I don't see what's so terrible about FFXIV ARR. I've spent some time in the beta, and while the game doesn't break any amazing new ground (except maybe for graphics in an MMO, easily the best MMO graphics out there), it's certainly not terrible. I never played the game in it's original incarnation, so I don't have that to sour my view on the game in general though.
because if you have played one of: WoW, Tera, Aion, SWTOR, DC Universe, FFXIV:ARR, Rift, Age of Conan, Neverwinter, or LOTRO, you have played them all
(that is the list of MMOs I've tried aside from FFXI)
FFXIV:ARR is the same, bounce quests for hours solo, mash a preset order of hot keys, dodge brightly colored circles which requires the talent of a two year old