I started playing close to two months ago because a friend who is a big Final Fantasy fan started playing.
I’m still hanging on for the moment, but only because my friend’s still interested. She leaves, I’m out, and I may well be out somewhat soon anyway, because it just isn’t all that good.
The biggest problem I have with it is that there just isn’t anything it does better than any other game on the market. That is, when I played Rift, the open-world stuff there was better than anything else you could find at the time. SW:TOR had the full voice acting and stories as the draw, etc. FF:ARR is in many ways just a paint-by-numbers generic MMO where the big “draw” is that your mounts are called Chocobos, one of the towns has a bar called the Seventh Heaven, and people named Biggs, Wedge and Cid show up in the storyline.
Things like being able to be any class on one character and not needing alts sounds good in theory, but the problem is you have to level each class individually. And you can only take quests once. So I have a melee DPS class at 50 now, if I want to start levelling one of the ranged classes or healer classes or whatever, I’m either constantly queuing for the same dungeons over and over again or grinding. Also, the inventory management for all the different armor/clothing sets becomes very annoying very fast.
Gathering and crafting are considered “classes,” so you can’t, for example, level up your mining just on nodes you find while off adventuring. You have to switch class to Miner and then go find the nodes. Mind you, the economy is rather dodgy, as it suffers the general issue of theme-park MMOs where gear from endgame instances is better than raid gear. There might be some profit in low-mid range gear since anyone levelling a second class won’t have quests to give them new levelling gear.
If you’re the type that really, really likes endgame instances/raiding and you’re killing time waiting for the next WoW expansion or something, I guess getting to endgame here might be something new for a bit, that’s about as far as I could recommend it.