Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Gets A Round Of Stylish Samurai Outfits

By Ishaan . March 11, 2014 . 9:00am

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is getting another batch of downloadable content today in North America and Europe, Square Enix announced this morning. Here’s what’s on sale in North America. Details for Europe can be found further down.


Final Fantasy Legends Collection ($9.99)

  • Yuna (FFX-2), Cloud (FFVII) and Aerith (FFVII) costumes


Sohei Savior ($2.99)

  • Garb: Sohei Savior
  • Weapon: Treasure Hold
  • Shield: Fealty


Shogun ($2.99)

  • Garb: Shogun
  • Weapon: Thirteen Nights
  • Shield: Thunderstruck


The Samurai Collection with all 7 Samurai outfits ($9.99)

  • Shining Prince
  • Dark Samurai
  • Sohei Savior
  • Utsusemi
  • Art of War
  • Flower of Battle
  • Shogun


Additionally, previously released Samurai DLC outfits are also available for $2.99 each. These include: Flower of Battle, Art of War, Dark Samurai, Shining Prince, and Utsusemi.


Meanwhile, in Europe, the Yuna, Cloud and Aerith costumes can be downloaded for £7.99/€9.99, or individually for £3.19/€3.99 each on the Xbox 360. Additionally, the Samurai outfits are available for £7.99/€9.99 (or £2.39/€2.99 each. The PlayStation 3 will get these outfits tomorrow.



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  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I’m in the desert level right now. It’s a pretty cool game.

    • Christian Wright

      hahaha that’s where i stopped D:

      • Kornelious

        Yeah, it”s a good game with a lot of potential, but the time limit just kills me :(

        • Tinye

          I just have to say, I finished EVERYTHING (95%) in 7~ days – chronostasis op. Time limit shouldn’t be an issue.

          • Superior Spider-Man

            First Playthrough had everything done by day 6, minus lair and dragon. Second playthrough I had everything, minus lair and dragon again, done by day 4. Platinumed the game and called it a day.

          • Aqua King

            The bigger problem is that there ‘is’ a time limit. I’d rather have a more complex game where I can spend 120+ hours exploring and collecting everything, than a short timed game where you literally have to repeat everything you do over and over again.

          • Tinye

            You may not like a time limit, but you have to admit, it works really well in the game. They did it very smoothly and they built the game around it, I mean to collect everything your required to play the game multiple times which in turn, you can explore everything within those 120+ hours or whatever. Also you don’t have to repeat everything, only the key main quests which are really fast and usually the most fun out of the bunch anyways. You do what you like, skip what you don’t.

            I just think there there is too much emphasis on the time limit when it’s really not as big of a deal that people make it out to be because they give soooooo much leeway on the time limit that you can still explore to your hearts content, just kill enemies and use chronostasis. easy done, move on

        • Christian Wright

          yeah that and Lamont. god i hate that kid >:/

  • Kotori Itsuka

    the only things that bothers me about the game: I can’t keep the upgraded savior’s sword(don’t remember the name) in new game + and that the swords floats in the air instead of being attached properly to lightning’s back. I find it cool to carry the buster sword on my back, but it ruins it for me when I change the angle and I see a sword that isn’t attache to her back. “graphics”

    • Brimfyre

      She just applies gravity magic to the outside of the sword. this makes it easier for her to use in battle instead of unstrapping it each time.

      This is explained in the game. Not really.

      • Kotori Itsuka

        she just takes like 2 seconds to grab her sword from her back. and, and I applaud you for the sarcasm.

      • SuperSailorV

        “Not really.” i laughed out loud

  • Manny Being Manny

    So… what if I already have the Cloud and Yuna outfits? I can’t download Aerith separately if I’m in NA?

  • Lavitz

    $10 for 3 costumes? COSTUMES?

    • Manny Being Manny

      3-4 dollars is standard price for costumes in JRPGs.

      • Lalum

        Being ripped off is the standard price. Cool.

        • 하세요

          At least these actually have gameplay changes, not just aesthetics.

          • Lalum

            That’s even worse.

          • 하세요

            As usual, none are needed to complete the game at all, so it’s all optional. You can always just no get them. All the best endgame garbs are in-game, anyway. Soldier of Peace is eons better than Cloud’s.

