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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII by Square Enix




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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 16.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • 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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


Game Features

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightning Shines Final Fantasy XIII has been my all time favorite game in the series, i was happy and excited to hear they made a trilogy out of this wonderful game. I love the characters, the story the graphics, and even the fighting. i never got into to final fantasy before, but ever since i saw that first trailer for final fantasy XIII i was in love with the game series. I think what really got me, is Lightning or Claire Farron. Her personality, Her attitude, and fighting abilities. I fell in love with lightning when i first saw her, shes strong and beautiful. The overall story of Lightning Returns is fantastic, 13 days and doing so much, its fun to explore so much of the world in that much time, even the bosses were fun and exciting to fight against. Its terrible that this will be the last game Lightning is in. But i'm glad Lightning will be the final fantasy character to become the savior of the world. This game is great, i dont care what anyone says about it. This game is a 20/10 in my book, its just a really great game.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should Play I really love final fantasy and think people should play it. I have been playing final fantasy since i was little.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from An Utter Travesty concluding an utter travesty. Paradoxically the worst and the best in the Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII gives you both nothing and everything fans of these games could want; retroactively changing once more the events of the prior two volumes, giving no explanation to lore or the greater mythology (the datalogs these games are known for are worthless), and repeat the exact same character arcs for everyone involved in the previous installments. You feel absolutely no emotional investment for anyone that is a main character, and you will HATE The new character of Lumina. The Eventual reveal of her identity is the ultimate insult to the characters that started off the first XIII game which you could have once liked. at this point, it's a mercy killing, as like the prior two titles, the only winning move is not to play at all. Nothing is new, everything is worse. You will enjoy some of the sidequests for their diversions from blatant idiocy, which are mandatory to survive this world as you gain no experience from battling monsters with the ludicrous battle system which is a downgrade in every way from the prior two's paradigm and crystarium systems. In fact, you may feel this is the ultimate end result of such, removing all pleasure from Square Enix's older combat systems. Very few of the garbs (this game's variant of Jobs) are even useful, none of them coming from DLC. most of them are cosmetic changes and fetishwear. Coupled with the ease of battling thing using only one hand on the controller, it's obvious what many of these were made to be for. The gameplay is constantly riddled with bugs and the visuals have so many render errors and first year cinematic mistakes it's amazing to learn this was made by veterans of the industry. Item drop rates and currency game are as horrendous as ever, adding literal days of mandatory resource farming. Made worse with The game giving you a limited window to save the remnants of the world, but the time limit is not one of the days before the world ends, it's the minutes you race back to the store counter to return or trade in this Horrible, horrible entry into one of gaming's longest running and beloved RPG franchises. Play Final Fantasy VI, VII, X, crystal chronicles, Kingdom hearts, the .hack series, Star ocean, mass effect, Persona, Xenogears, Xenosaga, Xenoblade chronicles, the Last story, or any number of other RPG's. You will have a FAR superior time. I would rather play Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 to completion than touch this title again. The only praise I will give is to the localization team, who clearly put far more effort into performing their parts than the development and writing team did.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you've stuck with the series thus far, enjoy *THIS REVIEW IS SPECIFICALLY CENTERED TO THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED THROUGH XIII AND XIII-2 and/or long time players of the Franchise* -Story= The Story is the best ending i could want from the Trilogy and couldn't have been ended better! -Game play= The game play is addictive due to the mix of Active Time Battle and Real Time action -Music=........If you've played the trilogy then you already know the music was simply glorious then, and the new songs are still glorious now -Replay Value= The Replay Value is high, due to you able to play through with different setups and the infinite amount of New Game+s
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inexcusable. This game is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to milk an already sour series known as Final Fantasy XIII.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-02-22
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