You are judging your opinions on a game you haven't played, only seen a few short videos of, and really have absolutely no experience with (other than a 1.0 designed and built by a completely different team, and is recognized by the team working on 2.0 as a complete failure). On top of that you seem to think the entire community agrees with you as to what would make XIV "above average", which seems more than a little arrogant to me. I think the game is going to be a hit. I guess we can bookmark this and see who's right in a year.
1) I in no way think that the entire community agrees with me, and I don't appreciate you judging me otherwise. I happily complain about the game because I hope it will be improved upon. And clearly from recent posts, there's a healthy representation of players who do agree with me regarding certain design problems.
2) I'm just discussing my opinions. Analyzing game designs is what I do, both for fun and work. I'm happy to be wrong--it means I learned something new about how games can be successful. Unfortunately, I am very seldom wrong when I predict that a game won't do well. My margin of error leans strongly towards optimism for games when there is room for the benefit of the doubt. That is, however, based on the U.S. market. If JP subscriptions are enough to keep the game afloat, I could be wrong.
3) All of my opinions are based on the assumption that what is being shown is what we're getting. I tend to be pretty good at extrapolating what isn't shown. But maybe SE has a rabbit hiding in their hat. Considering that's never been the case in my memory, I'm not optimistic about that.