Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Continues Lightning's Saga
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If you thought Final Fantasy XIII ended with its sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2, it turns out you were wrong. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the next entry in the series and is an entirely new game, rather than a continuation of FF XIII-2. As the title suggests, it'll see Lightning making a comeback for her final chapter in the FF XIII saga.

Beginning with 13 days left on the Doomsday Clock leading up to the end of the world, the pink-haired protagonist finds herself using transforming weapons in battle, and she'll apparently be much stronger than she has been in the previous two games. Lightning Returns: FF XIII is set on a chain of four islands called Navus Partus, and you'll be able to use a monorail to get around.

Exploration will take centre-stage this time around too, with a day-night cycle affecting the kind of NPCs you encounter and interact with. As well as transforming weapons, Lightning will also have a massive wardrobe packed full of costumes. Check out the announcement trailer below and a nice piece of artwork, courtesy of AGB. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due out in 2013.

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Comment #1 by RooBoy
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 07:59:50 AM
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Wow! What a catchy title......

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Comment #2 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:01:22 AM
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This looks beautiful :O

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Comment #3 by DeadMan634
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:06:59 AM
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I'm not hating on FF they are awesome games and will probably end up buying it.. But they are milking the series.

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Comment #4 by Dasha UK
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:08:25 AM
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Don't like the sound of a doomsday clock unless it goes down at set points so we can explore and do side quests without worrying about it ticking down.

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Comment #5 by HellspawnRei
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:22:26 AM
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The whole 13 days to doomsday reminds me abit of Majora's Mask.
Let's hope that we wont see a clock.

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Comment #6 by onidemon
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:23:18 AM
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Apparantly the doomsday clock will be ticking all the time, including when you are travelling. You'll also have the option to give up some of that time to re-try a boss battle if you got defeated.

Personally this doesn't sound all that promising to me, and I hate to make references to Majora's Mask but it's been done before and very well, and this game will probably fail to live up to the hype.

They should really be focusing on FF XV (the old versus) instead

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Comment #7 by head0r Inc
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:24:03 AM
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Can't freakin wait.
The map kinda looks like the one from FF Dissidia Duodecim lol

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Comment #8 by Sanchezz4387
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:32:24 AM
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I hate square enix they are an abomination of a company, they've fucked final fantasy beyond repair

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Comment #9 by kaiyo penguin
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:41:12 AM
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give me cloud over lkightning :P

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Comment #10 by Extra Saucy
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:43:55 AM
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Ugh...New story, setting, everything please. Nothing bad about these games but even though XII-2 was fun, it just feels tired by now. I want more Mistwalker games instead. Lost Odyssey 2 FTW.

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Comment #11 by K1LLEGAL
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:44:49 AM
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I don't know what it is, but I hate when a series has messed up names. Just like calling the 4th Rambo film "Rambo" or calling the 4th Fast and Furious film "Fast and Furious".. at this point what was so wrong with calling it Final Fantasy XIII-3?

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Comment #12 by E10phoenix
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:46:27 AM
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The sequel nobody wanted...

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Comment #13 by K1LLEGAL
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:46:31 AM
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Also sorry for the double post but I second #10 - Mistwalker coming back to 360 would be amazing. I couldn't get into The Last Story; But a Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon sequel would be incredible.

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Comment #14 by AVFC LEGACY
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:49:46 AM
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Milk it baby milk it!

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Comment #15 by lordskorrkeeper
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:56:55 AM
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Guess I should dust off the old FF13-2 CE and continue my game and finally finish it before Borderlands 2 comes out.

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Comment #16 by Dirty130
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 08:58:08 AM
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I welcome a third game featuring Lightning. This will be the end of the Lightning saga and I look forward to seeing what happens with her story.

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Comment #17 by BBowles
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:14:50 AM
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@6 Have they officially renamed Versus?

OT: The week FFXIII-2 came out, everyone KNEW this game was going to follow. Anyone who is surprised by this hasn't played FFXIII-2, and thus this news has no relevance to them - and their comments have no relevance to this news.

While admittedly FFXIII-2 wasn't needed (as FFXIII ended fine), this game IS required thanks to FFXIII-2. Both of the previous games were fun, and I look forward to this one. Would I prefer a new cast of characters/setting/battle system? Sure, who wouldn't. But I'm not opposed to more of the same when "the same" has been thoroughly enjoyable so far.

