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Submitted by Lavalamp 555d ago | news

Lightning Returns Producer Compares the Game to Dark Souls

Is there a little bit of Dark Souls in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII? Apparently so. Producer Yoshinori Kitase told Famitsu this week, “If I were to describe the gameplay, I’d say that there are some elements [in Lightning Returns] with the severity of [a game like] Dark Souls.” (Dark Souls, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, PS3, Xbox 360)

Hellsvacancy  +   555d ago
Yoshinori Kitase should give up on smoking crack, how else could you come out with something so stupid

Maybe when he says "some elements" I think he means *push L1 to block*

We all know its going to play nothing like the awesome Dark Souls
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gamedebater  +   555d ago
i wish we could get a breakdown on combat. Nobody clearly explains it.
kalkano  +   555d ago
How about this: give us a Final Fantasy, that has elements of *gasp* Final Fantasy. It's a shocking revelation, I know.
NioRide  +   555d ago
What I don't understand is how this guy was the Director for FFVI, VII, VIII, X and then put this thing out...How do you even fall off the horse that badly.
He only produced XIII and its sequals he did not direct.
NioRide  +   555d ago
I never said he directed those did I. Way to put words in my mouth.
Chill out dude. It just looked like you were implying that. You didn't say that he was only the producer either so maybe you should be more clear as to what you meant. Toriyama is why the XIII series are the way they are not Kitase.
NioRide  +   555d ago
Kitase pushed the game out as something its not, He is in charge of advertising the game and setting it up.

So yes, Actually I still do blame him.
What are you talking about dude? Kitase doesnt have his hand in the developement of the game. Also what do you mean he pushed the game out as something that its not? what the hell did he advertise that made you think it was going to be different than what it was? Toriyama is responsible for every facet of FF XIII and its sequels not Kitase. I think Kitase should go back to directing.
El_Assenso  +   555d ago
NicoRide that's the bizarre thing. This man was the producer of several GREAT FF games, and yet him and his team muck up big time.

Squeenix should have left FF13 to crash and burn after the first 1 in the failed FF13 trilogy, but instead they decided to go on and on. Lightening is not a memorable character and the story telling is so bad its...its...yeh that bad!

Kefka, Squall, Cloud, Sephiroth, Aeris et al. Now they were awesome!
El_Assenso  +   555d ago
Kalkano spot on. Squeeniix needs to give us amazing story telling, memorable characters, a great combat system. But they seem to have lost that ability right after FFX. FF1-10 were amazing, 1 blockbuster after another.

Comparing Lightening Returns, an emo s*** FF to Dark Souls is stupid and disrespectful to the devs of Dark Souls who have produced games of a far greater quality than Kiatse and his butt kissers at Squeenix this gen.
Godmars290  +   555d ago
No. Just, no...
solfol  +   555d ago
Did he just compare it to Dark Souls??? This guy has 0 humanity..
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Grave  +   555d ago
And he's cursed.
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DragonKnight  +   555d ago
The Darkmoon Blades are teaming up with the Darkwraiths and the Gravelord Servants to invade and gank him.
Fishermenofwar  +   555d ago
cocaine is a hella of a drug...
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   555d ago
Would have made sense if this was PARASITE EVE III! Where the hell is that game anyway?
NihonjinChick  +   555d ago
I don't think it's coming out. The most reason game they had for that series was The 3rd Birthday for PSP.
Unlimax  +   555d ago
Parasite Eve III .. YES a hundreds times .. Square needs to buy the rights back from the author Hideaki Sena in order to bring it back and make a new sequel .
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ChozenWoan  +   555d ago
No, they need to get Hideaki to do the next PE, else someone else will just F it Up.
Unlimax  +   555d ago
I agree .. They better do that ~
cleft5  +   555d ago
Well I liked the FF13 series, yes I know I am in the minority here and yes I get why people dislike it. Either way, I am just glad that this game will bring the FF13 saga to the end and Square Enix can move on making games that people want.

I just hope they learned their lesson and don't cut out features in FF15 just because it is multiplatform.
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GrumpyOla  +   555d ago
You're not the only one. I have really enjoyed FF13 series. I can't compare them with the previous FF games since I haven't played any.
Snookies12  +   555d ago
As did I, though I have to say XIII-2 was pretty much a leap forward in most ways over the original. I really liked getting monsters and leveling them up, and Noel was a much better main character (in my opinion of course) than Lightning was.

