In a large building, I turn to go downstairs. I stop. I see the darkness consume a couple of children playing on the stairs. I run back upstair and turn to a door. My goal is to save people. I see Lightning there as well.
Then I wake up.
So this must mean it was time for me to play Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII!
By now, the Fabula Nova Crystallis series was overstaying its welcome. Really, couldn’t we have had Final Fantasy Versus XIII by now? Well, no we couldn’t have. But couldn’t we have had more titles if they didn’t concentrate on so many sequels for Final Fantasy XIII?
I’ll admit, I had way more fun playing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that I thought I would. It was another time travel game, only in the view of Majora’s Mask. It had a countdown timer and everything. Really, I don’t want to feel rushed while playing any of the Final Fantasy games. I remember how pressured I felt when playing Majora’s Mask, compared to the relatively open Ocarina of Time. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gives me that same feeling. In the original game, we were always on the run. We couldn’t stop to explore, sleep at inns, shop, nothing. But here, time moves whether you do anything or not.
This game contains all of the sidequests the first two games in the trilogy should have had. We can see how they were slowly building to the battle style of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. But that was a bust. Everyone from the past two Final Fantasy XIII game makes an appearance. But it all feels like a series of very special episodes of a sitcom. Also a series of nostalgia episodes. Everything’s episodic because it’s essentially a series of sidequests. It’s very much a mess. The concept kept changing. The themes kept changing. The plots were vastly different.
Lightning is the worst in this game. Is she sarcastic and monotone? Ugh, who is she, Daria? But we meet Lumina, Lightning’s repressed childhood frenemy troll? I could have sworn Nomura directed this game. No one ages. All of the previous plot devices return, yet they’re all over the place. Why is that? What’s going on? Too many plot elements, but they explain nothing. Wait…
Is Hope God?
At the end of the game, it’s over for good. Lightning kills God, she recreates Earth and the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy finally ends. Where could Final Fantasy Versus XIII fit in this universe?