Man, do the zones not make you think of XI half the time? It's amazing. This is how it should of been from the start, that XI feel but with new mechanics! You have parts that look like Parradamo Tor from Attowha Chasm, some resemblances to The Boyahda Tree, some North Gustaberg, Kazham, King Ranperre's Tomb, etc, etc. They did a **** of a good job bringing some nostalgia back to me, making this even more exciting.
Maybe it was just me, but it's what I'm seeing!
I felt that way too. Bronze Lake reminded me so much of the zone in FFXI that led to sky. Can't remember the name, but I thought it was really cool. The whole thing feels new, and yet somehow familiar. I love it.
One area, looked like Zi'Tah too.
The game is looking and sounding really good. It's a little bit nostalgic, but also just a lot more interesting.
1.0's world looked good, but was boring. ARR is shaping up to a world you really want to explore.
Plus, this is just the beginning. If you liken it to FFXI, most, if not all of us played the game with Zilart already installed. This looks like a great foundation for expansions, and gives me hope for the future. (this also depends heavily on gameplay and story and all of that, but this is a great start.)