Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Trailer Shows Off Even More Costumes

By Ishaan . July 18, 2013 . 8:30am

Square Enix have released a new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, containing scenes of Lightning doing battle against various kinds of monsters. It also shows a bunch of costumes that you’ll be able to wear. Watch the trailer below:



Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available in North America on February 11th, 2014, and in Europe on February 14th, 2014.

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  • KingGunblader

    Getting more and more hype for this game by the day.


  • Sardorim

    It has been three games now, Lightning has earned her happy ending.

    • Surgeon of Death

      After many centuries, FF13 characters finally lose their virginity, lol. Seriously though Toriyama milked it and made 3 games that don’t live up to the series name. Amazing. They are great games in their own way but just not good FINAL FANTASY games.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Final Fantasy XIII: Lighting Big Dress Up Adventure

    • Armane

      Lightning Cosplays: Fashion Fantasy XIII

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Lightning cosplaying as lady gaga

        • deadMastershiro

          I hope it’s the one with shooting boobs.

    • Final Fashionista XIII: Lightning Returns =^_^=

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        I’ed play it

      • SpectralRaiden

        Don’t give SQUARE any ideas…

        • But, but it would be glorious lol

    • SpectralRaiden

      Final Fantasy X-2:XIII:Lightning Returns Lololol

  • Bojan Njegomir

    I don’t wanna sound negative, but does someone really care about costumes? I would be happier with new about battle, story, characters and all that stuff that really give to the game! :)

    • Eric

      Costumes are a very important part of the combat. Your attacks and abilities depend on your costume. It’s not just an optional thing, it’s in an important part of the game. It’s like a class/job system. Because of that, I care about costumes. More costumes means more variety in combat.

      • Bojan Njegomir

        Well said Revenent. And Eric, do u reaaaally think that costumes will have that kind of impact on the battle? I doubt it. Nowdays all news we get is about DLC costumes and stuff, gaming has changed so much!

        • Spencer Davis

          They do hold a lot of importance in battle it was stated a few times that different outfits have different abilities

        • Raltrios

          Changing costumes will change your attack options, and you can carry three into battle. This has been mentioned previously.

        • Eric

          They are that important. Maybe siliconera hasn’t made it seem that way, but they are. The battle system in final fantasy x-2 was COMPLETELY based on costumes. This is going to be similar. In gameplay videos, you see lightning constantly changing between costumes to do different attacks, guard, heal, etc.

        • Think of it this way….costumes are Paradigms, each paradigm has a set skill and move list as well as its own stats. The costumes replace that Paradigm shift system that most people seemed to hate and make it more worthwhile to some people…as shallow as that may sound.

          Personally, I don’t care. The fact that you can freely move around in battle has already sold me on this game…isn’t that sad?

    • Firekitty

      I’d rather hear about the costumes. SE has no idea how to make a story trailer without spoiling EVERYTHING.

    • revenent hell

      I agree. Pretty much the only “news” you hear about is costumes and while that’s all fine and dandy I don’t really care about costume DLC as much as I care about the main game itself.
      Since im rather disappointed with this Final Fantasy trilogy it would be nice if they gave out something meaningful about the game to people, at least its my hope there might be something meaningful about it other than how Lightning can be sexualized by dress up (not that I mind this in games since im a perv BUT this game needs a little more than costumes to bring people to it IMO and this isn’t a good method for making people, who aren’t fans, interested)
      I know people either love or hate these games but costumes aren’t exactly a buying incentive, even for long time FF fans to buy this game. Story and gameplay bits are a little more important to me since as ive said I wasn’t pleased with the first two and while this game seems more interesting than them not enough meaningful bits are let out to keep my flighty interest in it.

      • OathkeeperSoraXIII

        Where are you finding your info from? I’m always seeing gameplay news being updated. A couple days ago there was more details on the gameplay released here:–1988

        Maybe the scans are only showing the costumes, but it’s definitely not all you hear about :)

        • MrTyrant

          Regularity, with just a trailer about costumes would have been enough instead of making an official announcement of each one.

        • revenent hell

          Every time I stop buy there’s a new mention of costumes which way overshadows anything else.
          Compared to game play information the abundance of costumes over rides that.

          • OathkeeperSoraXIII

            As much as I like siliconera, they’re pretty slow on the uptake for LR:FFXIII news unless it’s a trailer. I usually use the site I provided to you or they’re very good at reporting news there :)

    • supervamp

      Umm they’ve given us plenty of that i don’t know where you have been but there is more info about that then the costumes and i like costumes they add something extra to the game ascetically and thats just fine with me

  • MyBodyIsReady

    I hope we can buy Assassins creed and Mass effect costumes again!


  • Don’t care what you guys think. Going to be the best game out of the three lol =^_^=

    • Syed Sameer Rahman

      Agreed 110%

  • Virevolte

    You spend too much time in the tailor shop, dear.

  • Jean Alcantara

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy X-2 XIII

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I’m really hyped for the game, the one thing that concerns me is…can I change schema without changing costumes? Or do new movesets come within the costumes?

    Other than that, this game’s looking pretty solid despite the backlash because of the costumes. More depth into the combat, new game+, optional bosses, seemless open world, sidequests, and also Caius was confirmed to be returning which I’m really hyped about. Wonder if he’ll be the final boss again.

