Lightning Returns demo now available on Japanese PSN
posted on 11.25.13 at 11:40 PM EST by (@salromano)
Try out Final Fantasy XIII's final chapter before its February launch.

A downloadable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is now available on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

The 1.7 gigabyte demo can be grabbed with a Japanese PlayStation Network account. If you don’t already have one, this video should prove a handy guide.

Queue up the demo here.

Additionally, the first three costumes are available to download for 400 yen each, or 1,000 yen in a set. They include the “Lovable Moogle,” “Shinkai no Sei,” and “Ultimate Liberator” outfits.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on February 11 and Europe on February 14.

  • dmysta3000

    Also the first batch of costume/gear DLC

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Thanks. Added.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Fair pricing

    • Budgiecat

      I thought there wasnt going to be DLC and everything would be in the game?

      • Bobby Jennings

        Gimme a link stating that please.

      • Karysonson

        10% of the costumes are dlc

      • MasterSensei

        I think they meant no story DLC like the Lightning VS Caius.

      • DriftSlave

        they never said that….ever…..

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        No, they stated they would not be adding DLC for additional story content/chapters because they want to allow everyone to experience the full game. Costumes are another beast entirely (see: Tales).

        • Budgiecat

          I almost want them to go back on that word considering how bad the ending was.

          nah not really lol

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            I don’t know what’s worse. Just settling for a bad ending or trying to retract it by making the “true” ending via DLC like ME3, lol.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Hell yea, downloading now

  • DarthBrian

    Oh man. And me out of town away from my PlayStation 3. :(

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Where’s the back story that explains why Snow is the way he is

    • Budgiecat

      He ate a lot of lead paint as a kid?

      • fyi1191

        And that’s how STEEL GUARD was born.

  • Budgiecat
    • Kobracon

      Wow I am so using that costume……

    • GhostNomad

      Have I been playing too much SoulCalibur 2 recently or does that outfit look like it was inspired by Ivy’s clothes?

      • Kobracon

        There would be WAY less clothing if were following Ivy

    • Jay

      So this is what Final Fantasy has become…

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Terrible example. Some of her other outfits make her breasts look larger. This just makes them look smaller, lol.

      • Budgiecat

        She looks spaced out. Perhaps the outfit is too suffocating?

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Nope. That’s just the look of a protagonist in a video game, lol.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Playing the demo, really enjoy it. Will be picking it up in February for sure

  • Kobracon

    OH SNAP! Time to download!

  • Bobby Jennings

    YAY! I’ve been wanting to play it badly! I’m still waiting for my copy to get here.

  • carrebeannut

    played full version, new battle system is nice kinda wish SE added party with swicthable gambit system, after go to luxerion, yusnan & wild land why the world is so bland.

    • ayb_91

      In my opinion, party members are a must in an rpg games.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Ys says “hi” :p

        Well, everything before Ys Seven anyway X3

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      This is what happens when it takes you less than 2 years to develop a game and release it.

  • $61526767

    Off to make another JPN account. Its high time to get back into XIII. I already have massive ideas for Lighting’s fashion costumes. Yes, it shall be brilliant!

  • dmysta3000
  • new_tradition

    I actually need to make a Japanese PSN account early next year anyways. Might as well get started on it now and try out the demo and other goodies I’ve been missing out on…

    That moogle outfit is hilarious, though. They themselves looks adorable, but plastered on Lightning, I just can’t take it seriously xD

    Personally I’m not really digign’ the Ultimate Liberator. Too flashy for me.

    I am curious about the “Shinkai no Sei” one. Kind of reminds me of the Beastmaster job class from FFV (another throwback outfit?). The pic is kind of small, so I’m not so sure…

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      In case you didn’t see the link I posted above, I’ll post it here too:

      http://minus.com/ml5RDSWNzwy3k

      • new_tradition

        Oh, THAT’S the Shinkei one? Yeah, not really diggin’ it xD

        So I guess the Ultimate Liberator is the one I’d probably get…

  • ayb_91

    I will make a Japanese ps account right now !

  • ayb_91

    I think they are for 7,000 yen. Romano?

  • pekot

    Just finished the demo
    What a fantastic battle system
    Like x-2 but with faster battles

    • ayb_91

      Exactly my note.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Just finished the demo. Did not realize how good the battle system was until I played it. It’s fun as hell and Lightning just feels so…light out of battles. Can’t wait to get my hands on the game later this week.

  • uhawww

    Will definitely be rocking this over the holiday.
    Have watch some livestreams and the combat system looks pretty amazing.

    (( Also, who is downvoting everybody? lol ))

    • ayb_91

      Someone is experiencing a hard time in his life. Please, ignore him kindly. Thank you.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Cool battle system. Only complaint is the fact that they didn’t go with a full-blown action RPG on this game and the removal of the Stagger mechanic.
    Still not getting it. Sorry, Squeenix.

    • ayb_91

      Same here. The stagger bar was a straight forward indicator to stagger the enemy. But now, don’t know how it works. When the altitude of the wave increases, you get close to stagger the enemy, maybe??

      Still, it has been improved a lot. Will buy it day one :D

    • ayb_91

      Same here. The stagger bar was a straight forward indicator to stagger the enemy. But now, don’t know how it works. When the altitude of the wave increases, you get close to stagger the enemy, maybe??

      Still, it has been improved a lot. Will buy it day one :D

  • KingNigma

    What a time to forget the login info for my Japanese account.

  • ayb_91

    And who got 5 stars in the boss battle? I got 3 then 2 stars >_>. Descending mode is activated, I think :/

    • DriftSlave

      :/ action cancel….it saves you time and helps with getting 5 stars. Man if only FFXIII was as easy as setting Gambits.

      • ayb_91

        Do u mean to guard at the right time to knock out the enemy? I have been spamming magic spells like a n00b but it won’t knock out easily.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Perfect guard will help with frequency, yes. You can also get a guard with a knock out feature. It basically creates a barrier around yourself for a second or so, so whenever an enemy steps into it, it increases the knock out potential.

          As for why some won’t knock out easily… Just make sure you are exploiting the system and using the enemy’s weakness (sometimes an enemy is weak against physical attacks, so spamming magic won’t do good here).

          • ayb_91

            I will keep your tips on my mind. Thanks

            • DriftSlave

              Master LL has a video about it.

              • ayb_91

                Got it 5 times in a row. I mastered it finally :D

  • Jay

    FFXV can’t come any sooner.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    @salromano:disqus: I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, so I’ll post here:

    “本日、「ライトニング リターンズ
    ファイナルファンタジーXIII」の体験版が配信されました。まだ本作をプレイされていない方はぜひ体験版をまずは遊んで感触を確かめてくださいね。ネッ
    トワーク機能を利用して、「ザルティス」というボスモンスターを攻略した際の「バトルスコア」を投稿すると、本編で使用できる「ジークフリート」という衣
    装が手に入りますよ!”

    This was posted to the Lightning Returns Facebook page recently. Basically, it just states that if you play the demo, upload the battle score for the boss (by pushing square on the result screen), you will obtain the ‘Siegfried’ costume to use in the full game.

    Unlike the DLC though, this is ONLY a costume and doesn’t include a weapon or shield with it. Just something to keep in mind.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Also, in case anyone hasn’t seen the Shinkai no Seigi outfit yet, I got it last night since i had about 500 yen left on my account, lol. A shame it isn’t actually better than what I currently have, but it comes with Excalibur, so that’s cool I guess :p

      http://minus.com/ml5RDSWNzwy3k

  • mesul6anme

    I love how the music rams up near the end of the boss battle.