Played the beta for a couple of weeks. This was in late summer, so what I played was 99% same as what is coming out for retail. I tried to like it. I really really tried. The original final fantasy for nintendo is one of my all time favorites. This game is crap though. The interface is VERY strange. Clicking on monsters to attack them is ridiculously difficult at times. The graphics are very up and down. Some of the cities look incredible, but the terrain is horrible...tons of jaggies no doubt due to ps2 port. Leveling is very, very, very slow. There is no PvP. This is the most bizarre move ever in a MMORPG. They could at least give people the option.
Biggest problem: NO DIRECTION! You have absolutely no idea what to do, where to go, who to talk to, etc. I think in my couple weeks of playing I managed to do 3 quests. I would have done more, but the game doesn't tell you anything...at all. What weapons can I use, how do spells work, what is the auction house, what are crystals, how does crafting work? If you want answers, be prepared to sit for a long time asking random people, because it's not in the manual anywhere and there is no tutorial and there are no forums. You've been warned...stay far away! I am not an avid MMORPG guy. I gave it just over two weeks before quitting in frustration. My brother has played every MMORPG under the sun. He quit after 2 days! His words, in Simpsons comic book guy voice, "Worst MMORPG ever!"