More Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Gameplay

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII | oprainfall

Square Enix continues to reveal more about their new title, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, as a new video shows more of the title’s gameplay mechanics.

Narrated by game design director Yuji Abe, the gameplay video takes place in the open world environment of the Wildlands, where we find Lightning battling monsters and a giant boss to rescue an endangered white Chocobo.

The monsters Lightning fights are hallmarks of the series and RPGs in general, such as the Slimes. The boss is called the Chocobo Eater, an enemy that fans of Final Fantasy X will recognize as the dangerous predator that hunts the ostrich-like birds. The gameplay video also shows us more of Lightning’s costumes and their attributes, as well as the player’s ability to customize them. In the battle with the Chocobo Eater, Lightning dons a suit of heavy armor that increases her attack power, as well a red military uniform that increases her magic abilities. These costumes can be swapped in battle.

To see the trailer, just look below:

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is being released for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 on November 21 in Japan. Western territories will have to wait until next February.

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  • azariosays

    every trailer makes me want this game more.

    • Johnson Cameron

      I agree, this title has a nice mix of action and somewhat turn based strategy, i would like to see future Final Fantasy games take this route.

  • dbclick

    Really enjoyed the trailer.

    They need to show off more gameplay and world exploration trailers, as this seems to be the highlight of the game (as opposed costume trailers). I hope the story turns out okay – so far the trailers haven’t convinced me on the story.

    How about a trailer about the countdown clock mechanic?

  • Bangarang

    Loved every bit of this footage. Nice to see Light’s human side come out a bit more when she was with the chocobo. Excited for 2014!

  • RagunaXL

    It’s good to see everyone liking the game in the comments! I agree, the world and strategic element to the action-battles looks really solid. the openness of the world in this and other videos makes me really want to kick back with this game. It has just the right ingredients for the best final fantasy in a good long while! watched the video 4 times already.