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Lightning Returns is the concluding chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII saga and series heroine Lightning's final battle. The grand finale of the trilogy brings a world reborn as well as free character customization and stunning action based battles

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Lightning Returns is the concluding chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII saga and series heroine Lightning's final battle. The grand finale of the trilogy brings a world reborn as well as free character customization and stunning action based battles.

The world is sinking into a sea of chaos, and in thirteen days, nothing will remain. Though the planet is doomed, there is still hope for those who call it home. After centuries in crystal stasis, a hero has awoken—a legendary warrior on a god-given mission to save the souls of mankind. Her name: Lightning.

Blessed with incredible strength and an arsenal of new weapons, she has everything she needs for the coming battle. Everything except time. And now she must make an impossible choice...

List of downloadable content included with this version of the game:

  • "Divine Wear" schemata

  • "Moogle Lover" schemata

  • "Ultimate Saviour" schemata

  • "FFX-2 Yuna" schemata

  • "FFVII Cloud" schemata

  • "FFX Yuna" schemata

  • "Tomb Raider" schemata

  • "Shining Prince" schemata

  • "Dark Samurai" schemata

  • "Sohei Savior" schemata

  • "Utsusemi" schemata

  • "Art of War" schemata

  • "Flower of Battle" schemata

  • "Shogun" schemata

The "FFVII Aerith" schemata is not included in this pack. Furthermore, there are no plans to make this schemata available in future.

Key Features:

LIGHTNING UNDER YOUR CONTROL Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

ACTION-ORIENTED COMBAT A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

DLC CONTENT FROM THE ORIGINAL CONSOLE VERSION The PC release will also include all the amazing DLC content from the original console version*, including Japanese voice-overs and various costumes, shields and weapons. *Except for “FFVII Aerith Costume”

A CONSTANTLY MOVING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.

USE YOUR TIME WELL A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.


This version of the game has had no changes or additions made to the story of the original LIGHTNING RETURNS FINAL FANTASY XIII.

This game does not support Dolby Digital sound.

This version of the game includes some of the downloadable content released for the original. The bonus items originally awarded for having save data from previous games in the series will be awarded in this version regardless of whether there is suitable save data present or not.

Includes no functionality linked to Square Enix Members or social networking sites.

It is not possible to change the names assigned to chocobos, map markers or schemata.

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Square Enix
Square Enix PDD
Square Enix
Thursday, December 10, 2015
English, French, Italian, German
Customer notes
Minimum Requirements
  • Windows® XP SP2 or later
  • 2GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 1500MB
  • 22GB
  • NVIDIA® Geforce® 8800GT / ATI Radeon™ HD 4770 VRAM 512MB or later
  • Sound card compatible with DirectX® 9.0c
Recommended Requirements
  • Windows® Vista/ 7/ 8
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Quad (2.66 GHz)/ AMD Phenom™ II X4 (2.8 GHz) processor
  • 2GB
  • 22GB
  • NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX™ 460/ ATI Radeon™ HD 5770
  • Sound card compatible with DirectX® 9.0c

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The third game in the FF13 series, and it's easily the best one!

Where do I start? If you played the previous FFXIII games you should absolutely play this one, it's got the graphics, it's got the story, the music the gameplay, thrilling combat, everything you can ever one in a Final Fantasy game, except now you fight your enemies directly by attacking or casting your spells in real time. You should play this one, it's definitely interesting.

Whoops, I forgot my Final Fantasy..

