l'cie storylines. While not actually being a branch from the numbered game, it will have tie-ins. Also, Nomura (I think) said that he didn't feel as though the attitude of the main character fit into anything portrayed in the numbered franchise before, so it'd be better to do it in a spin-off. Whatever, I just want the damn thing before I die.
Peace.

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Clamedeus
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 2:04:37 AM

I hear ya, i want to play Versus as well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 2:48:57 AM
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MMO's arent my thing, they just don't feeling rewarding to me. But what mainly puts me off is the monthly charge, i still refuse to pay mothly for a game i have already bought.

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Cesar_ser_4
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 3:22:30 AM
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I can finally pop the question, in other square enix news can someone tell me why was the company involved in batman aa goty???

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Lawless SXE
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 4:00:29 AM

Because S-E bought Eidos who were the publishers of Arkham Asylum. So Eidos became part of S-E, who gained the rights to put their name on anything Eidos. Simple.
Peace.

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Cesar_ser_4
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 5:28:56 AM

ahh i see thanks, that sort of explains why eidos wasnt involved on the next batman

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___________
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 4:53:41 AM
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screw XIV i want some info and a release date on V XIII!

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Snaaaake
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 10:10:43 AM

For the few times, I AGREE WITH YOU!!!

GODDAMN SQUARE ENIX!!
WE'RE ASKING FOR APPPLES!!!
NOT GRAPES!!!!

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FullmetalX10
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 5:52:54 AM
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Everyone just wants good news on Versus XIII, so damn it S-E just give us some good news!!!

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JackC8
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 8:20:15 AM
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Seems weird they'd come out with XIV before XIII Versus. I suppose the prospect of collecting monthly fees moved it up in the production schedule. I'm not interested in an MMO anyway.

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Mamills
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 8:25:58 AM
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sorry to say but i am worried about this title.
a friend of mine is in the beta and ive only been hearing bad things about it.

hopefully i'll get a chance to try it out 1st

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Underdog15
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:43:05 PM

Do you mean Alpha? Beta isn't out for a little over a month still.

Also, the Alpha testing doesn't have a whole lot in the way of true gameplay. They spent a lot of time just experimenting on shadow detail when running around.

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Vidius
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 12:22:08 PM
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Well, to be honest, I'm not tht interested in FFIV bec WOW is better in every way!!!!!!!! All anyone need is a pc and ps3 for gaming. Nothing else! All else stinks.

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Underdog15
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:42:23 PM

Hated WOW. Too childlike.

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kraygen
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:47:54 PM

Wow is the easiest game in existence.

It takes longer to max out your level on a console rpg than it does wow.

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Underdog15
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:42:01 PM
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*cry*

I feel like I'm the only one in the world excited about FFXIV.

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kraygen
Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 1:48:27 PM

You're not, I'm excited and have been waiting for it since they announced it at e3 last year.

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