Lightning Returns: FFXIII scan shows first screenshots

The last battle for Final Fantasy XIII's protagonist.

December 19, 2012 / 06:00 PM EDT / (@salromano)

A high-res version of the V-Jump scan a href=”http://gematsu.com/2012/12/a-look-at-lightnings-new-outfit-in-lightning-returns”>we posted yesterday showing the first screenshots and clear artwork of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has surfaced.

Here are some choice quotes:

  • Lightning’s last battle.
  • Completely changed game system!
  • Explore the entire city using diverse actions!
  • Shadow (follow) groups you find suspicious!
  • Monsters appear in the town!
  • Use clues to solve the case!
  • Field actions have evolved greater than XIII-2. Freely jump over obstacles, taking advantage of the difference in height!
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  • Gaara D.Dragon

    I love it.

  • Derpazu

    Chocolina in the top left screenshot! :D

    • xMCXx

      I hate her so much…

      • Adurna012

        I could not agree more!

  • Raiyu

    This game looks fun compared to XIII and XIII-2…

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      13 was also fun to play :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

      Silly hatter.

      • Raiyu

        I just calls them as I sees them :P

  • MrRobbyM

    Gotta say, wasn’t a big fan of the original XIII and I completely skipped XIII-2 because the main characters didn’t interest me in the slightest but this is shaping up to seem pretty good. Especially with what I’m hearing about possibly being able to change outfits(armor?), a more world-driven story and hopefully being able to play as Lightning for most of the game.

  • bebestorm117

    Im excited about the upcoming trailer! As for Lightnings outfit I don’t hate or love it but I do like it. Lightning Returns has me hyped.

  • http://twitter.com/AceOfCakez Ace

    Hm, not sure how I feel about this new design. I kind of liked the XIII-2 design better… But the more I look at it, the more I don’t know.

  • Hedge

    Just hope I won’t feel too stressed playing this game, what with the constant count down. I like exploring and just enjoying the scenery in FF titles. :)

    • xMCXx

      Too bad! Square Enix Time!

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      I recall SE plan to implement a scale of 1-2h per game day, which results in a clean game time of at least 13 hours. The clock can, however, be sped up or slowed down through certain actions so this is a ballpark figure.
      Remember Majora’s Mask? The four in-game days were much shorter than 13 hours and it was still a blast to play. I’m confident that after 2 main installments with widely different concepts on current console hardware they will strike a fine balance with LR.

  • Himiko

    Looks really good. That night shot is great.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    : the outfit is kind of terrible…

  • http://twitter.com/WarbossAohd Warboss Aohd

    aww, ain’t dat precious, she thinkz she iz Commander Shepard……seriously, does none o’ ya humies think dat doesn’t look somewhat like da N7 Armor?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I can’t accept this game. I’m trying my best but I’m just not in to it like the first FF XIII. This should not have turned into a trilogy. I’ll make my final judgement on this game when the trailer goes live. Hopefully they’ll announce XIII-3 is releasing like April or May 2013, a press conference for January 2013, and a hint at releasing Versus Fall 2013.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Oh boy, just imagine Versus being PS3 last great hurrah, after Sony’s western exclusives. It could become the best, most awesome Swan Song for a console ever.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Don’t forget The Last Guardian and Ni-Oh.

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    This is Crystal Tools? Looks hot; on par with FFXIII on PS3 (the 360 version was gimped, so was XIII-2 to ensure better graphical parity, you know, the lowest common denominator and stuff).
    I’m so stoked for Saturday. Sure, the trailer will emerge on YT afterwards but seeing it on the big screen must be quite the experience (it certainly was with the GE2 trailer at TGS, it looked gorgeous).

    I’m so getting this d1, Lightning my Love, let’s go on an adventure together again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Looks like Assassin’s Creed.

  • tomorei

    Final fantay characters and item boxes in DMC devil may cry world…

  • http://www.facebook.com/retsmot Tommy Ong

    love the costume! i bet the valkyrie costume from ff13-2 will be 3.99 on psn few months later after the game releases! and worse of all, i’ll buy it.

  • lyrris

    Highlight: Lightning’s last battle

  • PrinceHeir

    looking ace, but why do i feel they’re gonna make this like Dirge of Cerberus.

    more emphasis on exploration and real time combat.

    oh well will see soon :P