Rappelz as a game has some potential, but it definitely falls short to FFXI and probably even WoW.
FFXI shows much more creativity, and has much more strategy involved in playing it. The Mobs in Rappelz are far weaker, and are easily beat with a few hits, not like FFXI, where it takes a few minutes to work even a easy prey down. (This can be viewed as both good and bad for either game). So far I definitely see a difference between free play and paid game quality. You get what you pay for I suppose.
There is virtually no implementation of the Rappelz back story in the game, and there are no stories that last for more than two quests. Maybe at the higher levels, but I kind of doubt it.
Another aspect that dirties Rappelz game is the PvP portion of the game. It is ironic to me that the makers of Rappelz claim to want to promote a “Global Community” however in their game there seems to be no real checks and balances for being honorable, or showing good sportsmanship. There is a marker that shows if you are good or evil, an supposedly it decreases your skills when you are “evil” but it must not be enough to really encourage you not to be, because there are an awful lot of “red names” out there which is how you can tell by looking at a character if they PK frequently.
They make it possible for anyone anywhere to change to PK mode, and take out any one for no reason at all. It is one thing if people wanted to match skills against each other, and have real contests but most times that is not what happens. Its very one-sided and aggressive behavior. Since most times you have no warning the attack is coming, you aren’t prepared, and you go down quickly, (like all mobs in this game as all jobs seem to be very overpowered). People that PK are so retarded, I guess it inflates their ego to take someone out, but the thing is, that its not like it takes any skill or shows any real ability on their part.
I have been PK’d twice for absolutely no reason. Yesterday I was standing by a hillside and someone ran by on their mount, and actually went a ways then turned around, dismounted and PK’d me, Said: “Yay!” then got on their mount and rode away. Keep in mind this person was obviously around level 50 and I’m level 29. Oh big man! >< It was not a fair fight, and I did nothing at all, wasn’t even near them when they rode by. Final Fantasy XI is far superior in this regard, as they put things in place to promote being honorable, using teamwork and showing comradery.