Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. This game is one HUGE, never-ending game of Final Fantasy with plenty of life in it. It left me continuously wanting to come back for more. [Review of FFXI & Chains/Zilart Expans.]
  2. 85
    From the moment I got in game and started doing the new quests and missions, I knew that I would see some great things. However some of the content in the Empty areas seemed to be more difficult than needed.
  3. FFXI may not technically be the future of MMORPGs, as there’s no ignoring its derivative nature. However, it has cleverly assimilated all the elements that make the genre so popular and married them with international brand popularity well beyond the reach of other, more ghettoised MMORPGs. [Dec 2005, p110]
  4. 80
    Those that have yet to exceed level 40 and undertake some of the main game’s tougher challenges are probably unprepared for the trials this expansion pack has to offer and will likely find them frustrating and unrewarding. For those prepared to throw down the gauntlet, though, there’s a lot of fun content and gorgeous new areas to be discovered.
  5. The new areas, quests, and missions are very well conceived for the most part, and the addition of new NMs, HNMs, and gear is just icing on the cake.
  6. 75
    Bigger is exactly what Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia truly is, as it adds a considerable amount real estate compared to most enhancement bundles out there -- with storyline superfluities that are rarely seen in appendices of this type.
  7. A rich content upgrade that'll please masochistic vets looking for the equivalent of Hercules' 12 labors. [Feb 2005, p.62]
  8. In all fairness it’s a title that is probably geared towards the more experienced MMORPG gamer who should get a lot of enjoyment from the title, while more casual gamers or those new to the genre may find the experience a little daunting.
  9. It does have charming graphics and sound, but the maddening grind really drives down the fun factor.
  10. Promathia should offer worthier excursions than this. [Jan 2005, p.108]
  11. Despite the lack of new jobs in the expansion, and the difficulty of the Promyvion zones, there is plenty of new content to warrant a pickup for any but the newest players. [Jan 2005, p.76]
  12. It's designed exclusively for Final Fantasy XI's most dedicated players, and probably should have been a downloadable update for those players.
  13. 60
    Though it's a fairly robust expansion, most of its content isn't immediately accessible, nor is it even readily apparent, especially for beginning players.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jordan
    Nov 26, 2004
    It's just simply goddddd.
  2. JoshuaJ.
    Sep 20, 2004
    This game is great in almost every aspect...only problem is that it needs more levels. I can't count the number of hours i've spent This game is great in almost every aspect...only problem is that it needs more levels. I can't count the number of hours i've spent in valkrum dunes. Full Review »
  3. MasonG.
    Sep 16, 2004
    Brilliant! what else can be said? this is the fanstasy rpg that the world has been waiting for. A final fantasy that will never die!