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. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and leader of Grammarian Tea House chat LS 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.