Daniel of PopCults.com writes "One of the titles I was most reluctant to try out at E3 this year was the third installment in the Nova Crystallis series, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I loved Final Fantasy XIII and greatly enjoyed the gameplay from Final Fantasy XIII-2, but the overall story of XIII-2 and the absurd ending to it all was bad enough to leave an incredibly sour taste in my mouth. When I first saw the E3 trailer for Lightning Returns, however, I felt the urge to return to Gran Pulse and finish the story. This time, there’s no L’cie and Fal’cie exposition muddle up the storyline. This time, there’s no Noel and all that guardian drama that no one cares about. This time, it’s just Lightning. She’s back and she’s here to change everything."