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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: 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.
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.
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