I bought it for $50 and am enjoying it. I wouldn't be surprised if retailers aren't requesting more units right now, but I think the game is very enjoyable in the early goings. I understand that there's not much to do as the levels go up and all and that for long time players, seeing the minor things that need adjusting go unaddressed can be frustrating, but right now I am feeling the exact sense of enjoyment and excitement I felt in 2003 when I was a level 10 in Konstacht Highlands and making a walk from Bastok to San d'Oria for the first time. I'm following a little storyline, leveling steadily, working on a craft as well now and finding the game very enjoyable. The only thing I'm missing right now is I'd really like auto-attack for my main attack, and sometimes I experience d/c problems, but the 80% of the time I don't have d/c problems, the early levels of the game, for me, are plenty enjoyable. If they add content soon, I won't even know that it had been lacking in content earlier, because for me there's still stuff to do as a noob.
I wish the game hadn't debuted to such terrible press because I think that's the biggest impediment to it's survival right now, IMO. If people who gave up were playing now, or starting now, and new customers were starting now, I think they'd feel a lot like I do and be pretty happy with the early aspects of the game. I'm sure as I level up, IF there isn't content added, than I will become disenchanted like many are, but if they're adding it in upcoming patches, I think things will be looking very good. I'm not saying this game is a terrific MMO; it certainly needs work, but I think outside of some technical tweaks to many aspects, and the obvious glaring need for more content, it delivers on the basics that I was hoping for very well. If they can continue to make slow and steady improvement to those technical aspects while implementing content, I will be on for the long haul. If certain aspects aren't improved upon after a couple months of me playing, I can see myself becoming very frustrated and if as I level up there is not new content implemented and I find myself in a world with nothing to do, I will obviously be disappointed. For now though, as a lowbie, I'm feeling much the same experience I felt when I was one week into playing FFXI, and to me, that's exciting as I haven't felt that way with a game since I was... one week into plaing FFXI.
Edited, Feb 8th 2011 2:49pm by MCraine