It's so-so I'd say. Granted, I've been in XI lots, but even then it could be worse. Nothing critical happened yet. Being curious by nature helps sometimes, at least!
A few things are rather meh though. If you decide to start in Gridania like me, and bump into the silly dancing preperation quest, be prepared! 24 man instances were yesterday, they are a joke compared to that! It literally drives you insane, because it mostly doesn't make any sense (bad translation perhaps).
Or just now before the servers went poof for the patch I tried mining. I was like...huh!? What's all this about? Is there any trick, does it matter when I actually hit the stone? Is this a power gauge? Location? How does that come into play. Guess I'll have to figure it out over time. I found some ore and wood, like one of each, but don't ask me how... Wouldn't know. xD
FFXI: Rynaria - Mithra on Kujata [retired]
FFXIV: Fancia Dragonkeeper - Miqo'te on Besaid