Excerpt: The very first mainstream RPG in the western area was without a doubt Final Fantasy VII. It was also one of the first video games seen in commercials on television. Months before the sequel, FF VIII, was released, everybody was reading long special reports about it. Number IX did even better.
Excerpt: After successful launches across two continents, Final Fantasy XI received its second expansion: Chains of Promathia . While the first expansion, Rise of the Zilart , brought new areas, missions, and jobs, Chains of Promathia bestowed only new areas and missions on the citizens of Vana'diel.
Excerpt: Sometimes you got to do what you got to do to play Final Fantasy. You know? No one likes jumping through hoops to get what they want and I’m no exception, but for me -- well, let’s just say I’ve done my fair share of jumping.
Excerpt: Square-Enix surprised the gaming industry with the announcement and subsequent release of Final Fantasy XI. The Final Fantasy series has been through various evolutionary processes throughout the years, but its core remained the same: it was a console RPG.
Excerpt: Like any successful MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI is getting its latest expansion pack in the near future. Those playing the game, or interested in giving it a try, should find quite a bit to keep themselves busy.
Excerpt: Everyone has at least heard of Final Fantasy. Even my Mom has. The series has been around for years, since the wacky 8-bit days of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and is far from final, pardon the pun.
Conclusion: Online RPGs are some of the most inaccessible games out there, for reasons that include their lack of an offline component, their steep learning curves, the time commitment they typically demand from the player, and their relatively costly monthly fees.
Summary: When I heard the eleventh installment of one of my favorite fantasy RPG series was going to be a Massively Multiplayer outing, I was less than thrilled. I’m just not a big fan of the MMORPGs, whether it’s due to the necessary time commitment, the monthly fees, or the feeling of the game never really...
Excerpt: Those accustomed to MMORPGs will quickly adapt to Vana’diel. This may be the first foray into an online world for some players, thanks to their love of all things Square, and they may find things tricky at the start.
Conclusion: Unlike a lot of online RPGs, FFXI has an excellent support network, and although downtime can be a drag servers are updated almost daily to fix bugs and add new features. Overall I enjoyed playing the game - Initially it’s difficult to get into, and often seems too complicated for its own good, but...
Pros: Huge worlds and a primarily friendly online community., Great scenery textures and character models., Incredibly in-depth – FFXI has more menus and options than you’ll know what to do with.
Cons: Occasional slow-down, especially in foggy regions., Requires a lot of time and perseverance., Almost too complicated for its own good., Requires that you devote huge amounts of time.