Well let me start off by saying i like FF XIV so far, the graphics are amazing, characters animation's are top notch. i love walking through town and seeing all the little details, especially the markets because of all the vendors stands.. so much attention to detail.
But so far (yes i know this is beta and it could change) the spell animations are kind of lame. in FF XI when i casted stoneskin, i used to get so geeked while casting it and then the animation of stone spikes coming out of you and the sound it makes, especially with a sub woofer.. was awesome! in FF XIV its looks like a rectangle flat piece of rock and all the spells and actions make that same noise (chime) when you cast/ weapon skill/ attack.. its louder than the actual effect. for example when you cast fire you have to listen closely to hear the actual "fire" sound and even then its under whelming. i loved in ff xi casting spells such as ancient magic, utsusemi: ichi/Ni, blink ect.. every spell had so much charecter to them and they gave me goosebumbs on occasion. i havent casted a spell in FFXIV yet that came close to a goosebumb... yet anyways..
This is something i can look past but it just bothers me a bit to see SE go so far in detail of things and come up so short on spell animations and spell sounds. i would be satisfied if they just had a option to turn the "chime" or whatever you call it off when you cast a spell/action.