Last update: Feb. 28, 2010FINAL FANTASY XI: ONLINE
ITT we /cheer our heroic deeds, /sigh at bad parties, and /point and /laugh at MTs
Final Fantasy XI is Square's entry in the MMO market and if you've got a PS2/3, Xbox 360, or a half-decent PC then you too can play, because it's totally cross-platform with international servers
Latest news: OH GOD IT'S VANAFEST
A basic rundown:
- Campaign in Castle Zvahl! Maybe you'll fight the Shadow Lord! Maybe you'll get to use his weapons and armor for yourself
- THE LEVEL CAP IS BEING RAISED TO 99, HOLY SHIT
- Since the level cap is being raised to 99, there's gotta be NEW AREAS TO XP IN, HOLY SHIT
- New augment system that lets you put whatever augments you want on any gear you want! Even Relics
- Two new avatars: Odin
! They can only be used during your two-hour but that just means Astral Flow is now the best two-hour in the game
- A bunch of more minor job adjustments (rng, mnk, bst, rdm, drg, drk were specifically mentioned)
- Maybe more later, stay tuned! If I remember to update the OP
Final Fantasy XIV announced!
Square announced FFXIV at last year's E3. Official site here
, trailer below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAFyFCqCEW0Not sure if FFXI is for you?
Then you should check out the 14-day free trial! It's free (as cleverly indicated in the previous sentence) and doesn't even require a credit card to play.NA TrialEU TrialJP Trial
What makes this game different?
Screenshots from Grinnin
Can I solo?
- Job system - 20 available jobs, all of which can be played on a single character
- Difficulty - nothing in this game is easy
- Grouping - if you're going to get most anything done, you'll need to team up
- Crafting - nearly everything monsters drop is in some sort of crafting recipe and the job system ensures even low-level gear is always in demand
- Community - the playerbase is a pretty good bunch and is willing to help you out with most things
- Atmosphere - the game looks and feels like Final Fantasy through and through
- Cutscenes - yep, they're here too
The simple answer is "Yes and no," but it is a bit more complicated than that.
As a brand new character, fresh out of the shrink-wrap, you will be soloing until you get a job to level 10 at the minimum; sometimes upwards of level 15. From that point on, it is in your best interests to find parties, or at least one or two other people to group with, for two reasons:
The monsters get a lot tougher. The power curve goes from a gentle wading pool to an olympic swimming pool to a raging river rapids.
All higher end reward content (the stuff that gets you the cool swag) needs parties in sets of three, (usually) six, and sometimes 18. How to behave in a party is a skill set that you need to cultivate: Without it you miss the whole game.
Once you have some job levels under your belt, and some other resources, you may pursue a job combination that allows you to solo at higher levels. Be advised though, that these jobs are often lonely things, and expensive to boot: Making aquantinces and sharing risks is and always has been the fastest way to advance in the game, in the long run.(Courtesy of our (M)Bri)Which server should I join?
Well, I'm on Bahamut but most people on PA aren't. In fact, Carbuncle seems to be the server of choice for PA people so maybe consider going there!
Here's a list of who's on what server, though I don't know how long it's been since it was updated!
(PA forum name) - (FFXI character name)
Skullie - Skullie
SkannerJAT - Ramiah
SNES - Arkm
Bama - Dael
Grundlestiltskin - Treva
Kyanilis - Kyanilis
Varega - Varega
scygen - Scygen(?)
fightstrife - Paige
king awesome - Emol
Ultravisitor - Dose
Arcibi - Arcibi
The Dude With Herpes - Kingshand
Just_Bri_Thanks - Bri
Xhero - Ormi
Pb - Ancalaehte
Smashism - Samash
Trevor Goodchild - Loras
ins0mniac - Dimen
Xanarios - Rikiru
Koopa_Paratroopa - Maus
Demitri Omni - Demitrion
RawrBear - Littlebear
RooX - Lumir
Dyvion - Dyvion
ProfMoriarty - Fefron
zanmatto - Misteyy
WillisIVIIX - Gynin
Murphy - Murphie
Elimination - Vyles
EricKei - Erickei (Hiatus)
Professor Snugglesworth - Jorginus
Stryker43 - Caldyen
ProfMoriarty - Ocilus
seabass - Bassiwassi
Evil_Pig - Karli
GrinninBarrett - Ishmael
neville - Neville
UltraMantisBlack - Ultramantis
RavynBlackheart - Vehnibi
Tcheldor - Tortalius
Freebytes - Freebytes
mystic_knight - Everitt
Xhaztol - Xhaztol
Aoi - Squidge
The Laughing Man - Stompy
PM for additions or changes
that I'm totally copy/pasting from the old thread because I'm too lazy to write a new oneYou've installed the game. You plugged in your keyboard. Now what?
