Ridiculous: One Boss in Final Fantasy XI Takes Over 18 Hours to Defeat
Anyone who’s played a strenuous RPG has probably encountered a boss that took an hour or more to defeat, even with great equipment, fine-tuned strategy, and a lot of luck. But I doubt anyone else out there has gone through what the members of the Final Fantasy XI guild, “Beyond the Limitation,” have gone through recently. They banded together to take a serious crack at one of the game‘s most difficult bosses: Pandemonium Warden. After over 18 hours of play and 20 different forms of the boss though, the group still wasn’t able to take him down. Eventually they all decided to give up, fearing they might become another cautionary tale of online gaming. According to one member named “Sylphet”:
“People were passing out and getting physically ill. We decided to end it before we risked turning into a horrible new story about how video games ruin people’s lives…None of us doubt that PW can be killed. We just call into question exactly what the development team thinks is reasonable from human beings.”
This does seem to contradict the message that Square-Enix gives to all player (shown above). You can’t exactly log out of a boss battle and then pick up where you left off. I’ve heard of people spending loads of their time just grinding or doing various quests, but just ridiculous to have to spend that much time on one single goal.
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