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Can’t Quite Finish Strongly | Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review
New Gamer Nation
3 March 2014
Conclusion: Lightning Returns is not a bad game, and I had fun playing it. But it left me wondering if I really enjoyed it, or was playing it for nostalgia’s sake alone. I couldn’t get into the story, and I was even a little upset at myself for not enjoying the finale to a saga I spent so much time on and personally am a huge fan of. Questing is fun and all, but it isn’t the only thing I want to do. I want to kill monsters and feel like it was worthwhile.
Summary: Parents need to know that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a role-playing video game that is rated "Teen." This is largely due to frequent violence -- using might and magic -- as well as blood and potentially disturbing death sequences. The game also features women with revealing clothing, a camera that often focuses on it, and mild profanity. There is some alcohol consumption, and there are some alcohol references, in the game.
Excerpt: game with a Metascore of about 67. It really is. I take no pleasure in seeing a legendary franchise continue its depressing fall from grace. Square Enix has opted to ditch the legions of fans acquired during the first quarter-century of
Conclusion: Concept: The clock is ticking as Lightning tries to accomplish as much as possible before doomsday
Graphics: Impressive overall art direction creates some striking scenes, and the main cast looks pretty good. However, generic characters look terrible, and many of the environmental textures are awful
Sound: Some catchy new tracks mixed in with recycled music from the two previous games
Playability: The new battle system is fast and fun, and the on-screen clock makes it...
Conclusion: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is positioned as a parade of diverse ideas colluding to represent a wild expression of its namesake. This isn't unusual; Final Fantasy can be defined by how much it’s willing to let go with each iteration. What sets Lightning Returns apart is how effectively it surrenders its core criteria for the explicit purpose of inflicting a sense of impending doom into every moving part of its system.
Excerpt: Lightning's third strike. And you know what that means.... Lightning Returns is a game constantly at odds with itself, designed to take Final Fantasy in an open-world direction, yet without the things that make open-world games fun. For being advertised and hyped up by its creators as so much more open and free than either of its FFXIII elders, there is a strange absence of content.
Conclusion: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is surprising, but not for the reasons you might think. With only thirteen days to go before the end of the world, Lightning has her hands full. This final chapter tries a lot of new ideas, many of which work. Unfortunately, the game is a little messy and tonally all over the place. Fans of the series will be satisfied with the emotional finale.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review - world's end generates wonderful RPG changes
11 February 2014
Summary: Lighting Returns takes to the end of the world with vivacity and conviction, reshaping the way that RPGs can and should be in many great ways. Even if the game engine is well past its prime and the voice acting is weak at times, the overall package is an entanglement of nostalgia and intrigue for fans of Final Fantasy XIII and the RPG genre.
Pros: Large zones are almost open-world., Strong conclusion to series., Innovative questing and combat systems.
Cons: Somewhat dry voice acting at times., Game engine still dated.
Excerpt: The end is nigh. Lightning’s reign over Final Fantasy has lasted nearly four years, and it’s finally about to end. Instead of building upon Final Fantasy XIII’s foundation like XIII-2, Lightning Returns takes an entirely different approach. It features a complex battle system that requires you to be on point at all times, but the story is laughable, even painful to sit through.