In light of the 10 year anniversary and the sale on amazon right now, i figure that it would be a nice time to go back to the world of Vana' diel. That and i was inspired by a passionate CAG and it reminded me of everything i loved about this game, but i will get into that.
For those of you needing a little info on the game itself. It was one of the first cross platform MMO's that i can remember, with PC, PS2 and then Xbox 360. When it first came out it was like a traditional JRPG. You grinded for experience points, you farmed or came across a craft to earn money and then used that money to get better gear. It took awhile and you poured hours into what you did. You either loved it or hated it.
Ten years later, it is as far from that as it once was. Soloing isn't as hard as it used to be, it's actually an option. Gear can come from numerous sources, but the good stuff always needs a little gil or work. You can actually do a lot with less and create parties with more ease, though i never throw away an opportunity to have a dedicated tank and healer. Also you can party at any level with the level sync option and use the gear you have on you with some minor restrictions depending on the level.
To this day XI has had my favorite job/class system in any MMO i have played. Where my character is separate from my class. Each job level is independent from one another, yet any of the skills you learn or train stay with you. Also all of the classes are based on classic final fantasy jobs (Ex. Monk, Warrior, Dragoon, Summoner, Blue Mage)
The most important thing to me was that it had one of the best communities that i had been apart of. Mostly friendly and i have nothing but good experiences. Though i strayed away from endgame events or priorities, i usually do that in any MMO. It changes who you are and makes any game seem more like work. My objective was to have fun and more importantly to have an adventure i can remember. Not to mention that the story for everything in that game is written pretty well, it has it's own take on the Crystal War, magic, economic struggle to say the least.
Look at it now celebrating it's 10 Year anniversary. I remember every year there would be comments on how the community was dying. Then after XIV came out they thought it was a sure thing that it was over. Having played XIV and several other MMO's i still find myself looking for that something it is usually missing. I never had that problem with XI.
If anyone does decide to come back or start up playing, let me know. I am in a position to get you to a place where you can help yourself. With all the current things out now, i can usually make time and play. Though it has been awhile since i have played and i come from the old ways of doing certain things. I would recommend getting the ultimate collection as it has all the expansions, which at this point is almost a necessity to play with the current community.
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The world of Vana' diel is huge, there is a lot going on and there is a great story and adventure if you find yourself looking for one. If you have yourself the ultimate collection, you have the ability to access everything with some work.
The starting nations will decided your first storyline mission, you can change your nation allegiance. The nations are the Bastok (An industrial based city, home of Hume and Galka), San d'Oria (A Kingdom built by the elvaan) and Windurst (A magical city surrounded by forests, home of Taru Taru and Mithra)
Most missions can be done with a few people and with recent updates and additions they have taken a lot of the grinding of levels away. If you show choose, you can get to 99 within a week. Which in my opinion is great, since a lot of people that played the game couldn’t access content since they didn’t grind enough.
There are the Hume, Elvaan, TaruTaru, Mithra and Galka. When it comes to this game race necessarily doesn’t play a huge role, because it's common that your going to experiment with your jobs. If you wanted a big MP pool taru taru, High Strength elvaan, Vitality galka, dexerity mithra and humes are the well rounded ones. I've seen Galka mages and Taru tanks, so anything you decide can be the best at what it does.
HP – Health Points, that little orange bar below your name
MP – Magic Points, the bar under your heath. (You wont have MP if your a non mage)
TP – Tactic Points, that blue bar you build up in battle. 100% means you can use a weapon skill. If you build up more, it makes the skills effects more potent.
EXP – Experience Points, a common rpg term, you'll be wanting this commodity and a lot of it.
AH - Auction House, this is where you will be buying pretty much anything. Located in any major city. They used to be separated by it's city, but now its all combined.
Skill – For every job, there are skills associated with it. Be it offensive/defensive or magic. Every level has a cap on how high it can be. The better it is, the more potential that you can do with your job is unlocked. In short high skill = the better you are. It is tied to your character and carries over from job to job.
A character's main job is the primary job that you have chosen, which will gain experience points. A support job is a secondary job restricted to half the level of the main job. The subjob provides access with some limitations, to the job abilities and job traits to the restricted level of the sub.
Also what I loved about this system is that you can change your job whenever you want.
Starter – The Original 6
Warrior – Versatile in all forms of offensive combat. Focuses on protecting allies from enemy attacks and damage dealing. (Most at end game are used as light tanks, but are primarily damage dealers.)
Monk – Uses martial arts as a deadly weapon. They attack with a barrage of punches and kicks. ( Large HP pool, Easy low maintenance job.)
