Is the third time a charm for Final Fantasy XIII?
Square-Enix have spent the last few months detailing nothing but the many outfits you can wear in Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII but today we finally get to see some good solid gameplay and now they have my attention.
We’ve known for a while that combat in Lightning Returns will differ from that of the previous two Final Fantasy XIII games and today’s gameplay walkthrough shows us exactly how. Lightning will be on her own in this game but will still have access to a number of different classes that she can change to on the fly. Rather than building a complementary team of characters, each using a different role, Lightning will have to quickly adapt to the current situation in each battle.
Combat also strays closer to action territory than the previous games and looks to be a faster paced version of the original system, which I loved, that tweaks the formula slightly. In the below video we also get to see how shops work but, more importantly, how you can customize Lightning with specific gear for each class. One of the elements that was missing from the original Final Fantasy XIII was a sense that you had any real input into the setup of your character, but it looks like we’ll be getting much more freedom in this department in Lightning Returns.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has a release date set for February 11th, 2014. Check out the Wildlands mission walkthrough video below: