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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII


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Opinion: Lightning Returns is by far the best 'XIII' game

I wasn't a fan of Final Fantasy XIII. I felt like in many ways it was a step back for the franchise, and the cast wasn't nearly as charming as Square Enix thought it was. But with XIII-2, I partially warmed up to the series, as it slowly bu...   read

 
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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 costume for Lig...   read

 
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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 developing the ga...   read

 
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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 recapitulate the events ...   read

 
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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, watch this vide...   read

 
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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 her staff, and...   read

 
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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 outfits, don't ...   read

 
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Look at Lightning's many outfits in our music video

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 s...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII after 30 hours

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...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: FF XIII Doomsday Clock explained

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 n...   read

 
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Square Enix accidentally sold exclusive DLC for own game

If you ever needed a reason to loathe "retailer exclusive" DLC, here's one. Recently, Lightning Returns went on sale in Japan, and was launched with tons of various retailer specific DLC promotions and schemes (anyone remember the Mass Effe...   read

 
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Check out these Lightning Returns-themed Japanese snacks

Square Enix sent a little holiday gift to my office this week. They're trying to make me fat, it seems. In Japan, there's a strong tie between game marketing and snack food, so you often see game-themed snack food on convenience store shel...   read

 
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A guided tour of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

I don't need a guided video tour because I'm already hours into Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. That's right -- I kicked off my workday with a brag.  This video shows off how Lightning Return's gameplay works as well as some of...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII collector's edition

Square Enix has announced a collector's edition of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It will be available at launch (February 11, 2014) to buyers that order from the Square Enix Online Store. It sounds like it won't be sold anywh...   read

 
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Inside the Square Pt 2 talks Lightning Returns design

"I've only seen him in person very few times," a Lightning Returns staffer whispers of character design lead Tetsuya Nomura, casting furtive, sidelong glances. I hear he is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody be...   read

 
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Here's some footage of that Lady Gaga Lightning costume

As you may have already seen, Lightning has a new batshit Lady Gaga-esque Moogle garment in the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. But that's not the only costume on display, as this new DLC vignette shows off a ton of outfits...   read

 
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Mario 3D World, Lightning Returns sell poorly in Japan

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Super Mario 3D World launched to lackluster sales in Japan last week. Though the pair placed first and second atop the nation's software charts, the latest entries in Square Enix and Nintendo's flag...   read

 
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Go listen to the entire Lightning Returns soundtrack

I may not be much of a Final Fantasy player, but I always find myself loving their soundtracks. Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII just came out in Japan this past week, and YouTuber MarquisofElmdoor has uploaded the entire soundtrack fo...   read

 
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Lightning Returns to ship with a DLC Japanese voice pack

Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII may have launched in Japan today, but it'll hit other markets on Valentine's Day, February 14th. When it finally does come overseas, you'll have the opportunity to download a Japanese voice-over pack as ...   read

 
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Watch 11 minutes of Lightning Returns gameplay

4GamerMovie uploaded over 11 minutes of gameplay for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It gives you a pretty good look at what the game, and it shows off combat and the clothing selection system. Lightning Returns will be out tomorrow...   read

 
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Wake up to this live-action Lightning Returns commercial

Set to release next week in Japan, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII latest 15 second TV spot showcases a live-action version of the titular character. Albeit extremely brief, the model portraying Lightning, intermixed with the in-game...   read

 
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Playing dress up: Interactive Lightning Returns trailer

I remain cautiously optimistic about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I actually think it will be alright, despite the heavy-handed appeal to nostalgia and fan service that has lead to the inclusion of costumes from past games in the...   read

 
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Clothes shopping in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Look, it's no secret I love the dumb fashion featured in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. So yeah, I really like this trailer showing off how Lightning can gain new gear, including clothing. Look at that bitchin' pantsuit! Girl you l...   read

 
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Too long? Lightning Returns has 50 hours of content

I was ecstatic to hear Bravely Default: For the Sequel was being streamlined from the original 70 hour completion time to a (relatively) more reasonable 30 hour time. My backlog has been insurmountably filled with JPRGs for probably a decad...   read

 
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Watch a nice Lightning Returns chocobo quest playthrough

I saw that Square Enix had shared a video of producer Yuji Abe's playthrough of a certain chocobo quest in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Hmm, I thought. Then I saw a major games website run a new hands-on preview of an open-world ...   read

 
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Vanille is now a saint Lightning Returns, wears weird hat

Vanille is back. Or awake. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Vanille has risen to find that she now has a gift that lets her hear the voices of dead people. See, I always knew she was kind of weird. Square Enix says that she's now c...   read

 
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Lightning Returns to the end of the world as we know it

Show of hands, who else thought, "Midgar!" in this trailer's opening? I mean, we already have Cloud's SOLDIER duds and Buster Sword as pre-order DLC, along with an Aeris costume in Japan. Also, Lightning, why are you wearing your sunglasse...   read

 
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Dress up as Aeris in Lightning Returns

In addition to Final Fantasy VII's Cloud, it looks like another costume is joining the ranks for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII -- Aeris [Aerith]. Yep, that's right! The famous companion will be available as a costume, adding to the...   read

 
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Lightning Returns at TGS: Open worlds, cool costumes

