Are you guys insane? In FFXI, there were mobs in beginning zones that owned you. Outside of San d'Oria, once you could take rabbits, you still hold orcs that pwned your face. Get over it...It ABSOLUTELY MAKES SENSE. In Africa, if you see herds of anything, pay close attention, there will be predators very close. In the ocean, if you find schools of fish, pay close attention, you will find predators or they will find the school. I will admit FFXIV has some problems, but the placement of tough mobs among weaker is nothing new to FF. It may however, be new to players of other RPG's...MMO or otherwise.
Many of you WoW'ers waltzed to max level in the game and convinced yourself you had acoomplished something---that you were a "gamer". Listen, if WoW and FF were mountains to be climbed, WoW would have an elevator, a guy to push the buttons on the elevator, someone else to serve you hot cocoa, someone else to meet you at the top and guide you to someone else who would then carry you to your room. FF would be a mountain with its peak in the clouds and cold biting winds that scream "try me if you dare"---much the way people in WoW erroneously feel about end game raiding or PvPing. Sure, a resort is cool, but some of us like climbing the mountain.
If you are comparing FFXIV to the ease of WoW, you are wrong. FF players don't want FF to be WoW. Instead of playing FF for the graphics and complaining that it isn't WoW, how about you go back to Blizz and complain about the fact that although they have more customers, more money, and apparently "better customer service", they are still selling you a cartoon...they have vast profits and instead of giving you a new game with any enhancements, and real risk, they are regurgitating. If WoW is so awesome, what was the draw to FFXIV? The pretty pictures? Like I said, go back to Blizz and say "Yeah, I love the game, but it looks like dog vomit compared to FFXIV...when can we expect a new game that gives us that? Where's the response to what the customers really want?" instead of hopping over here and whining that FFXIV isn't WoW.
Here's the thing... Myself being a FFXI veteran along with being a WoW veteran, I can tell you that my grind from 1-75 in FFXI was EXACTLY the same level of difficulty as my grind in WoW from 1-80.
The only difference is the time it took to reach max level in each game.
The reasons for this are mainly related to forced grouping (FFXI), and solo playability (wow). While both had ups and downs for me, the difficulty level was extremely easy. If you can pull Lizzies in the dunes, you can pull goblins in the jungle, and then pull more mobs.. and more mobs.. and exp chain.. my eyes are bleeding..JUST as(in WoW)you can complete this zones quests in this town.. move to the next.. complete similar quests.. move to next...and next.. my eyes are bleeding again.
The major difference in these games that people fail to realize is that the majority of content is end game. It took some people a year in FFXI to reach max level with appropriate sub's leveled. In WoW, I could have 6 80's in welfare gear, or one decked out main, with a few 80 alt scrubs.
Let's face it, the hardest part of FFXI was:
a) at release most people were using macros to communicate because VOIP servers weren't used for mmo's
b)Getting claim on NM's because of the bot's or the fact that 150 people would stand in one place waiting for the spawn.
The only things difficult in WoW are:
a) High rated Arena matches (PvP)
b) End game raiding (Hard Modes)
Now the difference is this.. and this is undisputable...
In FFXI, everyone was affected by NM claims, from Leaping Lizzy, to SKY bosses..
In WoW, Only the hardcore gamers are presented with a high level of difficulty.
I challenge anyone that disagrees to make a character on WoW.. and link me there armory when they killed LK(heroic) and also have a 2500+ arena rating.
TLDR: WoW's challenge lies in end game content, sure leveling 1-80 is pretty easy, but that month or 2 of quest grinding is just there so you can learn your classes abilities and get a feel for the game. The real test is how far your character can progress after hitting max level.