It's a shame some people didn't actually give the sequel a chance.

Sure, they're definitely not up to the standard of old FF games, but they're still fun RPGs.
Dmd  +   554d ago
I took me a very long time, but I finally decided to give it a chance, and to my surprise, I'm really glad I did - Im enjoying it very much! I like Noel as main character as well and I really apreciate all the freedom there is in XIII-2. Also, as a big plus, there's no Vanille so far!

I still hate XIII guts, though.
GrumpyOla  +   555d ago
Lately we have been hearing alot of developers comparing some aspects of their games with Dark Souls.
I have a feeling we'll be seeing alot of Demon's/ darks Souls wannabes next gen.
karl  +   555d ago
so many game studios just cant be original.

they gotta grab what theybelive is trend right now and try to sell it..

i wont buy this damn game
-Gespenst-  +   555d ago
I don't know that Demon's Souls and Dark Souls constitute a significant 'trend'. They're pretty niche games... Like they're straight up for hardcore gamers.
karl  +   555d ago
i know... but its getting a lot a love lately and studios are noticing..

demon souls and dark souls went a bit off the radar if u ask me...

but now dks2 is really getting a lot of coverage
cleft5  +   555d ago
I welcome it. I love Demon's Souls and Dark Souls is an amazing game. So if developers want to add in a little bit more challenge that is fine with me.
lukeb4dunk  +   555d ago
I preferred Demon's over Dark Soul's, but I guess that's neither here nor there.

But on topic. Isn't that how the industry goes? They see success with one game and try to cash in on that?
Dmd  +   554d ago
That's how *everything* goes, not just game industry. The same happens in hollywood. The same happens in literature. Originality is not for everyone.
SquareEnixFan  +   555d ago
Please keep all elements of Dark Souls away from Final Fantasy.
DragonKnight  +   555d ago
I disagree with that. You should have said "Please keep all elements of Dark Souls away from Final Fantasy XIII."

An FF game as challenging as Dark Souls would be a welcome change in my opinion.
Chrono  +   555d ago
Everyone just reads the title and overreacts. He meant that they tried to implement some of the challenging elements of Dark Souls in the game, not that the game is better or worse than the other one.
LordMe  +   555d ago
Eh, I don't see much Dark Souls in this game.

And the thumbnail for this article reminds me of Metal Gear Rising's title screen.
GamePeace  +   555d ago
Dark Souls and Final Fantasy should take an example from Demon's Souls, because Demon's Souls was the real killer in terms of originality and artdesign. Dark Souls 2 looks like a fart compared to Demon's Souls. I really hope for Myiazaki's next Demon's Souls for Ps4...
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   555d ago
IVe nvr played Dark souls. Ppl keep telling me its hard as hell tho. This just got a bit more interesting.
DragonKnight  +   555d ago
It's challenging, punishing, not necessarily "hard." Once you memorize the areas it becomes easy but can still surprise you.
CNCOMICS  +   555d ago
What?!

Cue the Tidus laugh.

Related video
-Gespenst-  +   555d ago
People are definitely jumping on this and overreacting. The game definitely won't have the difficulty level of Dark Souls. It'll probably be more challenging than XIII and XIII-2 because of the item and time management aspects, but it certainly won't be as severe as Dark Souls.

They're giving us XV, they're giving us KH3, not to mention this game which seems pretty good, and has been receiving pretty positive hands-ons and previews. What more do you want?
kalkano  +   555d ago
A Final Fantasy game.
DragonKnight  +   555d ago
Correction: A REAL Final Fantasy game.
kalkano  +   555d ago
lol. That's what I was saying.
squallcloud9  +   555d ago
Um...no. i platinumed both demon souls and dark souls. And i have 1 trophy for ff13. Wish i could delete it from my list. Most ridiculous statement ever.
Williamson  +   555d ago
I liked Lightning in Dissidia.
LAWSON72  +   555d ago
This game better be good because FFXIII2 was just terrible IMO. I will say FFXIII had issues, but it was a quality product for the most part. The sequel was a complete mess.
elda  +   555d ago
I completely agree with you.
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