Don't get me wrong, I love the game and all, but consider the following (and don't say this isn't ffxi, i know it isn't):
FFXI had -lots- of zones, not just 4 or 5 -big- zones, but lots of different zones that looked and felt different and had different monsters. Like each nation got a beastman strong hold with slightly stronger monsters than normal ones. It just seemed like there was more exploring and cool places to find. FFXIV just has a few big zones, and there isn't much "cool" stuff to find. Its been like 4 days and I've made it to every city and explored almost everywhere. FFXI just seemed more epic. Like when i managed to sneak-invis my way to the hall of gods. Zones like that felt cool, had cool music, and looked amazing. FFXIV just feels normal. There's a forest, there's a desert, and there are plains. Its like the entire world is just the surrounding areas of jeauno
FFXI had quests, LOTS of them. they all had long fun interesting storylines. There was like a whole world in ffxi with customs and "main" characters and whatnot.
In FFXIV there is just a main quest, and it isn't very long. 30minutes every 10 levels is -not- something for this game to brag about.
There are no real quests or storyline other than that.
Theres no sense of "bad" guys. Like FFXI had orcs, yagudo, quadav, goblins, demons, etc. They all had thier own cultures and were intelligent enemies. I talked to some chick in limsa lominsa that described the enemies at war with the thurmwhatever but i haven't seen any at all.
Jobs in FFXI were -very- different. So far from what i've experianced all the meelee jobs are nearly identical. They might start to differ at later stages, but so far its just press buttons from normal attack until tp and then use a tp-attack. There isn't skillchaining, or mob chaining, or anything interesting like that at all. Maybe at higher levels it changes.
So far this game seems to just be a massive grind-fest with 30min of storyline every couple days/weeks. The story, while cool, doesn't even feel overly special or epic (mind you i'm only at rank 15 so i've only done the first 2 story parts)
My only reason for making this topic is to see if other people feel the same way. Because I'm guessing half the ppl who buy this game are expecting a mmoRPG with the RPG kinda emphasized, and this feels more like a monster hunter type game than a final fantasy rpg in that there is literally almost no story or immersion into the game-world.