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#1 Jun 03 2009 at 7:07 PM Rating: Default
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I hope I'm not the only one, but I'm pretty sure Final Fantasy 11 had he WORST interface ever. The menus took forever to navigate and fighting through the actual menu was almost obsolete, which left you with some of the crappiest macros that were pretty awekward to navigate too. Not only that but the menus were ugly. As plain as possible, I thought the menus in any of the old final fantasies looked better.
It was also a common complaint in all the reviews for the game if I remember correctly.

What type of interface changes would you like to see?

Personally I would like some sort of macros like wow, easily accessible from the front of the screen... a drop down menu just gets too cluttered and too slow to navigate.

A programmable interface like wow would be nice too however, I see the ps3 as a limiation here. Its just like the whole arguement Square made against windowing for years it wouldn't be fair. (and I be damned if the PC didn't come with windowing out of the box this time...)

A more modular interface would be nice in general ability to move around your chat window and change its size too.

An easier to organize inventory! I don't know how many times I had to drop worthless items ect and scroll through the inventory, i felt it could be better organized. Actually I dislike WoW's inventory too mostly because of the use of 'bags', I want to see my entire invenory in one spot in an organized fashion and maybe some easy way to 'filter' out the clutter.

I would like a more drag and drop type interface too.

In general WoW has a great interface, and I maybe sounding like im just a fan of WoW but I played FF11 for 3 years, and have been playing wow for only a few months, and the inteface is on a cosmic level better. If the developers can come up with something better, great, but something far better than what FF11 is currently offering is badly needed. And maybe looking at WoW for inspiration would be a good idea.

Infact, I was really hoping for some actual screenshots of the game. The fact they didn't show any really makes me skeptical of its release date. However, I believe and tell me if I'm wrong but SE is usually pretty good about making its deadlines.

I would also like to note, I felt a discussion on the interface was really needed, since during the entire lifespan of ff11, I rarely saw the interface get any updates at all. Out of all the updates they did, they pretty much kept this the same, which worries me. The interface in FF11 is intimediating, and just bad. I don't care what you say, its bad. You can't justify it. If they want more players and not just a mass immigration of ff11 players, then a new interface is needed a modern one.

Anyways post any ideas you have! I kno theres alot of aspects of ff11's interface that SE needs to learn from that I didn't mention.
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