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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 65
  2. Negative: 18 out of 65

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  1. RickB.
    Jan 12, 2005
    3
    Why in god's name would i buy this game. I played about 9 hours of gameplay at my friends house(a die hard FF fan), and its like playing something so soul-less, its hard to think it's final fantasy. First they F**k up final fantasy X with FFX-2 and now this. A game that first of all is gonna cost you about 150, then playing online for 13 bucks a month, and get this if you wanna Why in god's name would i buy this game. I played about 9 hours of gameplay at my friends house(a die hard FF fan), and its like playing something so soul-less, its hard to think it's final fantasy. First they F**k up final fantasy X with FFX-2 and now this. A game that first of all is gonna cost you about 150, then playing online for 13 bucks a month, and get this if you wanna play with someone you have to have two acconts that will run you about 30 bucks a month(yes to play a game). Thats dollors,so i'm giving Square about 250 dollors before i even play the game, and a sh*@ game at that. Ever since final fantasy 10, the games have gone from worse to horrid. I'll really pass on this game. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    1
    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 handfulAn 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
  3. May 14, 2014
    1
    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 oneMMO'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
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 19, 2004
    0
    This game sucks in general just because it's "ONLINE"... Final Fantasy is my favoritest or one of my favoritest games ever but it sucks that they had to make this one "ONLINE ONLY", i liked it better with just the regular plot and from what i can find on FF XI: Chains of Promathia, it's going to suck *ss to because it's "ONLINE ONLY"
  5. JamesT.
    Apr 11, 2006
    0
    i hate this game, you have to pay a massive amount of money every month just to get knowhere. It is nothing like the other final fantasy games and if thats what your looking for then buy final fantasy XII or XIII etc.
  6. Shockeye
    Dec 27, 2004
    3
    Whoever said this was better than Everquest, never played Everquest. The graphics look like they belong on a PS2, as if making a PC version was only an after thought. The PC controls are horrible. It's a great game on the PS2. On the PC however, it's pretty terrible.
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. If FFXI gets its hooks into you, you may find yourself not buying any other games for a long time.
  2. 80
    For many, Final Fantasy XI will be the Holy Grail of nonlinearity: a wide-open RPG universe with Final Fantasy flair, defined by its players as much as its developers, beloved for all its flaws. Love it or hate it, there’s nothing like it on your PS2.
  3. It is so involving and addictive that perhaps Sony and Square Enix should consider putting a warning label on the box, something like “Caution: life altering game contained within”.