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All that being said I'm enjoying my time in the game right now even with the lack of grouping in the early levels. You just have to know this going in and be prepared for it. If you go in thinking you'll solo to 10, then head off to some FFXIV Valkurm equivalent zone and enjoy group-based exp grinds for the next 40 levels you're going to become extremely frustrated and disappointed.
That's not to say there's no group exp grinds in this game, far from it, they just don't begin at 10 right now. I read somewhere on here that if you had to compare levels from FFXI that 1-10 in 11 is similar to 1-30 in FFXIV and honestly there's a lot of truth to that - it might change with the merges coming up possibly next month, but you most likely won't see any group-based activity until your 30s. It's certainly possible to group up as soon as 10, most people just don't for whatever reason. I'd like to see that changed.
But as someone who came from FFXI, spent many years in WoW and have been part of both LOTRO, Rift and most recently SW:TOR, I have to say I'm enjoying FFXIV right now far more than any game I've played since FFXI. The WoW type MMORPG formula just isn't something I enjoy, and this game right now is as close to FFXI MMO experience as you'll get. This isn't FFXI-2, and it won't ever be so don't be expecting that, but it's also not World of Warcraft or any variation of that game.
I dropped my SW:TOR subscription for this game and purchased a 180-day account for ~$40, which is just extremely cheap. I don't regret it one bit.