In a nutshell:Denied a release on the PlayStation 2, Square Enix's first ever massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) comes to the Xbox 360 with all new graphics and all the expansion packs and extras from the PC version.The lowdown:Although this is part of the core, numbered, Final Fantasy series it is a fully fledged MMORPG that cannot be played offline or in single player mode (it also requires a hard drive to work). That said, it's easily one of the most accessible and attractive MMORPGs around and the first proper one to be released on a home console. Once you've created and customised a character, the world of Vana 'Diel is yours to explore and adventure in as you like, with complete freedom to focus on exploration or monster hunting to increase your character's skills. The controls and interface can be a bit fussy at times but the game is great at encouraging teamwork between players, and since this is a social experience above everything else that's all important.Most exciting moment:Ganging together with the other members of your linkshell (an online clan of friends) to take on a giant monster you could never defeat alone.Since you ask:This is the first ever Square Enix game for an Xbox console, but the company has already promised to develop a second, as yet unspecified, title as well.The bottom line:The first ever online Final Fantasy has never looked or played better.Harrison Dent
Online RPG: First massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) in the renowned FINAL FANTASY series.
Cross-platform title: First MMORPG that lets gamers connect to the same gaming world, regardless of platform.
Varied quests: From one of three starting nations, players can undertake conquests to elevate their nation's standing, missions to build their reputation within a nation, and quests to discover useful items, earn money, uncover valuable information, and learn more about the story of Vana'diel.
Custom characters: Personalize your character with a host of physical traits and jobs. Gain the ability to equip and switch support jobs at any time.
Special quests: Participate in missions to unlock exciting new jobs such as "Dark Knight," "Summoner," and "Ninja."
Intuitive battle system: Experience a complex yet well-balanced battle system fit for beginners and experienced gamers alike. Perform strategic attacks using magic, job abilities, and weapon skills.
Huge world: More than 100 areas to explore including mountains, forests, ice plains, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles, and dungeons.
Changing time, climate, and weather: Live in a persistent world with time and climate changes that range from full day/night cycles to desert sandstorms, thunderstorms, fog, and snow.