Reviews and Problems with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy Xiii
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A very poor place to start.
4 April 2014
Summary: I had never played a Final Fantasy game. For all the countless hours I've spent at a computer or a console, how had I never delved into this iconic franchise? Lack of access to the right systems and lack of time to devote to such lengthy adventures have come and gone as excuses.
Pros: Combat can be a lively juggling act, Some appealing architecture
Cons: Combat becomes too endurance-focused, Dialogue is often dry and redundant, Introductory sequences drag on
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...
Summary: Third time's the charm 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.
Excerpt: The entire Final Fantasy XIII series has been a transition for the big-budget home console Japanese RPG. Console games have become more cinematic and grandiose, and audiences expect flashier visuals, larger stories and faster gameplay.
Pros: Fast combat, more open environments
Cons: Confusing plot, lack of character development
Excerpt: With Lightning Returns , Square Enix has proven a theory that series fans have been kicking around for the past two years: the less Lightning, the better. The titular heroine has garnered a reputation as an excessively crabby female version of Final Fantasy VII 's Buster Sword-wielding Cloud Strife,...
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.
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...
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.
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