What I need from everyone is an honest answer gamer to gamer. Is this game going to be worth coming back to in a few months?
Here is a bit about me and who I am. I played FFXI for years and loved it. Loved every minute of the painful leveling from 40 to 41 in KRT as a Monk in 2004. I believe some aspects of FFXI remain some of the hardest video gaming experiences I've ever had, inclusive of some of the ridiculous 8-bit games. Never played WoW. Played TOR for about 2mos, raced a character to 50, finished the story and reflected on the fact that for most of the game I didn't even need to be in a guild. Ive long been seasoned in shouting for teleport-altep and begging for help doing KS99s that the wimpy 4man "slightly harder" quests in TOR were easy to blow through. Quit TOR with a wimper, and only a significant story addition would drive me back. Even the end-game of TOR seems silly compared to FFXI. Do your dailies for gear that is rated at a level for about 10mos before it becomes obsolete? Kirin's Osode was a standard (not always ideal) for end-game armor (and always a difficult challenge) for years.
Anyways, like-minded gamers out there will know exactly the kind of gamer I am from that blip and you're the people I'm talking to anyways. Is there hope for this game, or has Yoshida drank the casual cool-aid and is ****-bent on creating a real flashy "meh" experience. I am totally forgiving of *some* aspects catering to the casual-crowd but when the rubber hits the road will this game have charm FFXI had?