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Final Fantasy XI (Inc. Chains of Promathiand Rise of the Zilart Expansion Packs) (PC CD)
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Final Fantasy XI is an epic, massively multiplayer online journey set in the world of Final Fantasy, complete with missions, quests and alliances. Twenty years have passed since the Great Crystal War, when the forces of darkness gathered and evil threatened the peaceful kingdom of Vana'diel. The threat has now returned, and new heroes must rise up to save the day
The game features customised characters with a host of physical traits and jobs and you will be able to participate in special quests or missions to unlock new jobs, including dark knight, summoner and ninja. To aid you in your quest you will be able to perform strategic attacks using magic, job abilities and weapon skills. The game is sprawling and you can explore more than 100 areas, including mountains, forests, ice plains, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles and dungeons.
Although it is numbered as simply another ordinary entry in the series Final Fantasy XI is easily the most important Final Fantasy game ever made, indeed it is one of the most important console games of all time - for this is Square Enix's first ever massively multiplayer online role-playing game
As with all games of this type there is no beginning or end to Final Fantasy XI, but instead you take the role of a character within the massive game world and then choose exactly how you want to live your virtual life. Whether you want to be a warrior, monk or thief it's entirely up to you and, unlike most other PC games of this type, you can switch character classes whenever you like.
In keeping with the roots of the Final Fantasy series there is a much stronger story element than normal, with the warring of the three main regions of the game world constantly throwing up specific missions for you to undertake, depending on which you choose as your home. Perhaps the most controversial element of the game though is the combat, which is much closer to PC games such as EverQuest than it is to the more tactical combat of Final Fantasy.
But where Final Fantasy XI really scores above its PC competition is in the presentation, not just in terms of the excellent graphics, but also the stream-lined interface and controls which make this as easy as possible to get into for newcomers to the genre. --David Jenkins
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So overall, nothing can possibly beat this ever. Money wise I'd say we're lucky, Americans have to buy all this seperately!
P.S If you join and happen to end up on the Asura server, my name is Alipay.
Anyway, I immediately started to install. This takes ages - the worst bit is the 'Play Online Viewer' which is the connection software through which you have to play the game. I holds your username, account details, and any personal stuff you wish to add - It looks kinda cool - and definitely built around being part of a community of gamers. Like I said it's a long process and way more indepth than it needs to be (and a bit of a nuisance when all you want to do is install and go).
So, I eventually start to install the game - this is much quicker cos there's nothing odd here just six discs of data - in fact a massive 7 gigs of the stuff!
Ok, ready to play!
Or so I thought...
Because things are changing almost constantly through the gaming world, you get automatic updates. Now I am on broadband, and I have a quick connection, but this takes another 6, that is S I X, count them SIX HOURS to download - and you can't skip it (obviously)!!
So, a day that started at 10.30am is now 6.30pm and I'm only just ready to play.
What's the game like?
It's cool! The graphics are great - I have a Athlon 2500, about 700 meg of ram and a 128meg Geforce 5900XT and can run it with pretty much full tweak. The default is horrible though - obviously done so lower end machine can play it - but uggghh! Open the game config and change them as soon as!
It's the usual fare as gameplay goes - beat animals to death while levelling up - take a few jobs - get more powerful - beat bigger animals to death! - meet some people (Everyone seems nice enough). It seems you will pretty much be left to it by the more advanced players until you require assistance - so don't feel everyone is watching you!! This is essential as the controls take a while to get to grips with - everything is hidden away in menus which really take some time to navigate well. If you do find yourself in trouble, being beaten to a pulp and by a puny looking 'walking sapling' (it can happen!) there is usually someone around who will throw a cure and protect spell at you and then be on there way! Honest - it happened to me three times! Didn't even get to say thanks!
So all in all, once you get over the install, a glorious world awaits. But as with all MMORPG's the game will be what you make it. It's your adventure and it will take a good portion of your 'real life' to gain rewards in Vana'diel. You have been warned...
there is a real sense of community ingame as you will often see people who you might have partied with or just chatted to, you will also get to talk to US and JPN players since we share the same servers, and their is always some excitment to doing something new, like going to a new area for the first time or get a new spell or ability in a job.
there is a monthly fee to play this and its online only but ive not bought another game since getting FFXI so it has saved me more money than i have spent.
in all this is a great game and well worth playing
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