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New to Final Fantasy? Want to know how to fully control your gaming experience and are tired of accidentally running face first into goblins?
Used to play Final Fantasy but you’ve either forgot the controls or using a new system. Or perhaps you are still playing but would like to know your options?
Some of the controls should be either inside your FFXI manual or on a sheet that came with the game.
Let’s start from the top.
- Strange to the majority of MMORPG players is that Final Fantasy is generally played using only the keyboard controls. However they are easily adapted to and there are other options available to you such as using the mouse or a gamepad other than just creating macros.
- To be able to interact with your surroundings on Final Fantasy you will first need to get to grips with and make full use of your characters motor controls and to an extent the menu system.
- Strange to the majority of PC MMORPG players is that Final Fantasy is generally played (on the PC) by use of the keyboard with little or no help from the mouse.
- Using the number pad:
- 8 moves the character forward
- 2 moves the character back
- 4 moves the character left
- 6 moves the character right
- 7 auto-runs your character
- / on the number pad
- Arrow keys
- Move anchor / Move cursor
- Zoom Keys
- 9 and 3 on the number pad or Page Up and Page Down zoom the view in and out from the character. You can often force the camera between the floor or wall and your character to gain a closer shot though.
- Using either the |Tab| Key or the 0 on the number pad
- Return key (Enter) and Enter on the number pad
- To select one of the options on the menu you only need to click the return or enter key again.
- The Return key is a confirm or “yes” key.
- Escape (Esc) key
- 5 on the number pad
- * on the number pad has two functions
- F1 key
- This key targets the first member of a party. However, since your name will always be at the top of the list, this will always target your character.
- F2, F3, F4, F5 and F6 keys
- F7 key
- Is the "official" means of self-targeting.
- F8 key
- Targets objects, NPCs and PCs. Such as the auction house counter, a monster or a friendly NPC.
- F9 key
- Always targets the closest player in front of your character and does not cycle through targets.
- F10 key
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- - key on number pad and menu
- Holding down the right mouse button while dragging
- Your character will run in the direction of the cursor. The cursor also changes direction, shape and shade of gold. The direction it changes to is the same as the one you drag and is where your character is running.
- Holding down the left mouse button while dragging
- The camera will move in the direction you drag. The cursor also changes to suit the direction you drag and changes it’s shape and color to blue.
- Right mouse click
- This is a method of selecting targets as simply as you would click on a hyperlink on the internet and can also be used to select menu options. When the menu appears the cursor is automatically pulled over to the menu options.
- The rest of the controls are limited to the user having to use the keyboard, such as for talking to other players, using commands and macros.
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- The PS2 does not come with a keyboard/mouse so the controls have been designed to work with the gamepad. You have to purchase the keyboard separately.
- Left stick - Movement
- Right stick - Camera control
- L1 - Auto-run
- L2 - Ctrl macro palette
- L3 - Toggle heal or camera/target lock
- R1 - Take screenshot after screen is clear
- R2 - Alt macro palette
- R3 - Toggle 1st/3rd person camera modes
- Select - Clear screen
- Start - Log out
- D-Pad - Target and menu controls
- Cross button - Confirm
- Circle button - Cancel
- Square button - Menu
- Triangle button - Change between main game window, chat log, and status icons
- Note that Japanese PS2 controls swap the functions of Cross and Circle, and the layout cannot be changed on consoles.
- The xbox 360 like the PS2 has no use for a mouse and comes with a gamepad (the keyboard you buy separately too) so the controls have been adapted for the gamepad.
- Left analog stick
- To make your character walk instead of run you simply need to not move the analog stick all the way
- Right analog stick
- Controls camera movement in all directions the same way as the character movement is controlled.
- A button
- B button
- Cancel or back button. Use to close menus, remove the target or exit a conversation with an NPC etc.
- X button
- Y button
- D pad
Known control problems
- Windows key
- Alt and Tab
- Enter key while zoning
- Non-stop running
PS2 and Xbox 360
- Especially if you have a roller ball mouse it is vital you keep the ball and rollers on the inside of the mouse clean. This can be done by unscrewing the small circle underneath the mouse, dropping the ball out and cleaning the insides – then putting it back together. Without this dirt will clog up your mouse and you may find movement of it difficult.
- Gamepads and keyboards are similar. If you get dirt between the keys or under the thumb sticks of pads movement may become sluggish or keys not always respond.
- Software for PC
- Always insure you have the latest drivers for your hardware. Some keyboards, mice and pads come with additional buttons and features and it’s best to insure you have the latest drivers for them. Usually the instructions/software on how to do this will be included in any manual or packaging that came with the product but you can usually find working drivers by going through these steps:
- 1) Either the official website of the company/brand that your product has come from may contain the latest drivers for your hardware.
- 2) If that doesn’t get you any working drivers right mouse clicking on “My Computer” and select the option “Properties”. Next go to the Hardware tab and click the “Device Manager” button.
- Next another window should appear listing the full spec of your PC. Scan for hardware changes by clicking the small icon in the top right row of icons that looks like a computer with a magnifying class over it. Next locate your mouse/keyboard/gamepad etc and click the update driver icon – it looks like a pile of grey and green computer parts. Hovering your cursor over the icons should tell you what the icons do if you cannot make out the icons.