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Retro Gaming- Final Fantasy XI: (2002)


As we all know Final Fantasy XI was originally released by Square for the PlayStation 2 game console in 2002. This game would also be released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 which allowed players to enjoy the online gameplay of  Final Fantasy XI.  The online features of Final Fantasy XI is better suited for Microsoft Windows or the  Xbox 360 because of its massive multiplayer gameplay which allowed players to put in as many hours as they wanted into the game.  Final Fantasy XI allows players to control five characters including Elvaan, Hume, Galka, Mithra, and Tarutaru to journey off into different adventures throughout the game.  Since its inception Final Fantasy XI had introduced as series of add-ons and expansion packs between the years 2003 and 2015.


Each expansion pack have their own unique stories including Rise of the Zulart (2003), Chains of Promathia (2004), Treasures of Aht Urhgan (2006), and Wings of the Goddess (2007) which most fans of the series in seem to enjoy.  While it varies among many people which pack was the best some people would probably agree that Chains of Promathia was one of the most favorable expansion sets.  The missions and adventures in each expansion pack all offer great gameplay and many hours of fun that people can really get attached to.    Final Fantasy XI was slightly different from its previous titles because player had the option of using a keyboard and a mouse if they were playing the game on a console.  This would allow players to advance through the story using the dialog sequence that appears on the lower left screen of the game.


Another great feature this game includes is character customization which allows people to alter anything from appearance to national allegiance for the characters they control.  As one progresses through Final Fantasy XI they have the opportunity engage in various battles with monsters in highly refined 3D landscapes. Final Fantasy XI also includes various boss battles that are both fun and challenging. While the main battles in the game vary based on difficulty many would argue that the High Notorious Bosses: Absolute Virtue and Pandemonium Warden were among the toughest.   Even though, many people enjoyed Final Fantasy XI on PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 it was revealed over a month ago that Square Enix had shut down servers for both game consoles.  However, people are still allowed to play Final Fantasy XI online for Microsoft Windows.  While many may argue that Final Fantasy XI paled in comparison to some of other titles in the series they would have to admit that it was a very fun game to play online.



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