I've been holding off on buying FFXIV because of all the problems its having at launch. I've decided that no matter how much I've anticipated it, its not worth the headache right now.
I've played Aion, FFXI, and WoW and enjoyed them all but they all had their problems.
What I'm wanting to know is if anyone could give me some sort of comparisons to other MMOs that I've played or may know about, so that I can get a general idea of the feel of the game before I buy it. I never played EQ but obviously have heard a lot about it.
Aion was beautiful but the grind was unbearable, and at level 42/50 I got sick of killing 1000s of the same mob to see my exp bar jump a millimeter.
WoW was simple and easy to play but the community is trash and it became so easy that raiding was more "tedious" than a "challenge." What's the end-game like in EQ2? Are there raids?
FFXI I truly loved. Great community, the requirement to group was annoying for my class (nobody wanted a samurai) but I still enjoyed it because I hate playing solo anyways. What's the emphasis on grouping like in EQ2?
Basically any broad information would be nice, maybe comments on end-game, solo vs. group play, the community (try to stay unbiased if possible, I know you guys ARE the community), and general frustrations that are common so that I can make an educated guess of whether or not the game is for me before I purchase it.
I know it's broad: any input, opinions, or information will be appreciated!