I got access to the beta this weekend and while I haven't played as much as I wanted I gotta say: I'm glad I was wrong about this game.
I was so skeptical this could in any chance come close to being decent, especially for me because until Guild Wars 2 I could not find an MMO that I liked and it seems ARR is going to be the second one.
Of all the things this game does great one I have to mention is the soundtrack. I dn't think I have listened to something this good, like ever.
i am pretty excited for this game but unfortunately I don't think I'll be getting it at launch. Pricing model aside, I want to see how the community grows before jumping in ( not to mention I haven't even fished the storyline in GW2 yet).
The real sad thing for me about a paying subscription is not really the money itslef but the fact that if in given month I don't want to play it I just wasted money. I wish someday the chinese model gets brought over here where you pay for the hours you are logged in. Even if a little more expensive if I don't want to play this month due to whatever reason, when I get back I still have those "hours" there.