Final Fantasy XIV – From Alpha to Beta

As the alpha phase of Final Fantasy XIV draws to a close and the beta testing phase gets underway, Square Enix sent over this comparison video showing the two versions running side by side. The obvious improvements that have been made are the lighting, which is much richer and moodier in the beta version, and the draw distance, which has been cured of its glitchy load-in problem. Most important of all, though, is the zippier combat system. The alpha version’s combat is like watching paint dry, with nearly 10 seconds passing by between each attack. However, in the beta version each attack is spaced out by no more than 2-3 seconds, and shaving off those extra seconds makes a world of difference if you ask me.

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