Hm. I did play FFXI for a couple of years. I would like the feeling I got when I took the boat from Mhuara (spelling) to Selbina. The journey to Mhuara was dangerous, and when I got to selbina there were a ton of players hanging out, bazaaring, lfp, etc. A lot of the fun was leveling up and wondering what the next zone was going to be like. Qufim, Kazham, Garlaige, Crawler's Nest... good times. I hope by PS3 release when this game stabilizes, the community will have developed grind spots, and the world will be a dangerous place to travel carelessly. I played Beta 2, but decided not to buy the game for now, mostly due to the lack of partying.
Anyway, thanks for the info.