Lightning Returns Available Today in the US!
Brendan    2014-02-11, 19:47 pm.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available for sale in the United States today! As the closing chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Lightning Returns arrives to mixed reviews with Metacritic aggregating a score of 68 based on 30 reviews from sources like IGN, Destructoid, and Machninima.

Most reviews cite the battle system and gameplay as strengths while mentioning a weak story and repetitive quests as shortcomings. Nevertheless, the game's release marks the end of a chapter in Square Enix's recent checkered history and hopefully signals the beginning of a new one.

kweh!    2014-02-12, 00:19 am

I have it pre-ordered for the oz release. But, frankly, I'm much more invested in XIV at the moment. I'll play it when I want a break from gathering.

Brendan    2014-02-12, 18:24 pm

I'm enjoying it so far. Gameplay and customization are cool; dialogue is stilted and melodramatic as usual; I'm not sure how I feel about the doomsday clock because all I want to do is just explore the crap out of Nova Chrysalia.

kweh!    2014-02-13, 01:02 am

I've always hated countdown timers as a game mechanic for particular sets or moments, so I'm not sure how I feel about a whole game in which the clock is ticking. Don't get me wrong on the FFXIII series, Brendan. I've enjoyed these games a lot and hold them in higher esteem than most seem to. I enjoyed XIII more than XII. But that's not saying much, since I loved them both. I'm looking forward to Lightning Returns, even if Lightning is my least favourite character in the FFXIII world(s).

Brendan    2014-02-17, 06:01 am

The countdown timer feels kind of oppressive at first but there's an ability called Chronostasis that freezes it and battling enemies replenishes the ability. On top of that, completing a "main quest" gives you an additional day but those can be really challenging. I think that what hurts LR the most (and it's a theme repeated in most of the negative reviews that I've read) is that "side quests" make up almost 90% of the game. I don't mind because the Dead Dunes and Wildlands are massive and fun to explore and filled with easter eggs (Atomos lights up at night in the Dunes! Etro's Gate wreckage is in Wildlands!) but I can completely understand how it would just sap someone of their enthusiasm for the game. This will be an interesting one to review in detail, that's for sure.

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