Final Fantasy XI

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Final Fantasy XI



The first game to include the Hard drive!
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox 360
Release Date: PlayStation 2
JP: May 16, 2002
NA: March 23, 2004

Microsoft Windows
JP: November 7, 2002
NA: October 28, 2003
EU: September 17, 2004

Xbox 360
NA: April 18, 2006
JP: April 20, 2006
EU: April 21, 2006

Developer: SquareSoft
Publisher: SquareSoft
Franchise: Final Fantasy
Previous Game: Final Fantasy X-2
Next Game: Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy XI, also known as Final Fantasy XI Online, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed and published by Square Enix as part of the Final Fantasy series.

Designed and produced by Hiromichi Tanaka, it was released in Japan on May 16, 2002, for PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. The official hard drive was launched for the PlayStation 2 in North America along with this game, which was required to play the game. It is no longer playable on the PlayStation 2 and was the last online game for the PlayStation 2.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is the first MMORPG from the Final Fantasy series and a first MMORPG game that has Crossplay between both PS2, PC and XBOX 360.
  2. The game has lots of expansions.
  3. Tons and tons of quests.
  4. Beautiful graphics.
  5. Epic soundtrack.
  6. Players are able to customize their characters, including selecting from one of five races and choosing their gender, facial style, hair color, body size, job, and nation allegiance.
  7. Battles occur in real time as opposed to the random encounters used in previous games.
  8. There are currently 16 public game worlds available for play, down from 32 at the game's height, with approximately 15,000 to 20,000 players in each.
  9. Explore one of the biggest Final Fantasy worlds.
  10. Many challenging boss battles, such as the infamous Absolute Virtue (which many players couldn't defeat even after 18 consecutive hours).
  11. Easy menu and interface.
  12. Join multiple quests with many players online.
  13. Story related gameplay in Final Fantasy XI consists of two major components: missions, through which the main storyline of the game is told, and optional quests.
  14. From time to time special seasonal festivals and events are held. They last only for a set period of time and offer a variety of fun or useful rewards.
  15. Some special events include Dynamis, Salvage, Assault and Nyzul Isle, which involve anywhere between 6 and 64 players!
  16. A party can expand into an alliance, with up to three parties combined, with a total of 18 players. Alliances are necessary to complete more difficult challenges.
  17. Popular shared spaces activities include hunting Notorious Monsters, fiends that rarely appear and drop precious loot.
  18. Many different jobs to choose from.
  19. Many mini-games and other activities, such as Chocobo Racing and fishing.

Bad Qualities

  1. The game requires online to play, and it is now impossible to play it on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 due to the servers being shut down.
  2. The PS2 version couldn’t be played on the slim model due to the game requiring the HDD accessory.


Final Fantasy XI received positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 2 version 85.04% based on 57 reviews and 85/100 based on 49 reviews, the PC version 82.11% based on 44 reviews.

Famitsu rated the game 38 out of 40. Computer and Video Games Magazine noted that it was one of the most welcoming MMORPGs despite the cumbersome initial registration and setup.