Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Awesome game, that brings an awesome trilogy to a close perfectly.
It had a surprise around every corner. The new battle system was a little unexpected, but easy to learn to use. Dry in a couple places, but the parts that were meant to be emotional definitely hit home. Very well done and leave me with just the right amount of closure, without making me sad that there won't be another. 8.6/10
I can't wait for this one. I hope you can get the godess outfit and weapon from XIII-2. I hope it comes out for new systems also. I would prefer to buy it for my new system.
Lightning Returns! I cant wait for it to come out
Freeroaming open city to Explore , night and day cycle,lots of outfits and Customization and amazing graphics this sounds like the best final fantasy game ever made to me:D I cant wait until feb 11.
It looks like it's the best one yet.
I'm not talking about out of all the Final Fantasies, so CLAM DOWN!!! *Ahem* I'm saying it looks to be the best one out of the entire series. Where I have given XII-2 to a friend and traded in XIII, I wish I haven't. Oh well, maybe we can help each other get the game and play it co-op. I really want to get this 'cause it seems to be a real-time RPG, and/or turn-based. I want this game, badly ^_^.
Different Is A Good Thing
Seeing as how I'm a recent 360 owner, I had to cram the first two games in the FF XIII run before LR came out, and I really enjoyed them. However, whether or not you liked the first two games is irrelevant, because LR is a totally different experience from, not just the first two, but ANY FF title before it. As a long-time FF fan, I was really impressed with this one because of how incredibly new it felt. Let me get the cons out of the way first. The graphics aren't as seamless and perfect as the first game, the level-up system(s) are a little bit annoying, and all the mandatory, run-around side quests might make some gamers' gut wrench, in which case, I don't advise you play it. That being said, the diverse voice cast, as with every game from the XIII series, is spot-on, the new humor and tone of the game works well, and there's an awesome sense of competence with each quest checked off the list. The graphics, while not as realistic as the first game, were still very rich and beautiful, this time with a new tone, really suggesting the 500-year time gap. The time limit of a grand total of 14 available in-game days gives a real sense of urgency and keeps the pace quick, although it forces replayability on a grand scale. Again, if you aren't prepared to play the same game over and over to be able to finish it, I would not recommend this game. However, if you were a huge fan of Lightning and missed her in XIII-2, her return will make you feel at peace with the XIII universe. The many ways you can customize her outfits and battles is refreshing and fun, (though I do wish some of the most powerful outfits and weapons looked more aesthetically pleasing together), and the townspeople respond to each outfit with different dialogue, which is very cool. I thought, initially, gameplay would feel lonely playing as one character after being able to play up to 6, but the many interactions with surrounding characters and cutscenes, as well as Hope being able to speak to you as a guide, keeps things fresh and engaging. And not to spoil anything, but I also felt the final boss, was challenging and large enough to feel as though I really was fighting a GOD. Overall, I think this is definitely a game that must be played to be understood. It's a terrific, new experience, though not my favorite of the series. I DO feel, however, that this is truly an example of what an RPG SHOULD be; interactive, rich, engaging, new, accomplishing, replayable, and, most of all, fun. I've really enjoyed this series and if you're an RPG fan, this is a must.
Much Needed Closure for a Great Saga
Based on reading reviews for all three FF 13 games, and then completing all three games, I am forever convinced that the Lightning Saga is the most underrated of all FF main titles. Between the interesting characters, unique story, beautiful graphics, and engaging battle systems, there's very little left to dislike about this game.
Not everything is all bright and shiny rainbows. The biggest con of the game is the 13 (or 14, depending on how much of a completionist you are) day limit. It would be a very different story with more days, and an easier way to accumulate days aside from button-mashing all side quests into oblivion. For people that haven't played this game, you have to earn all 13/14 days--you are not automatically given those 13 to work with. This makes the game incredibly fast paced, with a very steep learning curve for new/beginning players to the game/saga/franchise. Additionally, while I enjoy Lightning as a character, I was slightly disappointed that I couldn't control any other characters--ESPECIALLY with the return of Oerba Yun Fang in this game.
Time limit aside, I feel that the developers did a good job overall with the game. If you are a fan of the previous two games in the Lightning sage, you'll enjoy this game. Not only is Lightning more developed in this game than the other two combined, she also has killer customization options, both battle-wise and aesthetically. Her entire method of battle can be customized to your own unique style. As a tactician, I truly enjoyed customizable options of the game. Also, for fans of the previous two games, saved files on your 360 gamer profile will give you two unique garbs from 13 and 13-2 that are downloadable and available immediately in the game. Disappointed that you couldn't use Lightning's Knight of Etro armor in 13-2? Rest easy.
Another strength of the game, aside from the company's trademark skill with graphics and design, is its replayability. The time crunch may seem finnicky at times, but in order to truly gather all of the best weapons and garbs, you'll need to replay this game. It's twice as fun the second time around since you're already used to its nuances. If you like a challenge, you can put off the main quests til the final few days, and enjoy higher-leveled bosses. Additionally, you can replay all of the boss battles in-game.
Overall, if you loved (even "liked") the previous two titles in the Lightning saga, you'll enjoy this game. Even newcomers to the franchise will enjoy its looks and fun battle-system.
Lightning has returned
I don't care what people say, I like Final Fantasy XIII and Lightning is awesome! And that's coming from a long time gamer that played Final Fantasy during the SNES era before the franchise exploded with VII on the PSone. My favorite is IV, then VI, and I consider Cecil and Terra as two of my all time favorite characters. I've come to love Lightning and Snow as well. So I know a thing or two about Final Fantasy and have enough credibility to tell you XIII is a must have. The story in XIII is epic and it finally comes to a conclusion in Lightning Returns. You just have to give it a chance to understand it. Don't believe the negative reviews. On to the game itself. Epic story, smooth graphics, fluent gameplay, and an enormous world to explore with many side quests. One of my favorite features is the ability to customize your schemata. You get to choose up to 3 roles to use for Lightning in combat that varies in style, costume, weapon, and color. Which can provide a unique experience for everyone. If you pre-ordered it like I did, you get a SOLDIER 1st Class role where Lightning is dressed like Cloud from VII, where if you defeat an opponent using this role, the classic victory theme plays.
I really love final fantasy and think people should play it. I have been playing final fantasy since i was little.
This is gonna be great!!!
I'm actually looking forward to this one. After 10-2 i swore off of final fantasy sequels but this one renews my faith in square enix and my hope for seeing final fantasy 7 remastered.
First FF in my life I'm not buying
I can kinda see the angle they tried to take here to cap the series off, but honestly the game looks awful (gameplay/story wise.. aesthetically it looks beautiful as always) I played the 360 demo & the PAX Prime demo, I was not impressed at all.
I feel they strayed away so much from what the franchise represents and what people love. Change is good, but IMO XIII 1/2/3 was a black mark on the franchise. I know there are a lot of XIII fans who will hate on this, but many more will agree. I've played every FF/spinoff since 1 on NES, even XIII 1+2 but this is the first game of the franchise I'm not buying at launch.
I really hope I'm proved wrong and it turns out to be fun. My opinion, as of now, save your $ for FFX HD Remaster