          • Lalum

            They do affect the gameplay, which is worse than just selling a costume that did nothing but change your looks.

          • Aoshi00

            Usually I would say optional DLC costumes do no harm, but comparing to Drakengard 3 or Muramasa, that is DLC done right, and this is kinda DLC done wrong, nickel and diming people w/ trivial clothes (still the music, posing, and ability are enticing, especially the FF ones for nostalgia but I’m not forking out $4 for it). Those are worth so much more and add to the game’s story and experience.. it would be too hard for me to get the true ending for the Muramasa DLC by defeating all the bosses.. I was lazy and watched on youtube, which I usually don’t do.. Funny the harder endings are actually sadder endings compared to the regular happy endings lol..

            I wasn’t too thrilled w/ the Jpn ver because of the time limit and stopped before Snow.. still waiting for my LR CE to be shipped w/ FFX/X-2 CE later..

            I think it’s the price, $4 each and 3 for $10… maybe if it’s $2 a piece then a bit easier to swallow, but this is a bit greedy..compared to other more substantial DLC that cost around $5.

          • Herok♞

            To be fair remember when Square tried to do DLC that did have story. It caused people to whine and complain that it wasn’t apart of the actual game. Heck to be honest that is how I feel about the Muramasa DLC minus the whining and complaining. after all that was a rerelease, that had its dlc announced before it was out. So they told you upfront we are putting the same game out(with different controls, or a different translation for the international version) for full price on a different console, and making you pay for the new content.

          • Aoshi00

            That’s true.. though 13-2 DLC didn’t have much story and were mostly coliseum battles and costumes.

            Yeah, I wished Muramasa DLC would’ve been included w/ the re-release, mainly to save space on my 16Gb memory card, thankfully they’re not very big at all, like 80Mb each. I bought the LE for $60, but it was on sale rather quickly on PSN, so it was like dirt cheap, plus $5 a piece for 4 chapters it’s really not a bad deal.. the new translation and control and trophies themselves made it a worthy re-release though, the 4 DLC chapters just made it that much better, I can’t wait for the other 2.

            For Drakengard 3, I thought the main game was especially lacking in the Intoner sisters’ background compared to Nier, and now I just played Two’s free DLC, it shed so much needed light and now I could look at the main game differently. It felt like they were cut out on purpose and sold as DLCs.. for Muramasa, it looks like they’re making these DLCs much later..I wouldn’t mind paying $20 more for a physical release including those chapters on the vita cart. I’m wondering if I should buy the D3 DLCs on Jpn PSN or wait until the US release.. they are quite good :) I haven’t bought the One DLC yet since it’d be free w/ the US CE.

        • darke

          If you’ve looked through the DLC for a lot of JRPGs it is unfortunately common. Lots of random trash like this that has a bonus to gameplay that you can buy, but very little real add-on content. (I guess it’s better then $X for hard-to-farm items like quite a few series’.)

          Not to mention they just need a ‘pre-buy-all-items-for-discount’ thing, rather then having to purchase every single item by itself (which is slow and tedious if you’re doing it on an actual PS3). I’ve seen some series with 50+ DLC items, probably only half of them are worth the money, but if I could just ‘pre-order-everything’ for series I like I would probably just do it (like the ‘season passes’ for FPSes).

    • greeeed

      costumes with skills = think of them as new players in fighting games

      • Altin

        Oh right, new players. I can see so much diversity in them, that’s why Lightning does have the SAME victory pose on every picture with a Samurai-clothing.

        There is suspension of disbelief, and then there is sheer ignorance, pal :S

    • Can’t spell costumes without cost?
      Or ume… (inb4 Lightning Plum Tree Costume)

  • Skode

    Seven outfits for £8 is a cracking deal but not sure i agree the same for the same price for the legends outfits… cashing in on the legacy of the series a wee bit are you not Squeenix?

  • AoNoise

    Good to know all outfits are available now so I can buy them in a year or so when this thing drops price or I find it in retail :D

    • Jeremy Sumrak

      You read my mind. I suppose Best Buy will have it for $15 before too long. Got FF13 for $10 and FF13-2 for $15 new at BB. Figured I’d go for it since I originally purchased FF13 new at launch (waited at the Gamestop midnight launch, no less)…but I learned from that experience of disappointment…so FF:LR will get money from me…but not as much as SE would like. Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice…nope, not happening.

