Honestly, I don't mind them leaving the game running in a perpetual state of "Beta" so long as they're not charging for it. It would be a totally different matter if I had to pay monthly subscription fees; I decided in September, then again in October, then a third time in November that I was not going to pay for the game.
I don't have click and buy set up, I don't have any crysta currency purchased, so as soon as the game is no longer free, I'm going to get shut off, and in the state the game was in, I would never have had a problem with that.
The way I see it, 99% of people who played during beta echoed the same thing: "They need to delay the release and extend the beta. The game is NOT ready yet." The common response to nine out of ten gripes was "It's just beta, it will be fixed by release".
Well, we can't dispute that they flubbed the release, but now that it's free, the game is pretty much back in beta again. So in effect, they've "postponed the release" indefinitely by making it free to play and "extended the beta", telling us that we will not get charged until the game is release ready.
As far as I'm concerned, that's pretty much what we asked for, isn't it? Wasn't the cacophony in agreement over the notions that the game should have been delayed and the beta extended? Only difference is that you're playing a beta that you have to preorder the game for. Sounds reasonable enough to me.
As for the people who insist that "everything has been fixed"; you're wrong. Even SE, a company who has a history of never admitting they're wrong with a gun to their head has admitted that the game is not acceptable and is making it free until it is.
I figure the free period will last 3-6 months before they start charging. And I'm sure that when they do, people will STILL insist the game is broken/incomplete and SE is ripping them off and blah blah blah... and they will probably just be whining, but they may be right; we won't know till then.
If you're unhappy with the game (much as I am myself), my suggestion is to keep checking back after updates and give it a chance with each set of fixes. It's free so it's not like doing so costs you anything but time. If you really didn't want to play any more at all, you probably wouldn't be reading this post.
If you're happy with the game and you think that the people who aren't happy are not entitled to their opinion, then all I have to say is that it's thanks to them that you not only have a game YOU are happy with, but you get to play it for free while it gets EVEN BETTER. If you like the game so much, I don't understand why you would complain about it being FREE. If you really want to spend your money, I would be happy to give you an address to mail a check for $13 to me.
If you're not sure if you should try the game or not, my answer to you is yes. It doesn't matter how many people are happy or unhappy with a particular product. FFXI, FFXIV, WoW, EVE, GW... Buy the game and try it. No one but you can tell you if you like the game or not. Just because I, personally, feel the game is incomplete does not mean I'm going to tell someone else "Oh, don't play it; it sucks". People who do that are idiots. I'll say it again: If someone tells you that you SHOULD or that you SHOULD NOT try a game, for NO OTHER REASON than because they do or don't like that game, their suggestion should be taken with a grain of salt at best. Only YOU can tell you if you like a game, and that means that you should not limit yourself to which games to try based on other people's suggestions to try or avoid them. If you want to know if you will like a game or not, the only way to know is to try it yourself, not ask other people if you will like it. Unless they know what you like, they cannot form a worthwhile opinion.
Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.