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Game Description

LIGHTNING RETURNS™: Final Fantasy® XIII
  • Title: Lightning Returns™: Final Fantasy® XIII
  • Platforms: PlayStation®3, Xbox 360®
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Release Date: Spring 2014
  • Age Rating: Rating Pending
LIGHTNING RETURNS™: Final Fantasy® XIII

Key Features

Lightning Under Your Control

Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customize Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

Action-Oriented Combat

A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

A Constantly Moving, Beautiful World

Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.

Use Your Time Well

A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges - where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

A Connected Experience

Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

Lightning

Several hundred years have passed since she fell into a deep slumber. The world, diseased by Chaos, is on the brink of destruction. The people, hopeless and full of despair, stand by hopelessly and watch the horror unfold in front of their eyes. As the end draws near, she awakens. She is Lightning, humanity's last hope.

As the chosen one, Lightning battles her way through the final 13 days in an attempt to save humanity and accomplish her ultimate goal.

"Only 13 days remain until the end of the world."

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Lumina

A mysterious girl who appears in front of Lightning at every turn.

Her unpredictable nature wreaks havoc everywhere she goes.

A helpful friend or mischievous foe? This capricious little demon plays with Lightning and the rest of the world as if they were toys in a toy box.

"This savior… What is she about, anyway?"

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Battles

With this brand-new battle system, the player will be controlling Lightning and Lightning alone. The Paradigm Shift feature has been replaced with a unique tactical system that will provide a fresh, interactive battle experience!

Battle

This monster swims easily through the sand and attacks with ferocious speed. Lightning must parry the assault before she can launch her counter-attack!

Battle

Lightspeed - This special ability consumes EP. When unleashed in battle it slows the passage of time, rendering foes helpless before Lightning's ferocious assault...

Battle

Abilities - Lightning now has the ability to cast recovery spells on herself. Because the spell consumes EP, it is best kept as a last resort, wiser to use her supply of potions first!

Battle

Lightning faces Anubys, a barbaric creature whose axe is as destructive as his rage. Will her new blade be enough to defeat this savage creature?

Battle

Dangerous foes lurk even in towns. Depending on the time of day, you'll have quite a battle on your hands! Be prepared for frequent monster encounters after dark.

Battle

Customization is the name of the game! Unlike the previous installments, players can now mix and match abilities without the limitations of roles.

Battle

A brand-new world calls for brand-new monsters! Discover their weaknesses and devise the best strategy for victory.

Battle

Magic and abilities are infused with certain attributes. Discover the element to which the enemy is vulnerable, and use it to your advantage!

Battle

New magic and abilities have been added to Lightning's repertoire. One giant spell can banish multiple foes at once!

Battle

Lightning's default garb, Equilibrium, has a balanced set of parameters.

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  • Casey a.
  • 6/11/2014 6:09:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsreal reviewer

Pros: good sound track, fun to play

Cons: game time limit, Graphics are poor, battle system is for the birds, to many side quests, short story, difficult to play with out a guide.

Other Thoughts: they claim to use the same game engine, but it looks more like unreal 3, and that looks parenthetic on consoles.

battle system is to much like a fighting game.

Y are the side quests required to lvl up?

hard to keep up with what hope says wile other things are going on.

Y is there a timer on this game?

I normally give FF games 5 stars but I just this time.

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  • Peter M.
  • 2/18/2014 7:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

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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