As a big fan of the FF series of games I had bought this back when it first came out for the PS3. I had never finished it so I picked it up when it came out on PC. Turns out I didn't miss much. I know a lot of people like the newer direction FF took with their games. I'm not one of them. While the frantic action is nice at times, most times it lacks a serious depth. You're simply spamming buttons to accomplish feats and then the battle is over and you're graded on a battle that doesn't neccessarily even need a "grade". Seriously. I just got an "A" or an "S" for doing the absolute basic shit needed to beat a monster? Also, while the 13 series was most definitely beautiful to look at, your basic crafting became a drawn out clothing simulator and "add stuff to your weapon and hope it works" simulator. The 13 series is by far the worst of the FF games. All of them. While I did enjoy the story somewhat, I was left wanting real battles, a real feeling that what I did actually meant something in the battle. It doesn't. While I'm sure you can accomplish feats, maybe, 10 different ways, it has no direct impact on your strategy. You're spamming buttons to accomplish basic feats that will ultimately win the day. One other side note. This last FF 13 game was nicer than the first 2 but the "timer" side of the main story meant you more than likely missed out on some decent side quests so you have to really pick what you're going to do in a timely manner. If they would have gotten rid of the whole "timer" aspect of the game it would have been much more enjoyable. Is it worth it to play it? Yeah. In a discounted manner anyway. While the 13 trilogy doesn't break new ground really, it is a beautiful game to behold and even looks better on pc. If you can get past the button mashing for your feats and can get past that there really is no in depth crafting for a FF game, then you'll get some enjoyment out of it. Sure.

More action based

FF13 has had its ups and downs and gets being attacked by the community a lot, this game addresses some of the problems, it creates new problems and ultimately turns into a love hate scenario because some of it is great while other parts really make you scratch your head wondering why they did that. Its only lightning this time and you have to save the world in a few days, if you run out of days which can happen then its gave over and start again. Take note that this game is way harder then the previous two, most people will recommend that you try this game on easy difficulty when you play it for the first time.

Final Fantasy XIII: Clothing Simulator

Final Fantasy XIII has finally finished its unnecessary trilogy with a game nobody expected: an rpg where you play as only one character who constantly changes clothes. Unlike the previous Final Fantasy XIII games, you actually have control over what moves you use. In the previous games, you did have that control, but it took far too long to pick which attacks to use, most of the time the “auto” choice was selected, and all you really ever had to do was change what role each character had, or to be more specifically all you really ever could do was change what role each character had. This new system is a vast improvement on the old one, as it actually gives you much of the control that previous Final Fantasy games gave. However, due to only being limited to one character, fighting multiple enemies is far more difficult than it should be. The story is really standard Final Fantasy fair, at least standard Final Fantasy fair circa-Final Fantasy X: you have been chosen by an all-powerful entity to save the people of the world from destruction, not to be confused with saving the world from destruction. That’s about as much sense as you will be able to make from this story. Final Fantasy XIII was a decent experiment on having a story that had all the party members the main characters instead of having only one as the main character and everybody else just help them on their journey. It failed, but somehow spawned two sequels. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the better sequel, and yet it isn’t that good of a game. That does not bode well for the future of Final Fantasy.

Chrono Dilemna

Lightning Returns is third and last entry in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. The actions of Serah and Noel have doomed the world. It's vanishing, bit by bit, in the seas of Chaos that were unleashed with the death of the Goddess Etro. But not all hope is gone. Lightning has been chosen by Bhunivelze the God who has created the world. God's plan is to send the remains of humanity's souls to another world. In order to accomplish that, his agent, Lightning, must fulfil the wishes of all of people that are still living in the dying world and are being tormented by the creatures of Chaos. And that also means dealing with a few old "friends". Lightning Returns is an Action-RPG which emphasizes on time management Lightning only has a few days to complete her mission. Each "soul" she collects can give her more time. There are four regions to explore and each one of them has a lot of quests to offer. The Battle System is the best one in the FFXIII trilogy. You must manage three ATB gauge while chaining attacks and spells in order to "break" your foe's defense. Lightning can equip up to three costumes that give her special powers and skills. You will need time to master this system and that's the whole point of the game. The game looks good even though it's cheapest entry of the trilogy in terms of budget. This Steam version runs well but the choice of the resolution is sadly very limited. It's a very good Action-RPG and the best game in the Lightning Saga.

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