I just spent an hour fooling around in Beta. I thought I'd share some optimism since there seems to be so much negativity leaking out the last few weeks.
It's freakin' awesome! :D
Seriously though, the graphics are stunning coming from FFXI, WoW, and Warhammer as the last mmo's I played. They really are every bit as impressive as I had hoped.
The controls could use some work. I'm sure that's something that will be implemented down the road. I haven't tried playing with my PS3 controller yet either, but I'm guessing that it would be smoother for now.
You can get lost in the character creator.
I was a little lost as to what exactly I needed to be doing at first, but that's my own fault for rushing through text to get going.
Long story short: SE has definitely not disappointed. Knowing that this is merely a fraction of the final product only makes me want to play the full game even more. Maybe I'm just starry-eye'd and haven't played long enough yet to really start picking it apart, but so far, it's looking like an incredible new game that is going to last a long time.