GW : 2weeks your done.
FFXI : Heard way too many bad thing about the fact that you can't solo and bla bla bla so i haven't tried it.
EVE: Great... Took 2hours to travel between solar system.
WoW: Great game as you level , very poor once you hit lvl cap.
EQ : Too old game is dead imo ( only the real hardcore players that plays since like 10 years still play )
So yes ive played WoW had a great time during first year then after it was 4 years of playing only because i was waiting for that good MMO.
Anyway half of the people think its great because they dont mind grinding marmot for hours just to achieve a higher levels than most of the people.
Other half hate the game for now because its not even near a product you sell for 75$ and then pay per month.
We can talk all we want with our opinion but the fact is the game wasn't ready to be launched. SE know this , reviewer know this , players that hate grinding the same mobs for 6 hours know it.
But there's one thing we all have in common , we hope and can't wait for SE to add stuff because even if you dont admit it now , everyone wanna see mroe action , more epic fight , more reasons to play FFXIV other than : alright lets grind dodos.
If that was your opinion of WoW, then I think you are just looking for a different type of game. Seems like you might enjoy console RPG's instead. Check out the new fable, I bet it will be awesome. I understand that would take away the online aspect, but I think you can actually play with other people online now.
There were many people that didn't care for the first 2 weeks to 2 months or 2 years of WoW, depending on how long it took you to get to the end game and lvl cap. A lot of people only enjoyed it for the end game content.
Anyways, FFXI and now XIV IMO are more about one entire experience. They emerge you into the world they created, and you get to do whatever you want. If you like it, you like it, if you don't, you don't. Not all games are for everyone. They will add NM's with some pretty cool items I'm sure, but they are most likely only going to spawn every so often, so you won't always be able to choose that. There will also be expansions in the future with tons of cool content. Maybe not for a year though. Just the way things go.
When I hear people complaining about grinding being the only thing to do, it just makes me think that they might as well be doing something else entirely and not playing the game. Because that is what "grinding" is, its just a term that has been used to describe playing a game in a certain fashion. If you don't like grinding (read: playing), then maybe you should take that as a hint.
There are plenty of choices you have just like in life. I like living, so I continue to live. And to continue living I must work and stay healthy, so I do that, even though I may not like working. I want to be in good shape, and I enjoy running, so I run. I don't enjoy cooking, so I tend not to cook. I also like playing XIV, so I play.
To change this to XIV. I like playing, so I continue to play. To continue playing, I have to pay, even though I don't like paying for it. I want to be stronger and be able to kill more challenging things, and I like killing things, so I kill things. I don't really care for crafting, so I tend not to craft often.
If you want to call it grinding, call it grinding, but if you don't like it, then don't do it. If in your eyes there is nothing more to do, then.... maybe you like running or cooking or reading or console gaming.
PS - I was only quoting you about your thoughts of WoW. The rest was just after thoughts about the grinding topic in general. Didn't mean it as an attack on you.