Alright... I just did some quests. And here is what I got so far:
Disclaimer: like some others on the board, I was pretty much satisfied with FFXI, save for the amount of time it took to do anything... (I'm a moron, I'm looking at you). I've also played WoW, because that's what my friends were into, though I never felt it had the same appeal that FFXI did.
These quests are very disappointing. I have done about five or six of them, and I haven't gotten a single cut-scene, or special piece of gear. There is absolutely no motive to do the quests.
Some might argue that storyline is the point of doing the quest. And that's fine. But the stories I've seen thus far are very shallow, and don't do anything to immerse me at all. They're not even interesting. In fact, they are very blatant about telling the player specifically "Go find X and kill it."
One of the things I loved about FFXI was how much thought and care went into each quest. They had an entire story laid out for the player to uncover. I actually felt like it was worth doing, because I wanted to know what happened next. (Anyone remember the "Save the Clock Tower" quest? I love that one! But this... this isn't near the quality of craftsmanship that I expect from SE. That's what really burns me up. They have a superior product that is ages behind this game in terms of graphics, or anything else that new high-tech gadgetry can make. But they didn't give it the same quality or care that a Final Fantasy title deserves. I think if they stopped trying to be so "innovative" to compete with everyone else, and realized that most of what they already had worked great... then we might not be in this situation.
I completely understand that they can't just wave a magic wand and get everything fixed. But what I'm most discouraged about is the direction that the game is going in. Everything is centered around doing things quickly. When they announced that, (before the game was released), I thought it was a neat idea. I kind of liked the idea of playing Final Fantasy, but without having to wait two hours for a group of six people of the appropriate classes and level ranges to be on. I thought it would be kind of neat if everyone could solo, but still have a defined role in a party. ****, I was excited. But the game has been one let down after another. I know by definition, these quests are considered content. But this is not the quality of content that needs to be in this game. I can't believe that SE thought this would be okay to release.
Fact of the matter is, I could just as easily do the repetitive leves that I've been doing for weeks on end, get the money, and go buy the stupid crap I've gotten from these quests. There aren't any decent rewards, or items that can only specifically be gotten through quests. What happened to rare/ex items? Only my underwear is exclusive?
I'm sorry for the rant. But this is ridiculous. With very weak stories, and rewards that make me feel like I've absolutely wasted my time questing instead of trying to max out of fatigue for the ******** week -( that's another box of mental issues that we don't need to open)- I can't help but feel like this content patch is pitiful at best.
The only real difference between these and leves is that I don't get anything worthwhile out of it. So far, any reward I have gotten, I could have bought or made myself. I've tasted chicken broth that were stronger than these plots. So what's the point?
If anyone finds a quest that is actually worth doing, please let me know. I really want the game to work, but it seems at every turn, the game goes in a direction that I am just not happy with, and real issues are pushed back and ignored.