FFXIV -was- a great game, [...] I logged in recently to check, logged out almost instantly. What a sh*tty game it is now.
You're the only person I've seen thinking that way; the majority opinion I've been seeing lately is that it is the opposite, with the game being almost universally sh*t at first and then varying levels of how "great" the game is now.
It's pretty simple.
After the updates i lost atleast 40% of my attack speed as well as the ability to controll the amount of attacks i want to, or can, apply by manual input. Auto attack is a disaster with the multiple (non responding) clicks before it enters the attack mode and the weak-*** slow attacks. Seeing as you need TP to do anything, i really dont want to wait 20 seconds before i can use one 1000 TP move.
They got rid of Physical levels, making people have half the HP/MP/power they had before, if not less.
They upped MP costs for curing rediculously with no "good" way to get it back in battle anymore. You basicly run out of mp after casting 3-4 Cure's now. Because you lost most of your HP/MP and attack/defense power from a lack of Physical level and have no way to cure, there's no way to solo anything in that game anymore at a reasonable rate, and even forget about doing NM's.
Partying is a disaster. The only addition since the start is that no one wants to play healer now because of the rediculous MP costs.
Oh, and weapons went from 130-180 attack power, to 50's and 60's. Aeolian for instance went from 144 attack to 89 now.
All gear that was spectacular before the update is now outdated, and the EXACT same pieces exist now with better stats. The EXACT same items you already had on you are now renamed to something like "Outdated Goblin Longsword", with lower stats. Same for other equipment.
There's no game left to play anymore. SE needs to understand they cant just give us stuff to play with, and then take it all away later when they think of something diffirent.
And that's simply what i could remember off the top of my head.
So i dont want Tanaka near either FFXI or FFXIV.