I have complaints about XIV, so does everyone. Some days I would give my first born to be able to sort my inventory or even pay someone hundreds of dollars to look through the markets for the item I want. during the first week of playing I spent most of my time looking for the auction house so I could research the items I wanted and figure out how best to make enough money to function. I felt lost and wasn't able to find the information I needed to get me set on the right track. Then I realized that I was not alone. Everyone is lost nobody knows the exact value of a cotton doublet vest or a bronze spatha. After realizing I was not alone in my ignorance I looked at the situation not as a handicap but instead as an opportunity. buying from people who underestimate the worth of what they posses and selling to people with no respect for a hard earned dollar. I began to flourish and to me the game found it's legs.
I began to realize quickly I was thinking from the perspective of my character instead of the perceptiveness of someone trying to "beat the game". For the first time I was placing myself in the role of my character providing me the entertainment I was looking for. I don't disagree XIV has a flawed UI with some technical glitches, but as far as game structure goes I wouldn't change it. I don't want XIV to become a graphically upgraded version of XI. I'm enjoying the frustration of failed synths and the steep learning curve of the market. For the first time in an MMORPG I understand the Role Playing perceptive. I am in favor of new content and I want the lag and user interface fixed but more than anything I want a unique experience set apart from other online games. I want to rise to the challenges of a more realistic experience with hundreds of thousands of players beside me enjoying the same thing.
For all those looking for the amenities of XI or other easy ways to the top of XIV I say I'd rather earn it the hard way. Other than technical issues there is nothing wrong with XIV and I see a foundation with a lot of potential to be a challenging game which encourages creativity.
If anyone else has anything good to say about XIV please do share.