Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy XI’

by Keith Crandell Jr.

*Editor’s Note: This review covers Dissidia and Dissidia 012*

Dissidia’s initial selling point was the conflict between ten heroes and villains from the numbered installments.


By Jared Bonaminio


In the beginning, there was nothing but a massive, sentient crystal whose light stretched as the hands of life creating the world and Gods alike. Vana’diel, the world of Final Fantasy XI, was said to be created for the amusement of the Gods and their children. The children, wishing to be one with their Gods, tried constructing a pathway to their paradise, and were consequentially struck down for their insolence as their cities dropped into the ocean. The Goddess Atlana wept five tears of sorrow for the despair of her children; from these tears sprouted the five Enlightened Races of Vana’diel. Promathia, the God of Twilight, condemned Altana for her weakness and cursed the five races by bringing to light their darkest attributes: The apathy of the Humes, the arrogance of the Elvaan, the rage of the Galka, the cowardice of the Tarutaru, and the envy of the Mithra. Promathia then created the Beastmen to forever lay siege on the people of Vana’diel. With this eternal distraction, the people of Vana’diel could never again join forces and attempt to reach the Gods. The game’s events take place 20 years after the Crystal War, a war that devastated the nations of the Middle Land after the Shadow Lord invaded with his Beastmen army. The storyline is followed with missions throughout governing nations that exist within the base game; with expansions comes new missions, new areas, and more expansions to the stories (for example, the plotting of the Crystal War was revealed in the Rise of Zilart expansion pack).


By Alex Schmitz 

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Final Fantasy is one of the most historic and well known series in gaming. It has been innovative not only in game play and storytelling, but also in gaming soundtracks. The legendary composer for most of the series, Nobuo Uematsu, has performed this music in orchestras around the world. I will be highlighting two great tracks from each numbered game in the series to show the breadth of the series’ musical accomplishments.

(Editor’s Note:  Want to listen to the track? Click on the song name!)