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.
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.
I really love final fantasy and think people should play it. I have been playing final fantasy since i was little.
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.
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.
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.
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.