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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013)

Raitoningu ritânzu: Fainaru fantajî XIII (original title)
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As lightning awakes from her dreamless sleep she is touched by Bhunivelza and makes a deal. She becomes the savior and he would grant a miracle. Lightning then makes an attempt at becoming ... See full summary »

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Motomu Toriyama

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Daisuke Watanabe (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali Hillis ... Claire 'Lightning' Farron (voice)
Barry Trachten ... Soldier
Vincent Martella ... Hope Estheim (voice)
Jessica DiCicco ... Lumina (voice)
Troy Baker ... Snow Villiers (voice)
Laura Bailey ... Serah Farron (voice)
Rachel Robinson ... Oerba Yun Fang (voice)
Georgia Van Cuylenburg ... Oerba Dia Vanille (voice)
Jason Marsden ... Noel Kreiss (voice)
Liam O'Brien ... Caius Ballad (voice)
Amber Hood ... Paddra Nsu-Yeul (voice)
Bailey Gambertoglio ... Mog (voice)
Reno Wilson ... Sazh Katzroy (voice)
Erik Davies ... Cid Raines (voice)
Andre Robinson ... Dajh Katzroy (voice)
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As lightning awakes from her dreamless sleep she is touched by Bhunivelza and makes a deal. She becomes the savior and he would grant a miracle. Lightning then makes an attempt at becoming the gods savior to save her long gone sister Serah from a fate she cause so long ago. 13 days is all Lightning has to save as many possible souls she can for the new world to be born.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raitoningu ritânzu: Fainaru fantajî XIII See more »

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Square Enix Company See more »
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DTS (playstation 3 version)| Dolby Digital (all versions)

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Claire 'Lightning' Farron: [upon defeating Ereshkigal] Even in this dying world, plenty of people still believe in God. They believe that they are special, and that God loves them unconditionally. They believe he is looking out for them. Gods exist all right. But they've got their own agenda. They sure didn't make this world and put people in it because they love us. They just wanted to create new tools.
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A flawed but stunning conclusion to the FFXIII series.
18 December 2015 | by darkphoenix-83164See all my reviews

I will admit, this game is nowhere near perfect, but after the absolute mess that was FFXIII-2, this was a terrific way of making up for it. It doesn't quite have the character driven narrative nor the expansive nature of the first, but LR is more of a finale for fans, and quite a spectacular one at that with a clear, simplistic yet focused plot that was lacking in the previous game. The new combat system is a huge improvement over the worn turn-based system present in the previous two and feels a lot more fast paced and involved. Lightning looks gorgeous and her appearance and skills can be customized with the garb system. The world is a whole lot smaller in scope, and the game feels too short but then again, there is a sense of urgency and the time limit does make you feel like you need to save as many souls as possible before the end. At first I didn't like that aspect of the game since I don't like rushing through a game, but soon came to realize that there is ample time to do everything and still have plenty of time to spare wandering about aimlessly. The interior buildings are my main complaint, as most of them feel like repeat maps and the endless corridors felt a bit claustrophobic and depressing. All the major characters return for the final game, which was awesome although their roles weren't as large as they should have been. The dialogue felt a bit forced and not as natural as the first. The side quests are numerous and easy to complete, although some feel unnecessary. The final boss is perhaps the best part, being challenging and over the top, but in a good way. And then there were the final cutscenes, which were beautiful and had me in tears and left me feeling completely satisfied with the overall experience, making up for any gripes I had with the game. All in all, it's a diamond in the rough and a terrific send off to those characters I came to know and love 5 years ago. I urge you to look past the flaws and just enjoy it, I know I did.


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