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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

by Square Enix
 Ages 16 and Over
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: Xbox 360
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  • ASIN: B009E097LK
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 19.2 cm ; 100 g
  • Release Date: 14 Feb 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Product Description

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is a new FINAL FANTASY adventure that gives the player direct control over iconic heroine Lightning in a constantly moving, expansive environment, on a quest to save a doomed world from complete destruction. How will you spend your final days?
  • LIGHTNING UNDER YOUR CONTROL: Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.
  • ACTION-ORIENTED COMBAT: A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.
  • A CONSTANTLY MOVING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD: Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.
  • USE YOUR TIME WELL: A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?
  • A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE: Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

Product Description

Take control of Lightning in an expansive and eve moving world as she fights to save a world doomed by complete devastation.

Fight in exhilarating battles with a more direct battle system and explore the world that Lightning inhabits. With increased freedom and character customisation Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII, gives the player unique opportunities as you use your time wisely as the final days of a doomed land close in.

How will you spend your finals days?

  • Lightning under your control: Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons, that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.
  • Action-oriented combat: A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.
  • A constantly moving, beautiful world: Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.
  • Use your time well: A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?
  • A connected experience: Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Josh
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Before starting, I just want to point out that I purchased the LE from GAME.

I have so many things that I want to say about this game. I love so many aspects of this game, but at the same time, I hate some parts of it too.

The best part of the game by far is the gameplay. Even though this title departs from the traditional gameplay you would expect from the series, as well as this trilogy, it's fast, it requires strategy and fast thinking instead of just pressing an "auto attack" button like in the previous games, and it's also easy to screw up (draining the ATB gauges too quickly from using powerful attacks too often, for example), making you want to get even more involved. Unlike the previous games, you only have Lightning in battle for the majority of the game, but the battle system is similar to both the Paradigm Shift system from the previous titles in the trilogy, and the Dressphere system in FFX-2. I have noticed a major performance flaw with this though. During certain battles, the frame rate drops so low, that it looks like the game is going to crash. It seems like it goes at about 5fps at times, and it even seems to slow down slightly. It makes the game feel like it is unresponsive when it happens, and it is just unbearable at times. Having said that, it only seems to occur with a few monsters (there is one in the dead dunes that causes this problem nearly all the time during battle), so it isn't a common occurance.

The story is okay. Unlike FFXIII, this is not linear at all. You have 5 main quests, numerous side quests and then the "Canvas of Prayers". To level up in this game, you have no choice but to complete these quests, as they grant you stat boosts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game 13-2 should have been. 22 Mar 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
This is the game 13-2 should have been. Improving on the things that fell short in the original 13 game while getting a proper ending for all the characters (after all, 2 of them were just left to rot at the end of the original game). It still has lovely graphics in the cut scenes and makes you want to finish it (whether that's because you care about finding out what happened to Lightning and Serah or to feel the achievement of doing all possible quests is up to you; and will likely depend on how much you liked the characters in the first game).

In short, if you liked the original Final Fantasy 13, I'd definitely recommend this one regardless of thoughts on 13-2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightning Returns 15 Mar 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Almost perfect sequel to the previous game - the family much enjoyed playing this episode and would buy any further episodes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sums up perfectly. 6 April 2014
By Jones86
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
The game play is much improved since the first ff13 in my opinion and i think the story sums up the trilogy perfectly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars timer boo 3 April 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
I loved all the quests and open plan. The reason only gave t four stars is the whole time you are on a timer and I felt like I had to rush all the time rather than just sitting back, relaxing and ejoying the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great game! 30 Mar 2014
By Jman
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
i love these type of rpg's. i'm especially happy that this game got delivered to me soon. i would really recommend it to anyone so that they can try it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
So whilst FF13 was a bit of a blunder, Square Enix has improved tenfold on it with 13-2 and Lightning Returns.

The ending to FF13-2 was excellent and leads into the tale of this game which has one of the best trilogy endings I've seen for a long time. Yes, FF games don't tend to do well with sequels but 13-2 and Lightning Returns kick this statement in the face.

An excellent soundtrack and tons of replayability, non-linear story and free world to let you do whatever you want with smart combat and character customization make this game a lot of fun.

The only downside is the game has a bit of a poor spike in difficulty in places which is a minor annoyance but that was my only gripe with the game - and I'm a pretty critical person.

The ending to this game and the conclusion to certain characters will leave you impressed, so really, if you didn't like FF13...ignore it and pick up 13-2 and this game - because they more than certainly make up for it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, but not without flaws 27 Feb 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I pre-ordered this game 9 months ago, i was that excited.
It really is a huge improvement , it's miles ahead of XIII and XIII-2.
XIII was alright, the second one was a huge improvement and now LR is a completely new game.
The combat is very nice, not lack lustre like the others before. The costume system is quite fun even if people look at and sigh at the thought of Light showing more skin than Yuna in X-2, keep in mind 90% off the outfits barely show any skin and aren't girly at all. They're a substitute to the party members that are no longer there.

Another advantage is that this game is *hard*. It actually offers a chalenging experience to the player unlike before. You can only carry a limited amount of potions/healing items and fleeing from battle will result in you being penalised.
The music is great, it has a theme and it isn't all over the place like 13-2.
Flaws: the religious theme can be quite in your face, but bear with it. It gets better.
Hope, who became one of my favourite characters in 13-2 has now gone back to being an annoying little kid. He treats Light like he is the always present parent. Very annoying.
You no longer level up by beating monsters, now you must do quests. It makes killing monsters a bit of a chore
The story is all over the place, you can go to new places but it will start that place's mainquest and it can be hard to keep track of what you're doing. But i think thats part of the HUGE freedom you have in the game.

Locations are beautiful, there are light hearted moments which make up for the depressing tone of the game and it's fun to play. Story is very interesting too. I definitely recommend it.
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