With A Crystalline Prophecy out, I suppose I'll go ahead and copy and paste some of the stuff I've said on other places to get some discussion going. If you haven't bought ACP, I wouldn't recommend you do so- I think it's a complete waste and ripoff of $10.
I'll be fair- the first cutscene sent chills down my spine and I was ready for a good story.
And then the first mission was already stupid as hell.
Seriously, do they think these "go kill normal enemies for rare/ex items" missions are fun? It only serves to pad out the mission and irritate the players. Seeing as how this is supposed to be a fucking story-centered expansion, you're not supposed to have filler. Ugh.
There's a difference between solo content (FoV) and just bottleneck content so that limited people can get it done at once (this rare/ex item bullcrap). And it's not just one mission, either. You have to then kill the gobs in the areas surrounding Jeuno (Never seen one drop off a Tiger like wiki claims, dunno about that one).
Putting stupid shit like this and then calling it a "month-long" expansion is fucking pathetic.
They also said that their mini-expansions would be able to be completed within about a week if a group sat down and said, "Let's do this." Then it took them like, 8 hours to finish.
Let's not even compare it to mission systems. Just the assault system alone has 20 times more content than this piece of crap. 50 different types of fights (Not including Nyzul Isle since that might as well be a completely different system, but they just made it an assault to make people choose between Salvage and Nyzul)- maybe not all of them were well designed (Hi2u Supplies Recovery, Ring Searching one, Fishing Orobon), but they showed that they were thinking, and trying to give us new ways to tackle objectives. Several new armor sets, some accessory pieces, and a little story that was silly, but was okay (At least it made sense instead of being convoluted to try to feign like it's somehow a "deep" or "thoughtful" story). By the way, in case you're about to argue that assault was spread across several patches, keep in mind that every time assault was updated, we got 5 new fights.
This is just a bunch of irritating low level NM fights (They're not creative either, oh wow Goblins that use their job's 2HR, just because it's a low level fight doesn't mean they can half-ass it), stupid farming, and then one stupidly difficult boss at the end, which is only irritating because it forces you to get the key item all over again if you fail (When have we ever had to go through such an irritating way to get the trig again for a mission? It's always been "talk to this NPC to get another one", not "go to 20 different places under a level cap").
tl;dr, A Crystalline Prophecy is a big steaming pile of goat shit.
I've never been let down so badly by a version update before, too. Not because they added things that were stupid ideas, but adding stuff that's just so badly executed (Mainly Augments).
But the new ANNMs, along with the WHM and SMN updates, are more than enough to make up for the letdowns I guess. The RDM updates were kinda lame, though.
Needless to say, I'm not the least bit interested in A Moogle coup d'etat or Shantotto's Ascension, because those were two I was less interested in ACP, and with ACP being such a large disappointment, I'm even going to bother.