I read the spiel, and one thing that stood out is how he seems to think that the Empyrean gear is the greatest stuff ever made. Well, for some jobs it is, but at least for DRK it's pretty **** mediocre. Oh sure, it's good in comparison to previous gear that's DRK exclusive, but when compared to the other Empyrean sets it's arguably the weakest of the lot. ****, the Bale+2 set might as well just be called Pearle+1. Sure you could point to one or two pieces that are better than previous items, but the set as whole just isn't that great.
Actually, The DRK set s pretty **** powerful. The Body has a massive Attack bonus, 4% crit rate, haste +3% (haste bodies are rare and haste bodies with badass melee stats as well are almost nonexstant), and enhances Dread Spikes, one of DRK's best spells. The head piece is probably the best head piece in the entire game, let alone in empyreon. The hands are also some of the best in the entire game for TPing, and they enhance Absorb-TP, another of DRK's best spells. The Feet and Legs are great WS and casting pieces, somethng many DRKs seem to overlook. Huge Nether Void boost and craptons of MACC between the two. There are no non-torcleaver WS feet in the game that can touch those DRK feet, that are good for the physical and magical WSes. The only real disapointment with the entre set is the Occult Acumen enhancement sucks and we wish it would have Augmented Endark to not lose Attack bonus every round. Once you have an Apocalypse, which is now obscenely easy to obtain compared to before, the full set is pretty good TP gear.
Why should anyone take anything you have to say serously anyway Mr "I'm not gonna do anything ToM because it's too easy and doesn't give good enough rewards for being so boring!"
On the topic at hand. No one thinks the magic will start instantly once the PS2 is dead, but if SE sold 14 off and focused on a remastered FFXI with new PC, PS3, 360 versions, made a huge ad campaign this time around (as big as say FFXIII or KH), focusing on the rebirth of one of the greatest MMOs of all time, and released a huge new expansion with massive, all new areas on the same day they shut the PS2 down and release the new updated version, I'm sure they would see a MASSIVE INCREASE in subs.
****, I'm pretty sure if they just did some NA advertising aside from that one commercial I saw only once and that one page add in EGM and PSM, they'd see some new subs. **** most people I talk to NEVER EVEN HEARD OF FFXI. I knew a guy who interned at PSM and he didn't even know the game existed. The fact is, when FFXI was actually advertised in America, the PS2 was still kinda new, and most people didn't have theirs hooked up to this fancy internet thing, let alone want to spend 150 dollars on a single game.