Very social, has casual and hardcore elements, with fantastic weapon, armor, monster, and character models round the block. Interesting stories and quest lines, hilarious cut scenes, and a very nice community (my server is Tonberry, the 'unofficial' english speaking Japanese server). Diverse and beautiful landscapes, very detailed character customization, tons of content, lovely animations and particle effects.
End game content is fun, whether it be raids, dungeons, or just hanging out with your friends at your free company house (with very in depth Sims like house customization, as well as owning your own room inside the house). Large variety of classes, be it craft, gather, or battle class. Fun and in depth skill system involving crossing skills from other classes to maximise your efficiency.
Very polished in all aspects, and very atmospheric.
All that and small expansion sized updates every three months all for free!
There is literally too much for me to type about. What more could you want?
There is plenty of fun to be had and nice people to meet. 392 hours as of writing this review and I've still never met a single gold seller.
At the very least, it's worth playing the trial, two weeks for free, and you can form your own opinion. :)
See you in Eorzea.
Additional content added since review:
-Player marriage (no microtransaction)
-Another story expansion
-Two new sets of armour for every class (raid gear and end game currency gear)
-New vanity gear
-An entire new class **for free**
-A cash shop (I don't particularly approve but all that has been added is 1 mount, and some pets that follow you around, nothing that particularly ruins the game. Old seasonal event gear is now purchasable too)
There will be one more free update before the first paid expansion.
**Suppose I should update for 2.5
2.5 is being split into two huge updates so there'll be an extra content update before the first paid expansion.
Tons of new stuff added, just play this game already.