Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will arrive for PC on 10th December, publisher Square-Enix has announced.
11th February 2014
The Final Fantasy 13 series is coming to PC, Square Enix has announced.
The Lego Movie Videogame has beaten Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 to the top of the UK all-formats chart.
We've been here, mere hours away from the end of the world, before. World-saving has been the defining theme of video gaming's first 30 years, from fending off shuffling space invaders to skewering ideological threats in Civilization or Call of Duty. But it's rare that a game set on the eve of the apocalypse manages to elicit any real sense of urgency. Japanese role-playing games are the perfect example: the world may be perilously close to extinction and our band of heroes will be off racing giant chickens or pursuing a side-quest to upgrade a leather coat. We understand that the world is in danger and that we are instrumental in its salvation, but we also know that ours is an appointment which cannot be missed.
Lightning Returns, the third entry in the uneven Final Fantasy 13 trilogy, fixes this inconsistency. You are seven days from the apocalypse. A clock counts down in the top right hand corner of the screen, pausing only when you enter a menu screen, engage in a battle or return to a celestial waiting room at 6am to signal the end of that day. Other than these brief moments of respite, time in the game is finite - and the truth is that there isn't enough time on the clock to complete every quest and storyline before the endgame.
The world's inhabitants work to their own schedules and appointments; some missions are only available at a specific time on a specific day. The question then becomes: on what or whom will you spend your remaining time? And will your choices avert the impending disaster? As one of the game's later boss characters quips, "In this dying world nothing is more precious than time. Why do you waste it on me?"
Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider - both games published by Square Enix. And so, now we have Lightning dressed up as Lara Croft.
You can now download a trial version of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 on Xbox 360, Square Enix has announced.
Super Mario 3D World has charted in second place during its debut week in Japan, behind Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13.
Our version of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has Japanese voice-overs, Square Enix has announced. It's a first for the fantasy role-playing series.
Can action role-playing game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 get the series back on track?
You can dress Final Fantasy 13 star Lightning up as Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough, the healer from Final Fantasy 7, in Lightning Returns.
If you pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 you can dress Lightning as Cloud from Final Fantasy 7.
An E3 2013 gameplay demo video of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has flashed up on YouTube.
It shows our coincidentally attractive heroine acrobatically slicing through monsters and navigating her way through a level, all the while accompanied by some grating synthesised music from yesteryear.
There's no HUD on display so it's not clear exactly what's going on during battles. Based on the evidence in this video, fighting is an action-packed affair.
Lightning Returns, the closing chapter of Square Enix's Final Fantasy 13 trilogy, will be released in Europe on Valentine's Day 2014.
The new boss of troubled Japanese publisher Square Enix has pledged he will hold a "fundamental review" of the company.
Incoming president Yosuke Matsuda was named Square Enix boss last week after the company announced it would suffer an "extraordinary loss" this financial year.
He replaces long-term Square Enix leader Yochi Wada, who will officially step down in June.
A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has been released.
It went up on GameTrailers early this morning before being pulled. But the internet was quick to pick it up, and now it's all over YouTube.
The trailer shows off Lightning's new threads as well as combat and a town.
25 people are vying to be the first ever Final Fantasy super fan.
Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, the third and final chapter in the FF13 Lightning Saga, due for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year.