Nearly every other series in the world follows the "more of the same" strategy. CoD, Halo, Gears, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Borderlands, GTA.....the list goes on and on. More of the same, when "the same" is fun to begin with, is a good thing. Obviously there needs to be tweaks and upgrades to it, but FFXIII-2 tweaked and upgraded FFXIII, and I look forward to the new upgrades.

Sure...people expect each numbered FF to be different, as that's what the series is all about. And I'm sure the next numbered entry WILL be different. But we're not there yet. So either keep waiting, or enjoy more of the same.

Hopefully that didn't come off as a wasn't meant to be. >_> Point is: More FF is always a good thing to me, whether its more of the same or a new entry.

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Comment #18 by Bahroo3
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:45:18 AM
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Is the A button going to do everything again?

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Comment #19 by CoregBlue1
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:49:54 AM
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as far as i know there was a video from a conference where the XIII changed into XV at the end of the trailer and the WiiU sign came up afterwards but it was fake.

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Comment #20 by CoregBlue1
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:51:25 AM
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@17 again.

you are so right. we will get a new FF and its versus after like 5 years of development, so i welcome each XIII until that since they were all great so far.

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Comment #21 by randallm33
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:54:12 AM
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New lingo: "Milking it" = not making gamers wait at least 1-1.5 years for a new title.

I just finished XIII-2 and would love to see the end of this trilogy next year sometime. If it seems too soon when it comes out I can wait a bit. It is only milking it when the QUALITY suffers; personal preferences aside (aka: people who hated both games), I felt that XIII-2 was 'tighter' than the first game and more enjoyable to play from start to finish.

As far as the name...
STUPID, IMO. It should be XIII-3 and I hope that they think better of it before it releases. Regardless I suspect the gaming community will refer to it as such anyways.

...still hoping to see the most recent versions of FFI-VI on XBL sooner rather than later.

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Comment #22 by Sanchezz4387
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 11:44:18 AM
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But here's how Fucking retarded square enix have become: Final Fantasy XIII is the next entry in the series and is an entirely new game, rather than a continuation of FF XIII-2.

Yet the end of ff13-2 quite literally says "to be continued.." errr if lightning 13 isn't a continuation to ff13-2 then what the fuck is it? Another game they will make 2 maybe 3 iterations of and they will make a seperate sequel to ff13-2??? Fuck knows but all I know is it's a total piss take, final fantasy has lost that magical spark and a sequel will not bring it back

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Comment #23 by Jamie 5Star
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:04:13 PM
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wait a second its set on 4 islands all linked by a monorail, is it secretly set at Disney World Florida?

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Comment #24 by Crimson Ridley
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:18:25 PM
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Now the're doing a third FFXIII, could they please do a third Kingdom Hearts?

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Comment #25 by I mak3 big boom
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:24:03 PM
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Just let the series die already...

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Comment #26 by Qoncrete
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:29:04 PM
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@22 Did you not play the DLC or something?

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Comment #27 by Inexxa
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:29:44 PM
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Kill off FF already, you guys have butchered it. Lightning is one of the most boring main characters going.

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Comment #28 by coggyswell
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 12:37:37 PM
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Lighting is the Kristen Stewart of main characters.

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Comment #29 by ryanweinmann
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:04:45 PM
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Does Square Enix even listen to us consumers? The way it looking, look like Square Enix going go bankrupt and somebody going buy them out. With all these stupid reject games like FFXII-2, FF 11, FF14. Come on, go back to the old roots. Look at Lost Odyssey.

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Comment #30 by TrishTheDish
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:29:02 PM
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@28 This, this, this, THIS a million times this! Here's every Lightning scene ever:

*blank stare*

"What? *grunt* I hate you!" *punches Snow*

*blank stare*

At least Serah had a damn personality....

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Comment #31 by axelroxel
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:51:54 PM
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Anybody else feel like this is a close resemblence to Majoras mask? time system....altering people through scheduling...4 islands.....just putting it out there

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Comment #32 by ShadowArceus5
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:55:55 PM
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I honestly can't wait for the game. I enjoyed the other two and this new one will make me wonder what they changed around in the game.

