Summary: In the end, FFXI is a great MMO
that suffers from few, though noteworthy, issues. Play is smooth, the
graphics are great, and the game remains addictive…though a lack of compelling
interaction and an offer of little more than level treadmilling means
it won't be for everyone.
Excerpt: The second of three planned "Abyssea" $10 add-ons, Scars of Abyssea was released alongside a level cap adjustment from 80 to 85 in September of this year. The game continues a quick evolution to keep players interested. But unlike Vision of Abyssea, which brought major improvements, we are now beginning to see some chinks in the armor of the "new way to play.
Excerpt: In 2009, the FFXI team threw three mini-expansions at players. For $10 each, these three add-on scenarios focused on plot and were generally regarded as a letdown. Only the last of the three had a worthwhile plot; no surprise, since it featured the beloved Tarutaru NPC Shantotto. And while we wait with bated breath for an actual to the Wings of the Goddess expansion (released in 2007), Square Enix decided to attempt another trio of add-ons.
Excerpt: I can hardly believe what happened here. After two especially uninteresting and unrewarding "add-on" mini-expansions (A Crystalline Prophecy and A Moogle Kupo d'Etat), the FFXI dev team surprised us with something that had decent gameplay ideas and a hilariously fun storyline. If you haven't played Final Fantasy XI in a while (or ever), here's a quick refresher: Shantotto is Windurst's resident evil-genius/wizard who cannot help but rhyme at all times.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy XI (FFXI) is an online only version of the very popular and highly regarded RPG series of games from Squaresoft. While not the first MMOG available for the PS2, it is the first to take advantage of the system’s new HDD hard drive accessory. In fact, it comes preinstalled on the HDD and can not be played without it.
Excerpt: While most of the MMO playing worlds has become trapped in World of Warcraft , Final Fantasy XI has managed to pull and maintain a healthy following. The game, which is one of the only multi-platform MMOs on the market (both PC and Xbox 360 versions are available and interact with the PS2 players), has also seen a good dose of new content since its release.
Excerpt: Finally, after almost 3 years of speculation and rumor, the PS2 Hard Drive (HDD) is finally out. This, of course, has led to one major question for most PS2 owners: To buy, or not to buy? I'll save you the time for having to read the entire review: If you have no interest in Final Fantasy XI , there is little reason to buy the hard drive at this time.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy. It's a series that has become extremely popular ever since Final Fantasy VII came out on the Playstation (yes, it was big before, but not as mainstream big as it was afterwards). So, when Squaresoft (now Square Enix) decided to make its eleventh edition a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), some of the standard fan-set were caught off guard.
Pros: Massive world with tons of things to do and lots of places to visit, Lots of customization when it comes to equipment, Combat and party aspects require strategy, Great artistic style
Cons: Too many menus to go through just to get into the game, Graphics could use more polish
Excerpt: Square Enix has broken into new territory for themselves with the release of Final Fantasy Online . The biggest question out there is whether or not they can make it work. Okay, let's get this out in the open: I am a virgin when it comes to online games. When I first played this game I had no idea what to expect. That said, remember that these opinions are from someone who has never even seen Everquest , nor Dark Age of Camelot , nor Anarchy Online , etc.
Excerpt: About a year or so ago, someone suggested labeling massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) with a warning sticker not all that different from the one found on cigarettes. The games, these people argued, were as addictive as nicotine and had sucked in countless millions around the world-leading some to choose whatever the game du jour was over their loved ones, jobs, and other social activities.