I'm not playing FFXIV, although I keep checking the forums for any sign that it's moving in a direction that would get me to play. Something I notice from what seems like _all_ the regulars is that all of them have played FFXI extensively.
Given the terrible reviews this game received (presumably by MMO reviewers who didn't spend many hours in FFXI), is it safe to say you need to be a FFXI veteran to appreciate it?
I played FFXIV Beta before having a WoW subscription, and only having played a few months of Aion, so I'm sure it's not that I was "spoiled" by previous MMOs that I found FFXIV unplayable. I'm just trying to figure out what separates me (who generally enjoys somewhat tedious, less in-your-face games, and is dissatisfied by WoW's crafting, lore, and community) from people who love FFXIV.