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PlayStation 2Game Over Online (Nov 30, 1999)
All in all, you couldn't really ask for much more in an online RPG experience. Square managed to capture most, if not all of the addictive, endearing qualities of the genre while retaining a decent amount of good ol fashion Fantasy elements. Be warned, however, that those who lack the stamina to stick with it long enough may ultimately feel gypped and burned. While Final Fantasy XI may not be your older brother's Final Fantasy RPG, it is an experience that (eventually) lives up to the name of its predecessors.
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming (Apr 07, 2004)
Finally Final Fantasy XI, the first MMORPG in the Final Fantasy series, makes its way to North American Playstation 2 owners. Nearly 2 years after its release Japan and months after the PC version was released in North America, Playstation 2 owners can experience the world of Vana’diel. Not only can they experience with fellow North American gamers, gamers can also play along with those that have the PC version and those who are playing in Japan. After a long wait and eager anticipation, gamers can now be swept away to the world of Final Fantasy XI.
WindowsGame Freaks 365 (2004)
The truly amazing thing about Final Fantasy XI is that both the PS2 and PC world are connected to one another. This is the first game ever to accomplish this feat. This way, everyone in the world can play this game together no matter what version they have. You will go about many different missions and sometimes gathering friends to form up parties and add each other on your journey. Finding a good balance on what type of people to bring with you is key. It is good to have a well rounded team that can support each other. The addicting play keeps many people sucked in for hours, days, and maybe weeks. If you do not own Final Fantasy and you love RPG's, then you are really missing out. No matter what version of the game you have, you will be going on an incredible journey through the world of Final Fantasy with millions of other players. Pick this one up now.
PlayStation 2GameZone (Mar 30, 2004)
Get very comfortable because Final Fantasy XI will have you so engrossed in its superbly massive world that you won’t want to leave your couch ever again. Sure the $12.95 monthly charge might seem a bit steep but believe me when I say that it’s worth every penny.
WindowsGameZone (Dec 14, 2003)
Square-Enix’s long-running and extremely successful Final Fantasy franchise has been undergoing many huge changes as of late. They’ve recently released the first-ever direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game (Final Fantasy X-2), they're gearing up to release a four-player Gauntlet-style game (Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles), and they’ve now released their very first MMORPG set in the Final Fantasy universe, Final Fantasy XI. There are many people out there who are naysaying the game, saying that it simply couldn’t be Final Fantasy if it’s in a large, multiplayer setting.
PlayStation 2Gaming Target (May 05, 2004)
Since Ultima Online gave birth to the idea of a role-playing game that put hundreds of thousands on servers to adventure on together, the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online RPG) genre has grown to be one of the biggest on the PC. Games like Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and most notoriously, Everquest have taken the genre into the realm of mainstream gaming with the idea of joining other players to tackle tough enemies, as well as running around killing weak stuff on your own to become tough enough to be a worthwhile teammate. On the PC, this genre is mature and not any old MMO can make a dent nowadays. On the console end, however, the MMORPG niche hasn’t yet been carved. There’s been tries – Sega’s great Phantasy Star Online is not quite MMO, but still a great online RPG, and Everquest has been ported over to PS2, though it hasn’t quite been as popular on the PlayStation 2 as on the computer. But nothing has yet caught on in console land other than the aforementioned PSO.
WindowsPC Gamer (Feb, 2004)
Eleven is supposed to be a mystic number signifying unconventionality. Now that the Final Fantasy series has a foothold in the double digits, I’m pleased to report that unconventionality is what Final Fantasy XI Online struts in spades — blending an epic story with vivid character combinations, splendid graphics, and the richest online ecosystem available anywhere.
PlayStation 2IGN (Mar 22, 2004)
Closing Comments Final Fantasy XI is probably a bigger love it or hate it game than even Final Fantasy X-2 was. Though it aims its sights high on enticing fans of the franchise to the online side of the pond, the fact remains that MMORPGs just aren't for everyone. Truthfully, some people are just more content sitting at home and curling up with their controller much in the same way that others do with a good book or tasty dessert. They simply don't want their Final Fantasy experience any other way.
