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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII by Square Enix

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  • Blood
  • Mild Language
  • Suggestive Themes
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Violence
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Category: Action

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The world of Gran Pulse is sinking into the sea and what remains is now called Nova Chrysalia. With only thirteen days remaining until the end of the world, Chaos reigns in a world that never ages. New life cannot be born. People need salvation.

As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new lands.  You must ultimately choose which souls to save and which to abandon...and fully understand Lightning's true destiny.

Gameplay

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! LR:FFXIII sees the introduction of a counter attack system! Counterblow is effective against an enemy's physical attacks, but it is powerless against magic and some special attacks, so take care when using it.

In The Field

Jump, climb, swing, and slide! Players can enjoy a variety of different actions by interacting with obstacles and objects. Explore every inch of the world using buildings, decorations, and furniture at your disposal.

Customization

There are many types of garb, each with their own parameters. A tactical set consists of equipment such as garb and a weapon, along with assigned abilities. During battle, you can swap between three different sets customized to suit your needs. Changing garb also changes Lightning's look, so both its utility and aesthetics can be enjoyed.

Special Abilities

Lightning has the capacity to use spectacular special abilities in battles! These abilities consume EP (Energy Points), so you should think carefully before unleashing Lightning's considerable power.

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

Managing Time

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?
Eradia (EP) has two functions. Firstly it allows you to use EP abilities such as healing magic and special effect magic that can do things like alter the flow of time. Secondly, EP can also be used to extend the time remaining before Zero Hour and the dawn of the Apocalypse.

Characters

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.

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.

Snow Villiers

A one-time ally of Lightning, Snow was engaged to her sister, Serah. Now he is the world's last remaining l'Cie, cursed with a terrible power. Though devastated by his failure to protect Serah, he has served as the Patron of Yusnaan for five long centuries. He protects the city and its people even as the rest of the world falls apart.

Hope Estheim

Hope watches over Lightning from his base in the Ark, guiding the savior as she tries to carry out all-mighty Bhunivelze's divine mission. As Lightning's trusted partner, Hope provides key information throughout the quest. Mysteriously, Hope is no longer a grown man, but has instead turned back into the boy that Lightning first met.

Noel Kreiss

A young man who formerly journeyed with Serah and Mog. Blaming himself for bringing about the destruction of the world, Noel's guilt makes him hide away from society. He ceaselessly works to maintain public order from the cover of darkness and has come to be known as the "Shadow Hunter".

Oerba Dia Vanille

For centuries, Vanille and Fang slept within a crystal pillar, holding Cocoon aloft in the sky. But then, a few short years ago, they awoke. As Vanille opened her eyes, she realized she was given a special gift; she could hear the voices of the dead. Dubbed the saint, she spends her days under the Order's protection in Luxerion.

Oerba Yun Fang

For centuries, Fang and Vanille slept within a crystal pillar, holding Cocoon aloft in the sky. But then, a few short years ago, they awoke. At first, the pair lived under the care of the Order, until Fang set out to the Dead Dunes to search for a long-lost relic. She did not return, becoming instead the leader of the bandit gang Monoculus, and leaving Vanille in Luxerion.

World

Nova Chrysalia

Nova Chrysalia, a world diseased by Chaos. Made up of four regions, a monorail provides transportation for travel throughout this realm. Lightning, the protagonist, begins her final adventure in this plague-ridden land devoid of hope. However, her journey won't be long, as the Chaos has bled through the soil, drawing near the world's end.

Luxerion

The metropolis is ruled by the Order, an organization devout to their god, Bhunivelze. The residents spend their days absorbing the teachings of this sacred deity. Metal is a common material found in the various structures of this gothically tinged city. Traveling bags and other ornaments are scattered around, depicting a charming yet surreal atmosphere. As the day draws to an end, the city's serenity is no more. Monsters and other creatures of the night prowl the area, leaving Lightning to fend for her life.

The Dead Dunes

This region is covered with endless desert sands as far as the eye can see. Within it can be found the shanties which form a base for treasure hunters seeking their fortune in the arid wilderness, as well as ancient ruins said to conceal a divine treasure. Many monsters with a character unique to the area appear in this region, such as the sand swimming fiends of the open desert and the undead horrors that lurk within the ruins.

As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new lands.  You must ultimately choose which souls to save and which to abandon...and fully understand Lightning's true destiny.

It all ends here.

  • YOUR OWN LIGHTNING - Upgrade Lightning's look, abilities and actions through hundreds of game-changing weapons and outfit combinations.
  • A CONSTANTLY MOVING WORLD - Nova Chrysalia moves to the beat of a relentless 24 hour clock resulting in a different journey for every player.
  • ALL NEW BATTLE SYSTEM - Master a completely overhauled battle system to control Lightning like never before by being able to block, dodge, and counter with precision.
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