Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII & FF XV- Gaming Thoughts

Square Enix has a tough task on their hands any time they announce a new Final Fantasy title. This is a series that has been around for a lot of years and rightfully earned a good number of fans. However, they are stuck dealing with those who feel they do not innovate enough, and others who would like to see them stick to the tried and true ATB or turn-based roots of the past.

Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 were among the most polarizing in the series yet. I enjoyed both quite a bit - with the second title being the only platinum trophy I have earned for the PS3 to date. With the reveal last night that Final Fantasy versus XIII will now officially become Final Fantasy XV (trailer below), there has been some focus on Lightning's last adventure.

The Final Fantasy XV reveal (I am so excited that this finally got straightened out after years MIA):

Combat looks to be much more action-oriented in this adventure, with Lightning on her own as she races against a clock. That seems somewhat counter-intuitive to many older Final Fantasy games that promoted lots of exploring and... well, let's face it - grinding as well. I do not know if many people will miss the grind, but the idea of a countdown clock in the background may rub people the wrong way - but I am willing to give it a try. The more movement-based/action-based/solo-combat format actually sort of reminds me of Crisis Core for the PSP - which was amazing and still has one of my favorite video game endings to date.

Here is a trailer with some of the gameplay footage for Lighting Returns. I am definitely looking forward to it, but I get the feeling a lot of other Final Fantasy fans are a bit put off at this point by it. What about you? Interested or not?

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