      • I’m barely 20 hours into 13… (YES, the FIRST ONE) and put it down; just wasn’t enough of a hook.

        Oh I will go back to it, eventually… but the price I payed for it… you guessed it, 13 dollars XD

        And as I’ve mentioned before, I wont get 13-2 until it’s either 11 dollars or if im generous enough, 15 dollars if I were to ADD 13 and 2 together instead of subtracting :P

        as for LR when that drops in price… erm… “returns…” that means, I return to paying 13 dollars again? Ah well, only time will tell. Numbers are fun :O

  • MaximDualBlade

    I prefer buying the FFX collection. It has X-2 and the gameplay of that revolves around changing costumes(that each is bound to a job class).

    I personally find it really expensive just for costumes.

    • But X-2 is just the remastered version of a PS2 game, where there was no online store to distribute DLC from, so such a thing wouldn’t have been possible; you can hardly compare the two.

      Are you saying that garbs in LR aren’t “job classes”?

      These are optional costumes – that also provide buffs – that you don’t really need to get anyway.

  • Slayven19

    I guess I’ll get the samurai pack. And Aerith costume cause I like that.

  • Slickyslacker

    Well, that was quick. Releasing the whole samurai pack for $10 is such a great relief.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Wait, you can buy the Cloud DLC? I haven’t gotten my pre-order code for the Cloud DLC yet and I’m planning on calling SE today… seeing as I kept on forgetting due to how busy I was.

    If I can’t get the Cloud DLC from the pre-order I will fork over a bit of cash to grab it then.

  • PersonaSpace

    Crud, I was hoping that Yuna’s Summoner outfit would get a store release as well.

  • Sylveria Shini

    Wonder if any of these are any good. The Cloud one is basically broken OP early game, but a lot of the paid DLC ones are junk in one fashion or another. I especially like the one I was foolish enough to buy who’s weapon and shield have -95% HP effects on them.

    • Tinye

      They aren’t worthless if you’re skilled. Just saying.

    • Yan Zhao

      All you gota do is switch to a different outfit before you get hit…

    • Guest

      If you want broken through first playthrough I’d recommend getting Dark Knight. You can even take down the plat throphy bosses fairly easy on first regular game with that suckar (get ether and turbo ether from that archeology kid or buy them from the outerworld services and you’d have no prob, just remember to use some curaga during witch time).

    • nathaniel

      it reminds me of alice:madness returns. it had stuff like that for if you wanted to have an extra challenge in the game

  • Tinye

    Unfortunately not into the samurai stuff that much. Too bad

  • EinMugenTenshin

    I’d say this is the best FF since X/X-2 (when those originally came out). Square Enix getting things back on track!

    • Aegis XI

      Sales shows otherwise on how “back on track” they really are

    • Superior Spider-Man

      I have to disagree with you on that note. This game was the furthest from the track. Well unless you count Dirge of Cerberus. I didn’t think XIII was bad and I enjoyed XIII-2, but this had me shaking my head the entire game. The battle system was crazy fun but the story for this one was ridiculous. Motomu Toriyama does not need to touch another FF.

      • Saddio

        I agree, the battle system has me hooked. The story however is… meh. I’m just here to kill stuff and collect really cool equipment. Love the game though, I won’t deny it.

        • Superior Spider-Man

          There were only 3 things I liked about Lightning Returns. The battle system, Snow’s section in the story, and Lumina. Lumina was the biggest troll. The story was so full of itself. It sounded grander than it actually was. Like David Cage helped write the story with Toriyama.

      • Christopher Nunes

        I for one liked Dirge of Cerberus.

        Haven’t played FFXIII-2 or 3 yet as I like to finish XIII-1 first, but is the story in 13-3 that bad?

        • Superior Spider-Man

          You know, I can say I didn’t hate Dirge of Cerberus. Vincent’s story was interesting.

          I liked XIII-2 best out of the 3 but that game did not need to happen as XIII had a concrete ending. Thus LR really did not need to be a thing at all. The only way I can describe LR’s story is that it is REALLY full of itself and you will see it after the prologue. Not to mention it closed everything like “Oh yeah remember this that hasn’t been mention since the middle of the first game? That was a thing. Oh yeah remember this plot point in XIII-2? Yeah that was a thing. the end”

          • Christopher Nunes

            I see… I guess I had to witness the story firsthand to understand how much it derail itself from the first two games.