Thief – The classic rogue job, they control the field of battle with precise critical attacks. ( Uses abilities to shift aggro, pulls monsters, assists in acquiring items.)
White Mage – Uses healing magic to protect allies, ward ill effects and recover from the hardship of battle. (get used to hearing “raise please”)
Black Mage – Having the capability to be a magical power house. Those training in black magic use the power of arcane with cataclysmic force. (They blow stuff up with their minds)
Red Mage – A hybrid mage of offense and defense. Can aid in battle with white and black magic and physical attacks. ( Role of offense turns into a support job later on, endgame are often kites)
Advanced – Obtainable once you get any one job to 30 and complete a quest.
Paladin – Equipped with heavy armor and shield and some white magic. This is the first line of defense that any foe encounters. ( They usually sub warrior, can take the edge of healers and keep monster hate)
Dark Knight – A job that strikes fear into it's enemies with powerful weapon attacks and crippling black magic. ( Dishes damage out can't take it, the term glass cannon comes to mind)
Beastmaster – Trainers of the wild beasts of Vana'diel use abilities to have monsters aid them in battle. (Known for it's ability to solo, can also use items to call pets)
Bard – A most musical class, uses its skills to enhance a parties skills or weaken foes. ( Support role, uses songs for buffing/debuffs, always good to have one around)
Ranger – The greatest hunters in all of Vana'diel. Uncanny expertise with ranged weaponry and tracking skill. ( Great damage dealers, usually pulls monsters, costly due to ammo usage for ranged weapons.)
Samurai – Trained with far east blade techniques, they use the mastery of the katana to end enemies with power, precision and speed. (The only job with the fastest TP gain, does weapon skills the fastest, great damage dealer)
Ninja – Uses the forbidden arts of Ninjitsu to weaken and disorient it's enemies. ( Interesting that the community turned this job into a tank using it's ninjitsu, tools for ninjitsu are costly, It is THE sub for most other offense jobs)
Dragoon – Uses lances and is assisted by it's wyvern in battle. (Wyvern changes its role based on sub, can be offensive, defensive, it can even heal. Very good damage dealers)
Summoner – Mages that have tapped into the forbidden magic of vana'diel to summon legendary avatars. ( Good support healer, can do serious damage with summons, must defeat a avatar first to get the ability to summon it)
Blue Mage – Can learn magic from the monsters of Vana'diel and use it against them. ( Very powerful job, must actively seek out monsters to learn spells from.)
Corsair – Descendants of pirates, they rely on guns and luck based abilities to raise or lower the stakes of battle. ( Support role like bard with potential to deal damage like ranger, Uses dice based on jobs which give bonus effects if your in a party with that job)
Puppetmaster – Originally performers, they bewilder enemies with their customizable puppet known as the “automation”. ( Like dragoon more emphasis is put on the puppet, can deal damage or heal with right parts)
Dancer – Armed with the power of dance, they can use forbidden magic equal to the most powerful mages. ( Unlike mages who use MP they cast spells with TP, Good support job and a very useful sub)
Scholar – Tacticians specializing in using both schools of magic black and white, which they can alternate depending on the situation. ( Very powerful mages, can make normally single target spells multi target)
1. Don't Panic
2. Before you start up the game, look up the controls. I know its a crazy idea, to actually look at a game manual these days. Also since most games now a days spoon feed you into it's world. You enter XI by hitting the ground running.
- Also you can change the graphic settings to make it look nice in the configure menu.
- Gamepad friendly, needs to be enabled and set up. Can also be done in config menu.
3. If you don't see anyone in the starter zones, it's because most people are actually in the endgame areas. Don't fret, lots of people are still leveling up but using different methods.
4. Ask for help, it's not uncommon. The community is mostly friendly. Also look at the time your on, if no one answers you there is a good chance they aren't speaking your native language. Don't fret there is an auto - translate function.
5. There are no wrong decisions when making a character, any flaws can be fixed with gear.
6. If you want Easy Mode, get the Destrier beret. Under level 30 you get, Auto - Regen/Auto-Refresh and most importantly Auto - Reraise. In short, you get knocked down and you get up again.
7. Yes it's cross platform with Xbox 360, PC and the occasional, but rare PS2 user.
If you feel overwhelmed, it seems like a lot to take in. In fact it isn't. Set a goal for yourself, find people, ask friends to join you. You can get a lot done in a short amount of time and have the full Final Fantasy MMO experience your looking for.
http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/ ← will answer a lot of questions and is THE guide if you want to play this game
Edited by DemonKysho, 28 February 2013 - 02:36 AM.