Are we really going to have another discussion about which FF is better? Seriously?
also lol whoever kyle e miller is. you never even got a chocobo and you want to take a dump on XI?
Alicia, I spent months with the game, played parts of the Promathia expansion and I can't think of a single, non-social experience that I had with the game that was positive. All I can think of is sitting outside the Valkurm Dunes or Yuhtunga Jungle yelling for a party for hours on end, finally getting one, and ending up with less experience than I began the day with.
I don't doubt that Kyle spent more hours with FFXI than he would with an average single-player RPG. I've never talked to him about his experiences with the game personally. There's no doubt that FFXI to me was nothing but a barrier to what I wanted to do. I couldn't play with my friends, I couldn't play with others, I couldn't play by myself. The game provided almost no choice in the class combinations and some classes were straight out if you actually wanted to catch a party. It really was an exercise in futility, and I spent more than 200 hours with the game. How many of those I spent in Valkurm? I don't know, but I wish I had them back.
Kyle's writeup is his experience with the game - and I stand behind his writeup, because I guarantee it's the experience that many more had with the game. I don't doubt that you love FFXI, but there are many, many more than don't.