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Final Fantasy 11 Review

Final Fantasy XI is the first game of MMORPG genre (Massively multi-player Online Role-playing game) published by Squaresoft in 2002 for Sony Playstation and later from windows based desktop computers.

The story is based on a fantasy world called Vana’diel where tasks are done to improve the powers of a character and to finish quests. Players could customize characters according to the quests and obtain various rewards. There are also many player to player competitions in online mode with more than 500, 000 active subscribers who login everyday and it was announced that there are more than 2 million active characters in the history of the game. There are more than 32 game worlds in the online version and more than 15,000 to 20,000 players can play simultaneously in each of the worlds. You must register for the Play Online account in order to enjoy the game online.

The five races from which you can select from are Mithra, Elvaan, Hume, Tarutaru and Galka each having its own specialties. Hume is the human-like race with all skills, Elvaan are similar to fantasy elves, Galka are male-only race with hulks that excel in strength, Mithra are female race with cat-like appearance and excellent agility and Tarutaru are group of small individuals with amazing magical powers. The job system of Final Fantasy provides enough freedom for players to choose any profession and change classes whenever required.

Final Fantasy XI has a splendid game play with 2 major components including the missions through which the game’s storyline expands and side quests which are not related to main storyline but provide some amazing rewards, fame and fun for players. In order to advance in rank and obtain new privileges, players should undertake missions. The battles take place in same world in which players navigate unlike earlier versions in which battles take place in separate screen. Players have various things like magic spells, items, hit points and in-game money called Gil which they can obtain by defeating a monster named Beastman.

Unlike other MMORPGs, Final Fantasy XI does not have an option for attacking other players. There are plenty of animated cut scenes in between the quests and missions during the travel through Vana’Diel. After successful completion of each mission, you will obtain rank points and earn lot of items and money and you gain experience to progress through further levels. You can use air ships or chocobos to navigate through the world. Crystals are major components for fashioning segment of the game. The combats are relatively straightforward in early stages of play and it uses ATB system. You can target auto attacks to a monster and execute special spells and extra skills during real-time battles. There is a tactical point gauge which shows up whenever you attack and when it reaches to certain level, you can launch special attacks.

Final Fantasy XI has an interface which is eccentric since the PC version is ported from console version of the game. The windows and menus are static which cannot be individually customized they can be traversed easily using directional pads in your game controller. The analog sticks can be used for character movement and changing camera positions effectively.

The game’s music is excellent with compositions from reputed Nobuo Uematsu, Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka. The original sound track of the game was released in 2002 by Digi Cube. There is no much voice acting in Final Fantasy XI unlike its immediate precursor. The vocalizations are portrayed through battle cries and associated sounds and player communications are expressed through text descriptions.

The qualities of the visuals are very impressive when the resolution is set beyond defaults settings of 480x640. Similar to earlier versions of the series, the character models have cartoon-like appearance while dungeons, cities and outdoor environments are designed realistically. The characters are designed very well with fluid animations having subtle touches like blinking eyes and flowing hair. There is no much flexibility in character customization, but there are plenty of weapons and armor specific to levels. The dungeons and outdoor environments are huge, with stunning detailed and vibrant architecture. You will observe that every region in Vana’Diel has an interesting tale behind it to form a compelling plot. There is a beautiful day and night cycle with varying weather conditions. When it is raining in the game, there will be water splashing up from the feet of your character and there are many realistic animations in the game along with excellent particle effects for magic.

Overall, Final Fantasy XI has a polished game play with vibrant visual effects and unique characters. The artfully crafted cinematic cut scenes and compelling story line will give you an enjoying gaming experience.

Plot: 8/10
Game Play: 9/10
Battle System: 9/10
Graphics: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Sound Effects: 8/10

Final Fantasy 11 Information

Game: Final Fantasy 11
: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix, Ubisoft
Genre: RPG
Medium: DVD-ROM
Platform: PlayStation 2, PC

Final Fantasy 11 Release Date

Japan: 05/16/2002 (PS2), 11/07/2002 (PC)
USA: 10/28/2003 (PS2), 03/23/2004 (PC)
Europe: 09/16/2004 (PS2)
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Table of Contents
Index - View the general information, storyline, release date and boxart of Final Fantasy 11.

Bazaar Time - Final Fantasy 11 now allows you to sell and trade items to other players so find out when and how you are able to use this interesting addition.

Communication - With clans and groups available in Final Fantasy 11, you should learn the different ways of talking to them.

Countries - if you are going to be exploring Vana'diel and Final Fantasy 11 then you should know the places. This can help.

Emotes - Want to make your Final Fantasy 11 character dance, or how about something like a smile? See a list of available commands and see how you make your character react.

Getting Started - The very basics information of Final Fantasy 11.

Mog House - In Final Fantasy 11, you'll always have a place to stay. Learn how Mog House can help you.

PlayOnline's FAQ - Final Fantasy 11 fully explained by Square. This is definitely something which will help you.

Races - Final Fantasy 11 is made up of five playable race so learn who they are and where they are from.

Requirements - With Final Fantasy 11 being available on PC and PS2, you will need to be sure you can play the game. Learn what you'll need to play the game.

Specifications Info - Final Fantasy 11 isn't a free game. If you are willing to pay the monthly fee then you can find out how much it will cost here.

Time Difference - Final Fantasy 11 and Vana'diel doesn't run in real time. This should help in learning how time really works.

Character Render - Final Fantasy 11 has a lot of different character design possibilities. View a large section of them here.

Wallpapers - Available in 3 sizes, 1024x768, 800x600 and 640x480. This collection of 21 official wallpapers look nice on any desktop.


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