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RPGFan (Jan 10, 2011)
And finally, if you're paying attention Square Enix, I have some words for you: the battle-based Abyssea add-on scenarios are fantastic. Please do something like this, combine it with a truly worthwhile plot, and make it your next big expansion. And, if you're ambitious enough, offer us new zones instead of re-recycling Quon and Mindartia areas. Otherwise, let FFXI die with grace. Don't throw us anything half-assed: the denizens of Vana'diel have given you too much money to be treated to unfinished ideas.
If you're a veteran player, you're probably already grinding away at the new jobs. But for those who are sitting on the fence, there's enough here to make the jump worthwhile.
Jolt (UK) (Feb 09, 2008)
This is a series surely coming to the end of its lifespan. With four expansion packs under its belt and an ageing structure underneath, it’s probably a better idea to play one of the many MMORPGs available on your PC. However, if you’re absolutely desperate to play something like this on your 360, there’s very little else out there. Developers: can we have something on our consoles worth paying a monthly fee for, please?
MS Xbox World (Jan 20, 2008)
As expected Square Enix has produced something lack of what a standard expansion would expect, in this case Square Enix has produced its own standard of expansions, ones which lack creativity and stream out repeated content. Giving Wings of the Goddess its due though it has managed to create an interesting world within the context of Final Fantasy and making a prequel in anything always offers a whole new potential, the next problem though is fulfilling it. Instead, what Square Enix has done was made a game with an interesting front cover but forgot to be innovative with its content, by again adding some classes and a large amount of unlocked areas.
1UP (Dec 13, 2007)
Of course, as with any massively-multiplayer online RPG, these complaints and concerns are but a few patches away from irrelevance. While early adopters might argue that there's "enough" to chew on while Square puts the finishing touches on the eventual, staggered deluge of content downloads, people who have yet to commit to Wings would do well to wait out the current holding pattern. What's available in-game is, at the least, entertaining enough to while away the hours, but much was left by the wayside in Square Enix's rush to the cash register. CAVEAT: If you're a newcomer picking up the Final Fantasy XI Online: The Vana'diel Collection 2008, however, you might as well jump in, since by the time you get up to speed with the existing game's massive content overload, the Wings portion will have undoubtedly been filled by that point.
20 (Feb 28, 2008)
If you're picking up Final Fantasy XI for the first time then Wings of the Goddess is a good starting place. FFXI is packed full of content, and by the time you're actively running through Wings of the Goddess content it should all be in place. Everybody else, however, should wait, as Wings of the Goddess is only half-released.