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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for Sony PS3

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  • Peter M.
  • 2/18/2014 7:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
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5 out of 5 eggsSquare Enix isn't afraid to experiment with the formula

Pros: This title probably will have mixed reviews due to some experimentation that Square Enix is willing to do with the genre.

It definitely distinguishes itself from other FF games in that you control only one character rather than a party. Further, the game imposes a time limit which contains all new nuances of its own.

For example, making you spend your time more effectively rather than spending extra hours searching every possible nook and cranny. Having said that, there's still plenty of time to do everything if that's what you're looking to do. Also, finishing up some quest with just a few minutes left on the clock can feel exciting. Other nuances include that different events and things in the world happen at different times on the clock.

Also, you can approach the different main quests in whichever order or piecemeal that you wish. Probably due to past games being criticized for linearity. I would still not quite call this game "open world," though.

Cons: Some textures, especially the background and walls look grainy on the ps3. In the dawn of next gen console gaming, the previous gen is really starting to show its age. I wouldn't be surprised if a 'definitive edition' of this game (along with the other two in the 13 series) is released years from now for ps4.

I personally found the 'perfect guard' system a bit clunky and difficult to use, you have to guard at the exact instant of the enemy attack, but it's not always too clear when that moment is. Since the exact timing is different for every enemy. Might get more used to it with more time played, but in general it's not a big deal as you can get by without perfect guarding at all.

Other Thoughts: I played with the English voices. I thought the voice acting was surprisingly good, even if some of the writing was... well I guess the game has fantasy in the title. I was really surprised to encounter Steve Blum's voice work on a minor side quest character.

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