On the Japanese side of the official forums, a new thread recently popped up discussing the current state of things. ( http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/45222-みんなで出来る冒険がしたい！ ) Interestingly, there is one thing most posters agree on: the dire lack of "adventure". I'm a little surprised, I have to admit; I never considered the Japanese to be an especially adventurous lot.
According to one poster, one of the basic problems is that the game has been streamlined to death. Leveling is a joke, but still tedious enough to irritate right because it's so completely without challenge that it has become nothing more than a meaningless nuisance. There's no need or merit to exploration either, because you can always teleport even to places you've never "discovered" on your own. Cosequently most of the landscape was a complete waste to implement; the majority of players will never see it.
Moreover, the ultimate special skill of the big bosses seems to be "Tedium Flare". They simply die without dropping anything useful until you give up.(*) And because there's no lockout timers, linkshells will do "the runs" it in blocks of 10. What an adventure. Yay! We finally killed Garuda. Just like half an hour ago. And an hour ago. And 1.5 hours ago. And two hours ago. The first page of the thread ends with 「どう見ても、作業ですもんね。 」(Anyway you look at it, it is work).
There's many other posts that (very politely) point out things that perhaps might be less optimal than what some of us eternal supporters expected. Perhaps. Which is the Japanese equivalent to the raging German kid ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbcctWbC8Q0 ). Perhaps, however, the thread title says it's all: 「みんなで出来る冒険がしたい！」(We want to adventure).
I agree. And unless Yoshi gives me that feeling of danger, excitement, threat, and mystery I crave for in a game, not a hundred days of welcome-back-but-don't-spoil-our-official-forums will bring me back. And for some reason it's very encouraging to know that some people on the other side of the world feel the same.
(*) Picture this. Ifrit, Moogle and Garuda boasting around a campfire. Ifrit:"I died 54 times today. And dropped a total of 3 totems ^.^/". Good King: "Ha! I only dropped staves and rods. I almost laughed myself to death imagining those meleeing mages. ^m^/" Garuda, with a smile: "Oh boys, you'll never learn. Simply give them a way to win due to an exploit, and they'll be finished within an week's time. And never bother you again. -.^/"