I. New Player Guides
II. Resource Links
IV. PC and third party addons
I. New Player Guides
SE's New Player Guide
II. Resource Links
These video's are hosted on the main FFXI site.
They contain easy to understand instructions for all platforms.
Watch all videos, click each section on the left column.LBR's Gigantious Beginners Guide to Vana'diel
So this is a FFXI podcast, I'll admit the hosts are kind of annoying.
This super long podcast though has a lot of useful information to a new player.
Skim through it sometime while soloing out those first levels.Forum Post New Player Guide
Kind of opinionated but lots of good macro tips and more.
These sites will help. Go here first if you have a question, a lot of basic (and advanced) info is out there for the taking, just look for it. Of course, ask away in this thread if you can't find an answer from these links.
Links by Grinnin!FFXI Auction House Database
An online AH that lets you check prices and trends from any AH on any server from your browser.FFXI Wikia
FFXI's Wiki. Just about everything you could possibly look up is in this Wiki.BG FFXI Wiki
Another FFXI Wiki just in case the other one doesn't have what you're looking for.Vana'diel Atlas
A site with all the maps and related information in the game. Useful if you're ever lost, or wondering what kind of treasure you can find in a zone.Vana'diel Bestiary
Excellent source for finding out what monsters exist where; also a handy tool for deciding where to take your party to XP.FFXI Firefox Plugin
Nifty Firefox plugin. Show FFXI times, searches, skillchains, and more.
IV. PC and third party addons
Must have a fatty PS2
Need a HDD
Must have Network Adapter
BC confirmed for consoles that allow it
Must have HDD
POL and FFXI take up about 7.5 gigs
Messenger Kit mini keyboard doesn't function correctly. "/" doesnt work.
Free Silver membership required (no need for gold)
FFXI hates steam. Demitri recommends running Apradar(mentioned later) through steam and renaming it FFXI.
Windower - Shhhhhhh
Most PC users prefer to plugin a USB controller and play mostly with that, although many players go without it. See which you are most comfortable with.
If you do use a controller, there are a few problems you may run into.
The Microsoft Xbox 360/Windows controller will have some issues. The MS drivers won't let the triggers work, which you need badly for macroes, trust me.Xbox 360 Fan Drivers
These fan made drivers let you use the 360 controller correctly with the game.
They also allow you to use budget third party controllers too. Such as, mad catz, pelican, and so on.
MUST BE THE WIRED CONTROLLER, the wireless adapter WILL NOT work with this fan driver, thus making the wireless controller useless for FFXI.
VISTA USERS: Pay close attention to the direction on your install, it is a bit trickier.
Higher Resolution Sprites - UI icon's
The first rule of windower
is you do not speak about windower (in game, ever, I am serious). SE sees all third party software as potential hacks and if they can prove you use it, they will ban you.
Windower is essentially some plugins that provide a multitude of options outside of the default game. You can view other party members TP, distance from enemy, cooldown counters, and way more.
It can also increase the graphics for the game by tweaking the registry (which you can do by yourself at your own risk), so the game appears sharp.How do you know it's safe to use?
There is no way that SE can detect you using the program, SE has never detected anyone and just banned them for using the program. Now if you run around Sandoria shouting I USE WINDOWER, I don't think I can guarantee your accounts safety.
Even if you discuss it in a party nobody will probably respond, so you are better off just not mentioning it in game, at all, ever. EVER.How do I use it?Download
the program first. Unzip it to a more permanent location.
Open up "Launcher_GUI"
Click the Advanced
box. Set the Overlay Resolution to whatever resolution you want FFXI running at (desktop resolution).
Under: Registery > Background, is where you can change the texture sharpness. Make sure they both match. If X is greater than your background resolution it will create an in game AA effect. Nifty, AND HOW!
Now launch FFXI from this launcher from now on.
I also recommend the DrawDistance plugin to cut down on the fog in game and the infobar plugin to show you enemy details.
In game map replacements
Brandson first made some higher res sprites for the game and Emiko has recently taken up where he left off. These icons
IMO are clearer than the FFXI default icons and much more clean looking. There is also a widescreen version so no more icon stretching.
Another old project of Brandson continued by Emiko. Replaces in game maps with more detailed variants that include path information, NM spawns and more.
ApRadar - The third party minimap!
If I could marry a plugin it would be this one. Simply unzip and open when you have FFXI running. It will display a minimap of your current location. Also displays maps regardless if you own them or not, so useful.