Well on that i guess different strokes for different folks, even tho i did not found GW2 story to be mind boggling or anything alike, i did not found XIV story any more compelling to me, i guess i am biased because i expect a lot more from a Final Fantasy. (Not bashing XIV, just saying i expected a lot more than what i saw)
That's a totally fair critique. In fact, when I talk about how great FFXIV's story was, I'm really referring to the "End of an Era" storyline that wasn't implemented until Yoshi-P took over.
I liked many of the concepts implemented in XIV 1.0. The 'Echo' conceptually was an approach I thought unique and interesting. And some of the class storylines in the original release were quite entertaining. I was personally a fan of the number of character customization options presented by the Armory system. But just as with everything else Tanaka was doing the product felt only 1/2 complete.