Final Fantasy XI with Internal Hard Disk Drive

Action/Adventure Game - PlayStation 2 - MPN: 97266
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The world of Vana'diel is a crossroads of magic, swords, and technology.It is also a battlefield where heroes face monsters that thrive in darkness. The struggle centers on the control of crystals: sacred stones that are the fundamental source of all creation. The monsters showed no mercy as they laid waste to beautiful towns, ravaged the land, and polluted the streams and rivers of Vana'diel. But the people united to seize victory from the jaws of the beastmen, earning themselves temporary respite from a life-and-death struggle.Twenty years have passed since the people's great victory. But now, even as the memories of battle have begun to fade, a new evil grows inside Vana'diel.And it hungers for the power of the crystals.
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ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Expert Reviews
Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 30, 2004

PlayStation 2 fans of the Final Fantasy franchise have been salivating and waiting for the arrival of Final Fantasy XI, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game that promised a fully functional and always evolving universe that would rival the EverQuest world of Norrath. Yet with so many holdups, mostly due to the fact that the HDD hardware has been delayed too many times to keep count, PS2 owners began to think that only the Japanese and now the American PC crowd would only get to play this game. Well, thanks to an agreement between Square Enix and Sony, the game has been released as part of a packaged deal.

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Apr 5, 2004

Final Fantasy XI has been available on the PC in North America nearly six months now, and gotten off to an excellent start in that time. The long-awaited PS2 version has finally arrived courtesy of Sony, PS2 hard drive in tow, and offers a similarly excellent experience, with a few caveats.

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Mar 22, 2004

Since its announcement in January of 2000, Final Fantasy XI has probably been one of the PlayStation 2's biggest wild cards -- a title that some questioned would ever see release in North America as plans for a localized hard drive seemed to increase and diminish with regularity. But even if the game were to make it to our shores how would it hold up to consumer anticipation? How would it compare to other more established massively multiplayer RPGs that had dominated the PC market for years? How would a classically lonesome fan base react to moving their passion to an online world? And most importantly, how faithful to the Final Fantasy universe would this online experiment really be?

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Final Fantasy XI receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.51 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #505 game of all time, #17 game of 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and #102 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 80 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Final Fantasy 11
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 26, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Final Fantasy 11 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Final Fantasy XI w/ HDD
3 Star Review   By member dago2727 - Sep 21, 2005   

Strengths: Preloaded on HDD

Weakness: Takes up alot of HDD space; HDD not really supported at all

Final Fantasy XI is the first online Fantasy for the PS2. It is only available with the purchase of the HDD. The game itself is actually quite straightforward as you need to complete your quest in the Final Fantasy Universe. This time however, the game was made where you will need the help of others playing the game online as well. The game is expensive, as there is a monthly fee of $12 after the 1st free month. Also, creating another character is an additional fee on top of that. This is also the only way to get the HDD, which after a year of being released has only been taken advantage of by very few games.

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FFXI
3 Star Review     

Strengths: its all good really, it reminds me of Runescape.. just alot mre detail etc etc

Weakness: The pay, i really think they should change that, or make it atleast a bit cheaper, its really quite unfair seeing as we have to buy the game for an exspensive price plus the internet bill on top :/

If your a hardcore Final Fantasy fan, then you'l probably fall in love with this game straight away.. theres no doubt about it. Just the money issues are a big let down.

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great online rpg
5 Star Review   By member Tomoyochan - Jul 11, 2005   

Strengths: very fun, lots of jobs

Weakness: time consuming

I played this game for over half a year and I had a lot of fun. There are several jobs and races and national alligences. I was a White Mage Tarutaru from Windurst. This game is the first online from the FF series. If you are a fan of MMORPGs and Final Fantasy, you will love this game. The only bad thing is the online fees and the time it takes to level. You can only create one character. Each additional character costs a little extra money.

