From what I've seen from the alpha footage, it doesn't really look too good.
However, I realize that the game was in early alpha and things will be very, very different in retail version. So my opinion will change in time.
Not only was it in early alpha, but the people playing it in the videos had no idea what they were doing, were used to the auto-attack system of FFXI, and only had a couple minutes to play. They didn't really do anything but spam the only attack they could figure out by then. Think back to when you had your first battle in FFXI. Do you think people should judge FFXI's entire battle system based on how you performed then?
The only difference I see in the battle system at all is the lack of the auto-attack function. B'AWWW!
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