More Reviews
REVIEWS Funk of Titans Review
It’s always particularly tough to find the funk of a game when it already doesn’t have much rhythm.

Citizens of Earth Review
Do you like turn-based RPGs? Do you enjoy laughter? Does your hair contain enough product to qualify you to be VP of an entire planet? If so, then you'll enjoy playing Citizens of Earth.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Codename S.T.E.A.M. Preview
I went hands-on and nearly burned myself with “New” Nintendo 3DS hardware and the latest from Intelligent Systems. Aren’t you happy?!
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Release date: Out Now

RUGBY 15
Release date: 02/01/15

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round
Release date: 02/17/15

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE
Release date: 02/24/15


LATEST FEATURES 5 Best Zelda Games of All Time
Nintendo's epic adventure series has seen many entries over the years. Here are the very best of the bunch.

Blades of Steel, NHL 94, More 90's Hockey - Old Games With Grandpa Heath
If Captain Comic were picking players for a pickup hockey game, who would be his first choice? Probably Cliff Ronning.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437
Finally Broke My Crowdfunding Rule
By oblivion437
Posted on 01/12/15
I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities.  I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good).  I haven't...

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview

Alex_Osborn By:
Alex_Osborn
06/13/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE RPG 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Square Enix 
DEVELOPER Square Enix 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
T Contains Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

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.



After flipping through a few tutorials to familiarize myself with the gameplay changes, I was thrust right into combat, slashing at my foes with the tap of a button. Unlike your typical JRPG, Lightning Returns is a much more active game experience. Instead up queuing up attacks and waiting for the character to carry them out, you have full control over Lightning within the confines of the battlefield. You can move further away to distance yourself from an enemy's attack or run up close to inflict serious damage with the edge of your blade.

In the demo, Lightning had three different "Schemas" I could cycle through, which change the character's costume and set of attacks—think Final Fantasy X-2's outfit swapping. Each Schema provides the player with four unique abilities, all of which are conveniently mapped to the face buttons. Some are basic attacks, while others allow Lighting to block or send out a burst of magical damage. The immediacy that comes with the press of a button was incredibly rewarding, and managing my attacks wisely as to not drain my ability meter too quickly, proved to be tense and engaging as well.



After progressing through a dungeon of sorts, decimating every foe that came my way, I encountered a far more formidable opponent that looked like some sort of large glowing dragon-like creature. Needless to say the thing was awfully intimidating, so I knew I would need to be a bit more strategic in how I handled the fight. So I decided to hang back at a safe distance and bombard the beast with thunder spells which eventually stunned him. At this point I was able to rush in for a quick kill. It was immensely satisfying in a way I had never experienced in a Final Fantasy game ever before.

While I'm sure many of you are sick of the Final Fantasy XIII universe at this point, I suggest you keep Lightning Returns on your radar. It's different enough that you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII