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. What is particularly nice about Chains of Promathia (CoP) is that it is striving to give players across a wide range of levels something to sink their teeth into.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XI isn't a new game--it's just newly released for the PlayStation 2 in North America. However, the game originally debuted in Japan nearly two years ago in the summer of 2002. Late last year, a PC version of the game shipped to these shores, which was many English-speaking gamers' first exposure to the persistent world of Vana'diel.
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. Unfortunately, Final Fantasy XI doesn't buck any of these bad trends. In fact, Final Fantasy XI seems to do its worst to give you a negative first impression.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XI review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com In the sixteen years that the Final Fantasy series has been around, players have been treated to some of the most cinematic games ever seen. With production values that rival those of Hollywood blockbusters, every title produced by Squaresoft has established new benchmarks for graphics, plotlines and gameplay.
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. The map feature is truly invaluable to the would-be explorer and coordinates help parties meet one another or give directions to dungeons, a sorely needed ability in a world as large as this.
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 as with most of the Final Fantasy series, you’ll have to persevere in order to see the best of what’s on offer.
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.
Excerpt: Jouable exclusivement sur internet. La guerre est sur le point d’éclater sur Vana’diel. Trois puissantes nations rassemblent leur troupes pour combattre les hommes bêtes et éviter à tout prix la fin du monde. Les braves aventuriers comme vous sont maintenant le seul espoir de Vana’diel ! ...
Conclusion: Malgré ses nombreux défauts, Final Fantasy XI propose une aventure riche et intéressante, grâce à un background bêton. Reste à savoir si vous êtes prêt à payer 12€ par mois en plus du prix du jeu, alors qu’il est orienté vers jeu en équipe et que sa communauté est en plein déclin.
Pros: Fourni avec 2 add-on, Bande-son sublime, Scénario solide et vaste, Ambiance fidèle à l’esprit Final Fantasy, Système de conquête, Système du Tactical Points.
Cons: Techniquement faible, Interface hideuse, Communauté en plein déclin, Entièrement en anglais, Paramétrage automatique des caractéristiques de personnage, Quêtes répétitives, Abonnement relativement cher, Personnages supplémentaires payant !