WindowsGamezine (Jan 30, 2004)
Final Fantasy XI bien reçu aux U.S.A ! On l’attendait ce premier Final Fantasy Online ! Le verdict est plutôt positif, malgré quelques mauvais points et un jeu pas si prenant que ça, FFXI demeure un très bon MMORPG (pas le meilleur) qui peut plaire à tout le monde. Je ne pense pas que seuls les fans seront pris par FFXI, bien au contraire, d’autant que ce nouvel opus est quand même loin d’être comme ses prédécesseurs. Pour conclure ce test, je n’ai su trouver mieux que de vous proposer une vidéo pour vous donner un avant-goût de cette belle aventure. Observez bien, jeunes gens… Et posez vous bien cette question : Quand sortira FFXI en Europe ?
WindowsActionTrip (Dec 04, 2003)
In all, the pros of Final Fantasy XI greatly outweigh the cons. The graphics, job and skill system, as well as the overall polish make it an enjoyable experience. The many quests and missions offered allow players to find things to do alone when friends are not online to form a group. For fans of the Final Fantasy series, they will take to FFXI like ducks to water. Players that are migrating from other MMORPGs should be pleased to see so many long waited features in other games already present here. Player housing, player controlled transport and an auto map system for example, though the lack of PvP will turn some hardcore players off. Square Enix has done a very good job in marrying (almost) all of the features that you would want in a MMORPG with the unique Final Fantasy universe and all the quality game features people have come to expect with the franchise.
WindowsGame Over Online (Dec 09, 2003)
In the sixteen years that the Final Fantasy series has been around, players have been treated to some of the most cinematic games ever seen. With production values that rival those of Hollywood blockbusters, every title produced by Squaresoft has established new benchmarks for graphics, plotlines and gameplay. Even better, there were plenty of mini-games, secrets and side quests to keep players interested and eager for the next installment. Well, the latest version threw fans for a loop, when it was announced that the next Final Fantasy game wouldn?t just be a role-playing game, but would be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or MMORPG. Even wilder, console players wouldn?t get their hands on the game first, PC gamers would. Call it an early holiday present for computers as Final Fantasy XI has arrived from recently merged Square Enix.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2003)
Herrlich! Final Fantasy 11 begeistert mich von Tag zu Tag mehr. Das bekannte Flair der Serie wurde prächtig ins Online-Szenario portiert: Die Spielermodelle versprühen den gleichen Charme wie in den Solo-Titeln, der Wiedererkennungswert ist enorm. Seine große Stärke hat das Spiel in der Vielfalt der Charakter-Entwicklung und dem ausgeklügeltem Zusammenspiel der Akteure in Kämpfen.
WindowsGameSpot (Nov 14, 2003)
By now, it isn't easy for a massively multiplayer online role-playing game to distinguish itself. Years ago, games like Ultima Online and especially 1998's EverQuest set the standards for this unique style of gaming, which today spans a seemingly countless number of similarly styled games that look identical on the surface--and, in many ways, actually are virtually identical.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2004)
(German version) Final Fantasy 11 ist eine sperrige Schönheit: Bevor Sie Vana’diel genießen können, müssen Sie lange aufleveln. Klar, das ist in Online-Rollenspielen oft so, doch hätten es ruhig ein paar Quests mehr sein können, die mich dazu motivieren. Dafür – oder deswegen – ist die Spieler-Community eine der freundlichsten. Und spätestens nach 50 Stunden entwickelt das Spiel eine ganz eigene Sogwirkung. Ein Abenteuer für Experten und Hasser des WarCraft-Szenarios.
WindowsLegendra (Feb 10, 2007)
En conclusion, Final Fantasy XI est un très grand jeu, certainement l'un des MMORPG les plus riches qui soit. Extrêmement bien pensé, tranchant avec les préjugés du genre sans pour autant en renier les bases, il est aussi très difficile, très long, et surtout très exigeant en temps. Il est donc réservé à un public restreint, le joueur du dimanche ni trouvera qu'un intérêt limité.
PlayStation 2Legendra (Feb 10, 2007)
En conclusion, Final Fantasy XI est un très grand jeu, certainement l'un des MMORPG les plus riches qui soit. Extrêmement bien pensé, tranchant avec les préjugés du genre sans pour autant en renier les bases, il est aussi très difficile, très long, et surtout très exigeant en temps. Il est donc réservé à un public restreint, le joueur du dimanche ni trouvera qu'un intérêt limité.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Feb, 2004)
If FFXI didn’t adhere so closely to the genre’s more aggravating conventions, then perhaps it could have been a breakout MMORPG. Alas, it feels like someone at Square was playing too much EverQuest while this game was being developed, so in its current state, it’s sadly relegated to sit near, but not on, the top of its genre. But that’s OK, isn’t it?