    The Mi’qote costume might be out of character for Lightning (and Kitase and Toriyama have acknowledged that) but I’m glad to see that they’re- in a way promoting FFXIV:ARR and also FFX|X-2 HD. Promoting might be a bad word, but you know what I mean :P

    • I agree that the Mi’qote costume is out of character for Lighting. She doesn’t seem like the type of character that would be showing sex appeal like that. Seems the developers wanted to have some cross promotion with the other Final fantasy games. Its a pity because there are so many good armor options they could had chosen that fit Lighting far more better. Specifically end game gladiator armors.

      • Steven Higgins

        Well, originally Lightning was supposed to be a flirtatious character, but then they decided to make her a more serious protagonist so they made Fang a woman and gave those traits to her. Maybe Light’s just getting back to her roots?

  • megacool

    they should add the first 2 games costumes

  • This is looking to be the best FFXIII game

    • Yup.

    • I didn’t like FFXIII that much but I’m totally liking this game because of the “dressphere” system.

    • Surgeon of Death

      How so?

  • Dominic Hunter

    I don’t even know what FFXIII is anymore. I think the original Lightning would look at this new stuff and be horribly confused.

  • Sognatore

    Dress up Lightning: Final Fantasy XIII :p

  • wererat42

    I wonder how many of the costumes they’re showing in this trailer are actually in the base game. As far as I know only the crossover costumes are DLC?

  • Nameless App 1989

    Definitely bloodier than the last two…

  • Guest

    This can’t even be called a final fantasy game. Everything Toriyama touches goes to sh*t. Hope they fire him.

    • Yuriangels

      hey that not nice, lets see what type games you make!!! just kidding but for real. be nice!!!

      • RichyGaming

        Doesn’t matter if someone says this can’t be that. Final Fantasy 13 series wasn’t loved by the majority of SE fans, but it’s still a Final Fantasy game. :)

    • Hinataharem

      Why would you want someone to be fired because you don’t like his work. Come on now

    • RichyGaming


  • James

    I think they worked on frame rate. It looks a lot smoother then it did in previous trailers, but it still does have a bit to go. Hopefully they’re using time wisely to polish. It’s a shame there is no Collectors Edition.

  • Guest

    This looks awesome. It’ll be interesting to see if it can top the first Final Fantasy 13 :-) IMO it was perfect.

  • TruSpindash

    I think the game is looking good. That purple dress is also my favorite of the costumes they have shown so far.

  • This game keeps looking better and better with each new trailer. I’m very excited to delve into its storyline and see how it all comes to its conclusion. Though I’m not the biggest fan of the first two parts, I liked Lightning as a character and am glad to see her one more time.

  • heartless141

    sorry lightning :P Yuna and the gang top you in this fashion show.

  • Katboy

    Never played the ff13 games, everything I heard about this series has been bad..I wonder why square still makes lightning afyer lightning games.. >_<

    • James

      While a lot of people dislike them, there are also a lot of people who like them. They are profitable, thus Square continues to make them. Luckily for people who dislike the XIII saga, this is the last one.

  • Jesse Torres

    So the guy who came from the future in the second game is now evil in the third one?
    As you can tell i haven’t played those games due to the disappointing rpg fighting mechanics, the second one was just as disappointing, might consider this one though.

  • Japanese version if anyone is interested

  • Dynami

    In all honesty, FFX-2 boasted some rather fun gameplay with the dress sphere system. But I’m not very invested in FFXIII’s trilogy. Do not get me wrong – I liked FFXIII. I just think the whole plot’s all over the place tbh. Like Kingdom Hearts but without the endearing Disney characters as a draw…

    Might give it a shot, anyway.

    • James

      Oddly enough, I like the original aspects of Kingdom Hearts far more then the Disney aspects of it.

    • revenent hell

      I liked the dressphere aspect to but im kind of curious how its going to work out here. I mean before you actually had a party to cover your back where here you are a party of one so there’s no one to cover a weakness of a “dress”.

      It kind of seems like way to much effort in a way, well more like time wasting, if it goes by a similar system of having to “switch” outfits in battle to cover yourself. With one person it seems like something that would become irritating after a while

  • Spider-Man

    I’ve played XIII and XIII-2. I liked XIII-2 a lot more. I’m gonna get this just to say I finished this awful trilogy. Will have Lightning dressed as Cloud the whole time.

  • Nanaki

    That purple dress with the bouquet blade I love.
    I’m definitely looking forward to this game as things keep surprising me for the better.

  • Learii

    how much more costumes is there lol

  • Steven Higgins

    Okay, I was Iffy about this one, but the battle system looks interesting. I’m kind of starting to warm up to it.
    “The brightest light casts the darkest shadows”? KH reference anyone? Ooh Ooh! Anyone else think Light would look good in an Aqua costume?

    • Ixbran

      I agree, Lightning would look epic in an Aqua costume. I imagine they could easily get Disney’s permission to use it, so its probably only a matter of time till we see it.

  • ShadowDivz

    I don’t care what the haters say, all the costumes look really awesome.
    The costumes near the end look especially interesting.

  • kenshinx13

    ok… i gotta admit, that bit with noel was a pretty badass line for their fight

  • Vash bane

    im a sucker for this awesome cosplayer

  • Syn

    FF XIII: Lightning Returns, Crystal Version; Gotta catch e………I mean, Gotta Wear them All.

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