ok at 22 your not exactly mature. lol I mean as amn looking back from the 40 mark. Secondly, FFXI is a differant game with a LONG longhistory and Frikin Loads of exspansions. I miss it too played it from day one and 6 years later. But familiarity is not better my friend.
Give it time and this world will be home aswell. Game Jst came out.
Sure some of us been playng 2 months or more, BUT it just came out on the 30 th technicly so... fixes first, then exspansions. But realisticly, the game has PLENTY of areas to go so far. plenty of dangerous mobs to find yet, plenty of areas to die in NOT related to leve or synthin. I think your scope is to big for the narrow area youv been in so far.
Eh, I get what you're saying, but I agree with the OP and I've been playing MMOs since the days of MUDs and NwN (AoL). :p I already made a post like this once, and I don't want to just retread that, so let me put it another way a bit more succinctly.
FFXI was rough around the edges for its release, but it still had charm, and it still felt like Final Fantasy. With the early issues it had, the general reaction was almost like, "Aww isn't that cute that a company used to making RPGs like Square is doing it this way... that's so console!" And as we all know, they fixed most of the major issues along the way.
What people are feeling now is the confusion and disappointment over a game that has actually regressed from the initial release of its previous game. The lack of quests, story, personality, and creative environments coupled with bad design choices, poor programming, and most of all the menu UI lag has people back on their heels. And the sometimes defensive, often muted response of the design team makes people feel even worse.
How many of us had this conversation with someone while defending XI in the early days (I know I did):
"Yeah, I know the menu is kind of cumbersome. But it's Final Fantasy, man! Gotta have the menu. And you get the convoluted storylines... make sure there's some ephemeral ideas about energy coming from the human spirit or something! It just... feels so Japanese. It's Final Fantasy, haha! Yeah I know, I keep saying that a lot. But it is! It is so cool to go into your Mog House, have your own Moogle, change into being a classic job from the FIRST final Fantasy, let alone all of the other ones, and go outside and listen to the fantastic music and explore the varied environments and see the chocobos run by... just wild. Yeah, if you haven't grown up around Final Fantasy then you just don't get it, sorry."
Okay, so much for being succinct. But this is what people mean by Final Fantasy "magic". It's gone.
My feelings are best summed up by this.