Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

lightning returns final fantasy xiii eds reviewProduct Classification: Games

Title: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Release Date: 31st December 2013

Genre: Action RPG

Rating: PG-12

Developer: Square Enix 1st Production Department

Publisher: Square Enix

Director: Motomu Toriyama

Production: Yoshinori Kitase

Platform: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Mode: Single-player

Media: Video Game

Languages: English (International)

Description
The Fabula Nova Crystallis series is not dead yet judging from the controlled production of ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’. This role-playing video game is ideally suited to its platforms which include the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. It is a triumph for the Square Enix 1st Production Department which evidently worked very hard to ensure that the enduring appeal of the series was not lost in the latest installment. For those who are intimately acquainted with the series, this is the sequel to the ‘Final Fantasy XIII-2’ game. Ultimately the makers of the game want to ensure that the world is always moving from one point to the next.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Overview

The sense of timing in ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’ is uncanny. Somehow the game manages to change locations rapidly without making the player feel as if they are being overwhelmed in any way. The idea behind this was to play around with the time zones so that they would be an event happening at any given point during the day and night. Understandably Motomu Toriyama is very proud of the work that he has done on this game and has already promised fans a real adventure. He claims that this is likely to be the best made installment of the Final Fantasy series.

The only playable character is Lightning. Meanwhile Hope Estheim takes on the role of providing advice and support to the players over the phone. The mission is to save the world from destruction. This comes at the time when Bhunivelze the ancient god is awakening. One of the delightful things in this movie is the option for the players to make costumes for this god with over 20 different pre-set ensembles available. They have given Snow Villiers a new outfit, a clear indicate that the design team has been paying lots of attention to the costumes.

The gameplay has not changed that much from what we were used to in XIII and its second version. However it must be noted that there will be an ATB system. Players are given a lot more control over the gameplay, almost as if to compensate for the fact that the only playable character this time is Lightning. For example Lightning is now allowed to move freely even amidst the harshest battles. The game spans 13 days but it is possible to gain or lose time. Although the action happens on a 24/7 basis, time remains one of the most important commodities in the game. Discipline and strategy is required in order to conquer the higher echelons of ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’.

Verdict
With the excellent design theme and revamped characters, it shows lots of promise. The gameplay has lost some of its diversity but there is increased control for the players. Meanwhile an effort has been made to increase the intensity of the battles and to challenge the capabilities of the players. For all these reasons, ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’ remains a great choice for 2013.

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