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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • 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 (312 customer reviews)
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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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90 of 108 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.

Pros:
- 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.

Cons:
- 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End to the decisive trilogy and its stellar March 8, 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
I can't think any other game that has had such a huge divide in opinion when it comes to the Final Fantasy XIII and its subsequent sequels. Mario Sunshine and Resident Evil 5 don't seem to even come close. One gamer saying its a underrated gem and another saying its the equivalent to dog droppings. Just to share those who are reading this an insight into my thoughts on the games and if this review is worth your time. I loved XIII. i consider it a throwback to VII and X which both had very linear, story-driven beginnings that later opened up into a big map in the game, focused on a small group of characters, and was centered on fighting against destiny and authority figures. I loved the inventive ATB battle system and got attached to most of the characters and their epic journey, 10/10 to me and one of my favorite RPGs of last gen. XIII-2 felt like a knee-jerk reaction from the decisive reaction it got from fans and critics and made the game open-ended at the beginning with being able to select different worlds in a Super Mario World-ish map and introduced a monster collecting mechanic but amiss the interesting new mechanics and additions, I felt the story got way too convoluted when XIII had a much more focused story, 7.5/10 to me. Here's my breakdown of Lightning Returns and my 45 hour session with it.

Story 7/10

I personally think XIII was perfectly fine as a standalone title and XIII-2 was an awkward attempt to prolong the story so I was very worried how Lightning Returns was going to make any sort of competent story with now majorly convoluted story.
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The last part of the FFXIII trilogy awesome graphics, I think gameplay could be better I miss the open world FF
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Final fantasy XII: Lightning Returns is one of the best RPG games I've played. Play it now!
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fun, but stressful for completionists since you have limited time to beat the game each play through.
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