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Watch Us Play Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released last week in Japan. As we’ve noted before, Lightning Returns is a massive departure from the previous games in the XIII series with fast-paced action and an open world to explore. But how does it work in action? Check out our video to find out.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released on November 21, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan. It will be released in North America on February 11, 2014, and in Europe on February 14, 2014.

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You know, the combat seems to be some of the best it's ever been for Final Fantasy. The only iffy thing with many gamers is that the plot went way too weird and metaphysical for the 13 series. Time travel, dimension travel, it's all a bit too much. I still love the FF13 series for what it is, but I can see why so many are turned off because the plot could use a little more grounding like some of the SNES and PSX FF games used to have.

It doesn't mean they can't get ambitious again, but they should ease up on the technobabble and making the world lore too complex for its own good. Because FF13 had all the right ingredients. But its ambition and need to do crazy new things each new game really threw the plot up for a loop.

But again, the gameplay in this series has always been pretty damn solid.