Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has received its first review today. The Square Enix role-playing game has received a high mark but lower than the ones awarded to the other two games of the Lightning Saga.
Famitsu has awarded the game a 37/40 or 10, 10, 8, 9. Final Fantasy XIII received a 39/40 while Final Fantasy XIII-2 a 40/40.
Some other details have emerged from the review. According to Famitsu, Lightning Returns’ battle system is extremely well crafted, with a high-speed feel that make it even better. Unfortunately the high-speed makes even random encounter a bit difficult, as it can be hard to follow everything that is going on during battle. With battles being hard even on easy mode, players looking for a challenge will be quite happy, especially considering how easy Final Fantasy XIII-2 was.
Hearing fans’ complaints on how Final Fantasy XIII was too linear, Square Enix really did go all out with the freedom in the new game, as there’s a huge amount of quests to complete, so huge that it’s easy for new players to get lost.
You can read more about the Famitsu review by checking out this NeoGaf forums thread.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch next week, on November 21st, in Japan . The European and North America release will be available during February 2014 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.