If you had to pick 1 thing that FFXIV does better than any other MMO, what would it be?
Patch Release cycles
Soundtrack. Kicks GW2, WoWs, ESOs, Wildstars and all the others ass to kingdom come.
Picked story, but patch cycles is a tight race for it...
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Picked sound. I feel that no other MMO really comes close at all to the aural mastery this game displays. The story while good, isn't inherently that much better than any others out there.
Been avidly playing BNS lately, and while it too has a nice soundtrack, it's not nearly as good as FF14s. The story though, while not as good as FF14's is pretty close.
I picked story because it does that very well, but I wish I could have chosen more than one. Crafting and Soundtrack are also top notch (and I wish the crafting style was actually used among more games).
Does everything count as one thing? Seriously, if I were going to play an MMO again, it would be FFXIV, no contest at all. If I did have to pick just one thing from the list though, yeah, it would most definitely be the sound. The music is simply amazing. It's the only MMO I have played where I did not just turn the sound off and listen to music or TV while playing, because the music is just that good.
A very very close three way tie for second would be how they keep old content relevant so new players have people to play with/class system with all things available on one character/patch cycles.
The sound is just the one thing that absolutely blew me away though and puts it just a step above the rest.
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FFXIV does many things very well and the total package is what sets it above others for me, it's not just one thing. Story, visuals, casual content, solo progression and group progression are all up there for me.... but like I said it's all of these things together with the high level of quality that really set this game above others.
That said, I'd put quality as the thing it does better. Everything this game does is at such a high level of quality, even if you don't particularly enjoy that specific content I think you'd find it hard to argue that it's done at a very high level of quality.
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I'm going with sound first, because I am a huge fan of Uematsu's work. Even had the pleasure of meeting him during one of the FF symphony tours. (They need to get him to do at least one cameo song for FFXV!)
Story would be a close 2nd.
It's a threeway tie between Story, soundtrack and release cycle. All three of these are what kept me in the game as long as it did.
Really hard choices so I ultimately chose Immersion as I can sometimes get pretty engrossed in whats I'm doing in game or just running around having fun taking screenshots and random videos. Linking story and holiday story bits from years past also plays into this choice.
Sound is definitely top notch along with casual progression, questing, visuals, patches, and crafting.
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If I had to pick just one, the story, compared to Wow mostly, as I haven't played other MMOs in over a decade.
But most of the items on your list I would also say are better in FF than in WoW (except of course the PvP, don't play FFXIV for the PvP, you'll be disappointed).
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