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The Fantasy is never Final
4 Star Review   By member Otherguy676 - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Online RPG, Hours of gameplay, deep job system

Weakness: The hard drive is practically useless, Monthly fee a tad high, not the Final Fantasy game fans were looking for

I have been a Final Fantasy fan since the first one came out and have purchased every stateside iteration of the main series. With that being said, I find myself dissapointed by this game. Its not that FFXI is a bad game, its actually a masterpiece, its that this isn't Final Fantasy in the way you may be looking. Alas, as the saying goes, change is good, and if your an MMORPG fan, then this will prove true. FFXI may be the best MMORPG out there as it offers many different things to do to keep you busy. The job systems are top notch, and the character species and world is very imaginative. Their are server downfalls and other minor problems that MMORPGs have, but if your looking for a console MMORPG to play, then this is the one.

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4 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Large community, great graphics and sound, familiar Final Fantasy settings and feel, expansion packs available.

Weakness: An expensive habit to start and maintain, pales in comparison to the better looking PC version, no offline components, new slim PS2 does not support harddrive.

I have mixed feelings about Final Fantasy's first online venture. It's not a traditional Final Fantasy game and is unlike any of the other games in the series. At the same time, it's probably one the best (if not THE best) MMORPG on the market. To me, MMORPG has a long way to go before becoming a mainstream product which is easily accessible to all players. But given the restrictions and undesirable aspects of MMORPGs, FFXI is by far one of the better games to choose from. First off, there is a large community since Square has pooled both PC and PS2 players together. This user base should only expand once this game is released on Xbox 360. Second, the graphics, sound, look, character design, etc., are straight from the world of Final Fantasy. This is great because most MMORPGs are rather bland looking or have generic looking designs. Third, the community is quite friendly overall as most people will help noobs or help you on one of your missions. The problem with the game is that it takes a while to level up and your character will suck a lot in the beginning, especially if you don't have much help. Another flaw is that a lot of the game's objectives forces you join a guild. There is not much solo play after level 10. I guess this is good in the sense that it fosters you to be a part of the greater community but it's also annoying if you don't like it. Like most MMORPGs, the fighting is not action based like on Phantasy Star Online. I recommend you try this game out at a friend's house before buying. There's a one month free trial included when you buy this package but if you don't like the game, then you're stuck with a $100 lump of coal (that can't be played offline). But at least you'll still have the harddrive, which means unlimited space for memory card saves. If you enjoy MMORPGs, you really can't go wrong with Final Fantasy XI.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 9, 2005   

Strengths: Almost no load times with hard drive

Weakness: Can only play online, monthly fees to play online

Final Fantasy XI is the first Final Fantasy game in the series to go MMORPG. The game play is very much like Everquest in that it is driven by menus to pick what your character will do & is not action oriented like Phantasy Star Online is. The game play is very deep though it's the kind of game that one who likes it could spend hours, days or maybe even weeks playing over a long enough period of time. You also have the ability to chat with American and Japanese PC and PS2 gamers while online. The game also has a large scope of customization features with 15 different job classes and innumerable skills to be learned. I would suggest gamers that like MMORPGs give Final Fantasy XI a try has it is a better choice for a MMORPG on the PS2 then the port of Everquest to PS2 was but will still be a love, hate kind of thing between liking the game and not liking it.

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3 Star Review   By member FFMooglestar - Feb 23, 2005   

Strengths: Very friendly community.

Weakness: Expensive (Monthly Fee) Some mean people out there.

Final Fantasy XI brings a world for all Final Fantasy fans to play in. This is a great things for the Fanbase as you can keep playing this one unlike the others where they had only so much replay value. I used to play Ultima Online but recently switched to this game. It is worth the money you pay for the HDD and for Online support. Basically if you love Final Fantasy and have been looking for a reason to get into an MMORPG, then this game is for you.

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3 Star Review   By member zoglog - Dec 17, 2004   

Strengths: Good Auctionhouse System, Job/Subjob creates some interesting combinations, Relatively Fast GM (Game Master) Responses, Great Chat interface.

Weakness: Long Waits for Party, Long hours needed, Overcamped areas, Lack of Soloability, Quests offer little rewards, Messed up Economy, PS2 Version's Graphics signifigantly lower than PC Version, $$$.

