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: Launching for the PC in the fall of 2003, Final Fantasy XI quickly brought Final Fantasy fans into the world of online role playing. This title features a persistent, online world called Vana'diel in which RPGamers from the US to Japan and beyond would interact through adventuring and creating an...
Excerpt: With ten ordinary RPG predecessors, fans received quite a shock when they discovered that Final Fantasy XI was going to be a MMORPG. Of course, the largest question is how well the world would carry over to a massively multiple setting.
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.