Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess (Xbox 360)

Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess (Xbox 360) / 2007 Square Enix / http://www.square-enix-usa /

Final Fantasy XI has been around for a half decade now, and expansions such as “Wings of the Goddess” ensure that players will be locked in for years to come. The game play and additions brought the Final Fantasy XI series by “Wings of the Goddess” will ensure that the 500,000 subscribers of the game with further increase in number in the months to come. Square Enix has kept all three consoles in the running with this continuation – even as the console rapidly reaches obsolescence, there is a PS2 version of “Wings of the Goddess” being shipped as we speak. For individuals that want more than just another story to play through, there are a number of additions that first present themselves during “Wings of the Goddess”.

Most important of these additions has to be the two new job classes – the dancer and the scholar – which will change the game dynamic considerably. For those individuals that are tired as all get out fighting the same monsters time after time, “Wings of the Goddess” also throws in tens of new monsters to slay on one’s way up the levels. Perhaps the strongest side to “Wings of the Goddess” has to be the fact that despite its age, that the graphics are equally compelling to whatever similar RPGs are being produced – where it seems that things like Oblivion have faded considerably in the years since the game was first released, “Wings of the Goddess” has stellar graphics regardless of whether one is watching a cinematic video, is playing in-game, or is even going through a menu. The world of Vana’diel still has many secrets to give up, and I sincerely hope that the story arc is given more time to continue, even if the subscriber base decreases in the future.

“Wings of the Goddess” will give fans of Final Fantasy and the story line for FF XI countless more hours of game play, and may even give individuals a reason to fire up their dusty PS2s. The inclusion of different skill sets, whether it be the dancer’s steps or the different spells present in this expansion, coupled with the new monsters and missions, make this into a must buy for anyone that has ever picked up a Final Fantasy game. Last time I checked, the holiday season is coming up and its competitive price would make it into a great stocking stuffer.

Rating: 8.5/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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