In the beginning it was fun, the first time I played through the story it was fun. A couple of new features showed up but by then Lightning was annoying. Third time through the story and I hated Lightning and wished Snow was the main character for many reasons: The motive would have been fixed, relate-ability would have been fixed, cosmetic annoyances would have been fixed..... In the end, I'm sooooo glad I didn't buy the game because it's simply not fun enough to overshadow the annoyingly dry story. The story was awesome until they explained everything. Very disappointing for me personally, strange overall message.
Basically, Fun to play for a week, after that I realized I wasn't having fun anymore and could have gotten rid of it sooner. I give it a 7 because everything in the game LOOKS and feels excellent. They took their time with everything, including the story so maybe you'll like the story. For me it just doesn't outweigh it's negative side enough for me to buy it for life. I wanted to like it more because of how high the quality is, but quality isn't everything in a game.
posted by Lupinite (WINSTON SALEM, NC) Apr 10, 2014
Member since Nov 2013
I've played the other two games and while the story's were good the combat system, atleast in my eye's, was ridiculous. Lightning Returns fixes that, and the story is very good. It may be because I forgot certain things but I came across quite a few surprises. The outfits took a bad hit in reviews but they were tasteful up to a point. A few were very much fan service, but the weapons and shields made up for it. There is no leveling system, instead your attributes go up as you complete quest's of any kind. And don't worry about selling gear or anything by the end game I put serious thought into trying to find a pool and swimming in my all my gil.
Its a great finale to an adequate series, Lightning has some character development. Questions that plagued everyone through the series get answered and we share some touching reunions with previous game characters.
If anyone is thinking about playing the new Final Fantasy XIII:Lightning's Return, I'm letting you know right now, it's NOTHING like any other Final Fantasy game. The closest would be X-2, as far as no real storyline, just quest after quest after quest. Which would be fine if you had an unlimited amount of time to get everything done, but you don't. Everything in the entire game needs to be done in a 6 day period (game time) and 1 day of game time only equals about an hour of real time. They give you an ability to stop time, but it only stops it for 3 minutes and then starts up again and you can only do this 5 times. Battles are completely random and usually pop up at the worst possible time and they mean nothing! No exp, no leveling up, just collecting items and getting your butt handed to you over and over again while doing it. If you don't make it to the end by day 6 you get a game over screen and have to start over from the very beginning of the game! All in all, even if you're a hardcore Final Fantasy fan like I am, I do not recommend this game at all! It's one good quality is that the graphics are absolutely amazing, especially if you have a 3D TV, but unfortunately graphics do not make a game, they just make it better. It won't stand on graphics alone.