Final Fantasy XI Beginner's Guide

It's an adventure that never ends. Final Fantasy has always been a finite experience, bounded by a story that reaches a definite conclusion. Not Final Fantasy XI, though. It's been going strong for more than two years in the US, and with the release of the Xbox 360 version this week, it's available to more gamers than ever before. Whether you've just grabbed the new 360 version or got interested because of the Treasures of Aht Urghan expansion pack that hit the PS2 and PC this week, we've got your back.

Starting your life in Final Fantasy XI can be a confusing experience, but fear not. We've done all the hard work so you don't have to - our five-part beginner's guide isn't full of confusing terms only online game experts can comprehend. It provides vital information to help you make the best choices, so you can make the most of your time in the massive world of Vana'diel.

Day 1: Who do you think you are?
Like any great fantasy world, Vana'diel is full of different races. Which one fits?

Day 2: Get a job
You've picked your pack, now figure out what you want to do with your life

Day 3: MMO boot camp
Aggro. Monsters. Partying. We break down the essentials for the new FFXI player

Day 4: Going it alone
You can't always find comrades in arms. We'll teach you how to make the most of your "me time"

Day 5: Moving along
The adventure has just begun, but you'd better plan for the future. Did someone say "Chocobo?"