In an interview somewhere it was said that you can set up a macro to mimic auto-attack, but it will be more difficult. Auto-attack was a good function imo, but I played games before it, hopefully I can get used to playing with out it again.
I was showing one of my WoW friends some videos and screenshots, explaining some of the game functions to him, and after almost everything I said, he replied "Oh, like WoW." I don't dislike WoW, or its player base, but it's a little infuriating watching a game, whose release you're anticipating, disappoint you with almost every update.
But, I'm also excited about alot of things they've implemented. From what I can tell, I think the thing I'll miss most is grinding. I disliked fields of valor, because when you got in a party that utilized it, they'd always want to run back and re-up, even though the time lost running back wasn’t worth the xp lost.
I'm hoping that they'll have Leves with like... 200ish monsters to kill. So you'd be like, "Hey guys everyone get the ____ Leve, it should last us a couple hours". This could be good or bad though... If you had to leave early, you wouldn’t finish the leve. But, it would also deter people from leaving because of trivial things. They said you could carry alot, but from the pics I've seen, one only had 9 monsters on the one leve. I'd hate to have to return to collect XP after every 9 monsters.
tl;dr: I'm still on the fence. I've never been disappointed with a FF game. (No, not even 8. X-2 doesn’t count.) I'll try it either way, but I think I'll still be coming back to XI for grinding purposes.