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90
Windows1UP (May 26, 2006)
While it's hard to put a number on a constantly shifting, perpetual experience like FFXI, the TOAU experience is thus far an excellent, activity-rich environment, which is all players really want. Like a vine bursting with ripe fruit, TOAU may be in need of some balancing, in addition to some major feature tweaking (Besieged), but for all intents and purposes, it's like an injection of the lifeblood that once made this MMO so addictive in the first place. New armor, new weapons, new recipes, new jobs, all-new game features and a graphics engine that while definitely not next-gen, still hold up quite well, especially on PC and Xbox 360. The new brightly-colored Arabic art-style of the TOAU zones and NPCs also give the game a fresh visual look, which is a welcome relief after CoP's drab, grey areas.
88
WindowsGameZone (Jun 14, 2006)
A great experience for those who want to really walk the mile. It a solid expansion that not only refreshes the original title, but is good enough to pull gamers into it that never even played FFXI.
84
WindowsIGN (Jul 21, 2006)
If you haven't already added this hefty expansion to your current Final Fantasy XI set-up, then you should really consider upgrading it and taking advantage of the new content. While many of the problems like overcrowded camp sites and the EXP grind are still there, you're also getting more options like the aforementioned Besieged and Assault modes. While it's still basically the same game with new places, there's enough new content and the new jobs add a lot of variety to the aging MMORPG. If you're new and curious to MMORPGs, be cautious of FFXI since it is a game that requires large chunks of playtime to get anywhere. If you think you're more casual, then there is always a certain RTS-turned-MMO that would better suit your schedule, but if you're ready for a challenge and are willing to work hard to get good, then consider giving Final Fantasy XI and Treasures of Aht Urhgan a try.
84
WindowsGame Chronicles (Jul 26, 2006)
Considering that this is a game that debuted on the PlayStation 2 back in 2002 and has since been ported to the PC and Xbox 360 it still looks good. It's true that there should have been more graphical updates, but Square wanted to make it easily compatible with the PlayStation 2. The content, value, fun, and replay-ability are still here for Final Fantasy fans new and old looking to get a long fix.
83
PlayStation 2RPGFan (Sep 10, 2007)
As for this reviewer, I'm stickin' around for the long haul. I enjoyed Treasures of Aht Urhgan a good deal, though I personally enjoyed the previous expansion (and its missions in particular) even more. For those of you still playing, or for those of you with a renewed interest in the game, let my grade for this expansion (an 83%) serve as a guide: it's good, but it's not great. You may be better off joining the masses (what is it, 10 million now?) over in World of Warcraft, but the faithful few (500,000 was the last number I heard) will still be kickin' it oldschool in Vana'diel.
83
WindowsRPGFan (Sep 10, 2007)
As for this reviewer, I'm stickin' around for the long haul. I enjoyed Treasures of Aht Urhgan a good deal, though I personally enjoyed the previous expansion (and its missions in particular) even more. For those of you still playing, or for those of you with a renewed interest in the game, let my grade for this expansion (an 83%) serve as a guide: it's good, but it's not great. You may be better off joining the masses (what is it, 10 million now?) over in World of Warcraft, but the faithful few (500,000 was the last number I heard) will still be kickin' it oldschool in Vana'diel.
 
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Aug, 2006)
The bottom line: People will either appreciate the depth of FFXI despite some of the above-mentioned hurdles, or they’ll move on to less-demanding MMOs. Treasures’ swanky Arabian-themed graphical style still doesn’t hold a candle to those of games like Oblivion, but the organic environments and more realistically proportioned characters ensure that FFXI continues to age better than many of its competitors.