I have been exploring today, going to areas with all 1-shot mobs that almost no one else has probably been.
The one thing I can definitely say is that the world is beautiful.
And I don't just mean pretty graphics. I mean it looks -realistic-. I think thats why so many people complain that they aren't feeling the zones, and that they don't compare to ffxi. Ffxi had unrealistic areas that were "cool" or interesting. The designers here on the other hand made something that could exist in real life.
Some of the villages i have been to are amazing, the terrain always feels different, even though its similar, the underground areas are so detailed compared to anything i have seen before. Take the Mun-Tuy cellars for example. The stone walls are beautiful, they look like they are decaying with plants growing out of them, but they never repeat. Every 10 steps its different. The walls that glow with vines look amazing, and even the fallen rocks blocking paths look pretty. I can't imagine how much detail and how many complex formulas were needed to make this world.
And the weather effects are perfect. When it rains, it feels like its raining, it sound like its raining, and you just want to run inside and get out of the rain (unless your me and then you want to run around in it haha).
If you think this game is bland or dull, please explore more. I admit, the first few areas and the first few camps are bland. But once you get to other areas you realize how amazing everything is. If you still don't believe me just spend 2 hours running around the Coerthas.
Even if you hate the gameplay i suggest buying this game and just spending a month exploring the world. There are a lot of beautiful things to see, and I'll soon have a guide with positions and descriptions of many of them.
edit: i thought id provide a pic of ishgard from the distance. http://alitr.org/azurysview.jpg
Edited, Sep 13th 2010 12:18am by Azurymber