I noted earlier that Final Fantasy XI was a unique MMORPG in the industry, and if I were ever to expand on that, I think I would ultimately say that Final Fantasy XIV is, like its predecessor, a "lifestyle" MMORPG. What I mean by this is that it seems as though Square Enix has set out to create an MMO where players can simply exist and enjoy themselves freely. When it comes to North American MMORPGs, one mindset that players like to get into is to focus almost entirely upon grinding their way to endgame, where they can then get the best equipment possible and move on from there. In Final Fantasy XIV, however, it feels as though there is a great deal of emphasis being placed on the journey; with the hope that players will learn to integrate and immerse themselves into the game.
Unfortunately, for players who don't want to take the time to really get into their server's community (sometimes it can get rather time consuming), they may be missing out on everything that FFXIV has to offer.