Final Fantasy XI Online

Format: Xbox 360
Square Enix

5 060121 820142
Age Restrictions: 12+
20 April 2006

Twenty years have passed since the Great Crystal War, when the forces of darkness gathered and evil threatened the peaceful kingdoms of Vana'diel. An alliance was formed to rid Vana'diel of the evil but after a narrow victory, the threat has returned. As the beastmen organise their forces and make their advance towards the nations of San d'Oria, Windurst, and Bastok, a desperate call goes out to adventurers around the globe for help...

In Final Fantasy XI Online, you start your journey into the world of Vana'diel by creating a customised character from a host of physical attributes and jobs. Experience missions, quests, and boss battles by yourself or join up with other party members to form powerful alliances as you explore the vast environments that make up Vana'diel.

Final Fantasy XI is the first ever massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft's Xbox 360, according to the press release we received with the game. This release includes the original Final Fantasy XI game and three additional expansion packs - Rise of the Zilart, Chain of Promathia and the latest expansion pack release, Treasures of Aht Urhgan.

Using the PlayOnline Viewer, players can connect and communicate with other players from around the globe. Aside from using the PlayOnline Viewer as a gateway to Final Fantasy XI, players can use other applications including PlayOnline Chat and PlayOnline Mail, access to support, customisation tools, and other games, like the enhanced online version of the Tetra Master Card game from Final Fantasy IX.

Join parties to explore new frontiers, and form alliances to vanquish the most powerful of foes, or battle against the world on your own. The fate of the world rests in your hands.

At the end of the day though, this game is only really going to appeal to Final Fantasy fans - the majority of which will already own this game for another console. Even the most serious of fans can't argue that this is nothing more than a repackaged four year old game - however good it is.

Nick Smithson

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