I just stumbled upon this and realized that there is no real review for this game up here so I decided to throw in a contribution. I had played FFXI for nearly a year and reached lvl 66 for my Main black Mage job and reached around 30 for various other jobs like Thief, White Mage and tried out most the jobs except Beast Master, Bard, And Dark Knight. This game was my first MMORPG which I never planned to get because I don't particularly like monthly fees but my friends bought it for me Last Christmas so I decided to try it out. The game itself is pretty confusing at first. I remember first entering the world not knowing what to really do. The Initial town I started in (Bastok) was rather dull looking and the Guttersburg Area I started in was a big dry wastedump. Upon entering other areas you see alot more variety. For the Leveling System, you can usually solo (with the exception of beastmaster which is purely solo) up to lvl 11 effectively on average for most jobs. Then from then on the only decently effective way to party is to form a Party. In order to form a party you need to have certain specific elements starting with a tank (takes damage) and a healer. From then on you can fill it up at these earlier levels however you like. At early levels it could take awhile to find parties but it is not so bad. EXP at these levels comes relatively decent if you're in a good party. However from previous games before MMORPG the time spent on games totally shifted than what i'm used to. Instead of play hours you are entering into Play DAYS. I think when I finally quit I logged on 116 Playdays. Given some where spent overnight bazaaring or leaving my character idle, i'd say a pretty damn huge chunk of that was actually playing. So if you plan to even get close to lvl 75 (Max) expect to spend ALOT of time. Towards the later levels (30+) it is harder to find parties and even harder at 60+. At these levels EXP starts to come in slower and the Penalty for dying gets even worse since it is percentage based on the exp required to get to the next lvl. Around past lvl 60 when I got all my AF (Artifact Armor) from very tedious quests. I really lost much of the motivation to play. Leveling started getting extremely repetitive and you could be Looking for a party for hours end and not get one. There is little to do at this level while you wait because soloability is very much null at this point. The lowest Level (easy prey) that will give you exp will totally slaughter you unless your beastmaster. I am currently playing Everquest II which has a much more friendly leveling system so far with no delevling and more soloability options so far(lvl 25 paladin), thoug I see the soloability degrading. The chat interface in FFXI is one of the areas that really shine and some of the music (like in sancturary of Zi Tah) is quite good. The Graphics on the PS2 look dated (I tried it out during E3 on the ps2) and grainy compared to the PC unfortunetly but it is still playable. The chat interface may be a bit degraded due to the lower resolution. I never played the game on a gamepad, but a keyboard is a defininate must of course. After awhile of play everything will become intuitive. The current economy when I quit the game was rather inflated due to rusty cap fishing bots which makes even the low level items at the auction house become expensive. Also you cannot expect to earn nearly enough gil through normal play and exping therefore you have to dedicate a serious amount of time for accumulating wealth (camping notorious monsters, farming, or crafting) which can be tedious. And usually crafting you have to invest quite a bit before you can even start making money. WE're talking in the 100,000's of gil. Traveling in the game is tedious because only white Mages only get teleports at lvl 36+. Black mages are allowed warp which sends them to thier homepoint at around lvl 18. But expect to spend alot of time simply walking or traveling which is a bit annoying. I certainly have mixed feelings about this game because there were moments I enjoyed playing and moments which I absolutly loathed and seeing how it sucked up so much of my life is both a positive and negative thing. Mostly negative since I could have been more productive, but it was a fun experience a good amount of the time. If you are a more casual gamer, i'd strongly suggest something like World of Warcraft. If your a diehard FF fan you will find a bunch of stuff to enjoy like chocobo riding (at lvl 20).

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2 Star Review   By member WhyWouldIStop - Aug 3, 2004   

Weakness: all.

This game is already very expensive but on top of the price you have to pay to play it online and in addition to your internet bill. This is a stupid consept and THIS GAME IS NOT WORTH IT. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE

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4 Star Review   By member darknecrofeer - Sep 22, 2003   

Strengths: It's a Final Fantsy game so what can you really expect other than a good game.

