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Lightning Returns: FF XIII Doomsday Clock explained


6:30 PM on 01.07.2014



A new developer diary has been released for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, focused on the game's "Doomsday Clock," which ticks down over the course of the game's 13 days. Players will have a limited time in which to achieve goals necessary to complete the story, almost certain to be a divisive mechanic among players. The clock also dictates NPC behavior, with Square Enix pushing that old, "the living world carries on around you," chestnut with characters having daily activities they participate in.

I love the Doomsday Clock, but I'm sure it's going to be a problem for a lot of people. I think it takes some serious cajones in this day and age to make a high-budget, AAA title where the player can invest a whole lot of time into a game and, in doing so, fail to meet their objectives.

There seems to be a prevailing mindset that a player should be able to experience all of the content in any game on a single play, which is perfectly understandable. I value my time, hate to feel it's being wasted and could be very frustrated indeed by having to replay a significant portion of a game due to being inefficient. At the same time, freeing me to do as I wish in terms of level grinding, exploration and other forms of progression without any consequences takes all of the urgency out of what should be globally significant events filled with tension. It's always struck me as a little silly to be running around, collecting stuff when cataclysm looms just on the horizon.





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9:00 AM on 02.25.2014
Lightning Returns Japanese voice pack DLC available now

The Japanese Voice Pack DLC is available for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII today, priced at $3.99. That's great and appreciated, but I'm really here for the Moogle dress that we've been hearing about. That crazy dress...more



12:00 PM on 02.19.2014
We could see more Final Fantasy games on PC in the future

In case you haven't noticed, not a whole lot of Final Fantasy games are on the PC at the moment, even in port form years later. But it seems as if Square Enix is coming around to the idea, and we may even see future Fina...more



8:30 PM on 02.15.2014
The 'extremely popular' Lightning may return (again)

Lightning Returns may cap the Lightning saga, but director Motomu Toriyama told Siliconera that this isn't the last we'll see of the "extremely popular character." "For Lightning, her story ends here in Lightning Returns: Fin...more



1:00 PM on 02.12.2014
Win $1000, an Xbox, and more: Lightning Returns contest

DeviantArt is running a Lightning Returns contest encouraging users to put their own spin on Lightning with an original design. Entrants will be judged by Final Fantasy character designer Tetsuya Nomura himself and the three ...more



4:00 PM on 02.11.2014
Opinion: Lightning Returns is by far the best 'XIII' game

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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 ...more



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...more



1:30 PM on 01.29.2014
Get caught up on Lightning's story with this 16-bit recap

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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, ...more



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...more





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