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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview | GameRevolution

GR: Lightning is back... again.

Square Enix has been pouring a lot of time and effort into the Final Fantasy XIII universe. After following up FFXIII with a direct sequel, the studio has put together yet another game staring the super powerful sword-swinging heroine, Lightning. Fortunately, the developer has mixed things up this time around in a big way, retooling the combat mechanics to make it feel far more involved and engaging.

I must admit, I was quite skeptical when I first approached the demo station for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Having not been a major fan of Lightning's first adventure, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this new game. But when I got my hands on the controller and started playing it for myself, I was totally won over. (E3, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, PS3, Xbox 360)

ftwrthtx  +   432d ago
Sounds cool
Pittoo  +   432d ago
I know lots of people didn't,but I really liked 13-2.
Snookies12  +   432d ago
It's certainly better than XIII in terms of gameplay! Though, I liked XIII's story better...

The XIII series are good RPGs, no doubt. They just get a lot of hate mainly for being Final Fantasy games. Yet they're not the masterpieces that most demand from the esteemed FF namesake. Which I totally get. People wanted something new after XIII, but they had to wait for two other entries in the series first before moving on. If ya didn't like the first one, you'd be pretty mad about that for sure.
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dbjj12088  +   432d ago
Everyone has different tastes. Kudos to you for enjoying it despite any problems people may have had.
-Gespenst-  +   432d ago
Liked the previous two. Definitely going to get this one.

I appreciate risk taking in the games industry. It says to me that a developer isn't just interested in feeding into conventional ideas of videogames and in this case rpgs for the sake of turning a profit, which is such a dispassionate and cynical attitude. People's assumptions need to be challenged. Sure there's plenty of entertainment out there if you just want to be lazy and passive, but every now and then we need to have our preconceptions shaken (in an ideal world, MUCH more than we do these days). Final Fantasy XIII was narrative driven. Everything about the game reflected the narrative and the central theme: running from your fate. I think the XIII is a narrative success for this reason. It was nothing like previous games, and while in some cases such a departure can result in a poorly conceived game, this wasn't the case with XIII. Not only was it a great little narrative experiment, but the soundtrack was probably the best I heard all gen, not to mention the overall visual design (be it environments or monsters or characeters) was top notch.

That said I know the previous two games weren't without their flaws, but they weren't nearly as bad as people say. People who complain are either jumping on the hatewagon because they need that kind of social approval, or are simply lazy, and can't accept change. When games cease to innovate, that means the capitalists have won - it means they've brainwashed us into thinking more of the same is good for us, meaning they've cornered the market and have a stable source of profit, which is all they ultimately care about - i.e. they don't really care about other people when they make this stuff. We've got to make sure creativity and unique experiences doesn't stop being the sole point of entertainment media and the arts.

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