I'd hate to push the game, but it's pretty worth it especially at the price it is now. It's the only game coming out with REAL content on a regular basis. New classes are even coming. Yeah some people might not like it, but it's on of the most played games in the world atm for a reason and is pretty fun once you get into a Free Company (guild). It has a good system going for it, and being ran by SE it'll be up forever and have constant updates because it has such a large budget.
I'm burnt out on every other game right now, and I play this for my PvE/social fix and some other MOBA's and FPS for PvP fix. PvP as it is now is alright, but with frontlines coming it'll change a lot and actually looks quite fun. They're doing a great job bring us what we want.
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Do I need a creditcard/timecard to redeem the free 30 days? Like with WOW the 30 days you get free, when you buy the game, you need to registar a credit/debit card or a 30/60/90 day timecard with it.
I got banned on my 28th day of playing. BIG F**K Y** to square enix. I'll stay reminiscing on my FFXI game time..
2.3's Hunt system will allow you to get Sands and Oils of time without stepping foot in any of the raids: