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The benchmark for future MMORPG... that dated horribly.,
This review is from: Final Fantasy XI (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I've played a lot of MMORPG's in my time and to be honest, FF XI is one of the least memorable. In all fairness FF XI developed a lot of ideas that have become so popular in other games of this style, but unfortunately, in FF XI it just didn't get them quite right.
Leveling feels more like a chore then a fun activity as is does in similar games like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, and despite the game being set in a huge world, getting around the world frequently becomes a complete nightmare because of the time it takes to get from one place to the next, especially on foot when you have to travel what appears to be a relatively short distance. The fact that the in game maps and general NPC information in often very vague also doesn't help.
I would also go into detail about how dated and poor the graphics of the game are, but admittedly FF XI was not developed for the 360, so the lack of decent graphics seems a moot point. I would say the same about the sound... however, even in 2002 (when the game was first released) I can imagine the sound effects and overall music really becoming unbearable after the long hours your expected to play this game for.
Finally, the price of of having to play FF XI seems a complete rip off to me. Firstly, its one of the most expensive MMORPG's around and for the money you pay, you really don't get all that much. In WoW you pay £[...] a month and can then create up to 10 different characters and try out lots of different realms with your characters, in FF XI, you can only create one character and you have to pay a small fee to create another character, however, each of your characters can train all the jobs available including lots more at higher levels, but despite this, it still doesn't feel value for money when you consider how much you paid for the game, how much you pay each month to play the game and then also factor in the fact you pay to use X Box Live as well.
At the end of the day, FF XI has been bettered several times already by other games, but seeing as FF XI is currently the only MMORPG available for the 360, die hard RPG fans might still get some enjoyment out of it, but then most die hard fans should really be trying their best to get into other MMORPG's instead. Everyone else, avoid this game at all costs until the real 360 MMORPG's come around.