Is FFXIV really that disappointing?
Personally I say no.
Sure, the UI can use some work, and not being able to sort my inventory drives me batty at times, but these are things that have already been announced as being included in pending patches. I do not find the game even in its current status “un-playable” by any means. I think people get a little overly dramatic about the state of this game.
Myself, I am really enjoying the game so far. I appreciate the flexibility of building what role I want to play on the fly, as well as having the freedom to solo or party depending on what kind of time I have available. At this point in time, even with the issues it is my current favorite, and I’m excited about its potential.
I don’t believe its as clear cut as, “If you liked FFXI, you’ll like this” or “If you liked WoW, you’ll hate this”. I’ve played both FFXI & WoW, but have always leaned heavily FF because I enjoy that style more. I don’t think we should generalize, because it boils down to what you’ve had access to, not what your mentality or play-style is. I’ve honestly met childish people I don’t care for in both games, and I’ve met people I really appreciate in both. I think that once FFXIV is established solidly, it is going to be a different creature altogether than FFXI or WoW, so there is no point in worrying about it, or generalizing.
Wither you enjoy FFXIV or not, is going to depend on what you are looking for.
If you know you aren’t a patient person.. You may want to hold off until at least after PS3 version is released in order for the upcoming patches to be in place before you try it. Even if you don’t have the patience for it right now, doesn’t mean you couldn’t enjoy it down the road. Its important to keep an open mind. The beauty and often overlooked aspect of the MMO, is that work is always being done. Things are constantly changing, so regardless of how much of a fuss people are making right now, it could be totally different within a few patches even. Realistically MMO’s are constantly a work in progress, If they were totally “done” then it would be the end of that games life. If you desire perfection.. maybe don’t play an MMO..