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FFXI beta hits the UK

OXM's free Final Fantasy XI beta disc has been a success despite a delay in the magazine's UK release; it hit newsagents on Thursday, and seems to be a big hit amongst many gamers.

Our quick tips:
  • Get your registration code handy before installing. You'll want this site if you're using the European disc.
  • If you can, grab a USB keyboard for the installation and registration procedure. It's a lot easier than entering the requisite information the long way.
  • Also, find something else to do during the two-hour installation.
  • Remember your character name; if you hit the Random button, write it down!
  • Make sure to get a copy of the US or UK manual; the registration isn't particularly complex, but the controls are.
  • If you want to group with a friend, use the Xbox 360's private chat feature to talk rather than laboriously crafting text messages ingame.
Happy adventuring in Vana'diel!

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Daniel D1

1-14-2006 @ 5:10PM

Daniel D said...

It took me THREE F*CKING HOURS to set it up, it was oo long and borish and 1hours for installation I mean seriously wtf takes an hours instal pass the 80's I played but I was wondering around some mines and I didnt have a clue wear to go or what to do and it was boring walking around aimlessly.

Me being killed by a trio of bats was the final straw. I quit after that, im giving it a weeks break before I get back into that. now im happier playing mercenaries on the xbox


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Brian Kirchhoff2

1-14-2006 @ 9:27PM

Brian Kirchhoff said...

It's utter crap... A waste of money, time, and previous hard disk space.

Take your three hours and invest it elsewhere.


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1-15-2006 @ 6:42PM

Joby said...

Count yourself lucky. I went into Morrissons to buy a copy of this magazine, and every one of them had been opened and had the DVDs swiped!


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1-15-2006 @ 11:03PM

Carl said...

I agree with first 2 post, utter crap, not worth the SIX GIGS, and (yes) THREE HOURS to install it, looks like crap, and you have to use the playOnline shit. Ok, so you didnt upgrade the graphics, atleast use the xbox's own friends and live system? geez.


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1-16-2006 @ 6:48AM

Massimiliano said...

Yes it took a long time to install and the playonline is clunky compared to Xbox Live but at least it gives you the ability to play FFXI alongside PC and PS2 owners in the future (I think the beta servers are 360 only).

If you don't like MMORPGs no point going any further, it takes time and work to get going but I am enjoying it a great deal just like a lot of other players on the server (it is busy with activity), very slow going though.

You will absolutely need a USB keyboard as communicating with the pad is very cumbersome.

I used to think that typing as a method of communicating in a game would be bad but actually I find it aurally pleasing, most of the people on Xbox Live I have heard talk aren't worth listening to and some are just plain annoying.


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1-16-2006 @ 8:57AM

alkone said...

It is crap for sure. This is not a game for an Xbox its a game for a PC and thats where it belongs. I am installing for 3 hours on a machine i should be able to put a disc in and play right away!

And then i get a network error on one of the 500 updates so guess what i uninstalled this crap and will put something better on thouse 5GB (even a trailer is better!)


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1-16-2006 @ 9:21AM

Abe said...

Is this issue out in the US yet? I heard that it's suppose to be out tomorrow, the 17th.


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Black Guy8

1-16-2006 @ 12:25PM

Black Guy said...

After getting through the intial pain in the ass setup process --- iHad to find some stupid codes. iLooked everywhere w/ no luck. iWas about to say to hell w/ it until iNoticed - in microscopic print - the instructions on the back of the CD sleeve. WTF? Why did they make the print so small!?

After iEntered the codes & went through some other BS, this thing said 1 hour to install... iGave up @ that point & uninstalled everything.

Installing games on a console should be illegal. iCan tolerate it on a computer, but game systems intallations should not be more complicated than place disc in tray...


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