My (well, our) review of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is up. It looks like the score I gave it will be at the high end of the aggregate spectrum, which is fairly unusual for me, but to be honest I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the game. I expected to like it well enough based on demos, but for the first five hours or so I didn’t enjoy it very much. Somewhere along the way, though, it all kind of clicked for me. I ended up scoring it a full star higher than I was thinking would be the case a few hours into the game; in fact, you’ll be hear my ambivalence about the score in next week’s episode of Retronauts, which was recorded at around the 10-hour mark of my LR review session. I was still on the fence about it then, but now I can say I genuinely like the stupid game… while also being frank about the fact that, yes, it is pretty stupid.
On the other hand, how many games can you play as the savior of humanity while wearing a ball gown and decorative faerie wings?
Clearly I was meant to save the world in a pretty dress, since there’s a special sidesaddle chocobo-riding animation specifically for that one costume (out of the several dozen available in the game). Lightning Returns is super weird like that, but in the end that’s why I like it. I mean, I said as much in a preview, but honestly I was kind of just making conversation. Turns out I was more correct than I knew.