When I played the original FFXIV, it was horrible. The menus were a mess and there wasn’t much of a social element any more.
Now the remake “Realm Reborn”, despite the nasty launch where “early access” was pretty much voided, everything is made much smoother. Having played the original FFXI over 10 years ago the game is also much, much easier and less laborious for an MMORPG in comparison. It is much more casual.
In a way, it’s much like World of Warcraft in the sense that you don’t need to wait for parties to level up, which is good news for Damage Dealers (DD, or DPS) since they usually have the hardest time finding parties. There is a Duty Finder that automatically pairs you up with other players from other servers so it’s quite quick rather than constantly shouting to arrange your own local party.