Apologies if this has been mentioned already.
I've been bumming around Metacritic for the past couple of days checking to see when the first FFXIV reviews start rolling in. First one is up today: one from some website called Cheat Code Central.
He seems pretty accurate with his critique. Does a nice summation of the mess that is the registration system. Praise for the graphics and [most of] the music. Perhaps he could have gone into a bit more detail on the consequences of not having a search function for goods (he only notes that the game needs one, but doesn't really say why this is a massive issue).
I have to say, I'm a bit surprised by the score. For the large amount of time the reviewer spends (correctly) noting the games many flaws and idiosyncrasies, it still ends up with the equivalent of an 84/100. He appears, like me, to be banking on the game's future potential.
Personally, I don't think that future potential merits a good score. If the game does indeed meet that potential, then by all means, create an addendum to the review and change it accordingly. But to suggest that FFXIV in its current state, is worthy of a "B" grade seems...I dunno...to be a little disingenuous.
The user reviews on Metacritic tend to be much less forgiving, but I'm not sure how much stock potential players should place in them...far too many people eschew logical, balanced ratings in favor of giving out 0's or 10's.