Okay, so I finally finished the downloading, and successfully logged in.
The game performed better than I thought it would. I didn't have an FPS monitor running, and I couldn't find one in game, but I would estimate about 30 FPS or so, better than I thought I'd do at any rate.
The graphics are stunning, even with them on LOW! I was impressed by the graphics, and the first battle (I started in Gridania, so I was fighting wolves in the woods with a pugilist) looked cool. It wasn't "wait 5 seconds, throw 2 punches, wait 5 seconds, throw 2 punches", my character was hopping and jumping, and jabbing away with very little wait time between attacks. Movement seemed much more realistic too, than in FFXI.
What I'm getting stuck on, though, is the camera.
Is there a way to "lock" your camera behind your character, so that if you turn, the camera turns with you in Third Person? This is confusing the heck out of me, if I turn my character, the camera doesn't and I find myself having to stop and turn the camera every time I need to change direction (otherwise, I get my character running towards the camera, and I can't see where I'm going)... I know I can use Third-person, but I enjoy seeing my character on-screen.
It took me awhile to figure out how to *move* the map. The very first thing I was told to do, was go to some place marked on the map. Easy enough, I thought.. I opened the map and there's no scrollbars, no arrows, nothing and I had to start hitting random keys to figure out how to move (or even zoom!) the map...
1). Give us a camera (un)lock, please. Every other MMORPG allows you to be in third-person view, and allows the camera to move with the character. Make it an option for those who like the current way.
2). Add some arrows/scrollbars/zoom buttons on the map, instead of forcing us to use keys on the keyboard to do this.
That's what I saw in the first 10 minutes of playing the game.