I went back to Vanguard because of the outstanding crafting.Contrasting it's crafting with most games out there really makes you aware of how shallow/dumbed down many of the games are today.
Ah yeah, I forgot about the crafting in Vanguard... yes it was very involved and interesting...
FFXIV:ARR actually has very good crafting too... maybe not quite the detail of Vanguard, but way more interesting then most.... certainly an improvement over FFXI.
Anything is an improvement over FFXI crafting imo. Synthing 60 holy waters to get 1 single level of Alchemy skillups? No thanks.
Not to mention the millions of gil thrown away just to get a few levels. Leveling smithing was beyond painful to my character's wallet. It's never a good sign when you're praying for your synths to break.