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Comment #33 by Postmodernmartyr
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 01:59:28 PM
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Anyone else reminded of Dragon Quarter (Breath Of Fire 5) with the mechanics of this game? It's the first time I remember Square taking an RPG idea from someone else.

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Comment #34 by xGallade
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 02:27:00 PM
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Why isn't the game called Final Fantasy XIII-3? Typical Square Enix making these awkward and senseless decisions.

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Comment #35 by Optomistic
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 03:12:22 PM
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Ugh. Maybe my tastes have changed, but I really didn't enjoy FF13 and its sequel.

I've sunk 100's of hours into all the other ones, so I can compare, but I just didn't feel any connection with any of the characters or their plight.

Maybe it was bad direction, acting or script writing but I really hope the do make a meaningful improvement for this, and not just slop on better graphics.

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Comment #36 by randallm33
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 03:31:52 PM
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@35 - I was more into the characters in the second game but I think the problem is the unpronounceable names of the creatures and most of the characters and places. I thank God for subtitles on this game or I would have no idea about what was going on.

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Comment #37 by Kombat 36O
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 04:59:13 PM
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#10 agreed so badly want Lost Odyssey 2

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Comment #38 by Wicelow
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 05:04:04 PM
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XIII was meh. XIII-2 was a bit better.
Don't know about the new one but the name sucks big time.
I'll wait for it to be 15€ like the 2 others.

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Comment #39 by General Boredom
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 05:17:42 PM
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Yawn. People are excited about this? No surprise Square-Enix is bleeding money. FFXIII was terrible and I'd rather forget that XIII-2 exists. Honestly, I haven't enjoyed an FF game since FFIX.

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Comment #40 by Killbomb
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 05:29:17 PM
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Never cared for Lightning so I highly doubt I get this until it's very cheap if at all.

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Comment #41 by macd
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:43:23 PM
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Day 1 buy for me.

FF13 was great, and FF13-2 was even better imo. Looking forward to this.

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Comment #42 by SmarmySmurf
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 01:32:59 AM
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Weird name, but I like Lightning so I'm happy with this.

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Comment #43 by Jaws as Crowns
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 01:35:41 AM
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@25 sadly, with the way square Enid is doing things lately, it just might. :'(

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Comment #44 by Jaws as Crowns
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 01:36:45 AM
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Comment #45 by Rastaman20
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 02:11:57 AM
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FFXIII seriously? thats the best they can do... too lazy to call it FFXIII-2 1/2 or FFXIII-3 lol lazy ass japs. but aside thar its a day 1 collecters edition buy for me lol

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Comment #46 by Solomon Fuere
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 02:56:10 AM
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@30 Don't forget the "Worst birthday ever." scene

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Comment #47 by onidemon
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 06:25:38 AM
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@45 - Please don't use the word "Japs".......that's really deragotary.

@ 17/19 - sorry I didn't realise that video was fake. I thought that was the idea though considering Versus has more or less been cancelled now right?

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Comment #48 by voidreaper21
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 07:35:38 AM
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@(all the comments on versus 13) not sure if this is real but i heard that versus 13 put put on hold/cancelled to make a kingdom hearts HD collection on ps3 (1,2 chain of memories and birth by sleep)

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Comment #49 by Dark Anaconda
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 11:32:56 AM
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My personal opinion: Square Soft = Epic Win , Square Enix = Epic Fail , nuff said. Even "Legend of Dragoon" is much better than this crap. The company lost their respect for me, when they fired the original producer "Hironobu Sagakuchi", the creator of FF. Anyway ,everybody has his own opinion and thats good.

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Comment #50 by Xavzh
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 11:52:58 AM
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VsXIII is still in development on ps3 only, not canned, or delayed, Nomura is working on it with the KH team, they are not working on a KH HD Collection nor are they working on KH3, just Vs.

This game will be a great ending to lightnings story, and it may not be the end of the XIII universe as they are saying its the last game for lightning, there may well be a XIII-3 after this one, which i hope there is, the stories and characters are great to the sreies.

