Lion of the Blogosphere

There will never be another MMORPG like FFXI

In FFXIV, I’ve been hunting the rushes I received from Final Fantasy XI, a frustratingly idiosyncratic MMORPG that, at times, felt like a punishing inside joke. Some monsters attack by sight, others by sound, and if players don’t consult their mental Excel spreadsheet of imminent death every few steps, imminent death will soon become inevitable. Often, in FFXI, players are forced to cross huge swaths of a zone saturated with belligerent mobs. Before hitting an outpost, they might die a half dozen times. And this all happens before level 20.

And you can’t go back and play FFXI even if you wanted to, because it no longer exists in it’s original format in 2003 when it was released. Also, if you enjoyed computer games in 2003, you may be too old to still enjoy them in 2016.

Sorry for this extremely nerdy post.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. I played a long time ago, VII and VIII were my favourites, they were different and immersive. IX was OK and X was worse and XI seemed to be going downhill, haven’t even seen the newer versions.

    I never thought they were very challenging however and they were all always a little bit grindy.


    July 23, 2016 at EDT am

    • XI and XIV are the only ONLINE games, and as such they are entirely different than the solo Final Fantasy games (except they all have similar artwork and borrow from the same made-up mythology).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 23, 2016 at EDT pm

  2. You could try a private server. Never played FFXI so can’t give you any suggestions on servers, so just look around.

    With the thoughts you'd be thinkin

    July 23, 2016 at EDT pm

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