Weakness: The pay to play online is kinda annoying so you might wanna review ur money for those reasons.

I think anyone that loves RPG games should get this game but then again review ur mony b4 u buy this game. This is overall a fantastic game and i encourage others to buy the game.

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Description
The world of Vana'diel is a crossroads of magic, swords, and technology.It is also a battlefield where heroes face monsters that thrive in darkness. The struggle centers on the control of crystals: sacred stones that are the fundamental source of all creation. The monsters showed no mercy as they laid waste to beautiful towns, ravaged the land, and polluted the streams and rivers of Vana'diel. But the people united to seize victory from the jaws of the beastmen, earning themselves temporary respite from a life-and-death struggle.Twenty years have passed since the people's great victory. But now, even as the memories of battle have begun to fade, a new evil grows inside Vana'diel.And it hungers for the power of the crystals.
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ESRB Rating T (Teen 13+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Summary
Product Title Final Fantasy XI with Internal Hard Disk Drive
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $139.95 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.9 | 22 Reviews
Game Information
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: Yes
Release Date: 2004-3-24
Network Compatible: Yes
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Additional Specifications
Min License Size: 1 user(s)
Recommended Memory: 256 MB
Required Disk Space: 6 GB
Uses Memory Card?: Yes
Required Expansions: Hard Drive
Parent Retsku: B00012TIWS
Description: 0
Required Processor Speed: 800 MHz
Required Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Recommended Processor Class: Intel Pentium 4
Media Format: CD-ROM
Required Processor Class: Intel Pentium III Processor
Max License Size: 1 user(s)
Required Memory: 128 MB
License Type: Full Product
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Expert Reviews
Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 30, 2004

PlayStation 2 fans of the Final Fantasy franchise have been salivating and waiting for the arrival of Final Fantasy XI, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game that promised a fully functional and always evolving universe that would rival the EverQuest world of Norrath. Yet with so many holdups, mostly due to the fact that the HDD hardware has been delayed too many times to keep count, PS2 owners began to think that only the Japanese and now the American PC crowd would only get to play this game. Well, thanks to an agreement between Square Enix and Sony, the game has been released as part of a packaged deal.

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Apr 5, 2004

Final Fantasy XI has been available on the PC in North America nearly six months now, and gotten off to an excellent start in that time. The long-awaited PS2 version has finally arrived courtesy of Sony, PS2 hard drive in tow, and offers a similarly excellent experience, with a few caveats.

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Mar 22, 2004

Since its announcement in January of 2000, Final Fantasy XI has probably been one of the PlayStation 2's biggest wild cards -- a title that some questioned would ever see release in North America as plans for a localized hard drive seemed to increase and diminish with regularity. But even if the game were to make it to our shores how would it hold up to consumer anticipation? How would it compare to other more established massively multiplayer RPGs that had dominated the PC market for years? How would a classically lonesome fan base react to moving their passion to an online world? And most importantly, how faithful to the Final Fantasy universe would this online experiment really be?

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy XI
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Final Fantasy XI receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.51 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #505 game of all time, #17 game of 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and #102 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 80 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

Final Fantasy 11
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 26, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 2 expert reviews for Final Fantasy 11 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Final Fantasy XI w/ HDD
3 Star Review   By member dago2727 - Sep 21, 2005   

Strengths: Preloaded on HDD

Weakness: Takes up alot of HDD space; HDD not really supported at all

Final Fantasy XI is the first online Fantasy for the PS2. It is only available with the purchase of the HDD. The game itself is actually quite straightforward as you need to complete your quest in the Final Fantasy Universe. This time however, the game was made where you will need the help of others playing the game online as well. The game is expensive, as there is a monthly fee of $12 after the 1st free month. Also, creating another character is an additional fee on top of that. This is also the only way to get the HDD, which after a year of being released has only been taken advantage of by very few games.

