Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Good but finally the trilogy is over!
Let me just say that if you are looking to buy this game it is nothing like the previous two. The battle system is different but the whole concept of paradigm shift is still there, with the only thing you really have to do is add attack, defense, magic, and/or status moves to each of the 3 different costumes or whatever. These costumes often have passive abilities and so that is why there are so many of them and to have appeal although you realize that you often stick with the same costumes throughout the game as they generate the desired passive abilities. First FF game where I had to play more than once to get all trophies as this will require at least 2 playthroughs and you definitely need a walkthrough to complete the sidequests in the shortest time as they very from day to day at specific times or once certain story events or other sidequests are completed, location to location (since some areas are huge and scouting people for quests can be tedious), tasks that must be completed within a certain time span which can be overbearing but manageable (you can complete all side quests and still have like 5-6 days left if you use chronostasis to freeze time often). The story is more religious affiliated as I won't spoil the details but be mindful of that and it doesn't make sense or really help with the plot that Square Enix was trying to conclude. The only issue I had with the game are the sidequests. You often find yourself running back and forth across 4 different areas in the game completing tasks for people which can get tiresome. I became frustrated constantly having to revisit the same places and these areas can be huge. While there is sprinting, teleporting, or chocobo riding, it still feels pretty slow and to do that twice for the platinum although the idea is that the more you beat the game and start new game + the stronger you are since you get to keep almost everything including stats increase so if one playthrough i had 10000 HP 325 Attack 500 Magic and I beat the game I get to start NG+ with that and let's say I raise the 10000 HP to 16500 or 325 Attack to 437 or 500 Magic to 635 Magic then on my third playthrough it will start with those stats. Inevitably it gets easier but after awhile it gets boring and nothing really interesting happens except at the ending cut-scene. I'm just glad that SE is done with this because the trilogy wasn't necessary or even 13-2 to begin with, I think they just wanted to stall the development for versus 13 (now 15). Get the game if you want closure to the 13 trilogy but it is not all cracked up to end with a bang and you feel more relieved (not excitement but the concept that i don't want to touch this anymore) once it's over than actually playing it.
Great Story and game play isn't too bad.
I always liked it when games actually tell a great story. For this case, I thought Final Fantasy 13 Lightning Returns told a great story and kind of went through all the loose ends in the story! The game play is alright it is just different than your normal battle system. What does suck is the time for the game... Usually this is suppose to be free roam and stuff, but it kind of took it away. In my opinion, it is still a great game to me and you should try it for yourself!
Fun and Enjoyable
Helps pass the time and is enjoyable. time isnt that big of a factor if you use your EP right all about saving time
Great game but buy the strategy guide
I am 3/13 game days in and I love this game. The battle style is unique and challenging but at the same time very functional once you get the hang of it. I see a lot of people say there is not enough time to do things, well that's a load of poohy. The use of a ability called Chronostasis gives you as little or as much time as you need as long as you keep fighting monsters to regain EP. (kinda like using TP in the first FF XIII). I will say that the game opens up way to fast and should be a bit more guided in the beginning which is why I would definitely recommend the strategy guide. I have been following along with it but I am always 2-3 side quests ahead of the guide. The Music and Graphics are superb much the same as the first two installments in the series. And the customization that you can put lightning through is fun and useful at the same time with each outfit having different stats and abilities. All together a great game continuing a great story.
An hardcore game !!!
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is very fun because it has a lot of action. One of the great things about this game is the battle system. Lightning can move inside the battlefield, she can change her amor and weapons inside the game. You can also change the color of the amor. An other fun thing is you can ride and fight with a Chocobo. And yes, you are being time throughout game but the game gives you more time and Lightning CAN STOP TIME. Seeing how FF 13 ends is worth the money.
If you like the Final Fantasy XIII series....
I would recommend playing this game to finish the story. I was looking forward to this game for multiple reasons. The first being this is the first Final Fantasy game to receive a direct second sequel. Second I liked the fact that square has decided to try out different ideas with their battling system this time around, also I just really like the XIII storyline. This game fell short of my expectations though. The game runs on a countdown clock and if you don't beat the game in the allotted time. You lose. Which takes away from a big part of the original appeal of the final fantasy games. Being able to explore the world and enjoy it at your own pace. Playing this I always feel rushed. I was however, very impressed with the new schema system, I really liked getting to see all of Lightnings different outfits and change her costume and weapons whenever I wanted. So in conclusion, If you really liked the Final Fantasy XIII or XIII-2 I say go for it. Otherwise, I'd save the $60.
I have no complaints except for the storyline it gets kinda odd here and there but overall its nice. Those of you who say the cloak/time system takes away from exploring the lands should know if you use chronostasis constantly will allow you to explore and collect things more easily without wasting time. Killing more powerful monsters will rebuild your EP quicker to keep chronostasis up all the time and when you need to reach a certain place that's across the map use teleport and keep doing this! (Example): Early in the game you get to go to the Wildlands with 5(I think) EP well use chronostasis to lock the time when you run out kill a Reaver and you will regain around 4 EP and do it again. Yes this still doesn't fix the *world driven aspent of it* but it helps :) atleast is wasn't like 13 right?
Great ending to a great series
So i have noticed thus far most people bashing this game for reasons that either are untrue or just the inability to play a game for what it's worth. Is this game timed? Yes, however they give you so much time that i spent the last 2 days at the inn so i could skip to the end. I completed every single side quest minus the Last of Them because it is impossible to complete the first time through the game. With Chronostasis and large enemy battles that reward 4.0 EP with every defeat you can extend the game as long as you need to. I was intrigued by how they were going to tie in both FFXIII games into this final game of the trilogy and i was pleasantly surprised. There is tons of gameplay to lead up to the final battle i spent over 50 Hours total and while it isn't the 200 hours i spent in FFX it was still plenty for me. The replay value seems minimal unlike past FF games where there is plenty going on even after the main story has concluded but i don't think that was the purpose of this game. Those who are FFXIII fans wanted the story line tied up in a neat little bow and that is exactly what this game does. If you are a FF Fan and furthermore a fan of the FFXIII series i highly recommend this game. If you are not, then move on to something more your style. It's not for everyone, but i thoroughly enjoyed this game right to the very end.
If you loved the other XIII titles you will be in love with this one! Don't listen to reviews and just try it out for yourself! 10 out of 10!
I tried FF13-Lightning Returns and wasn't all that impressed. I was excited when I heard that you can explore towns again but then I kept hearing about everything that made me loose interest all together. From playing dress-up to a time limit to complete the game itself. The story is bland and interactions with other characters go unexplained, not to mention that nobody can pronounce the games god's name the same way even if they just said it 5 seconds beforehand. The graphics are sub-par and look like a beta version of our current PS3/360 graphics in a lot of places. If you are a true FF fan then this or any of the ff13 games are not for you.