final fantasy xi

Official Site: Final Fantasy XI
Studio: Square Enix
Launch Date: May 16, 2002 (in de facto maintenance mode as of November 10, 2015)
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC, PS2, Xbox 360

Final Fantasy XI updates monthly content and powers up alter egos

Do you feel like your alter egos are moving a bit too slowly in Final Fantasy XI? The most recent monthly update will help with that, as it adds in a new Haste effect for alter egos if the player calling them is at or above item level 100. There's also an increase to the effect provided for clearing portions of the Rhapsodies of Vana'diel story, to boot; you can be even faster than you thought possible.

Of course, the patch isn't just about updating your alter egos. There's also the usual monthly content rotation for Ambuscade, as well as several adjustments and a monthly update to Omen content. New spoils for various battlefields and bug fixes round out the January update, which should give players a new slice of things to enjoy within the game. (Which, we are obligated to remind you, is technically in maintenance mode.)

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Wisdom of Nym: Preparing for Final Fantasy XIV's patch 3.5

It occurred to me as I penned last week's column that I hadn't actually been talking about Final Fantasy XIV's next patch very much at all. I discussed our first preview of the patch back in November, and then... nothing. Not a word. Pretty much all of my attention has been mirroring that of the larger community, which has a whole lot of thoughts and theories about Stormblood but has largely left the speculation train at the station for the next big patch that's going to lead into the expansion.

So perhaps you can look at the timing of this patch intentionally. It can be a weaker patch and no one is paying attention. If "weaker patch" meant much for FFXIV, anyhow.

At this point we don't have the patch notes, but we do have the trailer, and that means we have some idea of what we're going to be dealing with once the patch goes live. So let's talk a bit about that before we're analyzing raw gameplay, because I feel like it deserves more space in the sun than it has had.

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Final Fantasy XI prepares for monthly content changes with its January version update

Earlier this week, we awarded Final Fantasy XI with a special achievement award for being the best game stuck in maintenance mode, because the game keeps getting updates. That trend isn't stopping in 2017 either, it seems; it's actually expanding a little bit, as the next major patch is changing up monthly content opponents while also expanding the Ambuscade reward system for players. This is not a definition of "maintenance" that most people in the world operate on.

Players who step into Ambuscade after the upcoming update will be able to get both normal and +1 versions of Ambuscade tickets in addition to the normal rewards, which should make it even easier to get the rewards you seek. Omen is also having new materials added and new crafting recipes to go along with it, while there are planned improvements for Trusts and new rewards for various battlefields. Sure, they're not new story chapters, but it's still an awful lot in the latest monthly patch for a game in maintenance.

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The MOP Up: Dota 2 goes on a new journey (December 18, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, Dota 2 rocked out with its massive New Journey update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from ArcheAgeRiders of IcarusNo Man's Skyand more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively OP's guide to the 2016 MMORPG winter holidays

It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!

With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!

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The MOP Up: The worst Overwatch players ever (December 11, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we were fascinated with the inspiring tale of two Overwatch players who wanted to be the best at being the worst in the game. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Wizard101Final Fantasy XI, Conan Exiles, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP's guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I'm asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, "Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?" OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album.

The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores.

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I'm going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles -- some of which are free and legal for the taking. You're welcome; don't mention it!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: Moments to be thankful for in MMOs

It's the holiday once again, and somehow I've wound up on Thanksgiving Day here in the US. You may not be reading this on the day, instead enjoying a feast of turkey and bread that had been stuffed in that turkey. Food is weird when you think about it too much.

Last year, I took a look at the MMOs we should be thankful for by type. Sure, I could just reprint that here; I'm proud of it. But the fact of the matter is that there are lots of different ways to be thankful for MMOs, many different things that we have as shared experiences.

So today, I'm looking at those experiences because we all have moments in our online history that we kind of feel a momentary rush of thanks for, but not necessarily ones we think about a whole lot at the time. Today, we're thinking about them.

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The MOP Up: Wurm Online cooks up a hearty Thanksgiving meal (November 20, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Wurm Online players will be celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the cooking update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestOverwatchEVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively Overthinking: The many 'NGE' moments across MMORPG history

Eleven years ago this week, the New Game Enhancements patch descended on Star Wars Galaxies, forever changing the trajectory of the game, SOE, and maybe even sandbox MMORPGs in general by completely uprooting the character development process of the MMO and gutting beloved professions, not to mention breaking essential pieces of the game's crafting economy. The ensuing fallout caused a mass-exodus from the game, tarnished gamer trust in SOE, and guaranteed that we'd still be talking about it more than a decade later. And though I've long argued that the game that sunsetted in 2011 was as far removed from the NGE as the NGE was from the game that launched in 2003, I'm first in line to declare that the NGE implemented in 2005 was an unmitigated disaster.

For this edition of Massively Overthinking, I don't want to talk about Star Wars Galaxies' NGE. I want to talk about all the other NGEs in MMORPG history -- all those other massive patches and updates and expansions that shattered or altered an MMO so fundamentally that gamers never looked at it the same way again and indeed considered it irreparably ruined. What's the most brutal NGE (that wasn't that NGE) that you can think of? That's the question I posed to our writers this week.

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