He introduced an expansion that revolutionized the way we played FFXI, and solved almost every single major complaint of the game's mechanics in an extremely robust and well maintained way. They revived a good 6 jobs that no one could realistically play in any form of endgame and made them fun to play at all times. I think the only class that really got "hurt" was Bard, and as much as it sucks to be a relic bard who isn't as essential (still super useful though) in Abyssea as they are outside Abyssea, every single bard I knew was happy to be freed of the burden of bard for every single event. Every. Single. One.
Abyssea is just as exclusive as every other event in the game. If you aren't a War, Nin, Whm, Blm, Blu, Thf, or Mnk for anything other than xp have fun leveling one of those jobs to get into party. Abyssea was fun for some time, but it got old really fast. After 3 atmas everything was way to easy. Not to mention how quick it was to blow through and obtain gear. The only thing imo that abyssea did really well was allow faster levels and allow progress towards obtaining gear.
a big part of the reason Abyssea became to easy and got old fast because they continued to raise the level cap making abyssea which is the newest expansion a joke and feel way to easy. It was also recycled areas, included crap quest, etc.
Edited, May 2nd 2012 3:00pm by Nashred