One thing all FFXI fans need to accept is that this game will never be as good as FFXi, period. This game was designed to get as many players as possible, and in the modern mmo world players don't want to be exploring and working hard getting through the story and levels. They want to be max level with cool gear feeling powerful. That's what wow is about and that's what this game is about.
That being said, this is still a fun game. It's just not a game where your actually going I get "stuck" on something like XI. How overwhelmed you feel is directly correlated to how much you play.
I don't agree with anyone of that, and the first sentence is subjective.
Not getting "stuck" on something is a good thing.
I was stuck on "A Feast for Gnats" from Wings of the Goddess for three years.
I never got past the promies(before the raise in lvl cap).
I never got far in TOAU.
I had no hope in **** for WoTG.
I finished RoZ by luck.
Except for CoP, the rest weren't much of a bigger. I was able to experience besieged and campaign, two of my favorite additions. Edited, Sep 13th 2013 6:33pm by TwilightSkye
I only got to experience (most of) this content after they raised the cap and made it easier to complete solo. Even though I was beating the Promys solo with my DRG, it was still fun.
There is a LOT to do in FFXIV, and no, it's not FFXI, but that shouldn't be the metric on which to base FFXIV on.
By all objective accounts and for mortals with lives, vanilla FFXIV is miles better than vanilla FFXI was.
As far as being overwhelmed, I'm not. But you have to have a plan. There are GC, hunting and gathering logs. Acheivements. Quests, Dungeons, FATES, Guildleves, Guildhests, myriad jobs (both DoH, DoL) and of course Endgame.
If you take your time you can experience most everything in FFXIV...and you should, because most content available is fun!