Final Fantasy XI is the first online Final Fantasy RPG from Square Enix.
Test Client, Main Client, login, logout, character creation, battle (only small, solo battles tested), magic effects (I'm a WHM/BLM, so I was able to test a lot of White, and a little Black)... pol no longer seems to crash on logout, which is good.
Additionally, the game now appears to work without the native dxdiagn.dll override that's been on the howto since I arrived on the scene in 2008.
I intend to further my testing efforts as time avails itself. Meantime, enjoy your cheesecake.
What does not
There are minor, but noticeable, graphical issues. namely, some lights flicker when their animation cycles, and glow boxes (such as those in fireplaces) expand beyond their intended bounds.
In addition, windowed mode works, however, upon losing then regaining focus, the sticks on the gamepad seem to lose calibration. Recommend using Virtual Desktop.
Some regedit "hacks" that work in Windows do not appear to work in wine - most notable of which being the background/overlay oversampling hack, which essentially forces primitive (but effective) anti-aliasing in Windows, but appears to have NO EFFECT in wine. Cause unknown, but likely has something to to with dx->gl translation. Recommend setting Overlay and Background to same resolution for best performance/quality balance.
Game may not install on 64-bit systems without WINEARCH=win32
Game alters gamma setting for the FULL X Screen when run fullscreen in virtual desktop mode.
What was not tested
Large battles, Major NM hunts, Any events involving large groups of people (Again, I intend to test these as time avails itself), Gamepad Vibration feature.
after correcting some opengl/driver issues on my system, I managed to get the game running correctly. Special thanks to Chiitoo. Wine ver: 1.5.30+ (gitwine) CPU: Intel i7 1.6GHz RAM: 8GB GPU: nv GTX260M - 1GB Input devices: Laptop Keyboard (with numpad) Logitech Trackball Logitech Rumblepad2 NOTE TO ADMIN: Given my review, if you feel it is not worthy of the Gold rating I've given it, feel free to downgrade it, but do note that this game IS running SUBSTANTIALLY better than it was in 2008 when Ganiman and I agreed it was worthy of silver. The issues mentioned here are insignificant in comparison to the issues we had back then. On the other hand, if you DO agree with my rating, then... well... enjoy your cheesecake.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jun 24 2019||4.11||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Chiitoo|
|Show||macOS Mojave 10.14||Feb 15 2019||4.1||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Christopher Strom|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jan 08 2019||4.0-rc3-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Oct 15 2018||3.18||N/A||Yes||Yes||Gold||Megas of Vecanti|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 03 2018||3.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Christopher Strom|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|28861||Final Fantasy XI hangs after character selection||NEW||View|
|32931||FFXI Amazon Downloader crashes when trying to download install files||NEW||View|
|40794||PlayOnline Viewer crashes when using a game controller.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|41641||Final Fantasy XI: incorrect face culling; no glitches when disabled||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|42008||Final Fantasy XI Online: Opening movie doesn't play.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|45520||Install Shield fails on 64bit prefix with Silent install||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47577||Final Fantasy XI crashes||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47651||PlayOnline Viewer: Page fault on read access at launch time.||UNCONFIRMED||View|
The PlayOnline Viewer and Final Fantasy XI installation/data files can be downloaded from the PlayOnline website(s):
During the installation process of Final Fantasy XI, a window with only borders, and no rendered content may be seen, and the 'msiexec' process can be using up to 100% of a single CPU core while possibly processing the 'FINAL_FANTASY_XI.msi' file probably. This can take up to at least four (4) minutes, but should eventually complete.
Last updated until this point: 2019-06-14
Windows 7 needs to be set as the reported Windows version, or the game client will crash after accepting the licence agreement.
Everything imaginable in-game works, though the game can be quite heavy, depending on settings (especially due to the shadows). Using CSMT from Staging helps with FPS by allowing more CPU to be used.
A PS2-controller via a simple USB-converter works flawlessly (aside from sometimes when entering the game, and the analog mode is off, the player character and the camera will start moving by themselves, but they stop when the analog mode is enabled (whether or not this would happen on Windows as well is unknown at this time)).
Requires the Japanese PlayOnline Viewer software, as is intended (using 'uim' to switch input methods).
Works while in PlayOnline Viewer, but not while in-game. This may be due to how things are built-in. It is possible to paste text from outside the PlayOnline Viewer into it, but the same is not true for the actual game client.
The following information may be largely out of date since 2016-12-19 or earlier.
HOWTO - Final Fantasy XI: The Ultimate Collection 2011
This HOWTO will help you get Final Fantasy XI setup on your machine using "The Ultimate Collection 2011" retail package, or equivalent media. Here you will also find a guide to get the PlayOnline Viewer running. This HOWTO is complete to the best knowledge of its creators, however, there may be some errors that have not been resolved.
Please note that in order to run this game, you will most likely NEED the proprietary drivers for your graphics card(s). Open-source drivers are known to have problems with 3D rendering, and may render many things incorrectly or slowly. Please bear this in mind when submitting test results, as well.
Running more than one instance of FFXI:
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/first/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe
/home/yourname/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/ and one copy of that install in: /home/yourname/.wine-second/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/copy/of/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe