Originally Posted by Shepardg
I actually play with just the keyboard, occasionally use the mouse, but I'm an old schol PC FFXI guy, so the fact that i can configure it to run just like old 11 did, makes it like second nature to me.
I honestly can't see how you could play with a gamepad, I understand it seems to be alot more based around that, but having to take hands away from keyboard, and with the current game engine lag, alot of times in battle you need to be fast to get those cures/WS's off.
I basically bound my movment's to the number pad (4,8,6,2) with 5 as the 1st person/3rd person toggle, 1 as the walk/run toggle, 7 as the auto run and the "-" as the menu button. (just like how XI was, tbh) And then the camera is bound to the arrow keys next to the num pad. Allowing me to navigate the world and menu's with one hand.
Something different than XI though, I bound the Q button to my Map, the W button to my Chocobo/gobbue mount(s), and then "Target closest Enemy NPC" to the Z key. So my left hand hovers over TAB and then has quick access to those as well as my CNTRL and ALT keys for macro presses.
Abilities are on the 1-0 keys and party targeting is F1(myself)-F8(for a full party).
I also bound CTRL+ALT+B to cycle through my active LS's, so i can chat fairly quickly with those also.
I understand it's everyone's personal preference but the transition from 11 to 14 when 14 first came out allow'd none of this custom keybindings, like it has now. And to me, it was unplayable. Now it's feels alot like 11, but with better graphics (Currently running a i7-3820, GTX580 w/ 3gigs, 16gig ram, and a 120gig SSD) And I can run game maxed with AAx4 and ocular occlusion turned on at 44FPS in ul'dah at peak NA times (according to fraps, which i'm not sure is that great a FPS measurement, tbh) but I experience next to no lag from my computer, however the server connection is trash. Still.
Anyway, I'll stick by what i said, It's playable currently, and the current story is quite entertaining (fun even, i know, i know, not standard in an SE MMO)
Not to make another whopper post like my last one in this thread, I'll say the make or break of a new player is 1. Finding a good active, beginner LS. 2) Finding a good group of 4-8 players after your 1st month that actually ******* understand how to play. There is some skill involved in battles/ and in gearing your jobs. I've noticed too many players just play in their AF gear which is decent, however for harder endgame content, 85% of the current population doesn't really have a chance to clear it. (Garuda, AV,CC,Hamlet defense)