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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.
Summary: Finally! The story of Final Fantasy XIII is finally final with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy . But this closing act turns the trilogy on its head with brand new play mechanics and a game structure that is unlike anything seen in the previous titles. Lightning herself may be (mostly) the same, but everything else is quite different. The third time's the charm, right?
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: Despite a decent story, a great combat system, and a large, non-linear world to explore, Lightning Returns' tedious structure makes seeing this journey through to its end a laborious grind.
Pros: Fun, challenging combat system, Non-linear approach, Interesting story that explores various religious themes
Cons: So many boring fetch quests, Most of the environments feel lifeless, Absurd difficulty spikes
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.
Summary: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is surprising, but not for the reasons you might expect. 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. Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
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.