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10:00 AM on 02.05.2014

Lightning Returns gets a Tomb Raider crossover outfit

It's so bizarre to see Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy under one roof, but here we are in 2014 with a Lightning Returns and Lara Croft crossover. Next week, you'll be able to pick up the special Tomb Raider ...

Chris Carter





5:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Square gives us a look at Lightning Returns' dev process

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is almost here, as the third and [final?] part of the XIII triology. To celebrate, Square Enix has released a new video that gives us a look at some of the people responsible for de...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Final Fantasy Tactics director talks new game

Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII) has a Kickstarter project in the works, Unsung Story. It's sitting about $150,000 away from its goal with a week and half left. Unfortunately, the Vita ...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 01.29.2014

Get caught up on Lightning's story with this 16-bit recap

With Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releasing next month, players may need to get (re)acquainted with the (perhaps convoluted) story thus far. Square Enix took up this task, and produced a brilliant video to recapitul...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Get autographs & art at Final Fantasy X/X-2 launch event

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD are finally almost here. That means Square can get on Final Fantasy XII HD now, right? Okay, I won't get too ahead of myself. If you're in LA (or can be in LA on March 15), there's a Final Fantasy X/X-2...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 01.27.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: ARR PS4 gets a final release date

We already knew that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn would be coming to the PlayStation 4 in April, but now we have an exact date. Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida announced that the PS4 edition of the game wou...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 01.27.2014

Smart As free for PlayStation Plus members on the Vita

This week's new PlayStation Plus addition to the instant game collection is Smart As on the PlayStation Vita. It's more or less the Vita's answer to Nintendo's Brain Age series as it sees players having to solve math, memory,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:30 PM on 01.23.2014

Remember: Lightning Returns is kind of an action game

What might get lost amidst talk of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's whacked out story and amazing dress up system is that you can fight monsters. Though you would know that if you downloaded the demo. If you haven't, ...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 01.21.2014

Final Fantasy VI Android port has a game-breaking bug

The Final Fantasy VI Android port launched merely a week ago, but players seem to have already encountered a rather troublesome glitch, leaving those affected unable to progress. As of right now, Final Fantasy ...

Harry Monogenis

10:00 AM on 01.21.2014

Lightning Returns pre-orders at Amazon get Yuna DLC

The Spira's Summoner DLC you'll nab for free with your Amazon pre-order of Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be a treat for fans of Final Fantasy X. You'll be able to dress Lightning up in Yuna's summoner dress, equip...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 01.21.2014

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo drops today

You can get a taste of what I've been playing for these past couple of weeks today with the newly released Lightning Returns demo. Look for their availability later today for both Xbox 360 and PS3. You know about Lightning's ...

Dale North

9:30 PM on 01.15.2014

Square Enix seems to have butchered FF VI on mobile

Take a gander at the above header. Look familiar? That's Final Fantasy VI on mobile devices, and to say it looks interesting is an understatement. Somehow Square Enix has managed to take the beautiful SNES original ...

Chris Carter







Look at Lightning's many outfits in our music video photo
Look at Lightning's many outfits in our music video
by Dale North

Yesterday, while working on our preview of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, I asked those in the office if I should make some kind of quick video to show off some of the costumes I've collected in the game. Everyone insisted that I should, so I did.

I also asked if I should put together a quick song to go with the video, and I found that Hamza was more than willing to share his lyrical ideas. All of his lines were pure gold, but not all of them fit with the song I wanted to do. I really wished I could have used "I wanna ogle your moogle," for example.

The only line I kept was his best one: "You J-poppin' my heart with those threads, girl."

The rest of the lyrics (as well as the lead vocals, background vocals, and instrumental parts) are all me in this cover of the Final Fantasy XIII main theme.

Sorry for this.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII after 30 hours photo
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII after 30 hours
by Dale North

SHUT UP, Hope!  I'M TRYING TO WORK HERE!

Okay, sorry. Hope is always talking in my ear. Non-stop. You'll see. Oh my God, you'll see.

I'm coming off over 30 hours of nearly non-stop play of Square Enix's latest, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and I have a lot to say. Of course, I'll hold the full verdict back for our review, coming early in February, but I hope to cover a lot of ground and answer a lot of questions you've had in this preview.

If you have any other questions beyond what is covered in this preview, hit me up in the comments section below and I'll do my best to answer them without breaking embargoes that I've signed off on.

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2:45 PM on 01.14.2014

Yasumi Matsuno launches Kickstarter for Unsung Story

Sometime after the release of Crimson Shroud, strategy RPG mastermind Yasumi Matsuno teased a brand new title he was in the process of developing. As the director of such titles as Tactics Ogre, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy ...

Alessandro Fillari

9:30 PM on 01.13.2014

Man at Arms forges Sephiroth's Masamune blade

I'm pretty hooked on watching the Man At Arms series of videos, which feature the blacksmiths of Burbank, California's Sword and Stone as they forge replicas of fantasy blades found in games. And this installment is a big on...

Conrad Zimmerman