I've been tempted for a while to get into the game, could never justify the price. Have a few questions though since asking people who have played it is worlds different from just looking at guides online.
PvP: Is it open world or forced? Is there a point in the game where you cannot progress further without engaging in PvP?
Instances: Are they forced? I remember reading that you can't progress in your story, including getting features unlocked, without instances. Instances are fine but I prefer to do them on my own time, when I would find them fun, rather than "you can't progress until you do this, tough luck."
Crafting: How good is the system? I've seen guides, it looks like fun, it looks deep, but does it have any value in the game at all? Most games basically make crafting useless in the long term, is that the case here? Also, how much instancing do you have to do to craft? Again, I'm fine with grouping, it just gets old when it becomes a barrier instead of a fun option.
Monster tagging: Does that exist in this game? I was in the beta but I honestly forget.
Anything else you feel free to recommend, go right ahead. I do not want to make a blind purchase, even if it is a great deal, considering it still requires a monthly investment.