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Comment #51 by StrikeAnywhereX
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:55:59 PM
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Saw the title of this article and shrugged. As one of the biggest FF fans from back in the day, I have stuck with the series and played XIII and XIII-2. But somehow I don't think I could stomach another one in the same universe. I see the merit in what they are trying to do, giving the XIII scope a tidy finish - and also attempt to bring you closer to the characters (which should have happenend in the first one -_-). But still.... I actually didn't mind XIII but .... ugh. I dunno.

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Comment #52 by UltimateAuron32
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 07:15:30 PM
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looking foward to this, i love Lightning and felt quite annoyed that you only get 10 minutes with her in XIII-2, why she was plastered over the box art is beyond me.

people have problem's with change, main characters are normally male, with muscles in places you dont HAVE places. so Lightning pretty much made them keel over and die of shock...

"a WOMAN, as the MAIN CHARACTER?! and she's stronger than most MEN!?" all i can say is: deal with it, dont like it, dont buy it. the end :)

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Comment #53 by Distractor08
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 07:30:31 PM
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Comment #24: Amen on that statement
Comment #49: I agree with you that Square Soft FF games are still better than Square Enix FF games (FFX being the only exception). The only flaw in your statement is legend of dragoon was made by sony computers.

How I feel about this being a big time FF fan is kinda both yes and no. Yes in that I love Lightning as the character and liked the first game's storyline. No in like most people said they have stretched this series long enough, especially being the most criticized FF games than any other FF series. The could've easily ended it in the first game, but they wanted to improve the flaws from the first one (aa too linear) and made a second one. We shall see what happens when it comes out.

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Comment #54 by Neomalysys
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 08:25:15 PM
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Make the game that the tech demo at e3 was showcasing or versus xii instead of this game.

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Comment #55 by evilfrenchguy
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 09:34:19 PM
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Come on, people. It's obvious they are milking the series. There was absolutely no reason to make XIII-2 in the first place other than to make a quick buck off of the success of the first game. Plot-wise, XIII had a satisfying conclusion.

Personally, I think this a slap in the face.

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Comment #56 by XRizerX
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 09:39:58 AM
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Fucking die... I'm done with FF.

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Comment #57 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:14:05 AM
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I could not be less excited, please reboot Final Fantasy square this is getting ridiculous (get back to basics)!

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Comment #58 by eiVaL
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 06:52:11 PM
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id rather just fap to the characters than subject myself to 60+hours of linear turn based fighting surrounded by hours of cutscenes

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Comment #59 by OMGiTzMooNz
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 05:57:27 AM
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Final fantasy 13 was it for me I thought. I thought they ruined part 2 due to the fact the game was too easy and too short. Bring back treasure hunter achievement and Long GUI :DDDD!

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Comment #60 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 12:12:30 PM
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Well, hurray for all thoe bikin costumes LOL Hopefully they will add some lingerie too this time around hah!

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Comment #61 by BBowles
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 09:54:59 PM
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There's a lot of hate and complaints here, but that's just because people who have something to bitch about are always more vocal than satisfied customers. That, and nostalgia seems to be the best fuel for rage.

The rest of us will continue to enjoy games for what they are, not by comparing them to some of the greatest games of all time. FFXIII and FFXIII-2 were decent, fun games, and I look forward to the next one.

For those claiming they were "shit" or "terrible", you need to mature beyond the age of 12. It's one things to dislike something. That's fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Hell, I dislike a lot of popular games. The difference is I don't call them shit just because I personally don't like them. FF13 and FF13-2 were decent, polished games. No bugs, no glitches, no exploits. If you didn't like the combat or story, that's your preference...but they functioned perfectly and many enjoyed them. It's time some of you grew up and learned the difference between "garbage" and your own preferences.

Anyone narrow-minded enough to declare their opinion as fact might as well just say "look at me, I'm not intelligent enough to be relevant to any discussion". Everyone has different opinions. Intelligent people can tell the difference between their opinion and fact. I hate CoD, Battlefield, FiFa, Madden and many other AAA titles, but I realize that they are quality franchises nonetheless and don't call them garbage. Grow up.

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Comment #62 by Akira_Katayama
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:13:52 AM
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Monorail! monorail! Monoraaaaaiiiil! MONORAIL!

"Mono... D'OH!"

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Comment #63 by DragonFlykm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 02:18:42 AM
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This one looks really good. I can't wait till it comes out in Australia. Sorta like a living breathing world which will be very interesting to see.

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