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  • Summary: The world of Vana'diel stands at the brink of war. Three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope -- brave adventurers like you! Will the beastmen gain the upper hand, and thrust the once-peaceful Vana'diel into another war? Step into the world of Vana'diel and journey forth on grand adventures with players from all across the globe! Final Fantasy XI is the first online game in the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series. How you play is up to you, with limitless possibilities for adventure. Set out on your own to discover the countless secrets of Vana'diel, or form a party with your friends to purge the beastman forces and bring home sensational spoils! [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. 100
    Undoubtedly, this game offers far more playtime than the entire series put together, with constant tweaks and updates ensuring the experience remains at its best, through the constant evolving gameplay...a game which sucks you in and refuses to let go, a game which you'll wake up to every morning with that fresh "must play" feeling. [JPN Import]
  2. It would be nice if there wasn't such a heavy emphasis on menu driven gameplay, though it never gets in the way of having the best damn time of your life.
  3. It can be frustrating at times, but it's not until around levels 18 and 20 that the true appeal of the game even makes itself known. [May 2004, p.83]
  4. This is one huge game, and I’m still discovering people and places some 80+ hours in...Simply put, what makes Final Fantasy XI so great is that it allows you to do almost anything you’ve wanted to do in a FF game and then some.
  5. It doesn't win high marks for ingenuity. But a massively multiplayer adventure based on this coveted universe is exciting.
  6. 80
    There is so much to do in Final Fantasy XI, go fishing, cook stuff, make armour, join linkshell groups, kill Goblins. The world is Vana'Diel is such a large place, just don't forget to send everyone else postcards.
  7. I would simply advise getting the PC version (providing you meet the system requirements). Otherwise you're going to be spending money, and lots of it, to essentially turn your PS2 into a PC.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Jul 10, 2013
    Once you get over the initial macro creation the game is boundless fun. Great class and crafting systems. Would play again if it were to ever become F2P. Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2013
    Oh my Final Fantasy XI what can I say, it is the first MMO I truly fell in love with. As all my reviews with MMO’s start out the same as I’ve been playing MMO most all my life and they are my favorite type of game to play. As this review is being done on 9/7/2013 that’s how I’ll be looking at the game as it stands now. I’ve already done a PC review on this so check that out as for this review will be regarding the ps2 version of the game. It should be noted that you can still play on the PS2 but the latest expansion is unavailable to anyone outside of the JP market. It’s the same game that you will get on any other platform it’s available on, but with muddier graphics and longer load times. Right now if you need to play it on a console and don’t have a PC just get the XBOX 360 version of the game, it’s still fully supported and text textures are better for HDTV’s. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2010
    this is one of the best and worst MMO's ive ever played . there is some great things in this game with alot of bad. the good would be theres actaully a decent story in this game which for most MMO's they usualy suck. combat is actaully fun with the use of skill chains and magic burst attacks you actaully feel like you have to use some team work to kill enimys although its more like speed things up for more exp . the world is huge and looks great. there are many crafts you can do to make money . the BCNM's are insanely tough and fun . every thing els pretty much sucks about this game . the party system is broken as because sqaurenix in its infinite stupidity destroyed most of the classes and favord just a few . so if you want to be that summoner and get to 75 forget it . unless you want to spend weeks looking for a party and never getting it . traveling around the worls is complete BS! it takes FOREVER to get any where miss the air ship well you gota sit and wait , miss the boat well gotta sit and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait , want a tele to some where then you sit and yell and wait , looking for a party well you put your flag up and you wait and you wait and wait and wait and wait and wait ... you get the picture . this game shouldnt be called FFXI it should be called FF online the extremely long waiting game . doing quests solo is extremely hard so guess what more waiting for people to help unless you have a very very helpful linkshell group. the econimy is a complete mess and prices fluctate so badly its beyond rediculas . the mix in with the japanese players is terrable especially if you are on a japanese driven server and they dont like to play with US players because of the communication breakdown . they should have gave you options to play in ENG, JP , or mixed servers . paying $13 a month for this game is rediculas it should be eather from free to $5 a month with up to 8 extra charicters FOR FREE!!! because why the **** am i paying $13 a month to sit around and do nothing ? Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    An other wise good game ruined by the poor handling of customers and insanity that passes for logic by its development team. This is the only company I've ever dealt with that literally refused to take my money. They stopped processing credit cards you see, so even long time customers suddenly have to work with a 3rd party billing company. But not just any company - only the small handful Square Enix picked. Which all SUCK. Customer support does nothing but humor the customer and try to get them off the phone or out of the chat window as soon as possible. Nothing will be resolved no matter what you were contacting them about. They will only "record this as feedback" and nothing will be done to correct the problem your having or prevent it from happening to the next guy. And "balance" to the dev team goes something like this: day 1 of new content only 3 people at a time may operate the doorway to the new battlefield. A line of 400 people has formed while more are on the way. Nothing is done for the congestion because "it will die down". A few weeks later nobody is present and the content is mostly unused. All because the engine supposedly can't handle true instancing. Expand
  5. May 14, 2014
    MMO's suck! All are a waste of human time. That's for the people who make them and the ones who play them. Paying a fee per month to play is so stupid. People have wasted hundreds of dollars on crap. Graphics leave much to be desired even WoW sucks to this day. The fighting mechanics on any mmo is slow and meant for a 5th grade level IQ. Horrible game and terrible genre of games. Play one of thousands of games that are better. Expand

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