I think the most striking similarity is how linkshells made or broke the game in both cases.
Good linkshell in XI? Best game ever. Good linkshell in XIV? Not the best game, but still a worthwhile time investment and lots of fun.
Bad and/or no linkshell in XI? Worst game ever. Bad and/or no linkshell in XIV? No point even logging in.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck: Retired December 2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest and Taprara Rara on Lamia Server - Member of The Swarm Curator of the XIV Wallpapers Tumblr
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.
and the XIV Fashion Tumblr