Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Lets You Target Enemies’ Body Parts

By Ishaan . July 18, 2013 . 12:30pm

Square Enix have shared a new tidbit of information on the battle system in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.


In some of the game’s battles, you can destroy sections of your enemy, and if you succeed in disabling a certain part of their body, you’ll weaken them. Additionally, you’ll also gain different items as rewards upon winning the battle.


There’s also a new counterattack system in the game. By timing your counter perfectly with the enemy’s attack, you can negate it entirely and land a punishing blow yourself that has a chance of staggering your opponent. Using the counterattack, however, uses up a large portion of your ATB gauge. It also only works against physical attacks and won’t work on magic ones.


Alongside the info comes a new batch of screenshots, which you can view below.



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  • LightningFarron19

    I remember that back in the past, Square did that with certain boss fight enemies. Doesn’t really seem new when you think about it.

  • Freya2012

    Dissecting enemies apart? Kind of reminded me of Valkyrie Profile Silmeria :)

  • Byas

    I’d let Lightning target my body parts any time.

    • Godmars

      She’ll be the one swinging a sword you know.

      • SpectralRaiden

        Oh, I have a “sword” she can swing alright.

        • Keima88

          Do you really want to let Lightning strike your rod?

        • Utku Savaş

          Oh, collage puns… I’ve never missed you.

    • Monterossa

      I’d let Serah target every parts of my body.

  • Sergio Briceño

    This actually sounds good.

  • Critical damage

  • Rohan Kishibe

    Vagrant Story anyone?

    • SpectralRaiden

      SQUARE ENIX did develope that too if I’m not mistaken? So it’s not really that surprising. Plus Vagrant Story isn’t the only game that uses such a mechanic.
      P.s. I feel that you already knew this, I just really like to type:and conversate-P

      • Rohan Kishibe

        Yeah i did hahaha. I was just wondering if anyone else noticed it.

  • d19xx

    The crotch then…

  • DrakeClawfang

    cool, we have VATS!

  • Steven Higgins

    Go for the balls Light, always go for the balls.
    C-Critical hit to the nads!

  • Alex Sargeant

    So.. is this now Valkyrie Profile? I mean we know Tri-Ace worked on 13-2.

    This has a set number of days until the end of the world with a ticking clock as you push events forward and accumulate resources in them and at the end of each day you hand them in.

    Now you can break body parts of enemies and get different loot for breaking them. It’s all sounding pretty darn familiar. In a good way.

    • MrTyrant

      Nah, having a party to do some good combos and finishers was the amazing thing in Valkyrie Profile + the good plot and the 2d exploration.

      • Vash bane

        don’t forget that dungeon in the end

  • IM

    I’m still intrigued by Lumina most. Just who or what is she? and will she be the main villain/final boss?

  • I’m sure the enemies in the game will be “shocked” when Lightning strikes them. Oooooooooo lol =P

  • Syed Sameer Rahman

    So those fast-paced ‘finishing move’ type actions we’ve seen over the last few trailers are counter attacks?

  • Sardorim

    Lighting only needs to target their face with her fist.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Oh Lightning what are you wearing now? Are you really going out like that?

  • Virevolte

    Next battle : Lightning VS Tigrex.

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Gore huh? M for mature much.

    • AndyLC

      Monster Hunter style

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