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FFXI
3 Star Review     

Strengths: its all good really, it reminds me of Runescape.. just alot mre detail etc etc

Weakness: The pay, i really think they should change that, or make it atleast a bit cheaper, its really quite unfair seeing as we have to buy the game for an exspensive price plus the internet bill on top :/

If your a hardcore Final Fantasy fan, then you'l probably fall in love with this game straight away.. theres no doubt about it. Just the money issues are a big let down.

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great online rpg
5 Star Review   By member Tomoyochan - Jul 11, 2005   

Strengths: very fun, lots of jobs

Weakness: time consuming

I played this game for over half a year and I had a lot of fun. There are several jobs and races and national alligences. I was a White Mage Tarutaru from Windurst. This game is the first online from the FF series. If you are a fan of MMORPGs and Final Fantasy, you will love this game. The only bad thing is the online fees and the time it takes to level. You can only create one character. Each additional character costs a little extra money.

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The Fantasy is never Final
4 Star Review   By member Otherguy676 - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Online RPG, Hours of gameplay, deep job system

Weakness: The hard drive is practically useless, Monthly fee a tad high, not the Final Fantasy game fans were looking for

I have been a Final Fantasy fan since the first one came out and have purchased every stateside iteration of the main series. With that being said, I find myself dissapointed by this game. Its not that FFXI is a bad game, its actually a masterpiece, its that this isn't Final Fantasy in the way you may be looking. Alas, as the saying goes, change is good, and if your an MMORPG fan, then this will prove true. FFXI may be the best MMORPG out there as it offers many different things to do to keep you busy. The job systems are top notch, and the character species and world is very imaginative. Their are server downfalls and other minor problems that MMORPGs have, but if your looking for a console MMORPG to play, then this is the one.

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4 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Large community, great graphics and sound, familiar Final Fantasy settings and feel, expansion packs available.

Weakness: An expensive habit to start and maintain, pales in comparison to the better looking PC version, no offline components, new slim PS2 does not support harddrive.

I have mixed feelings about Final Fantasy's first online venture. It's not a traditional Final Fantasy game and is unlike any of the other games in the series. At the same time, it's probably one the best (if not THE best) MMORPG on the market. To me, MMORPG has a long way to go before becoming a mainstream product which is easily accessible to all players. But given the restrictions and undesirable aspects of MMORPGs, FFXI is by far one of the better games to choose from. First off, there is a large community since Square has pooled both PC and PS2 players together. This user base should only expand once this game is released on Xbox 360. Second, the graphics, sound, look, character design, etc., are straight from the world of Final Fantasy. This is great because most MMORPGs are rather bland looking or have generic looking designs. Third, the community is quite friendly overall as most people will help noobs or help you on one of your missions. The problem with the game is that it takes a while to level up and your character will suck a lot in the beginning, especially if you don't have much help. Another flaw is that a lot of the game's objectives forces you join a guild. There is not much solo play after level 10. I guess this is good in the sense that it fosters you to be a part of the greater community but it's also annoying if you don't like it. Like most MMORPGs, the fighting is not action based like on Phantasy Star Online. I recommend you try this game out at a friend's house before buying. There's a one month free trial included when you buy this package but if you don't like the game, then you're stuck with a $100 lump of coal (that can't be played offline). But at least you'll still have the harddrive, which means unlimited space for memory card saves. If you enjoy MMORPGs, you really can't go wrong with Final Fantasy XI.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - May 9, 2005   

Strengths: Almost no load times with hard drive

Weakness: Can only play online, monthly fees to play online

Final Fantasy XI is the first Final Fantasy game in the series to go MMORPG. The game play is very much like Everquest in that it is driven by menus to pick what your character will do & is not action oriented like Phantasy Star Online is. The game play is very deep though it's the kind of game that one who likes it could spend hours, days or maybe even weeks playing over a long enough period of time. You also have the ability to chat with American and Japanese PC and PS2 gamers while online. The game also has a large scope of customization features with 15 different job classes and innumerable skills to be learned. I would suggest gamers that like MMORPGs give Final Fantasy XI a try has it is a better choice for a MMORPG on the PS2 then the port of Everquest to PS2 was but will still be a love, hate kind of thing between liking the game and not liking it.

