This is the way i see it .......
FFXIV is not about getting there but, its about how you got there
with wow(for example) you have : I did 20 quests today and got 30 new peaces of gear. i gained 5 lvls ... blah blah blah
with ffxiv(as i see it) you have : I feel much more attached to my character, actually working to get gear rather than killing 15 spiders for a axe that will last me 7 quests b4 i get a new better one. Every day i play i see my toon getting stronger and i find myself looking at the now rather than the future.I dont have to be the cookie-cutter class to be able to do something i can make the exact class i want to play and that to me is amazing.
I see all the grief posts and i don't really understand it i find myself with something to do all the time.
There are some minor bugs(menu lag,bazaar market organization,and so on) people are acting like this is the end of the world as we know it SE has a very good mmo dev team these are problems that with out a doubt in my mind will get fixed.