Lightning Returns retro recap looks better than the actual game

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Okay, maybe "Indifference" is the wrong word. Perhaps I should have used "Blind hatred"

I cannot contain my indifference for Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. I enjoyed a great deal of Final Fantasy XIII and its cleverer-than-you-think paradigm shift battle system and Final Fantasy XIII-2 is one of the best games in the series in ages, but I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis saga. Plus Vanille’s in it, and if I have to hear her any more I may just have to defenestrate myself…even if she has got a funny new hat. And yet, this recap of the events so far is utterly charming.

Mostly because it looks exactly the the Final Fantasy games that I actually loved; the 16-bit ones available on the Super Nintendo, before Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation and PC ruined everything.

While I have absolutely no interest in ever playing Lightning Returns, I would happily play this, if it were real.

“Join us as we look back on the stories of FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 that shaped Lightning into the heroine she is today,” says Square Enix “ as she and a band of unlikely heroes came together to save the world.”

Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns is coming to wrap up the saga and ruin Valentines day on PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 14. The game’s been out in Japan since last year, and response there has been rather favourable, but I don;t care. I just want to see the Fabula Nova Crystallis nonsense done. Sucks for me though, because final Fantasy XV will be based on the same sodding mythology.

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Last Updated: January 30, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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