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Let’s Be Honest, Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Looks Like a Hot Mess

GR's DeShaun Zollicoffer writes:

I defended FFXIII against hoards of detractors, and I thought FXIII-2 was a good game. But after watching the trailer for Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, I feel like my love affair with the series is about to come to an abrupt end. How should I put this – it looks like a hot mess. Hopefully this was just a bad trailer, but here are a few reasons why it doesn’t do a good job at convincing us to buy the game.

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Abash1344d ago

Well no one expected it to even look promising from the moment it was rumored to be in development.

crxss1344d ago

let's be honest, it shouldn't have been made :/

Blastoise1344d ago (Edited 1344d ago )

The game looks terrible, but graphics and framerate will be the least of it's problems.

I'm calling it now, it will be just as awful as the last two, only now with some Assassins Creed "let's appeal to the westerners, because Assassins Creed sells a lot" platforming parts. But it will get semi-good reviews based on the fancy graphics, the brand name and the fact that they promise (once again) it's not as linear.

But hey, I'd love to be proven wrong

MaxXAttaxX1343d ago

The art direction is very uninspired as well.

iamtehpwn1344d ago

The trailer seems to come from a much older build of the game. If you look at Screenshots from a more current build, the game looks significantly better graphically:
http://www.novacrystallis.c...

pr0digyZA1344d ago

Those shots looked touched up and much to clean.

SSJBen1344d ago

Those are downsampled screenshots, so yeah they obviously will look significantly better. Unfortunately, downsampling a game isn't an option on consoles.

DA_SHREDDER1344d ago

F graphics. I mean sure I would love to have pretty games all the time, but if that's all they are gonna be then I hope they go bankrupt.

rainslacker1344d ago

Square may get a lot of hate, but one thing is true, their games always look stunning. The textures used in the trailer didn't mesh with Lightning character model, and there wasn't a lot of lighting detail or shader work going on, so that says to me this is nowhere close to what the final game will look like. The battle graphics(particularly the buildings) looked like placeholders to me, as it looked like something you'd see from a first year art student learning how to texture. If people believe they would have that in the final game like that, then they are seriously mistaken.

I can't speak to the framerate, because I haven't seen a high quality version of this trailer yet, and there were quite a few artifacts introduced by that alone.

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medziarz1344d ago (Edited 1344d ago )

No, it's not.
It actually looks like a legitimate RPG world to explore, this time around.

Murad1343d ago

This game looks very similar to what Kingdom Hearts had to offer in terms of gameplay. Hopefully, that is true.

Ranma11344d ago

I saw the trailer, and it seems they are just reusing the same battle system. Except I didnt see an autobattle feature, which is a step in the right direction (if auto battle has been removed).

I hope Square does go back to their glory days...for the sake of the JRPG genre

ritsuka6661343d ago (Edited 1343d ago )

Autobattle is a pretty old JRPG function in FF games. Anyway, if the haters are hating on the Auto-Battle, they could always do it manually (but the Haters be always hatin)

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Murad1343d ago

I honestly do not understand why people disliked your comment so much. The game does look like it has potential, even though I personally believe this editorial is very biased considering that it judged it based off not only CSI Miami, but also, the other two games. Considering that the other two games did receive high scores, they were not bad, but could improve, I believe that this can be the same. Especially considering that it uses the same Kingdom Hearts Gameplay features, or so it seems.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1344d ago

It does look pretty slick. And I absolutely hated the first one..... didn't even touch the second.

zgoldenlionz1344d ago

The second was better IMO but still nowhere near a great game. Hopefully this one will be better as well might end up being decent, guess we will see.

VileAndVicious1344d ago

I think it looks promising as well. I need to see more to be convinced though.

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TheMutator1344d ago

Please no more FF XIII crap , damn i miss Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobou Uematsu FF , thanks GOD i have Lost Odyssey , Blue Dragon and The Last Story!!!

Murad1343d ago

I Personally do not understand why people like Lost Odyssey. It was a very insipid title with little character development, and overall a sad excuse for a true JRPG. However, I must say The Last Story is and will always be a true inspiration for years to come.

ToZanarkand861343d ago

The music and the Thousand years of dreams made Lost Odyssey good.

kalkano1344d ago

I'm on the edge, about to jump ship on the entire franchise. This better just be "spinoff material". If they keep going down this road with the main, numbered games, I'm gone.

Feylynn1343d ago

If you are still just questioning jumping ship at 14-2 and 13-3, 13vs, 13T-0, and an insultingly bad ff7 port what are you waiting for? 13-5, 14-4, 10-3, 8-2, and another ff7 spin off?