WindowsJoystick (French) (Oct, 2004)
Un grand, très grand MMORPG de type PvE terriblement communautaire et bourré de superbes trouvailles comme le skillchain ou le bi-classage. Les jobs jouables sont, en outre, tellement différents en terme de gameplay qu'ils assurent une pérennité hallucinante au titre.
WindowsGame Informer Magazine (Jan, 2004)
While Final Fantasy XI is not the first massively multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG) ever made, it is the first from fabled developer Square Enix. For a first time product, it is both impressive and disappointing.
80 (Sep 20, 2004)
Final Fantasy XI arrivant avec ses deux add-on en Europe, il convient d'apprécier le cadeau d'Ubi Soft et de se laisser tenter par l'aventure. Il n'est même plus question ici de le comparer avec ses concurrents proches sachant que c'est bien le coeur qui vous conduira à arpenter le monde de Vana'diel et non la volonté de voir ce qui ne va pas pour le montrer du doigt ! Une oeuvre épique et belle tout simplement, merci Square Enix.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (May 03, 2005)
For many, Final Fantasy XI will be the Holy Grail of nonlinearity: a wide-open RPG universe with Final Fantasy flair, defined by its players as much as its developers, beloved for all its flaws. Love it or hate it, there?s nothing like it on your PS2.
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Apr 05, 2004)
Square knows its audience, and has delivered a solid and addictive MMORPG for them to lose themselves in. There is so much to do here and so many ways to play this game, that there is certain to be something here for any RPG fan. While there is a pretty sizeable barrier to entry for PS2 players, the game is certainly worth the investment if you don't have a suitable PC alternative.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Mar 23, 2004)
You'll have to jump through several proverbial flaming hoops before you start having fun in the world of Vana'diel, but your efforts may well be rewarded. Go into this game with the right expectations--knowing, for instance, that this is a time-consuming game that takes a while to get into and isn't dramatically different, at its core, from other online RPGs--and you'll find in Final Fantasy XI a different-enough take on the online role-playing genre that the experience can end up being both rewarding and refreshing. And since the world of the game is already filled with dedicated players who mostly seem to be enjoying the game rather than complaining about its problems, the tone of the experience of Final Fantasy XI is ultimately more uplifting than that of most other, similar games.
WindowsBoomtown (Oct 18, 2004)
The two year old MMORPG finally comes to Europe. Has it become outdated or just aged well?
WindowsIGN (Dec 01, 2003)
When I first played Final Fantasy XI, I was hoping this would be it, all I needed. I was hoping it would be the one game that would make me drop out of school, buy two months worth of food, and not leave my basement for anything. At first, it tugged at and held my attention. However, after playing it for nearly a month, I'm realizing that it isn't all I'd hoped for.
WindowsGameSpy (Nov 13, 2003)
Since Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XI would be an MMORPG, series fans have been crying for them to rename it Final Fantasy Online, to save the enumeration for a "real" Final Fantasy game. The game will certainly challenge series fans about what a Final Fantasy game is, and MMORPG fans are in for a similar challenge. After surmounting two very different learning curves, however, both camps will find Final Fantasy XI to be a beautiful and well-crafted game if they can get over some of its shortcomings.
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games (Apr 01, 2004)
Rarely have so many people been psyched for the release of a game nearly two years old (based on its Japanese release). Thankfully, those same people will find the experience of Final Fantasy XI for the PlayStation 2 an ultimately pleasant one, once they get past the daunting preliminaries. And make no mistake, they are daunting -- the online experience of Final Fantasy comes at the price of some "initial reality," as it were.