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3 Star Review   By member FFMooglestar - Feb 23, 2005   

Strengths: Very friendly community.

Weakness: Expensive (Monthly Fee) Some mean people out there.

Final Fantasy XI brings a world for all Final Fantasy fans to play in. This is a great things for the Fanbase as you can keep playing this one unlike the others where they had only so much replay value. I used to play Ultima Online but recently switched to this game. It is worth the money you pay for the HDD and for Online support. Basically if you love Final Fantasy and have been looking for a reason to get into an MMORPG, then this game is for you.

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3 Star Review   By member zoglog - Dec 17, 2004   

Strengths: Good Auctionhouse System, Job/Subjob creates some interesting combinations, Relatively Fast GM (Game Master) Responses, Great Chat interface.

Weakness: Long Waits for Party, Long hours needed, Overcamped areas, Lack of Soloability, Quests offer little rewards, Messed up Economy, PS2 Version's Graphics signifigantly lower than PC Version, $$$.

I just stumbled upon this and realized that there is no real review for this game up here so I decided to throw in a contribution. I had played FFXI for nearly a year and reached lvl 66 for my Main black Mage job and reached around 30 for various other jobs like Thief, White Mage and tried out most the jobs except Beast Master, Bard, And Dark Knight. This game was my first MMORPG which I never planned to get because I don't particularly like monthly fees but my friends bought it for me Last Christmas so I decided to try it out. The game itself is pretty confusing at first. I remember first entering the world not knowing what to really do. The Initial town I started in (Bastok) was rather dull looking and the Guttersburg Area I started in was a big dry wastedump. Upon entering other areas you see alot more variety. For the Leveling System, you can usually solo (with the exception of beastmaster which is purely solo) up to lvl 11 effectively on average for most jobs. Then from then on the only decently effective way to party is to form a Party. In order to form a party you need to have certain specific elements starting with a tank (takes damage) and a healer. From then on you can fill it up at these earlier levels however you like. At early levels it could take awhile to find parties but it is not so bad. EXP at these levels comes relatively decent if you're in a good party. However from previous games before MMORPG the time spent on games totally shifted than what i'm used to. Instead of play hours you are entering into Play DAYS. I think when I finally quit I logged on 116 Playdays. Given some where spent overnight bazaaring or leaving my character idle, i'd say a pretty damn huge chunk of that was actually playing. So if you plan to even get close to lvl 75 (Max) expect to spend ALOT of time. Towards the later levels (30+) it is harder to find parties and even harder at 60+. At these levels EXP starts to come in slower and the Penalty for dying gets even worse since it is percentage based on the exp required to get to the next lvl. Around past lvl 60 when I got all my AF (Artifact Armor) from very tedious quests. I really lost much of the motivation to play. Leveling started getting extremely repetitive and you could be Looking for a party for hours end and not get one. There is little to do at this level while you wait because soloability is very much null at this point. The lowest Level (easy prey) that will give you exp will totally slaughter you unless your beastmaster. I am currently playing Everquest II which has a much more friendly leveling system so far with no delevling and more soloability options so far(lvl 25 paladin), thoug I see the soloability degrading. The chat interface in FFXI is one of the areas that really shine and some of the music (like in sancturary of Zi Tah) is quite good. The Graphics on the PS2 look dated (I tried it out during E3 on the ps2) and grainy compared to the PC unfortunetly but it is still playable. The chat interface may be a bit degraded due to the lower resolution. I never played the game on a gamepad, but a keyboard is a defininate must of course. After awhile of play everything will become intuitive. The current economy when I quit the game was rather inflated due to rusty cap fishing bots which makes even the low level items at the auction house become expensive. Also you cannot expect to earn nearly enough gil through normal play and exping therefore you have to dedicate a serious amount of time for accumulating wealth (camping notorious monsters, farming, or crafting) which can be tedious. And usually crafting you have to invest quite a bit before you can even start making money. WE're talking in the 100,000's of gil. Traveling in the game is tedious because only white Mages only get teleports at lvl 36+. Black mages are allowed warp which sends them to thier homepoint at around lvl 18. But expect to spend alot of time simply walking or traveling which is a bit annoying. I certainly have mixed feelings about this game because there were moments I enjoyed playing and moments which I absolutly loathed and seeing how it sucked up so much of my life is both a positive and negative thing. Mostly negative since I could have been more productive, but it was a fun experience a good amount of the time. If you are a more casual gamer, i'd strongly suggest something like World of Warcraft. If your a diehard FF fan you will find a bunch of stuff to enjoy like chocobo riding (at lvl 20).

