Ok, I've never raided in FF XI so I will not comment on that but I did however raid in other games such as EQ2/WoW. Raiding can be fun but very time consuming and depending on who you raid with it can also be quite frustrating. I gave up raiding a while ago due time restraints and that I got tired of the game dictating when I had to play and not.
Now, I really like group-based content and smaller raids (as the 10-mans in WoW) as they are easier to manage and you can go on the fly, no real need to set a date as long as there enough of you.
I would like to see more challenging and focus on group-content in FF XIV and I'm also hoping that a raid will be quite small, say 2 groups of 6 constitutes a raid? I don't think there's any need to have larger raids then that and that it can be difficult enough with 12 players.
What make raids hard is usually having to deal with people being forced to focus on other things then the boss say a healer not being able to heal atm. or someone dieing. You can't really have to much of that in a small group which makes some sort of raid more or less essential for an MMO.
What's your opinion on the "perfect raid" and how would you like to see it work?
Edited, Feb 2nd 2010 5:35am by WhiteWabbit