Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is ranked in the 20th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

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Based on 10 critic reviews
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61

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Based on 10 critic reviews

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GameGrin
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

A game of two halves, Lightning Returns isn't a brilliant end to the XIII trilogy that you may have hoped for, but it's enjoyable. Just try to ignore the coma-inducing story.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2014

Although a greatest hits in a sense ' what with chocobos, Moogles and more ' Lightning Returns can't shake the feeling of a track on repeat. Time is of the essence in real terms as well; time to move on, perhaps.

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New Game Network
68 / 100
68 / 100
Mar 8, 2014

Square Enix have finally given us a world packed with quests, slick combat and significant depth in how we equip Lightning for battle. So why have they put all this in such a bland world and under a time limit? This could have been a rich game for us to explore and wrap ourselves in. Instead, we're pushed around and made to feel unwelcome.

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Gamer Escape
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 11, 2014

The story of Final Fantasy XIII and its characters is concluded in Lightning Returns, but both the ending, and the road to it don't form a cohesiveness that you would expect from a Final Fantasy title.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Dec 13, 2015

Lightning Returns is the antithesis of its predecessors. The confined and plodding pace of the last two games is no more and the nonsensical narrative has been lightly improved. More still, the combat is hands-down the strongest of the three games. Unfortunately, Lightning's new quest isn't without its limitations, as while the visual fidelity has improved thanks to the transition to the significantly more flexible platform, the six year old engine is showing its age and the degree past assets are used is almost criminal.

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Slant Magazine
Feb 13, 2014

To dwell on the debacle that is Lightning Returns's ghastly storytelling is to deprive oneself of a rather fantastically constructed battle system, one that sporadically elevates the game from disastrous lows to dizzying heights.

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Game Debate
6 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2016

If you're reading this then I'm going to assumed you have, as a very brave soul, already played through the original pair of games. As such you sort of know what you're getting here. In comparison to XIII it's certainly a stronger experience, but it's a case of whether you can stomach yet another adventure in that vein.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Pendy_617

Top Critic

May 13, 2014

At then end of the day, Lightning Returns is a decent game. It is worth the price and is worth the play to finally get some closure on this time travelling adventure and put an end to the world of FF XIII. There is plenty of extra content to keep you busy but if you're like me, then just finishing the story will be worth it alone.

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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 3, 2013

Lightning Returns, but you might well be better off remembering her as she was.

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gameranx
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2014

I hated Lightning Returns, but I also love it. Its greatness nearly ruined by bad packaging.

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