Yeah a lot has improved. but 2.0 is not set to be released till January 2013. The servers shut down on November 11th. Which means no one can play FFXIV anymore until 2.0 release, unless you get into beta which is not saved anyway. HOWEVER! Game stops saving on november 1st... so no point in playing past november 1st lol. You grind our those last few levels after the 1st and before 11th to get to 50 and get some awesome weapon? Too bad it is gone and you willl have to do it again once 2.0 is released.
Oh well... I move to FFXI as i await 2.0. I just wish 2.0 would hurry up.