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2 Star Review   By member WhyWouldIStop - Aug 3, 2004   

Weakness: all.

This game is already very expensive but on top of the price you have to pay to play it online and in addition to your internet bill. This is a stupid consept and THIS GAME IS NOT WORTH IT. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE

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4 Star Review   By member darknecrofeer - Sep 22, 2003   

Strengths: It's a Final Fantsy game so what can you really expect other than a good game.

Weakness: The pay to play online is kinda annoying so you might wanna review ur money for those reasons.

I think anyone that loves RPG games should get this game but then again review ur mony b4 u buy this game. This is overall a fantastic game and i encourage others to buy the game.

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1 Star Review   By member pracchia - Aug 17, 2003   

Strengths: Its Final Fantasy

Weakness: online pay

If this game requires you to go online and pay for it then I will be extremely sorry to say I will not be buying this installment. Pay for play online is stupid.

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5 Star Review   By member aussie10 - Jul 16, 2003   

Strengths: It is the biggest and probably the greatest Final Fantasy. And you can also buy expansion packs.

Weakness: It cost alot, and it fuc**ng sucks that you have to pay to play

I think it will b pretty good just because Sqauresoft is doing it. If you have the money buy it, if not work really hard for it.

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5 Star Review   By member _Ender_ - Jan 18, 2003   

Strengths: Will be best game EVER for PS2

Final Fantasy XI will come out before FFX-2 BECAUSE IT ALREADY IS OUT IN JAPAN. FFX-2 is still under development. It doesn't really matter cause both games are gonna rule.

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2 Star Review   By member Camino5451 - Jan 11, 2003   

Strengths: Sure it would be cool

Weakness: Its not even the next FF in development

Final Fantasy XI will happen, but before it does SquareSoft is making FFX-2. So far, each new FF has been made from the ground up with different places and characters. They are making FF10 - 2, a sequel to FFX. Featureing all the FFX characters and more. I don't know if it'll be online, but all i know is that FFX-2 is next in development.

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1 Star Review   By member iceman894 - Nov 23, 2002   

Strengths: it's ffxi duh geez

Weakness: cant find it to buy maybe not in english might not really come to use for ps2 =(

just a question is this thing in english yet cuz uh i cant find it in any store.. and i only speak 1 lang here

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5 Star Review   By member SwisaSux - Jun 17, 2002   

Strengths: Awesome sounding multi-player capabilities, alot like Diablo II. More people in each game and awesome graphics. Of course its a Final Fantasy so some people just like it for that.

Weakness: Ummm... A little pricy, I am used to free online play and personally think paying to play online is stupid. Everything else is great :)

Final Fantasy XI is a great game! Worth the $2,000,000,000,000 (exaggeration) dollars to play it. The online play is sweet, but I dont like the idea of paying for it. However it is still a great game. So buy it! NOW! IT ROCKS!

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3 Star Review   By member XBoxAddict1750 - Jun 7, 2002   

Strengths: PREVIEW BEFORE GAME RELEASE Looks like Final Fantasy X online, graphics look sharp, characters are different as usual.

Weakness: Rumors are it's ONLY ONLINE. Sounds wasteful to me since the internet capability hasn't come out yet.

Looks like an OK game. Get it if ya want I guess. I will only because I want the full collection. Final Fantasy XI might not go beyond what you imagined but if they proceed to Final Fantasy XII, I imagine that will be cool!

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