Again why are you saying skip cutscene when ARR still sucks outside of cutscenes. Nobody is defending ARR here lol, my whole criticism is that it's mandatory and so far the only defense has been "well either grind through it or pay extra". Those are both horrible solutions and it's on SE to offer something better than that. 5.3 was their shot and they blew it (don't get me wrong, it was somehow a lot worse before but it's still not good). People should know that they're in for a shitty experience. And again, sorry that I don't think that experience justifies the expansions. But no other game would ask so much of you. Just because you got stockholm syndrome from ARR doesn't mean others will.How is it a me problem? XIV is a mainline Final Fantasy game. It can absolutely get compared to the experiences offered by the other FF games. Hell, the main thing that people say is that you can treat it like a single player JRPG outside of dungeons but apparently when it's criticized as if it were like any other FF game that isn't fair because it's an MMO? The writing sucks in ARR which you admit, the battle system isn't fully developed until post ARR so that doesn't have any bearing on my criticisms of ARR. Also "the game is an MMO, it's supposed to be a boring repetitive slog" isn't a good defense. And you're right, nobody forced me to play it. But I did play it, and as a result you can't say my criticism isn't valid.