I <3 FFXI
I've been playing ti for 8 years.
I've played WoW/Rift/LOTRO and even WAR(hammer) - I like all of these games. But I <3 FFXI.
For me, it is partly that FFXI is the first MMO I got into heavily. But also, I think FFXI for me was the "Hard Mode" of MMORPGS. In the beginning it was most certainly the most complicated, and hardest MMO to get into and progress in.
Levelling was a grind, experience points had to be gained in parties, as there were very few viable solo options.
Making gil($$) wasn't easy, and again it was grind up a craft or a job to 75 to farm for gil.
End Game content was bottle-necked and majorly frustrating trying to compete for Notorious monsters which would only spawn every REAL LIFE 72 Hours...
BUT! I still loved FFXI.
Most of the harder elements of FFXI are now gone, but the complicated and detailed elements are still around, and this makes me love it even mroe now.
You can read a million threads of people feeling nostalgic and wanting "The good old days back" - but I honestly think they would enjoy it for a couple of hours and /welcome the new ways again with open arms
Exp is now easy to solo, and finding a party to get into and get good exp is very easy too now.
Crafting is a grind, but making gil is now very easy too.
Notorious monsters - these are geting far better with more and more ways of force popping them, meaning you get them when you want (or much sooner at least) with some footwork, but not crazy foot work!
As someone who comes from WoW you will notice that the system, and i meant he ENTIRE system is completely different. The UI and all the mechanics are completely different. So be in for a suprise if you haven't yet tried it.
Lotro/Rift/WAR all take on very similar mechanic and very similar UI as WoW.
If you have no real patience with MMOs, and prefer a game you can slip in/out of and have it mainly in easy~medium mode, then I would go for Lotro/Rift/WAR etc. (NB:: THIS IS NOT A BAD THING!)
If you want a challenge and a more complicated system then try it out. If you try this game out is to be patient - if you put in some time and effort, then it can really be fun.
If you prefer storyline then do some research on the game's story you like and follow that!
Whatever you choose, good luck :)
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