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 ^_^.
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.
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.
Ups and downs
Im very torn on this game, I love the battle system, one of the best so far, however the entire game is timed and have pretty much run, run, and more running in order to complete some quests before the time runs out. There is no time to take in the graphics and explore to much without wasting what little time of the 13 days you have left. Im not too far into the game, but the story is very edge of the seat and keeps your attention, too bad you cant go back in time and do some of the quests you already completed to give yourself an extra hour or so.
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
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