So, I saw FFXIV in ebgames and I looked it up a little online and parts of it looked really promising. I work a lot so all I have time for is about 1-2 hours a day and I heard that some aspects cater towards casual gaming.
I also like the crafting/economy side of games but I find that most games pull it off really poorly. I really enjoyed ultima online the way you could just make a crafting character and I could still have fun playing the game without ever really fighting anything. I could mine my own ores and then use them to craft armors that I could sell. I didn't need to kill a bunch of monsters and get a bunch of money to be able to afford the materials to craft the armor first. Anyway I heard that FFXIV focused a lot on the crafting system and you are able to harvest your own resources to use for crafting. Also that this goes towards your characters level so you can pretty much level up and get stronger just by focusing on mining/smithing, I like the sound of that.
However, I've also heard a lot of bad things about the game. I've heard the user interface is horribly designed, too many menus to click through, it's laggy, etc. I've also heard the economy is gimped because there is no global item search, causing crafters who rely on items crafted by others to spend hours aimlessly searching retainers to find what they need. Also making it harder to sell items that you craft.
Anyway I'm really looking to get into a good RPG and I'm kind of on the fence with this one. Sounds like this game has the features I want in theory but maybe just executed them poorly. Is it really that annoying to play? Is the economy gimped? I've read some reviews that refer to the game as unfinished, unplayable, and more work than fun. Just looking for some feedback from people that have played to help me decide whether to get the game or not.