PUBLISHED: 12:04 11 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010
XI (X-box 360, PC). Released on April 20. Final Fantasy XI gives PC owners the rich gaming experience that Square Enix has been bringing to game consoles for years. It includes both the previously released Rise of the Zilart and the new Chains of Promathi
XI (X-box 360, PC). Released on April 20.Final Fantasy XI gives PC owners the rich gaming experience that Square Enix has been bringing to game consoles for years. It includes both the previously released Rise of the Zilart and the new Chains of Promathia expansion packs while a third expansion pack, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, is also released to coincide with the launch.In Final Fantasy XI, players undertake multiple adventures through vast environments in the world of Vana'diel, which has more than 100 areas to explore, including mountains, forests, glaciers, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles and dungeons. Players travel through these areas using various modes of transport including chocobos, ferries and airships. Incorporating time and climate changes, ranging from daytime to evening, blazing sunshine to dense fog and thunderstorms to heavy snow, Vana'diel's persistent world is comprised of unique nations - the Republic of Bastok, known for industry and might; the Kingdom of San d'Oria, a proverbial city within a fortress, and the Federation of Windurst, founded on the fruits of knowledge. While these nations enjoy a friendly relationship on the surface, territorial expansion is a constant and natural desire for their leaders, causing an underlying antagonistic tone. Players must choose one of these nations as their home and carry out quests and missions not only to benefit their nation but also uncover the past, present and future of Vana'diel.Gamers can play at their own pace and form parties by utilizing the various communication tools that have been incorporated into Final Fantasy XI, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems. Players will become immersed in an expansive, original story that not only includes fighting for the glory of their nation, but also non-battle related skills such as alchemy, leathercraft, goldsmithing and fishing. While players may start out on their own, as they advance, they will realise the advantages and enjoyment found in joining parties. Communication and interaction with other characters and the environment are key as gamers create a new fate for the world of Vana'diel.