I like Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I dug it from our very first hands-on preview, and I'm now I'm digging it even more after playing the new Tokyo Game Show floor demo. Some felt that the first preview was a bit linear. Line...   read

 
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Lightning still has no personality in Final Fantasy XIII

Jim Sterling and Dale North checked out Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII while at PAX. Well, Dale did, Jim slept in. But it's okay, he didn't really miss much as Dale described. The only good thing we can expect out of the new Final F...   read

 
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Check out Lightning Returns' pre-order costumes

Lightning has quite a bit of pre-order costumes coming her way for Lighting Returns, and on top of the Cloud and Yuna outfits she has a pretty big armory of feudal Japan-ware. You can view all of them in the trailer above, which thankfully...   read

 
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I love the fashion in Lightning Returns: FF XIII

So I really like fashion. It's not to the extent that I can tell what label you're wearing. In fact I don't care about that aspect of fashion. I just care about what looks good. And Lightning looks so good in all of her outfits in Lightnin...   read

 
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Did Yuna? Lightning Returns has a Final Fantasy X outfit

There's quite a bit of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII news afoot courtesy of All Games Beta. We now know Lightning Returns will feature four distinct areas, the newest revealed of which is a "vast, open-world area in vain of Bethesda...   read

 
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Lightning Returns director ordered bigger, jiggling boobs

Lightning's either experienced a miracle or paid for a boob job in Lightning Returns, bumping up from a Japanese C cup to a D Cup. Her breasts will also jiggle now, depending on what she's wearing, because the director wanted it that way. A...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST on four discs

Square Enix is super serious about the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. I've never seen so much activity in terms of pre-releasing singles from a game as they've done three times now with "The Savior," "Crimson Blitz," and ...   read

 
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Time keeps on slipping in Lightning Returns: FFXIII

I'm really rather stoked for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in spite of myself. And it's not the flagrant appeal to nostalgia with the Cloud Strife outfit and buster sword DLC, promise. Actually, Lightning's new default costume mark...   read

 
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Enjoy this song from Lightning Returns: FFXIII

The latest look at Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gives us a peek at one of the new songs featured in the game. It's a little weirdly edited, but it's a great song at least. The second video below is the full song without any interr...   read

 
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Lightning Returns gets Cloud outfit, sword for pre-order

Oh man. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the amusingly named third entry in the XII sub-series, is coming with an interesting pre-order bonus: Cloud Strife's SOLDIER outfit and indelible sword from Final Fantasy VII. Incidentally, Am...   read

 
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Final Fantasy dance choreography is the best thing

No weak Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo jokes here. This is seriously cool. Dance choreographers Mike Song and Tony Tran whipped up a video in honor of Final Fantasy, dancing to tunes from FFVII and the upcoming Lightning Returns. When they ...   read

 
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Hamauzu and VGO dicuss FF: Lightning Returns soundtrack

Square's lineup at this E3 has been among the best in show, with Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII tearing up the show floor. We managed to sit down with Masashi Hamauzu and Shota Nakama to talk ...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII E3 gameplay trailer

Here's a trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, which shows a returning Lightning doing some things that mark her return. She has returned, very much like The Mac, but not exactly like The Mac.  Lightning will finally retu...   read

 
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Poster says Final Fantasy XIII-3 coming to PC [updated]

[Update: Square-Enix senior PR man David Yang tells Dual-Shockers that the posters are indeed a goof. It just goes to show: even the official artwork is not so official sometimes.] A sharp-eyed Redditor noticed a PC logo on one of the Final...   read

 
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Lightning's got some new moves in Lightning Returns

Lightning returns? She never left! Ha! The crazy ride continues with a third game for the thirteenth chapter of Square Enix's flagship series. But Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy is quite a bit different from the previous two titles. Givin...   read

 
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Lightning Returns gets new E3 trailer, delayed to 2014

The follow-up to the incredibly polarizing duo of Final Fantasy XIII games, Lightning Returns, has been delayed until 2014. Specifically, it'll hit North America on February 11th, 2014, and Europe on February 14th. A new trailer is here ju...   read

 
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Slide in the sand in Dead Dunes from Lightning Returns

If you checked out or preview of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII you'll know that the game is set on four continents. We saw a bit of Luxerion, and a peek at the Wildlands, but only a quick shot of the sandy, ruin-packed Dead Dunes. N...   read

 
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Meet Lightning Returns' new pink-haired character, Lumina

If you read our preview of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII you would have learned that a new pink-haired character has been added to the mix. Lumina looks something like Lightning's little sister, Serah, but has a weird smile and some...   read

 
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13 new things about Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

You think you know everything about Final Fantasy? I did too, but there's a whole bunch of weird new stuff going on with the next title in the series, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, due out late this year. I've just returned from a ...   read

 
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'Amazing ATB' in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

The latest issue of Famitsu [via Game Nyarth] reveals several new battle systems details in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. There's not a solid name for the new battle system yet, so they're calling it "Amazing ATB" for now. I t...   read

 
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Lightning Returns: FF XIII: English subs in Asian version

Much like they did with Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XIII-2, the Asia version of upcoming title Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will will be playable for importers with proper hardware. Siliconera reports that SCEH confirmed that t...   read

 

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