Final Fantasy XI universe is in danger

Developer: Square EnixModel of distribution: retail sales / subscriptionStatus: in official sale from 28 October 2003.Official Site: Final Fantasy XISee price game: – selling licensed games!

Another clone?

The action takes place in a fantastic world called Vana’diel, divided into three states: the Republic of Bastok, Windurst Federation and the Kingdom of San D’oria. Of course, not without its border areas in the form of the plains and forests, where there are evil monsters to be obligatory decapitation. The system of races and classes is significantly different from classical Japanese RPG and gradually migrates towards D & D. In total, the choice offered five races: hume, that is, ordinary people, elvaan, they are elves, tarutaru, analog halflings, mithra – Cat People, smart and know how to pick up everything that is bad, and, finally, some galka, which is unlikely I remind you the song “Nese Galya water” because it tailed cannibals. Hume, elvaan and tarutaru can be of any sex to choose from, mithra – always women, and galka – always men. Japanese, you know, folklore.

Each character immediately gets a house for shelter and a small start-up capital. Elementary occupations are standard and familiar to all fans of Final Fantasy: warriors, monks, thieves, as well as white, black and red mage. Gaining experience points, you can improve and learn new skills – such as grains, dark knight or paladin. In general scheme of character development is very similar to other MMORPG, which gave rise to connoisseurs call a priori FF XI clone in the popular genre. At first glance, the way it is, but the world of Final Fantasy has always rested on two pillars. Bright plot no longer with us, we’ll see what to expect from the combat system.

Harakiri wait

The beginning of a career character recalls the first steps in DAoC or EverQuest. Not far from the city walls peacefully grazing frail creatures, carefully substituted sides “green” samurai to well-directed blows. Miss virtually impossible, and even if such a miracle happens, you’re bound to stumble on some pig, and this will finish off the poor creature. Slightly exaggerated, but in general so it is – the acquisition of the lower levels will not be difficult for beginners.

Pummel suburban monstryatnik and feeling cool warrior, you can go to remote areas. As usual, the farther into the woods, the thicker the monsters, more of them falling objects and more expensive every skin. Single game has not been canceled, but over time the complexity increases so that, for victory in the battle, high-level characters will have, whether they like it or not, to gather in groups and use the skills of each other.

The growth experience is as it carries a particularly successful throws, strikes and spells. Stronger shocks, as in previous FF, require more time, but with the development of dexterity and strength, it will decrease. But PK, happy to use for career advancement in the back of his associates, will be disappointed. The maximum damage that can cause another character in FF XI, – yelled at him, so the most bloodthirsty person is likely to be remembered “Japanese mother and return to the brutal Shadowbane.

Used my eyes for you.

At one time, many “personalschiki” were so scared of the console graphics FF, which flatly refused to delve into the essence of the series. Now things are better: FF XI is designed for the PS2, but long before the release of famous promise to developers to enable simultaneous game for the owners of consoles and PCs, and the happy owners of video cards based on GeForce 4Ti chips and a Radeon 9700 will be especially pleased. The news provoked debate on gaming forums. “Why not just do a normal PC version?” – Heard questions. “Because the PC-games – the smallest part of the market, which has, nevertheless, the biggest problem. Incompatibilities of iron, with pirates, with tech support … It is necessary to us?” – Politely answered developers. Nevertheless, – just around the corner. Banzai.

Finally, to reassure those who, for some reason afraid of the word “anime”. Graphics on this occasion seems quite adequate for the perception of “stupid white monkeys”, which, incidentally, did not prevent side-release build 200 thousand subscribers in Japan by January 2003.

Outcome: Given the intentions of the authors continually expand the game world, Final Fantasy XI looks quite attractive, but … The beauty of the very Final Fantasy, polyubopytstvuete you? And in the same place and exciting tactics and strategy of great battles Warhammer: Dark Omen, and WarCraft 2. In the past. Look for his or her Squall’a Rinoa among the players. Perhaps we’re lucky.

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