Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game that is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection. The game is directed by Motomu Toriyama.
Main Article: Plot (Lightning Returns)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the conclusion to Lightning's story, set 500 years after Final Fantasy XIII-2. Due to the merging of Valhalla and Gran Pulse after Etro's death, humanity has stopped aging and the merged world is called Nova Chrysalia. The game takes place over thirteen days beginning with Lightning's awakening and focus on the fal'Cie god, Bhunivelze.
The player controls Lightning, the only playable character, in an open-world environment. Depending on the player's actions, Lightning may gain or lose time. There are various routes through the game, and players may not see all cutscenes in one playthrough, encouraging multiple playthroughs.
Monsters range in size and can appear in cities as well as the wilderness.
 Battle System
The battle system in Lightning Returns will be an updated version of the battle systems from the previous two games. Players will be able to control Lightning's movements during battle. Actions can be mapped to the buttons on the controller instead of choosing actions from a menu. Similar to the Paradigm system, Lightning will have different Styles which can be changed during battle. Each Style features a different costume, weapon, accessories, and abilities.
- Lightning, the only playable character, awakenings after 500 years and is tasked with saving the world in thirteen days.
- Noel Kreiss opposes Lightning, claiming that she is not real because he knows Lightning to be dead.
- Hope Estheim provides guidance for Lightning throughout her journey.
- Lumina is a new character that greatly resembles Serah. She both helps and hinders Lightning throughout the game.
- Snow Villiers returns.
 Additional Information
 Packaging & Distribution
In Japan, an Ultimate Box will be available that includes all three Final Fantasy XIII games, complete soundtrack, artbook, and label stand. A Playarts Kai figure of Lightning in her Lightning Returns outfit is packaged with the set. The set will be sold for ¥26000 (~$260).
Concept art of Lightning
North American Xbox Box Art
European PS3 Box Art
Japanese Box Art
Korean Box Art
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