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Final Fantasy 13 Lightning Returns

Final Fantasy 13 Lightning Returns
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the third and final game in the Final Fantasy XIII saga, and brings back protagonist Lightning 500 years after the events of the previous game, Final Fantasy XIII-2, into a world that is sinking into a sea of chaos, with only 13 days remaining. The game is a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis sub-series of the main Final Fantasy series, and was directed by Motomu Toriyama.

In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the world of Gran Pulse has been consumed, leaving only a few islands called Nova Crysalia. With the Chaos halting human aging, human population has started to stagnate and shrink. Two religions have come to dominate the world of Nova Chrysalis: the Order of Salvation, which worships Bhuniveize, and the Children of Etro, who worship the Goddess. Lightning is awoken from her crystal stasis by the Bhuniveize, and is made the savior of humanity, who must free the souls of humanity from their hearts and guide them into a new world that Bhuniveize will create after 13 days, when the present world is consumed by Chaos. Characters from the previous games in the sub-series also make their appearance, including Hope Estheim, who aids Lightning using a wireless communicator and Snow Villiers, who becomes the leader of the region of Yusnaan after his fiance Serah Farron dies.

The game features a considerably revamped gameplay system as compared to the previous two games in the series, featuring a more action-oriented battle system, as well as the ability to customize Lightning’s outfits. Upon completing NPC quests, Lightning is rewarded with a portion of Eradia, which is spiritual energy generated from a person’s burden being lifted. Lightning can then donate her Eradia to a tree called Yggdrasil, and if she has gathered enough, the in-game clock is extended by a day. The game also features ‘Outerworld Services’, a new feature where players can take photos and share them on Facebook and Twitter.

The battle system for the game is titled the Style-Change Active Time Battle system, which borrows from the Paradigm system from the previous two games and bears some similarities to the system featured in Final Fantasy X-2. Lightning uses special customizable outfits with power sets called Schemata, of which, up to three can be equipped directly.

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