Summary: I purchased this used (not the greatest idea on my part.) While the HDD works wonderfully, the game itself, since it's already used, would have been nearly impossible to use due to the product key having already been registered. I somehow ended up being able to access the previous users id (it hasn't been active since 2005, so I felt after spending the dough I deserved the use of this game) and activated the account.
Excerpt: Since it's original release, Final Fantasy XI has changed so drastically, that it is practically an entirely different game together. In fact, I can guarantee that if you played this game at release, you would agree that it has a completely different feel. With Final Fantasy XIV in the works, the fact that Final Fantasy XI can be saved onto the PS3 Hard Drive for approximately 13GB, the fact that you can now buy it complete with all expansions and add-ons, and it being a...
Summary: The good thing of owning the PS2 version of FFXI is that you no longer need to worry about hardware specifications that much. All you need to do is buy a compatible PS2 Network Adaptor (sold seperately), plug it in and play. The bigger problem now is that many, if not most PS2s sold these days are the slim types, and hence has no space for the HD. Good luck finding the old-fashioned thick bulky PS2 to plug it into.
A solid expansion, although a bit disappointing...
5 March 2006
Summary: Chains of Promathia is a fairly solid expansion released by Square Enix for their Final Fantasy XI MMORPG. With this second major expansion (Rise of Zilart being the first expansion) for the series, SE (Square Enix) attempted to introduce several new missions and quests that may be attempted by low/mid-level players, increasing content and play for the more "casual" players.
Summary: I want to clarify a few points for Amazon buyers who wish to purchase this game used. FFXI is a unique game in the fact that once the account expires you cannot play it ever again. The game Key will be broken and will not work ever again. This will require you to purchase the game again. So be carefull. Even if the game was only installed for the 30 day trial and they didn't play it after that.
Summary: I was reluctant to buy this game, even as a fanatical fan of the Final Fantasy series. Eventually I bought it, and have recently signed on. While I find the story elements a plenty, this game is more about interacting with other players all over the world in what is perhaps the largest RPG I have ever played. I'm about level ten, but have been taken under the wing of a good friend of mine who happens to be on the same server I am.
Summary: First off I would like to state that the harddrive is for all the updates that are constantly being done. The updates fix bugs, add areas, quest, and make general adjustments to the game. You will have to a subscription fee to continue playing this game past ur first free month. The game is time consuming! Having 3-5 hours at a time to play this game is an unsaid requirement.
The only game you hate as much as your addicted...
Prescott Breeden, Amazon
1 September 2004
Summary: I have been a Final Fantasy player since the origonal on Nintendo and have a long tradition with the Final Fantasty games. The newest addition (or addiction), FFXI, is perhaps only limited by Sqaure's new partners Enix, who have done their best to ruin final fantasy tradition. The reason I say this is that Enix was incharge of the worlds and the monsters in the development and well, what they came up with I would hardly call "monsters".
Summary: First off you MUST have the Network Adapter to install the HDD! I was the beta tester and now the owner of FFXI and the HDD and it is a good expansion to the PS2. For certain games like Resident Evil Outbreak (the one released this week) the HDD decreases load times. Also about the memory feature, it's true you CANNOT save directly to the HDD. HOWEVER you can LOAD ALL OF YOUR SAVES from your memory cards to the HDD as a backup.
Summary: I think it should be said somewhere that this game can only be played on a PS2. I have the backward compatible PS3 (you can play PS2 games on it) but this game still requires the PlayStation 2 System Data to be installed on the PS3. Unfortunately, that data cannot be found in the North American PlayStation Store (as far as I know). I guess I should have done more research on the game requirements before purchasing this game...