So I haven't been around these forums in quite some time. I followed the game XIV from the time it was announced, played in beta, and played at launch for a few months. Unlike a lot of you, i didnt have the will to stick with it through the hard times, i just passed it off as if it never existed.
I did however always check up on it from time to time and now I follow the announcements / changes / and discussions daily once again.
The one true thing that put me off most with 1.0, is the most improved from what I can tell after running the benchmark, seeing the exploration, and other videos; immersion. Being able able to feel like your there.
I had a big problem with it in 1.0. Its been said many a time and I will keep it brief, but the cut and paste lanscape was horrific.
Eorzea seems so full... of trees... different trees, not just the same ones over and over. Also buildings, and NPC's, and landmarks that have no purpose but to be landmarks. That to me, is what makes a MMO worth playing, its a world you can be in. The gameplay comes after that, theres always room for improving mechanics of combat, crafting, and everything else. But once the zones are put it, they generally stay the same. Sure new ones will be added, but the ones you start in is what makes that first impression of what its going to be like.
So enough rambling on. I love the way the world looks from what we've seen so far, and can't wait to explore and get lost (figuratively and literally) in it.