" Seeing as so far XIV has proven to be nothing but junk I'm not suprised they are still supporting XI so much. "
The feeling is that since the director position changed hands earlier this year, FFXI has seen considerable progress towards being less stressful. Although, don't get me wrong, the game is still masochist's paradise, but it's become less so with the introduction of the Abyssea expansions, and the level cap increases.
I f you would like to play FINAL FANTASY XIV on different platforms using the same account, you will need to add a registration code for the platform on which you would like to play the game. Select Add a service account from the service account top page, enter your registration code, and then select the service account to which you would like to add the platform.
Just like FINAL FANTASY XI, FINAL FANTASY XIV will have cross-platform / cross-region servers, and you will be able to play your character on either platform when the PlayStation 3 version is released.
FFXI is a good MMO, it just requires a whole lot of commitment, and an ability to work together with people on just about anything, but it rewards you for it quite nicely.
But to the OP, if you want the honest opinion, I think it's pretty late in FFXI's life cycle to try starting fresh, unless you join up with a group of friends. But even then, you'd still have quite a mountain to climb.
No matter the choice though, hope to see you in XIV.
As someone who has been playing for almost 7 years, I can almost assure you that, at least from what has been seen so far, not too much from XI will be carried over to XIV in terms of the battle command system. Where XI is very heavily menu based (due to being designed for someone using a PS2 controller), XIV appears to use the, now MMO standard, "hotkeys". This could change by the time it's in beta or official release, but I doubt they'll change it, as it's something most MMO players are used to.
And also, yeah the game does look quite dated, but you really shouldn't expect much eye candy for an MMO released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. It does still have 500,000 active subs, but I think most people think we're nuts still playing it. But hey, I enjoy the stories found within the game and still am playing with many friends, so I don't have an issue with it.
"I really wish they hadn't numbered this game, what away to ruin my collection >_>"
Yeah.. I have XI on the PC so the box doesn't fit right when I line up all my FFs on the shelf... so I put it somewhere else."
Final Fantasy XI actually sits quite prominently on my shelf along with all the other FF games I own, which would essentially be all of them except for Tactics A2.
People who complain about XI's spot in the mainline series confuse me. It seems like a Final Fantasy game to me. A very good story (possibly the best stories in the MMORPG genre), plenty of challenges, and unforgettable characters (The Serpent Generals and Tenzen come to mind along with a grip of others). Just because they tried something radically different shouldn't mean there should be no roman numeral at the end. The whole series has been innovative along the way, and XI is no different.
And as for the "You really need to know Japanese to progress" argument: Even with my knowledge of the language, I never use it, and continue to make progress all the time. I have grouped with more than my fair share of Japanese, Germans, Italians, and Frenchmen in my almost 5 years of playing FFXI, and while there are some who would prefer to be with those who speak their native tongue, that didn't ever stop me from working together with them, gaining an understanding, and I have plenty of foreigners on my friend list.