Rated 0 out of 10
by djblazeapound Can't wait
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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Viper29 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.
Rated 9 out of 10 by EpicNerdFighter My New Favorite Final Fantasy
The words that are about to appear on the screen before you, I never thought I would say about a game in the Final Fantasy XIII series. I was wrong. This is my favorite Final Fantasy game. granted I have not played all of them, this is my favorite Final Fantasy game of the ones I have played. I even like this one better than Final Fantasy VII. But, One warning to you, USE A GUIDE! If you don't use some kind of guide, odds are, you will not finish with enough time to do the optional dungeon which unlocks a secret ending. I did not use a good day-by-day guide. Also, in the end, when you are faced with the final boss or, fur trials, then the final boss, DO ALL FOUR TRIALS. The Final Boss is no pushover, and will be so much easier with the Ultima weapon and shield.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Beauski 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
Rated 10 out of 10 by Jarrlee 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
Rated 10 out of 10 by xXAshe6739Xx Should Play
I really love final fantasy and think people should play it. I have been playing final fantasy since i was little.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Babbles 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by KoolAidPJPants Perfect ending to the FF-XIII Lightning Saga!
I was skeptical upon learning that this was going to be the conclusion to the FF-XIII saga. The Schemata system seemed to be reminiscent of the FFX-2 job system. Just playing dress up. However, it turned out to be one of the most thorough job systems I have run into. The graphics are superb, the new battle system is beyond anything I could have hoped for in this game. The soundtrack is good, but is not my favorite in the Final Fantasy universe. Lastly, the story is wonderful and I can see myself replaying this game many times! Wonderful job Square-Enix!
Rated 7 out of 10 by SephirothAE86 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Jbuz 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.