Am I the only one who thought the FFXI UI layout was actually pretty good? I prefer a large textbox that doesn't leave me squinting to read. ****, I think tiny textboxes are a big part of the lack of communication in MMOs today. Now they have all this... sh*t, cluttering up the bottom of the screen. I don't need to see what my hotkeys are set to. In fact, somehow, in all the video games throughout history, we've managed to get by without a constant onscreen tutorial to show us what our buttons do. I like that they're using the controller scheme, but I feel that one of the strengths they're missing is that it doesn't need to show up in the UI.
Nope, you aren't the only one. I liked the FFXI UI as well. It was very minimalistic, and I liked the giant chat box. It definitely wasn't very intuitive or accessible to new players, but once you mastered it, it got the job done. I don't need my screen cluttered up with random crap like it was in WoW, where tons of add-ons were all but essential in endgame raiding.