I've been interested in FFXIV since the initial whispers were floating about, but when I got my closed Beta invite, it wouldn't even install on my PC, so I've put it to one side of my mind for a good while.
For the past year Uni and other r/l commitments have had me away from MMOs altogether, but I've a bit more free time now and have a hankering for some magic.
Unforeseen circumstances led to a complete system upgrade a few weeks ago, and I thought I'd give Rift a go 'cos last I heard FFXIV was struggling.
Mistake. I tried Rift 'cos I liked the "You can change your class without making a new character!" idea. Not realising it was a glorified WoW clone where a casual player could max their character in two weeks, and consequently there's an unending stream of 9-year-old level 50s running around thwacking everyone with n00bHammerz -.-
I quickly became reminiscent of FFXI, and so XIV resurfaced in my mind. I found a new pre-order bonus copy for £4.80 so thought I'd give it a go, considering Rift won't be used after my 30 days are up.
Reading up on stuff initially projects the following impression: "FFXIV sux, bai guyz lol"
Thread-trawling to find something verging on sense suggests otherwise - I understand FFXIV's in its infancy and there's been a developmental overhaul, but the horizon looks promising.
So, I'd like to clarify a few of the things I've taken from what information I could find, and also ask a question or two.
History: FFXI player from 2005-2010. 4-event-a-week endgame 2008-2010. I've dabbled in other MMOs but not much took my fancy.
Firstly, my findings (to be clarified):
*There's no auto-attack as yet. Spamfest for melees and too complicated for mages, or are the internets exaggerating?
*Lack of <stpc> and <stnpc> implemenetation.
*Unable to simply type "/ja [Any currently learnt ability] <t>" due to Blue-Magic-like "setting" required in Action Bar.
*Seemingly idiotic physical switch between battle and running, "active" and "passive" modes.
*No real story as yet.
*Lack of low-level NMs.
*Terrible market system.
*Epic music score.
*Beautifully designed textures, in a copy-pasta world.
Can some of you FFXI vets give me a run-down of what similarities/differences to expect, what aspects you love and those you don't enjoy so much?
A final question - is anyone on a server with a decent EU population? Obviously if I'm starting when the servers go back up I won't be looking for a high level LS (it seems Fabul has a few), but friends are always good!
tl;dr: What should I expect coming fresh to FFXIV from FFXI?
Any servers with a decent-sized EU population?