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
posted by ShinigamiB (TALLAHASSEE, FL) Feb 24, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
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.
posted by chefred67 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Feb 18, 2014
Member since Sep 2009
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
When I saw the trailers I was very excited for the game. I still had my excitement even after playing it. The visuals are great, the combat is fast paced and fun. The different outfits and their abilities reminded me of X-2 ( which was one of my top 5 FF games) and it made it more strategic then fashionable.
That is where the positive ends though. The mission where very time consuming and unwanted. Paired with the fact that the only way to increase your stats was to do these missions. You don't get any experience from enemies that you will fight ALOT. Which leaves your limited time grinding on many gathering missions only to get minor stat increases. Seeing as how the main mission of the game is to gather souls I found myself only able to collect 1 to 2 souls each in-game day, thus not making much progress. The storyline also seemed kind of rushed and thrown at you to try and understand.
On a side note the community messages are a nice touch. People sharing funny moment and showing off their build is a very fun addition. All-in-all the beautiful visuals and great combat are the high point, but the limited time grinding and the rushed storyline keep this game from being only a renting title.