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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

by Square Enix
 Ages 16 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B009E09FKS
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.4 x 17 cm ; 100 g
  • Release Date: 14 Feb 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation 3

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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but the Weakest Game in the XIII Series 20 Mar 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
While the consensus is rather against me, I actually really liked Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2. I had fun with Lightning Returns, too, but it has several major flaws that make it a far weaker game than it should be.

Gameplay-wise, the battle system is pretty great. As much as Square may want you to think otherwise, it's actually very similar to XIII and XIII-2. The ability to move Lightning around using the analogue stick is present, but wholly unnecessary as it is far too slow to be meaningful. The combat is satisfying and for most of the game the difficulty curve is quite fair and requires a good amount of planning and pre-battle preparation. Taking the correct Schema for the job really is the difference between life and death, and on normal difficulty you can't just power through fights with stupendous ease like in XIII-2. It's a great system to wrap your head around and I had a great time doing so. The difficulty does spike in parts. but overall the game does a good job of maintaining a difficulty curve.

And I even quite like the time mechanic. It could be implemented better, but I like the sense of urgency that it gives. In old-school RPGs where you had limited save points and items were expensive and rare, you had to manage resources well to stay alive. LR:FFXIII recaptures some of that spirit. Time management is essential as quests are the way to level up Lightning's stats. It's a mechanic which I personally feel is very well done.

Of course, the quests themselves leave something to be desired. This is one part of the reason for that review score - most are generic and annoying kill and collect quests.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does Lightning Strike Twice? 17 Feb 2014
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There haven't been that many RPGs about for the PS3 lately and having played through Diablo several times it's good to have a new Final Fantasy on the horizon. As expected, the introductions and cut-scenes look very good on the PS3 and a lot of time and effort has gone into the look and feel of this game, to bring it up to the high standards of the series.

But this is almost like a re-issue, as we have characters who have all appeared before in previous FF games and while the series has always been self-referential, this is a new level of "milking it". So if you like the Final Fantasy games and are prepared to go along with it, then this can be an entertaining game - but it certainly won't convert any new fans and it may bewilder those who haven't kept up. Having played all the previous games, I'm still not sure what's going on, most of the time.

Initially this game is quite frustrating - where are you supposed to be going and what are you supposed to be doing? OK, there's some stuff about saving souls and saving the world, but basically you are thrust into a city and have to make your own mind up about what to do. There are plenty of tutorials and you certainly need to follow these, as on "Normal" mode, which is the default - battles aren't all push-overs where you just press buttons as fast as you can. Maybe you will get through a few minor enemies like this - but you need to understand the battle system, if you are going to progress any further.

In many ways this is a standard RPG set-up, but with its own twist, using various costumes for your main character, who can switch between these easily in battles, to deploy different sets of abilities and different strengths/weaknesses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meow meow choco chow 30 Mar 2014
By Mr. Martyn Poole VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Tick Tock Tick Tock it’s all against the clock!
While I feel the series has gone downhill and that they should concentrate on releasing a new number rather than push lightning onto us for a third time (Although technically she wasn’t really a big part of the second game) this game isn’t really at that bad.

My biggest issue is the change from previous Final Fantasy games and how you level up. Now change is good if done correctly but I dislike the way that you have to do boring fetch side quests and awful side stories in order to gain EXP instead of killing stuff! I’d probably done the side quests anyway but I’ve always liked fighting to gain experience, it’s true to life that the more you do something the better you should be at it.
My other gripe comes in the form of a clock! I dislike timed based games; I don’t want to feel pressured into rushing through places especially in an RPG where you really want to explore. The timer can be stopped for brief periods of time so long as you have beaten enough monsters (which can be an issue later on for reasons I won’t mention here). Turns out that near the end of the game I had loads of time spare so unlike myself if you are reading this before playing just know that you have a lot more time than you expect especially if you do the side quests and save souls.

The game itself looks worse than the previous two. I don’t know if this is just going back to a PS3 game after playing the PS4 but I did put in the second game and that did look a lot more polished. I am not sure how they have made it look worse using the same engine, my only thought is that the game may have been rushed. There are also lots of glitches, within the first hour of playing I came across a chap trying to walk through a wall!
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