I quit around the time the level cap was raised to 95 or 99. I had quit for a couple of years before and came back when I heard the level cap was going to rise and as it did, 80, 85, 90 etc I was having the most amazing gameplay in Abyssea as Monk and Ninja mainly. That time of the game for me most definitely surpassed anything previously. Especially as all the mystery's and atma's were found out, proc's, and 4-5 man teams just going wild, anyone with BNS got some serious satisfaction, and I had the best game play ever really. Then my PC broke, and I couldn't get FFXI to work properly on my new PC, and windower just wasn't working so I ended up leaving again.
I've been thinking more and more about returning, I had everything a MNK should have for that time period (BB, AF3+2's, a nice att H2H ToM weapon, just missing the emph H2H).
So what is the game like now? I've heard Abyssea is now dead in terms of armor is weak now, and no1 really exp's there anymore.
~So where do ppl earn all the merit points from?
~Is MNK still a top DD? (I saw the combat merit section has increased drastically, that is obviously win/win as H2H merits do more than any others)
~Can End Game now still be done in teams of 4 ppl?
~What is the population like, anyone know if Sylph is busy?
~Could someone give me some links to what some good weapons are like now, and armors that are not to hard to get?
~Do ppl still hang out in Port Jeuno?
FInally - is the gameplay as exciting as when the first 3 level caps and abyssea expansions occurred?, is the game dying?, Should I leave FFXI in the past and start on FFXIV?
I heard about this 'Trust' thing and don't like the sound of it, I don't want to play with other NPC's, I love solo-ing however, having a list of things to get done on my own while waiting for friends to log on etc. Why did SE just dump ToM?
Sorry about long post fellow Monks, Im just trying to get a picture of what the game is now like and whether it is worth coming back home!