Finally an opportunity to casually gush about Final Fantasy XI Online
the official servers are still online and the best way to play all the expansions, cutscenes, story and you can do most of it solo now. it does have a monthly subscription fee of ~$12
the game looks great thanks to brilliant effort of artists like
AshenBubs HD Texture Packs
many og players yearn for that 2003-2008 “Golden Era” “Classic” experience where the the brutal unforgiving nature of FFXI forced you to team up and seek out help from other players, where the world was vast due to the limited quick travel options.
Enter the private server.
some mad lads have reverse engineered FFXI.
hundreds of people still play on the private servers everyday.
Horizon server boasts numbers in the thousands everyday.
no subscription fee required.
there’s half a dozen or so private servers that retain more of that classic “vainilla” feel with varying degrees of modern amenities. the big ones are