glass phantom
04-05-2008, 10:50 PM
I'm fairly new to the FF series and not familiar with a lot of the games but I haven't heard even a single thing about this one...why is this? Was it not good enough to be remembered?

Started to buy the games but should I buy this one or will I be dissapointed?

04-05-2008, 11:38 PM
It's an online only game so that may be why you've heard little of it.

Darth Revan
04-06-2008, 06:58 AM
FFXI is a MMO, and instead of controlling a whole party of characters, you control just one. FFXI is a game you have to pay a subscription fee each month to play, and when you first install it you have a one month free trial period. You do need a credit card or debit card as well.

It is available for the PS2 in Japan and America, PC and Xbox 360 in the rest of the world. A basic version was recently released here in Australia, which consists of just the original game. For the Xbox 360, it comes with the first three expansions. There is a Vana'diel Collection 2008 to be released soon, which consists of the original game, and all four expansions.

You can change your job to a variety of classic FF jobs like, Warrior, Red Mage, White Mage, Dark Knight, Summoner, Dancer, etc. Initially you have only Warrior, Monk, White Mage, Black Mage, Red Mage and Thief available to choose from. Once you hit level 30, you can then undergo certain quests to unlock the advanced jobs (Dark Knight, Paladin, Summoner, Corsair, etc).

Some of the advanced jobs are only available in expansions for the game, and there are currently four for FFXI - Rize of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urghan and Wings of the Goddess.

It can be rather annoying, having to level your main job, and then after 18 (and fulfilling a quest), levelling a support job as well. However you can level pretty easily from level 1 to at least 12. From that point onwards you need to form a party with other Player Characters and experience party together.

Also, getting gil in the game is different from the other FF's. You can still get some gil from certain monsters, but mainly from a few options. First is to 'farm' certain monsters, and gathering the items they drop you can sell them on the auction house for a nice profit. Also, depending on your fame level in your country (which you can build up by doing various quests and the like), you can sell items to the NPC shops for a certain amount of gil.

FFXI WILL consume a LOT of your time, as a lot of MMO's do. However, if you do stick at it, it is a good game with a good story.

glass phantom
04-06-2008, 02:51 PM
I never held much stock in online only games unfortuanately, so I guess I'll leave this one...

Darth Revan
04-07-2008, 02:35 AM
I never held much stock in online only games unfortuanately, so I guess I'll leave this one...

I admit I thought that way myself... and after playing a few mmo's initially (Everquest and PSO) I pretty much ignored MMO's afterwards. Then I played WoW and GW, then FFXI... and I was drawn into them.

You can even ask Enkidoh (A member here) about how long it took me to start playing FFXI, and now I regret not playing it from the beginning.

However if that's your choice not to play online games, that's fine. We're all entitled to our own opinion and i respect that.

glass phantom
04-08-2008, 11:41 PM
Is FF XI still played widely by people though as the game is not that recent is it? I wouldn't want to start playing despite its appeal if it was dying out in preperation for perhaps a new online version...but my computers pretty crappy anyway so I really don't have a say in the matter.

Thanks for you informative advice anyway.:)

execrable gumwrapper
04-09-2008, 12:40 AM
FFXI is 4 million strong last I checked.

J. Peterman
04-11-2008, 02:50 PM
no not worthy it is like artesian hooker

glass phantom
04-11-2008, 11:15 PM
I'm surprised so many people still use it as I thought it was quite an old game...? Guess they wont be making another online game so soon after all...

execrable gumwrapper
04-12-2008, 01:02 AM
It's not that old and SE said they would keep the servers alive as long as there were enough people playing. Obviously 4 million+ is enough :p

I've heard rumors of a second MMO in the works from SE and I'd gladly welcome it.

04-12-2008, 02:22 PM
Well they keep releasing expansions to keep it new

execrable gumwrapper
04-12-2008, 06:27 PM
Well no shit, if you don't add some new content the game gets old fast and you lose players.

Fucking Captain Obvious over here...

04-12-2008, 07:40 PM
FFXI is good fun. It makes you cherish the cooperation that's present in the other non-MMO environments.

04-14-2008, 03:48 AM
First off, the PC version is far superior to any other. If you're going to play, buy the PC version. Second, FFXI now comes with 4 whole expansion packs in one box edition for somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 American. Which means right off the bat, there's absolutely nothing extra to buy. Since you already have all the expansions, you can obtain every job and visit any area you can walk to. That's superb since some developers (let's say Blizzard) still won't bundle the core game and expansion. And you get 30 free days. Sound good, eh?


I knew it would. =]

Now thirdly, just hold on to this rail for me, bend over, and be prepared for continuous ass rape.

If you do not enjoy spending hours upon hours killing monsters for XP, this game is not the game for you. Why? Because midway to level 20 you will be forced to seek a party any time you want to gain experience. This trend will continue for the rest of the game. This in itself is not bad. If you enjoy being forced to work with a different group of people (some of whom will inevitably cause your inglorious downfall) every time you need a level, by all means. I was not prepared for such. That aspect of the game, which is the largest aspect, sent me running for a regular RPG where I could control my progression at my own pace. This goes double if you don't have a lot of free time. Unlike some MMOs I've played, FFXI forces you to get a party awfully early on. It's not for anyone who enjoys time alone.

Also, gilsellers are killing the economy. Hacked money harms any MMO, but in a game like FFXI where gil is quite difficult to come by, it can kill your experience. No one wants to spend a day farming just to get some new fucking boots.

Now, just so I'm not blackballing the game, this flawed system actually has some positives. Forcing you to party up also forces you to use teamwork and learn the vagaries of the Real Time Battle system (it's quite similar FFXII's). It also forces you to make make friends- battle comrades- blood brothers- with a kinship forged in fire. And if you're like me, you'll constantly expand that friendlist worse than a myspace whore.

Unfortunately, the graphics are dated so don't expect Oblivion. They aren't terrible, just old. However, you'll rarely notice this when you see something as pretty as a Vana'diel sunset or aurora borealis.

Overall, it's a decent game IF you have friends/a steady group. If not, I'll happily bitch slap you for $12.95 a month.

04-14-2008, 05:03 PM
Well no shit, if you don't add some new content the game gets old fast and you lose players.

Fucking Captain Obvious over here...

Haha your dickhead attitude is getting really old now.

execrable gumwrapper
04-14-2008, 07:24 PM
Don't care, you deserved that last one.

Also, "you're" idiocy is already old.

04-14-2008, 07:30 PM
haha. Swami, whats the link to the other site you told me about? Is it the other one in the PM? I dont think it is, i think thats for the ISO's.


execrable gumwrapper
04-14-2008, 07:37 PM
Vague and confusing, Cookie.

Vague and confusing.

04-14-2008, 07:43 PM
Okay. I meant. You told me about another website. I would like to know what that one is. Because i cant seem to find what i am looking for in the one you gave me.

Also, PM back to this rather then post in here.

this thread needs to go back on topic...

04-15-2008, 09:17 AM
4 million plus??!?.? i bet half of them are korean..................

execrable gumwrapper
04-15-2008, 09:22 AM
Koreans are more partial to SC.

04-15-2008, 04:45 PM
Don't care, you deserved that last one.

Also, "you're" idiocy is already old.

Thank you ;)

02-12-2009, 09:25 AM
4 million plus??!?.? i bet half of them are korean..................

actually im pretty sure its mostly Americans lol