Am I the only one that sees the real problem? If you actually look at the credits, there are many people on the FFXIV team that was on the FFXI team. It took them 8 years to get FFXI right. So did they throw all that knowledge in the garbage? Yes, it's a completely different game, but every MMO have the standards in design. You can't just change certain features just for the sake of change. *PRAYS* for this game to be 100x better by Dec 30th patch.
This game will be a 100X better by December and 100 more times better by March, what I'd be hoping for is a player base by then. If this game manages to live long enough, it'll be a much improved version of FFXI, depending on how they alter party play, whether or not they make it more accessible and what kind of content they add (CONTENT!!!!!!!! how do you release a game with almost nothing to do??). The largest problem that FFXIV has, aside from content, is the fact that it has no identity. While party play was "inaccessible", at least FFXI had an identity behind it and people loved that aspect of the game otherwise they wouldn't have played it, and it worked considering there was over 1 million subs in FFXI (correct me if I'm wrong on that) and the game lived on for 8 years and is still going...FFXIV kind of falls in between a WoW free for all type of game (if that even makes any sense) and an FFXI (team deathmatch - sorry i got my CoD Black Ops fix last night and its drilled into my head now :P) and so it doesn't even know what it wants to be. I would've much preferred this game be completely party oriented, imo it would've been automatically much better. But....content, content, content!!! please SE, lots and lots of content!
im with you on this, right now the game needs 2 things, which pretty much sums up why people are hating so much
1) fixes on basic things(auction house, or an easier way to search wards, the 2nd of which is coming, fast travel, easier anima management, etc etc) basicaly, alot of things we know are coming
2) Direction, right now, there isnt a real goal for the long term. granted we dont need one this early on because well....how many people are actualy there. this isnt wow where you can cap in 2 weeks, or in some where you have a full server of level capped people 2 days after release. by the time a decent ammount of people get up there, they will need an activity and more, and this is the cirection people need to see. Im sure we will see it soon and it will make a huge difference.