You are right, it isn't XI. But it might as well be its little brother (the two games have, and lets be honest, the same copy pasted races, plus 3 starting citys which are eerily similar in many ways) which will inevitably beg comparison.
This isnt XI. Dont like it then go back to XI and get the Abyssea Add-ons... There are a few things I personally miss from XI like the auction house, but its a different game. Get used to it.
I would bet that a very large number of former FFXI players may do exactly what you are suggesting, go back to the polished, by comparison gem, that is XI. I like the thrill of new adventures as much as the next guy; however I refuse to put up with a company expecting that I will "Get used to it" and deal with major faults while I fork out the price of a box and subscription when I am not convinced they are motivated to do anything at all to deal with the mire they have created.
(edited for grammar) Edited, Oct 12th 2010 3:52am by Thegorgatron