As someone that played enough FFXI to level ALL jobs to 99, fuck endgame in this game. Not hard, just insanely long grinds, even with how much easier they've made it. End result is you hit for like 200 more damage sometimes.
Best storylines and lore though. Definitely a great game, dated though it may be. FFXIV has ripped nearly every model out of FFXI outside of bosses already anyhow.
I see if you can't go back, I never played this game before so it will be all new to me. It seems no one goes back or is playing here on NeoGAF. I'll try other places, hopefully someone knows the game and wishes to help a live streamer. I finished FF XIV in 150 days so I assume FF XI will be shorter.