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

Guess who's back. Back again.

Perfect Ten: The old-school guide to grouping up in Final Fantasy XI back in the day

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Recently, our resident Choose My Adventure expert Chris has been taking on Final Fantasy XI, and he's come away with a somewhat... let's say...

Choose My Adventure: What Final Fantasy XI taught me about games preservation and the ‘good old days’

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Well. This has been a journey. I wasn't really expecting my return trip to Final Fantasy XI to be all sunshine, rainbows, and easy...

Massively Overthinking: Which classic MMOs hold up the best visually in 2022?

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As one of our resident fans of old MMOs, I always have to clarify that it's the systems and ideas in old games that...

Choose My Adventure: Final Fantasy XI shows its age and its nostalgia in equal measure

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Once again, this week in Final Fantasy XI continues to deliver nostalgia and aggravation in mostly equal amounts. First off, I will admit that deciding...
Mumor has looked better.

Final Fantasy XI adds more Voracious Resurgence and Ambuscade content in this month’s patch

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If you feel like you've had enough of Fantastic Fraulein Mumor in Final Fantasy XI to last a lifetime and then some... well, we're...

The Stream Team: Hunting down monsters and mission objectives in Final Fantasy XI

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It's time once again for another edition of CMA Live as MOP's Chris hops into the game of the month for his Sunday stream!...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

Perfect Ten: The stupid reasons I have had for sacrificing sleep for MMOs

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One of the most useful pieces of advice that I've gotten regarding making decisions for the future is also the simplest: Imagine yourself taking...
Pumpkin head!

Final Fantasy XI’s Naoki Yoshida talks about the importance of developer passion and communication

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Any veteran player of Final Fantasy XI is probably used to the idea of seeing the game's developers as your enemies in playing the...
Dance Dance San d'Orialution

Design Mockument: Mocking up Final Fantasy XI-2

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"Wait just one cotton-picking minute," you say. "Square-Enix is not hurting for another MMO after Final Fantasy XI. It has one. It's called Final Fantasy...

Choose My Adventure: Slow-going through Final Fantasy XI’s more recently added systems

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First thing’s first: I have sorted out the way the aspect ratio option works. No more squished kitty! You’d think that’d be a pretty...
WRONG KIND OF SHINE

Final Fantasy XI previews its next patch and the upcoming Sunshine Seeker event

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It should not surprise anyone who is familiar with the update cadence of Final Fantasy XI tht there will be a new patch for...
Map.

Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida skipped Final Fantasy XI at launch to play Dark Age of Camelot

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Naoki Yoshida is best known for his role as the producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, but the fact of the matter is...

Choose My Adventure: The long-awaited and slightly bumpy return to Final Fantasy XI

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So as you can see, I got Final Fantasy XI working. More specifically, I got the help of our resident expert on all things...
Oh, look, Giddy.

Final Fantasy XI developers talk the game’s 20th anniversary while preparing more reward campaigns

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There's a lot to celebrate when a game hits 20 years of age, and Final Fantasy XI has been celebrating all month. It's still...
Let's eat-a the pizz-a

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of MMO persistence in single-player games

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Recently, we got a great letter from a listener asking about an issue that he'd been having with single-player games compared to MMOs. Essentially,...

Four Winds: Remembering TERA’s wild start and in-game politics

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Well, the TERA sunset thing caught me off guard. I don't play TERA, but I was always under the impression that the game was...
Fighty fight fight.

Perfect Ten: 10 great ways to lose new players from your MMO

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MMOs require new blood. Not exclusively or anything; you can keep an MMO going for quite some time on existing happy players. But existing...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 374: Star Citizen, one decade later

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Justin and Bree discuss the state of Star Citizen, Final Fantasy XI's 20th birthday, Guild Wars 2's Sky Pirates, DDO's Isle of Dread, and EVE Online's EVE Anywhere, plus a mailbag topic on struggling with single-player games in the wake of MMOs.

Choose My Adventure: Sampling a quick serving of player creativity in City of Heroes Rebirth

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Even though City of Heroes Rebirth is a smaller rogue server in comparison to others out there, I was happy to notice that there...
Burn it down!

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the risk of job overload

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All right, let's start this column with a little thought exercise. I want you to come up with a weapon and a general flow...

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