By Tracey Lien on Feb 05, 2014 02.05.14
A Lara Croft costume is coming to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 on Feb. 11 as downloadable content, Square Enix announced today. Available for download via the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store, the DLC will allow players to dress up Final Fantasy 13's Lightning as Tomb Raider's leading lady. The costume includes Lara's vest, shorts, boots, the survivor's axe and riot shield and all the dirt and grime that comes with raiding tombs. The trailer showing Lightning in Lara's gear can be viewed above.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 29, 2014 01.29.14
Before Lightning embarks on her final mission next month, Square Enix shared a retro-styled trailer recapping the events of Final Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy 13-2. The events preceding Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 are recreated above in a style reminiscent of older series titles like Final Fantasy 6. From Lightning's first mission to liberate a train of exiles to Serah and Noel's final showdown with Caius, viewers can brush up on their Cocoon and Pulse history before heading into battle with Lightning once again. More details on how to strategize through wardrobe customization and what to expect at the end of the world are available in our recent hands-on preview. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will launch in North America on Feb. 11 and in Europe Feb. 14 for PlayStation...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 23, 2014 01.23.14
Square Enix released a new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 today providing further details on the title's combat system, which requires players to strategically manipulate their wardrobe and weapon stats to take down opponents. Battle in Lighting Returns is more action-oriented than its predecessors, Final Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy 13-2, which both used variants of the franchise's active time-battle system and job class-like Paradigms. The Paradigm system allows players to switch between classes during battle — from healer to warrior and so on — and this has been replaced in Lightning Returns with a dynamic wardrobe system. The video above shows how players can customize their outfits and weapons with specific abilities and buffs, and how they can switch them on...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 07, 2014 01.07.14
A new developer diary from the team behind Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 takes players inside the game's doomsday clock mechanics and more. With the doomsday clock in place, players will have to accomplish specific tasks within 13 days. This schedule affects more than just the game's outcome, however. Characters within the game will behave according to a 24-hour clock, and locations will change continuously. Places safe during the day will become more dangerous at night. Players will also have more freedom when exploring Lightning's world, developers said. Navigating on foot is often the easiest way around, and players will be able to explore areas they find "seamlessly." Watch the video above to see the Square Enix development team discuss time, battle mechanics and more. L...
By John Funk on Nov 20, 2013 11.20.13
A new video shows over ten minutes of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 being played. The footage is all of the Japanese version, so viewers who don't speak or read Japanese will be left to fill in plot and cutscene details with their imaginations. However, much of the video is comprised of combat as Lightning explores an open field and wanders through city streets, and hitting dragons with swords is a universal language. Lightning Returns hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this February in the West.
By John Funk on Nov 07, 2013 11.07.13
A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 shows the kind of items that can be purchased in the game's stores and what the player can do with them. Shops will sell items both useful and cosmetic; this particular trailer has the player purchasing a new shield for lightning as well as a pair of glasses that can be worn with any of her equipment. The trailer then delves into the menus, showing different equipment setups and how to customize Lightning's color palette to the player's preference. This particular video ends up with an outfit marked with purple highlights, but the end of the trailer shows a number of other color schemes the player could have used. Lightning Returns is scheduled to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2014.
By John Funk on Oct 28, 2013 10.28.13
By John Funk on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
A new video from Square-Enix walks the player through the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 demo that the veteran JRPG studio showed at last week's New York Comic-Con. In the demo, Lightning is in an area of the world called the Wildlands searching for a special white Chocobo. The demo shows off the combat, with Lightning switching between different job classes (and costumes) on the fly; while she's using one the others' resources regenerate, encouraging frequent swaps. The demo shows some of the game's equipment customization before Lightning takes on a monstrous boss to save the wounded Chocobo. Check out our thoughts on the demo, including an interview with the game's producer and long-time Final Fantasy veteran Yoshinori Kitase. Lightning Returns hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation...
By John Funk on Oct 03, 2013 10.03.13
A new video from Square Enix recaps the events of Final Fantasy 13 in advance of the upcoming Lightning Returns, the final installment in the trilogy. Unfortunately, the dialogue and plot descriptions are all in Japanese, and Google Translate's attempt at translating the Japanese captions keeps referencing President Barack Obama. Still, the scenes will be familiar to anyone who played Final Fantasy 13: A group of misfits finds themselves turned into l'Cie, feared humans with magical powers who have been given a task and must fulfill it or else turn into a mindless monster. The rag-tag band, hunted by the government and military of the world of Cocoon, must figure out if the task they've been given is to save Cocoon or destroy it; once they've figured out what they're supposed to do,...
By Jenna Pitcher on Sep 24, 2013 09.24.13
The opening cinematic for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 not only offers players a brief glimpse at the extravagant city of Yusnaan, it portrays the entire battle between Lightning and her former ally, Snow. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, protagonist Lightning must save the souls of humanity's remnants including the soul of her former nemesis, Caius Ballad. Speaking to Polygon, game design director Yuji Abe believes that in the latest installment, Lightning has become more vulnerable because she has lost a lot in her life and is "deeply affected by the great losses plaguing her past." Lightning's wardrobe for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 boasts 80 outfits, including a costume based on Yuna from Final Fantasy 10. Those who pre-order Lightning Returns: Final...