I have had an account for a month and I am really discouraged about ever logging back in. I'll start out by saying I am a huge Final Fantasy fan pre FF-13 (puke*).
I think my issue is that this game is no longer for someone who wants to explore and experience the game as initially intended. I feel the goal of the game in its current state is to achieve max lvl as soon as possible taking no time to enjoy or actually adventure so you can do abysea partys that everyone is obsessed with doing. I am not saying aby isn't fun, it must be if every loves it so much but it has made the world for a new player such as myself feel empty.
I have reached lvl 50 PLD and then unlocked SAM and have lvld that to 51. 85% of my lvling was done in gusgen mines blindly smashing away at skeletons and ghouls and crawlers nest post lvl 40. I have done up to rank 5 missions and would have really enjoyed them if it weren't for two things. First and foremost, they are so lonely. I have a LS and they are willing to usually help but it sucks because it is just some max lvl person running me through the mission basically doing everything for me, there is no sense of team work or adventure. So I try to do them myself but like I said it gets super lonely therefor boring. The most fun I have had in the game is when you encounter a battleground I really like these but again LONELY, final fantasy is about being in a party and this game was designed for that. Even if the game has been changed to solo easier through it doesn't make it more fun. Having to do the core game alone just sucks big time. People offer to help me all the time and are certainly friendly but their idea of helping is cruising me through everything taking all the short cuts to get to max lvl. Also whenever I say in my LS how I'm excited to see certain areas and how to get there I basically get told "no one goes there anymore, don't bother" and I am just like "Wtf?" why doesn't anyone want to explore anymore? Why does everyone want to just do retardly easy XP camping partys in like 4 places in the game world fighting the same mobs for hours on end?
So is this just what the game is about nowadays? I really want to enjoy this game and go on awesome adventures with cool people but it just doesn't feel like that kind of game in its current state. Just to be clear I am not knocking the game design or anything I think it is a fantastic game that only gets partially utilized by players.
Also, are some servers better for the roleplaying aspect than others? Or do all the servers work like how I described my experience with the game thus far?