Doc Overclock · 12-01-2003 · Category:
Final Fantasy XI The benchmark
I remember the first time I played Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 or so. At the time I was a little kid who loved videogames and RPGs in all their forms. Final Fantasy VI, the last game made by Squaresoft for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is one of my favorite games of all time. I hope that the next version of Final Fantasy (X-2) is as fun as Final Fantasy X.
Recently MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) have become a popular genre. Games like Dark Age of Camelot, Asheron's Call and Asheron's Call 2, Everquest and others have made subscription games where you play online with or against other players a massive success. Squaresoft recently released a game for the Playstation 2 and PC called Final Fantasy XI, which builds on and improves the genre.
Squaresoft released a benchmark to show people interested in the game if their system could handle the game. To install the demo, simply download and run the Final Fantasy exe. After installation go the directory FFXI Bench2 in your c:\Program files and double click FFXIBench 2. After accepting the warning, you'll be prompted whether you want to run the benchmark or demonstration mode, high or low resolution and whether you want to loop the benchmark. Of course, in all of our tests we'll be using the Benchmark Mode and High resolution. To start the benchmark simply hit START. The benchmark will then commence. To get a score the benchmarker must watch the benchmark to the end. It's unfortunate that Squaresoft didn't output the results to a Wordpad file or Excel file. But ah well, the eyecandy is worth it.
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