I loved the game for the first few days, but now as a lvl 17 woodworker, lvl 17 botanist and lvl 22 (almost 23) mrd, I really can't see how anyone can find this enjoyable.
Lets look at each specific job-set
Around level 15 it starts to take around 10,000 exp per rank level. The most "efficient" craft is usually a lower level one that takes less shards, cheaper mats, and gives around 150 exp, as opposed to one that costs more than 3 times as much and only gives 250-300 exp. Basically what you end up doing is spending an entire day levelling up your craft. Almost all the crafting seems to be "spam rapid" or "spam normal" and doesn't seem to take much skill. So basically its hours and hours and hours of the same crafting minigame thing. How can anyone actually find this interesting? Like do you really want to waste 3 weeks of your life doing the same repetitive thing so you have a high level craft?
Fighting is pretty great up to level 20. Then you get almost no mobs and no real camps. The camps that are useful have random respawns of mobs 10 levels above whats in the camp, so they quickly become useless. You end up having to grind 20,000 ex from mobs that give 100ish exp each. Your weapons break really fast and you have to run back to town often to repair. There isn't enough inventory space for the huge amounts of items you get and sorting/dropping a mass amount of items is incredibly time consuming. And the fights aren't epic or interesting. For the most part they are luck based. You spam your normal attack and throw in some tp moves (mages get way more epic fights i guess). Also all the areas are pretty well identical. So basically to exp past 20 you either levequest or you grind on the same mobs for hours in the same area.
Also NMs are basically just a normal levequest with a cool named mob and an npc that spouts out 30 seconds of an unimaginitive story.
You run from tree to tree or mining point to mining point doing the same little mini game which gets old after a day. Then you wonder what to do with all the drops you get since there is only 1 retainer. It gets boring after a while since you are doing essentially the same thing.
So Overall this game is about repeating the exact same thing 100s of times and doing levequests in between, which aren't overly interesting or dramatic.
So honestly does anyone actually like the idea of crafting the same item non stop for 10 hours? Or levelling in the exact same spots for weeks?
And please don't say "it's new, give it time"
because thats what everyone said at beta... "its beta, they will fix by release"
Obviously they didn't, and they haven't even talked about fixing it. It will probably stay this way untill ps3 release with a few enhancements here and there. But i seriously doubt they will add in quests or new zones since they have not talked about it -at all-