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GF Rating
6.5

548 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

An Honest Review

posted by PayneFamily (SUNBRIGHT, TN) Mar 23, 2014

Member since Mar 2014

8 out of 11 gamers (73%) found this review helpful

Despite what Game Informer and Users on Gamefly state, this game is actually a great ending to a beautiful series.

Lightning Returns begins at the End of the World, plagued in Chaos. The people who live here no longer age. However, they can still die from accidents, disease, natural causes, and so forth. Immortality, with a sick twist. Lightning, now a Servant of God, is sent to rescue the souls of the people left alive so they can pass onto the next life where God will be forging a new world for them.

The Focus of the game is to rescue five heavily burdened souls scattered across the game area. Four locations, five souls. And then, on the Thirteenth day, the game will end with a final choice and show down. no spoilers.

The Game has a clock system. Thirteen Days to save the world. Each Day begins at 6 AM and ends at 6 AM the following day. Though many complain that they feel rushed on time, the player gains an ability fairly early that allows them to freeze the flow of time. People still move and the game acts normal, just the clock stops.

Here is where people feel a sudden looming doom of rushed. You are given only five days when you start. Five days until the worlds end. Lightning has to save souls of people (side missions) around the four regions. Some are easy. Some are tedious. But, if you pay attention to what monsters drop, grab ever chest you can, you will fly through the game.

In the end, I rate this game a full 10 out of 10. If you paid attention to the first and second games, you will understand everything going on and will have no confusion. I do recommend playing through the games if you are having trouble remembering things. The world is utter beautiful and you do have enough time explore every bit of it, do all the side missions, and main missions in the thirteen days. The ending has a nice tie into our own world that Final Fantasy has never done. It wrapped everything nicely with a pretty bow and ended on a beautiful note. Hope I helpe

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Oh my goodness...

posted by Nemy009 (HOUSTON, TX) Mar 4, 2014

Member since Mar 2006

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

Oh how I wish Square ended this series with the original FFXlll. Granted that game had its flaws, but it was still decent. But unfortunately, then came FFXlll-2 which addressed one of the major flaws with the original, but added an even more convoluted story, fewer playable characters, and a cliffhanger ending that set the stage for this mess of a game known as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy Xlll.

Major mistake number one, the game is timed based meaning you're racing against the clock trying to save as many souls as possible before the "end of the world". This was such a bad move for an RPG that I can't even begin to sound off on it like I want to.

Second mistake. You don't level up by defeating enemies. No, you level up by doing silly side-quest that are so mind-numbingly repetitive and boring that I almost considered not finishing the game. Which is substantial for me since I'll general tough it out to the end no matter how bad the game, but this game had me almost throwing in the towel.

Third, the graphics. In a word, they're bad. Well to be more precise the character models of the main characters are fine, but everyone else looked almost PlayStation 1 quality. From flat polygons to muddy textures, one can tell that the budget for this game wasn't substantial.

The story line is your classic twist on the genesis of humanity. It's heavy on the religious overtones and could be considered creative albeit more than a little silly by some. I won't reveal too much other than to say that the story will have you rolling your eyes more than a few times, and scratching your head the other times when it gets overly convoluted.

And finally, oh let's play dress up with Lightning! That would be really cool!... No. No, that isn't cool at all, and it just makes me all the more glad that this series is finally over and can be forgotten about. Hopefully now Square can get back to making proper rpg's and leave the timed based, Barbie Doll, god killer games to someo

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not amazing, but not terrible either

posted by ShinigamiB (TALLAHASSEE, FL) Feb 24, 2014

Member since Feb 2014

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

People are seriously exaggerating how bad this game is. true, its not a perfect 10/10. Really, not even close. But nonetheless, its a game worth playing.

Like every other FF game, this one has top of the line beautiful aesthetics, the gameplay is quite fun, and story wise, its not that bad either.

Granted, the game is very lacking in several aspects. I would seriously suggest against buying this game, but this is gamefly. just rent the game, live the experience, and make your own opinion about the game.

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