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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

by Square Enix
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews) 5 answered questions 66 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
  • 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

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B00946FSIA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation 3

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. It all ends here.

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111 of 132 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
I want to start by saying this is not a classic Final Fantasy game. FF13(garbage) wasn't, FF13-2 wasn't, and this isn't. I yearn for a traditional FF game just as much as anyone else, but we are not getting one in the foreseeable future. Bummer. I know.

OK. That being said, this is a drastic improvement to the FF13 mechanics. I will outline the game mechanics and clarify how they work. It seems like people are dismissing the game because they feel overwhelmed. Reviewers are also complaining because the game is "too difficult" and the graphics don't blow them away. Personally I think the challenge level is just right and the graphics are irrelevant (but they look fine).

- The Game Timer - Yes there is a time limit to complete the quest. It is not as imposing as other reviewers would have you believe. At first I was pretty stressed by it, but now I own that timer and it answers only to me. Here's how it works: You have 5 points to spend at any given time. For 1 point you can freeze time for awhile. You can use this over and over to basically halt the clock permanently. The points required to use this ability are gained by battling enemies. If you don't elude all the monsters you should be in pretty good shape. Some interesting ways the timer is used is allowing certain areas, treasures, quests and enemies to be accessible at certain times. The timer may not be the ideal mechanic for everyone, but it isn't the nightmare people are framing it as.

Another tip is if you think the timer got the best of you, and the playthrough is going to be a bust, just sleep until the timer runs out and start a new game plus with all your stat increases and equipment.

- You can also save time by teleporting.
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87 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Want to love it...just can't March 4, 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
I'm a die-hard Final Fantasy fanatic. I've finished every FF game, and most of them at least 3 or 4 times. I've dropped countless hours into FFXI and FFXIV. I enjoyed FFXIII and FFXII-2, so I pre-ordered this and popped it in day 1...

Problem is, I just can't bring myself to play it much.

- Battles are a LOT of fun. Fighting system is well done and feels polished. It's a fairly radical departure from typical FF-style games, but it works really well. Easily the best part of the game.
- The gear/ability combos are a great way to add customization to the battles. I really enjoy this aspect, and gaining new items is actually enjoyable. Instead of just 'better stats', new items bring new abilities and play styles.
- Equipment designs and models are top notch! Really adds a cool aspect to the game.

- The clock timer makes you feel rushed, and somewhat limits your ability to explore. SE is trying to break out of the linear gameplay model, and they did it successfully here. Problem is, you feel really rushed at times, either because the clock is ticking or side-quests have a time limit.
- No leveling system, stats are gained from quests and side-quests. Some may enjoy this, I personally don't. Not a huge con, and is does reduce the need for level grinding (which is a positive), but it makes the battles seem a little less important.
- The story is...AWFUL. Plain and simple. It's convoluted and boring.
- The fashion accessory system is silly and pointless. I don't want to dress Lightning up in a tiara. Thank you.

Unfortunately, I can't get hooked on this game. I'm trying, and I think I'll eventually finish it, but it seems like a chore to play it. Kind of disappointing!
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88 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game, Average Story February 11, 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
The story felt somewhat messy overall, but I can't entirely blame LR as XIII-2 made things complex as hell. Still, feels were had more than 5x. The epilogue! Somewhat conflicted about it, but it wasn't bad.

The soundtrack was 10/10. Need I say more? The XIII series has always had glorious OST.

The battle system is engaging, and fun and paradigm shifts are so instantaneous that they make me want to spam the L1&R1 buttons just to see if I can break the game. Also...Artemis Pierce is so awesome. Best move ever. The worthless bit to it is that you can walk during fights, but Light walks so slowly that you don't actually use it. Exterminating monsters was fun too. Running after cactuars in the desert? Not so much. Crazies run 2fast4Light.

Every outfit/weapon/shield has different stats and moves that add to your strategies. Of course, the likelihood is that you'll only go through about 10-15 of them. Will find super awesome outfit and stick to that for the most part. It irritated me how you couldn't choose the color for every component of your outfit. Some of them only had 1 part of the outfit you could change colors for, which got me sad, specially since I wanted to clad Light all black and not green, yellow, red. I didn't find a way to change weapon & shield colors. Either I missed something, didn't look well enough or its just not possible. Either way, the variety of weapons/shields were cool, though I pretty much only stuck to a select few.

There are around give or take 165 sidequests, this including character sidequests and the prayer canvas that is basically "Get x amount of x item by killing x monster". The story was relatively short unfortunately.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative gameplay as you select different roles that you change ...
Creative gameplay as you select different roles that you change as you participate in fights. Continuing the story from the first two games. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Henrybgt1757
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome game
Published 3 days ago by Katelyn Galant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it. No hassle
Got what I ordered. Liked it. No hassle.
Published 7 days ago by Cassandra Asper
4.0 out of 5 stars About the third part.
Great game, it is good for the fans of the saga. I would'n recommend it for the ones who haven't played the other two parts though.
Published 8 days ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not Great
The third and final installment of the trilogy left me wanting more. It's not that I am wanting another game or dlc so much as the game was a bit of a let down. Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow At First, But Grew On Me
When I first bought this game I was eager to play it because I thoroughly enjoyed the first two games. A week of frustration later and I went out and bought the guide. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip it and watch a playthrough instead, you aren't missing much
Like a lot of people who played this game, I am a Final Fantasy fan. I really enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII. Read more
Published 20 days ago by KALiverin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my daughter loves it
Published 1 month ago by Francine Waugh
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