It seems to me you are comparing apples to oranges. FFXI is a game that has been out for almost 10 years, and has been tweaked, re-tweaked, tweaked back, then tweaked a couple more thousand times.
A Better comparison would be between FFXI in its first month (Lvl 50 cap, Rank 5 mission cap, not even a Shadow Lord to go and Kill) and FFXIV the way it is now. I'll take FFXIV hands down.
Comparing a release title to one that has been out for 10 years and has been polished more time than can be counted is a little negative, no?
This game is awesome, I freakin love it. You are seriously gonna sit there and say there isnt enough for you to do?
I've had my hands full since release and i barely have a rank at 15. Between crafting, lvln my PUG, and getting all the skills I want from other classes for my PUG I have been quite busy, and loving every minute of it. This game is absolutely beatiful, Gridania is all the best parts of Zi'Tah and Ronafure rolled into one. Throw a 15 miner in there, and Leves AND I HAVENT EVEN GOT IN A PARTY YET. And I cant friggin wait to, either. People will be dazzled by my PUG throwing down sick damage with MAR weaponskills. Awesome.
The freedom this game offers in comparison to FFXI is like crack cocaine to me.
If you cant get excited for this game because you think 11 is more alive, you got problems my friend.
Its like my buddy, he calls me up, cursing 11 saying how boring it is, and there is nothing left, and the graphics suck, etc. AND not 10 minutes later, he is telling me "You should get back in man, finish the promies" and sh*t.