Lightning returned to save our souls, saved Final Fantasy XIII along the way
Lightning suits up again to redeem what her sister has lost.
Oh, and to save the world.
Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns” makes up for what the last two games lacked in the series and something the Final Fantasy games are really known for.
A solid story.
The first game, “Final Fantasy XII,” tells of a world, a cocoon, being broken down by a terrible plague. Lightning and her friends manage to stop it, but only to be thrown into trouble right after.
“Final Fantasy XIII-2” follows Lightning’s sister Serah, who must take up arms and stop the world from ending while her sister is trapped in another dimension.
Long story short, most fans of the series can agree that Serah really had no right to lead a game.
“Lightning Returns” dives deeper into Lightning and what her destiny is.
Well, to save the world, but past that.
The world is ending in 13 days, and Lightning knows it can’t be stopped. So she’s taken it upon herself to save as many souls as she can before the end comes.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story is well written.
The first game had a good story, but it was long and there was no incentive to play on at parts. The second game didn’t even have a good or a comprehendible story, let alone a strong lead to make it interesting.
But in “Lightning Returns,” they made the plot much simpler. Lightning really has no control over anything that’s happening, but she doesn’t let fate take the reins.
She really did become the center of this universe, and it was done with grace.
So what did “Lightning Returns” do right other than a good story?
I know, unpopular opinion, but I preferred the real-time-strategy battle style, in which both sides can attack at any time, instead of the turn-base style, where each side takes turns while fighting; so I was happy to see it back.
I was also pleased by the better use of the cut scenes. This could be a spoiler, so I will keep my comments to myself on this.
While it’s still no masterpiece and Square Enix still has a long way to go, “Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns” is a step in the right direction.
A very big step.