So, Played for an hour last night.. got to level 2. My initial thought was:
The character creation alone took me 15 minutes, and I still ended up making the wrong class. The descriptions (especially for the mage style) are very convoluded, and I found it difficult to actually figure out what I was making. I ended up making a Thurmage or something like that, however I was told in game that at level 10 I could take on the role of Conjurer so that I could heal (which is what I wanted to do).
Anyways, after the 15 minute creation, I then had another 10 minute cinematic with a bunch of clicking, and not really getting the point when all was said and done. After that I got into the city, where I then spent another 10 minutes just doing the first quest (having to click through a cutscene/clip every quest is hella annoying).
I finally got into the game ~40 minutes after launching for the first time, and found the map extremely difficult to follow, however I figured out how to open up a GPS like map that helped a lot for doing quests. I haven't left the city yet, nor have I cast a single spell. I figure I will do as much in-city as I can.
I can't find any sets of stats or anything which is good, nice not having to worry about that. Overall the game has awesome graphics, and runs quite well on my 5 year old machine (I can play on High(Desktop) with little fps drop).
I'll have to play more tonight, and will definitely have to read the guides, as I am quite confused as to how to do some stuff. I was half-hoping that it would be a simple straight forward mmo (akin to wow, but back in TBC days difficulty wise). However, as one of the members in the Free Company (need to read up on those too) said to me, FF XIV is definitely a grown up game.
One thing I would have liked to see was some Voice Acting when it came to quests, not really a fan of having to sit there and read it all.
Overall it is a very complex game, and is going to take some getting used to. I have 1 month free due to purchase, and I'll use this month to decide/try and get a good feel for the game.