The latest issue Japan's popular game magazine
Weekly Famitsu featured a review of Square's long awaited online
RPG, Final Fantasy XI. For those of you unfamiliar with Famitsu
reviews, a panel of four authors review the same game on a scale
of 1 to 10 (10 being best). Here is what they had to say about
Omiya: 10 "Not merely an update
to the series, this is the beginning of a whole new dimension.
Raising the bar for flexibility in network games, the game will
be as expandable as the player could want with supplementation
from optional contents. There are as many ways to play as you
can imagine, and the addition of interaction with other players
adds another element of appeal. Incredible. I've never seen anything
Arashiyama: 9 "The fact that this
is an online game that is not action-based is in itself innovative.
However, this sometimes makes the game frustratingly slow. The
huge field and large variety of monsters are reason enough to
play, but when you add the quest and interactive chat, you begin
to see a whole new level of fun."
Okamura: 10 "This is a fun, huge-scale
adventure that allows a large degree of freedom. The game is loaded
with quests and collectable items, causing one to seriously worry
there won't be enough time to do everything! However, the manners
of other players sometimes introduce a different kind of "fun"
and there are charges associated with network play. Even so, it
is a game you definitely will want to play!"
Haneda: 9 "The requirement of changing
to an online environment may pose high barriers, but this title
is definitely a milestone in consumer game software. Even veterans
of MMRPGs will be surprised by some points. The design seems to
have kept things simple through fixed, easily-enforced rules rather
than letting the game act as a microcosm of society. Very fun."