Ok so I hear a ton of complaining about the new difficulty of battle and the fact that armor doesn't give you bonuses anymore if you aren't the optimal level...
The way FFXIV was before this patch made it the Final Fantasy Mystic Quest of MMOs. It was a MMO set on noob mode. Partying specifically was a total joke. Get 6 random people of pretty much any class --> Run in circles --> Never fear dying --> Repeat for a few hours. In XI winning battles and gaining XP took a good solid party, and some decent strategy in order to gain solid xp.
As for the armor. I think it's pretty ridiculous that when you're rank 10 you can equip rank 30 armor and gain it's stats to a partial extent. Where's the fun in getting to rank 30?
Flame away if you will, but these are my opinions.