WindowsYahoo! Games (Oct 27, 2003)
Just as Lenny Kravitz sings "it ain't over 'til it's over," the Final Fantasy series is far from final.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (May, 2004)
Seeing as how this title marks the debut of the PS2’s hard drive and Final Fantasy’s first venture into the realm of the console MMORPG market, there has been a lot of commotion and anticipation surrounding it. Now that it has hit the shelves, the world of Vana’diel will need to brace itself for the fresh surge of PS2-playing inhabitants, providing enough people shell out the dough.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Sep 30, 2004)
Een degelijk online RPG, dat echter niet echt verrassend te noemen is. Voor liefhebbers de moeite waard.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Jan 15, 2004)
Je moet heel wat verdragen voor je plezier hebt in de wereld van Vana'diel, maar eens je aan dat punt komt is het spel de moeite waard. Dat heeft heel wat te maken met het huidige spelersaanbod van Final Fantasy XI, dat erg sportief met de gebreken van het spel omgaat.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Apr, 2004)
Final Fantasy XI presents a grading nightmare quite unlike anything we're ever seen at GR. The game itself is good, far better than the online Everquest games for the PS2 and even holding up well next to fancier PC MMORPGs. It's genuinely fun and runs well. Plus, it comes with the HDD. However, it's hard to tell anyone to walk into a store and slap this kind of cash down just to play one video game when for the same money you could buy three or four. Wasting your time is one thing, but wasting your money is another entirely make sure you're prepared before jumping into this fantasy. And that's my Final thought.
74 (Dec 28, 2004)
I preferably see this Final Fantasy not as a part of the main series, with one or another clever subtitle like "Ka-ching!". It's not a bad game and it contains everything you may expect from a MMORPG and adds the specific FF-feel and a beautiful soundtrack. Experienced EveryQuest or Ultima player won't find anything new, but gamers with knowledge of FF, ready to make their first Massive Multiplayer steps, won't regret the purchase. But beware, a lot of time and a lot of money are required.
WindowsGame Chronicles (Oct 21, 2005)
I remember the days when Final Fantasy was reserved for the console systems, with their cute little pixels, chocobos and rich stories. Of course, as I rarely could stomach the gameplay of the classic titles on the SNES, Genesis and so on, so I can’t really comment on my glorious memories. Now, Final Fantasy has evolved into a gorgeous 3D game, with cinematic cut scenes, and world-renowned orchestral performances-even feature films. It’s fitting then that this sensation makes it online, where all the rabid fans can intermix and grind with the best of em.
WindowsJoystick (French) (Jan, 2004)
Un MMORPG relativement classique qui mise sur son univers envoûtant pour donner envie aux joueurs d'aller toujours plus loin. Et ça marche ! Il n'y a pas à dire, la magie Square fonctionne encore et toujours, et ce pour notre plus grand plaisir.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (May, 2004)
Putting an MMORPG on a console is an ambitious undertaking, one that's almost doomed out of the gates. To be fair, the content in FF XI is great - the character system is engaging, the concepts based on allegiance are cool and graphically it's certainly acceptable. However, until you take the time to program the macros to your liking, the interface ranges from utterly unusable to merely horribly frustrating - even with a USB keyboard.
69 PC Gaming (Apr 01, 2005)
In summary, I wouldn't recommend this game, except maybe to MMORPG enthusiasts, but not even them, really. The first EverQuest was immensely flawed but it was still certainly better in the end. I suppose this game isn't much worse or better than your average MMORPG -- it takes few risks. But this review isn't meant to evaluate the game against other MMORPGs, against many of which it holds its own -- it's meant to tell you whether it's fun or not. And it's not.
PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365 (2006)
I didn't have expectations for Final Fantasy XI Online, and it's a good thing, because I'd have been disappointed. I can see where the addictive qualities are. It's fun to complete missions. It's satisfying to level up. It's funny to watch a newbie player (like myself) get killed by the Forest Hares at the start of the game. But I can't find myself getting into this. I do recommend that anyone looking into this MMORPG try it on the Xbox 360, since it contains the original game and every one of the expansions, including the new Treasures of Aht Urghan, which was also released on the PlayStation 2 and PC. But if you're looking for an Xbox 360 RPG, I'd tell you to pass on this.
20 (Mar 23, 2005)
This game doesn't deserve a Final Fantasy title, as there is nothing Final Fantasy about it. If MMOs are your thing, there are other and better titles out there. Final Fantasy XI is not good, and while I miss the experience, I've decided that MMOs are not good either. I enjoyed many things I did and many of the people I met, but in the end, an MMO is only a glorified chat room that costs you $13 a month.