Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

XB360, PS3 / RPG / Release: Feb 11, 2014 / ESRB: RP

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Lightning Returns dresses itself up with DLC costumes

Lightning Returns dresses itself up with DLC costumes

Lightning Returns has been out for a couple of weeks, which means you have now officially missed your chance to download the Japanese voice-overs for free. The pack costs human dollars starting today, and comes alongside three more costumes.

Read more: $3.99 apiece, or $9.99 for the set »

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Square Enix 'very interested' in putting Final Fantasy on PC

Square Enix 'very interested' in putting Final Fantasy on PC

Though a few have come out later as ports, the single-player games of the Final Fantasy series have usually been notably absent on PC. That may be changing, as series producer Yoshinori Kitase says that Square Enix sees potential in the PC market and is interested in pursuing it.

Read more: "Yes, we would definitely be interested in pursuing that route" »

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Lightning may cameo in future Final Fantasy games

Lightning may cameo in future Final Fantasy games

Lightning Returns closes the book on the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy, bringing it all to a satisfying conclusion. But we might not have seen the last of Lightning herself, as director Motomu Toriyama says her popularity may well lead to some cameos.

Read more: "We know that Lightning is an extremely popular character" »

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Play Primer: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Play Primer: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is out today, the third and final game in what we never would have expected to become a trilogy. Jumping in could be daunting even for those who played the prior games, so I've outlined a few things you might want to know before you get started. For more detail on what I thought of Lightning Returns, check out the Shacknews review.

Read more: Tips on combat, Schemata, and accepting failure »

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review: striking distance

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review: striking distance

After two games of a beautifully designed battle system buried underneath poor level design and an incomprehensible plot, Lightning Returns feels like the game this series was always meant to be. It refines what worked in those previous installments, and sheds nearly everything that was weighing it down. It's fast-paced, action-focused, and to my pleasant surprise, offers relatable character motivations and a digestible story. The result doesn't always hit its mark, but it comes closer than the series has in years.

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Tomb Raider costume coming to Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Tomb Raider costume coming to Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Never a company to miss an opportunity to cash in on its fans' loyalty and adoration, Square Enix has announced it's bringing a little of Tomb Raider into Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XII. When the game launches next Tuesday, they'll be able to grab a DLC that lets Lightning dress up as Lara Croft, mud stains and all.

Watch: Lightning looking all Lara in the DLC's trailer »

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Lighting Returns: FF13 trailer recaps trilogy with retro pixel art

Lighting Returns: FF13 trailer recaps trilogy with retro pixel art

How long has Square Enix been working on the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy? Four years? Ten? Twenty? Perhaps Squeenix isn't sure itself, as a new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII recapping the subseries' story is rocking pixel art like it's 1994; is this what the first two games looked like? Who can even remember anymore?

Watch: The pixelated recap trailer »

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Weekend Confirmed 201 - Starbound, Rust, Lightning Returns

Weekend Confirmed 201 - Starbound, Rust, Lightning Returns

Jeff Cannata is preparing for his play's premiere on Friday night, so that leaves host Garnett Lee to lead Weekend Confirmed into Episode 201 with Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia playing the co-pilot role. They welcome in Sega Mobile's Ethan Einhorn and Area 5's (and former 1up Show alum) Matt Chandronait to break down what happened this week with everything involving Microsoft, EA, and Machinima, discussing how it could potentially affect an audience's perception of YouTube content providers. The talk then turns towards the world of mobile game development and how much of a brave new world it becomes for newcomers, especially those coming in from the media. The crew then recaps the Shacknews Best of 2013 (particularly Gone Home at #3 and the gradual backlash that's built across the online sphere towards The Fullbright Company's game) before jumping into the many possibilities presented by remote play through the Vita, the Wii U GamePad, and Nvidia's Shield. The show finishes up with a look back at Final Fantasy XIII-2 (and the lead-in to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII), Starbound, and Rust. The show wraps up with a fresh round of Finishing Moves, leading into next week's final episode from the Atlantis Group Studios.

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Lightning Returns trailer dresses up the new combat system

Lightning Returns trailer dresses up the new combat system

By making the XIII saga a trilogy, Square Enix has yet another chance to iterate on the combat mechanics introduced by Final Fantasy XIII. The battle system was improved for XIII-2, and predictably another layer of polish is being added in Lightning Returns. A new trailer outlines the changes.

Watch: Abilities change with equipment shifts »

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Lighting Returns: FF13 demo out today for realises

Lighting Returns: FF13 demo out today for realises

When a demo for the trilogy-capping RPG Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII unexpectedly popped up on Xbox 360 last week, Square Enix quickly pulled it it, citing a "technical glitch." Today, it's really coming realsies for keeps, arriving on both 360 and PlayStation 3.

Read more: Free bonus items in the full game for playing »

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Lightning Returns demo pulled from Xbox 360

Lightning Returns demo pulled from Xbox 360

Update - Citing a "technical glitch," Square Enix told Shacknews that the Xbox 360 demo has been taken offline. It promises that it will announce the official availability across both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sometime later, but for the time being, it's gone. Unless you grabbed it quickly, you'll just have to wait for Lightning to strike twice.

Original Story - A demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has hit Xbox Live, in preparation for the game's February launch. It's a Gold exclusive, though, and hasn't gone up on the PlayStation Network quite yet.

Read more: Using "Outerworld" features grants costume reward »

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer explains it all

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer explains it all

Ah, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, that's... the MMORPG, right? No, no, the sequel-sequel which became a sequel! Or... what is it, again? Handily, Square Enix has whipped together explaining the whole shebang, from its world and story to combat and questing. And chocobos. There are always chocobos.

Watch: The new trailer »

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 Collector's Edition includes art book and pocketwatch

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 Collector's Edition includes art book and pocketwatch

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will be getting a Collector's Edition, Square Enix has announced. It will be sold exclusively through Square's own online store, and includes a host of goodies for $89.99. It will release alongside the regular edition of the game on February 11.

Read more: Art book, pocket watch, and Aerith costume »

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Lightning Returns is first Final Fantasy game with Japanese voice-overs in the US

Lightning Returns is first Final Fantasy game with Japanese voice-overs in the US

おはようございます!今日では、スクウェア·エニックスは、"LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII"がアメリカで史上初めて日本のVOを持つことになりました.

Read more: 'Natural' localization planned »

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Lighting Returns trailer highlights shopping and customization

Lighting Returns trailer highlights shopping and customization

To some extent, we've known that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is partly about playing dress-up with the title character. It's taking the route popularized by Final Fantasy X-2 and adding some sass. But even so, the latest trailer really focuses on that aspect more than we expected.

Watch: Buying a smart pantsuit »

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