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Lightning Returns: Carrying the adventure solo as Final Fantasy's first female protagonist | Joystiq

Joystiq: "he Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII was icy to be sure, but she could be caring as well, especially when dealing with her younger sister Serah. She was believable as a leader, and she was believable in her personal relationships. That alone made her more likable than 75 percent of the Final Fantasy XIII cast.

In a recent Lightning Returns demo, however, I saw a character who was closer to the god-like figure depicted in Final Fantasy XIII-2." (Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, PS3, Xbox 360)

chadwarden  +   557d ago
Duh, She's the best.
zerocrossing  +   556d ago
OK, Im really not sure if you're trolling.
Summons75  +   556d ago
Japan sure thinks so, she is number one there.
Rush  +   556d ago
Am quite sure even in Japan Cloud Strife would be more popular than Lighting
zerocrossing  +   556d ago
Lightning is just the flavour of the month it works that way a lot in Japan.
elda  +   556d ago
@chadwarden...I see you like the FF character Lightning,I think for a female FF character she is a interesting badass!
chadwarden  +   555d ago
I like female characters that aren't completely useless(which ends up being the majority of them) Lighting breaks the mold especially since she's the protagonist.
iamthebozz  +   557d ago
Umm pretty sure that Terra and Celes came quite a bit before Lightning.
DragonKnight  +   556d ago
And Yuna.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   556d ago
Yep, Terra was the first female starter playable character in FF and after that Yuna got her own game, FF X-2, but the thing is, whoever wrote this don't even know what a protagonist is...

Just cause you started playing with a character doesn't mean it's the protagonist... Look at FF XII, you mostly play as Vaan but the protagonist is Ashe, Vaan is a deuteragonist, working much more like a narrator would in a book, providing his point of view. Also, Terra, which you start playing with, is not a protagonist (at least not a classic one), the Returners, as a group, are the most important entity in FF VI story.

Although unusual in games, a protagonist don't even need to be playable, just be the main cause of actions or the one most affect by the world, the story evolves around the protagonist, doesn't matter if you ever play as him or not... But in FF indeed I don't remember such a case, still there are many female protagonists that are only playable in battle: Ashe, Yuna (in FF X, playable all the time in X-2), Aeris, etc. Lighning is as far from first as possible.
Kratoscar2008  +   556d ago
I maintain FF6 had two Protagonists: Terra of the Balance world and Celes for the world of Ruin.

In short FF6 did it first and better.
DragonKnight  +   556d ago
To be fair to the author, it's Toriyama saying that Lightning is the first female protagonist. And then he goes on to talk about FFVI like he had anything to do with it when he started with FFVII. The guy is a stone cold idiot that is pretty much single handedly destroying Final Fantasy with Wada's approval.
HeavenlySnipes  +   556d ago
And Ashe
zerocrossing  +   556d ago
"Lightning Returns: Carrying the adventure solo as Final Fantasy's first female protagonist"

First female protagonist? Oh they've done it now.
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ImpliedDeception  +   556d ago
Mea Culpa, accidental disagree.
zerocrossing  +   556d ago
No prob mate, I do it myself from time to time ;)
Yangus  +   556d ago
Charlie's Angels
Made in Square-Enix 2013.
DragonKnight  +   556d ago
FFX-2 was the first Charlie's Angels for FF.
ayabrea93  +   556d ago
terra would like a word with that title
dumahim  +   556d ago
Here I thought this was going to be a horrible article from some site I've never heard of. But it's Toriyama who is actually saying this stuff. Did everyone at SE get hit hard on the head?
wishingW3L  +   556d ago
you never heard of joystiq? They are almost as popular as IGN....
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dumahim  +   556d ago
of course I've heard of it. Just thought it was a dumb article from a no-name site based on the headline.
TechOne  +   556d ago
Toriyama be trolling.
Kratoscar2008  +   556d ago
No he is not, he TRULY believes Lightning is the first female protagonist, the same way he thinks she is JPs gaming icon. He is just nutcase.
adorie  +   555d ago
This guy needs a straitjacket and a muzzle. (Toriyama)
chikane  +   556d ago
pleaes i'll take YUNA anyday over light

better personality and prettier
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-Gespenst-  +   556d ago
Well I suppose techically that's right. VI had multiple protagonists. I can't quite agree with X-2 though, Yuna was unquestionably the protagonist of that game.
rataranian  +   556d ago
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gear  +   556d ago
Once this game marks a super flop in the history of final fantasy then square enix will understand to make game what the viewers want and release it first eg: final fantasy versus 13,Final fantasy x HD release,final fantasy 7 remake and remastering and more.
porkChop  +   555d ago
LOL wtf is this guy smoking? She is most definitely not the first female protagonist in the series. And seriously, wtf is Lightning wearing? Is that what they think passes for cool these days?
izumo_lee  +   555d ago
We all know Terra was the first FF female lead character followed by Yuna in FF X & for the most part Ashe in FF XII.

Saying that Lightning is the first protagonist is disrespectful to the titles that came before it. This lack of respect is clearly what Squarenix & the Final Fantasy franchise is at with Toriyama & Wada leading the way.

I have no idea what Kitase was thinking when he decided to appoint Toriyama as the head of the main Final Fantasy series. He is a terrible writer, a terrible director, & a terrible choice to helm Final Fantasy.

Sakaguchi must be having nightmares on what has happened to the series he spent much of his life making the best it can possibly be.

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