I don't see why it shouldn't be compared to FFXI or any-other mmo for that matter
As far as ffxi goes, why not?
Ok, I'll Play along. I don't see why the next installment of Grand Theft Auto V shouldn't be compared to the orignal GTA
They are both Open-World games
They are both in the same series.
They are both made by Rockstar.
They have the same guns.
They have the same cars.
They have the same silly d*ck jokes.
They have the same guilds
both have the same avatar.
What?? I don't even know what this is..
They both have the same way to travel: Cars and Running
and the list goes on.
GTA set the bar high.
So from this, the next GTA should be a top down or isometric viewing angle, they should eliminate cutscenes, bring back only a handful of weapons, get rid of online play, and remove voice acting and licensed music.
Are you getting it? I'm kind of amazed that I have to elaborate this far. You want a new game to function like a game from 11 years ago. You don't like the global standard of MMO, and you are probably perfectly happy with every iteration of The Legend of Zelda, because that series has been iterating on the same, tired formula since it's inception. (and please, I'm not trying to turn this into a LOZ debate, we can just disagree that everything after Majora's Mask and Wind Waker is utter crap.)
You said there is nothing wrong with comparing it to OTHER mmos. Well, you don't need to, because they already did, which is how the global standard comes about. You can solo your entire way to cap in rift, swtor, DCU:O, WoW, LTORO, etc, etc, etc.
****, this is even a compromise! There is still forced party play! Yay for everyone, unless you are one of the many people who don't like being yelled at for not knowing your class perfectly at level 10.
I know many people who would love to try an mmo, but the barrier to entry is insurmountable. The ease of that entry barrier is a selling point. The same friends who quit FFXI after level 25 because they just couldn't commit 6 hours to a party just to get screamed at by a 14-year old for missing a cure are very interested in 14. (This is actually a very specific anecdote)
TL;DR: FFXI still exists and you can play it today!