MMORPG is an acronym that can either attract gamers to a title like a moth to a flame or send them running for the hills to keep as far away from a game as possible, and it's the route the developers of Final Fantasy XI decided to go down.
At the moment Steam have dropped their price for the game down to £4.99, which'll make you a saving of almost £10 on the next best offer for the main game, plus you don't have to worry about picking up all the extras separately.
In addition to the main game you also get four expansion packs (Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, and Wings of the Goddess) as well as three add-on scenarios (A Crystalline Prophecy - Ode of Life Bestowing, A Moogle Kupo d'Etat - Evil in Small Doses, and A Shantotto Ascension - The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born).
I'll let you know now that I'm not a fan of MMORPGs due to the monthly costs of running the game having already shelled out to pick up a copy and the ridiculous amount of time that you need to invest into them for a worthwhile experience that'll lead to the destruction of your social life and'll find you starring at a screen for the majority of your leisure time, and I can't help but think that these reason'll stop a fair few Final Fantasy fans from picking up this instalment of the series.
If you're up for the long haul though, then you'll be able to create a character who can choose from a wide range of professions and'll level up as you progress through the game. You'll get to enter into combat with various foes and during the down time there are plenty of things to do, including trying to hammer out items as a blacksmith or creating gold from base metals amongst swirling clouds of dry ice as an alchemist.
For the game and all the extras that are hanging off it £4.99 isn't much to ask for at all, but bear in mind that once your 30 day trial periods up you'll have to start forking out a monthly subscription fee to carry on playing.