Is the beta now officially over? I liked it actually. I was pessimistic going into it after reading and I still dislike a few things, mainly the keyboard layout, but all in all the open beta sold me out of 11 into 14. I like the free floating weapons. I like the armor degradation. I like the HP and MP regen when you pack up your weapon. I like the farming/crafting as a job idea. I just basically feel that this is what 11 should have been. All in all I am impressed with what they have done with 14 and on the 30th I will be logging in to start my new game and canceling all of my 11 accounts.
I said that I want 99 in 11, I lied. 14 is just more like the old school D&D P&P style of character development that I like. It's more like the DAoC crafting system where you actually need crafters to fix your high level armor. It's just more like an MMO than FFXI. FFXI was fun because it was FF with others. FFXIV feels more like it's a world. Not a chat room with quests to load up.