That first, terrifying run through Buburimu as a level 10 Tarutaru white mage ....
What XI excelled at, and why its aging graphics are still satisfying in a way, is atmosphere. I'm chilling in front of the AH in Southern San d'Oria right now, occasionally working on kaginawa to level up clothcraft. My linkshell is having a raucus conversation about SE trolling us with lacy pink subligar in the future. (Everyone agrees if they had +50 STR on them, they'd wear them.) It's 1AM - the sky is dark and cloudy, the walls are cool and gray. And yet I feel protected in these fortress walls. I've "lived" in Sandy for five or six years now (emigrated from Windurst :P) so this place just feels like home.
SE needs ARR to capture that same kind of magic. Ul'dah never really felt like home to me, even though it was the only placed I ever lived in 1.0.
Edited, Jan 10th 2013 9:52am by catwho