Graphics, Stories, Gameplay etc..etc.. are part of any game, be it single player, multi player or massively multi players. The truely unique thing about MMO's, in my mind, is their social networking aspect. The ability to make new friends, make new enemies... join parties, guilds, raids.. basically interact with others while working towards some sort of individual or shared goal.
I'm not seeing this... at ALL in FFXIV. Beyond the Linkshell system, which is extremely limited. There is only a base Grouping system that allows for very little interaction. There is nothing that helps players meet up with other players who are working on similiar goals.. nothing to promote the "Social" at all.
So - am I missing something, or did SE really drop the ball when it comes to building a community for FFXIV.