            Anyway since I didn’t get the Cloud DLC but the Aerith DLC should I just buy the Legendary Collection Pack to get both Cloud and Yuna? I would call SE but seeing as it might take hours and I don’t really trust their Customer Service that much perhaps it’s best if I just buy the Pack.

            Less of a hassle.

          • JSYK

            I have to agree. I mean they extended the story just to explain the mythos of the FNC titles correctly. I felt that the datalogues had done a fairly decent job with it. I wish they focused on localizing Type-0 instead. Although the game did hint at the main mythos a bit, it wasn’t really all that necessary as the core story line was just amazing. Most probably because Toriyama never laid a finger on it……..

      • I’m more and more inclined to believe that the West would be more favorable toward the Lightning saga if the story was better.

        • Superior Spider-Man

          Japan wasn’t even hyped about LR. First week sales and following weeks were abysmal for FF standards. 1/5 of XIIIs first week’s sales number.

          • I’m not talking sales. I’m talking critical, word of mouth.

          • Superior Spider-Man

            I walk kinda saying that the story and sales go hand and hand and that if the story was found interesting in japan, it would’ve sold better. Most people play RPGs for the story. Even Japan didn’t care for the story. I mean in the first week, FFX remaster outsold LR’s lifetime sales and that ran off nostalgia alone. A story that was told 14 years ago. I personally liked XIII and XIII-2s story but LR’s story was complete garbage and it was known in japan that it was going to be weak. First week sales in Japan, we are talking XIIIs 1.5m, XIII-2 500k and LR 277k sales. Nobody wanted XIII-2, but that turned out half-way decent, until they pulled out that BS ending that made the fans rage even harder than when XIII-2 was announced because they knew LR was coming.

          • You really seem to know everything about Japan and exactly what they wanted… mind if I ask where you got that info?

            And I mean the trilogy, not LR, which was expected to get a lot less money than the previous two, not to mention it’s a sequel’s sequel and feels very spin-off-ish as opposed to a follow up on the story.

            But I get the point you’re so inclined on making all over this article, you don’t like LR. Hell, I didn’t even buy the game.

            My only point is that with all this seething hatred that Westerners seem to have for the SERIES, maybe would have been very different had the original game done a better job at storytelling.

            I’m not talking sales. I’m not talking Japan. I’m not talking FFX. This is just my theory.

          • Superior Spider-Man

            Okay, I got your point in the beginning. But you failed to see what my point is. Maybe because I went a roundabout way of telling it. It wasn’t just westerners that had a sour taste in their mouth about the FFXIII series. That’s what I was saying. So there was no point in singling them out. You are 100% correct. Your theory is pretty much a fact. If XIII was better than it was (which personally, I didn’t think was that bad), it wouldn’t have the hated which it got and westerners would accept it more. That and westerners have also moved toward more western rpgs, like Skyrim, Mass Effect and the Witcher. I just added that it wasn’t just westerners. Just in an extremely roundabout way.

            As for where I got the info, just look it up. It’s all over the place. A lot came from this site. When XIII was released the the first to complain about the linearity was the Japanese. The westerners who actually looked up their responses and reviews to the game knew what was coming up and this knowledge kinda lightened the blow.

            But seriously, don’t let what I say prevent you from getting LR if you had plans to get it. It was still a fun game. It’s just that I’ve always put FF on a high pedestal as I’ve been playing them for over 20 years and I couldn’t stand the the story of this game except for certain parts.

          • Hmm… looking up some stuff, this came up. However, these are only the 1/5 Amazon Japan reviews.


            The professional critics however have better, raving reviews. Maybe they were paid off? Maybe not, and it was genuinely good to them.

            However, there was the recent poll on best FF heroine in Japan, and we know Lightning came out on top. (in japanese)

            However there was a more recent poll later having Yuna come out on top, with Light second–


            makes me wonder if really the leader of the poll is just the one from the most recent release; Lightning when LR was releasing and Yuna for X/X-2 HD. Any way, take that for what you will.

            The part that’s confusing is Toriyama’s statement regarding the negative reviews on XIII.


            He believes that the reviewers approached the game from a western point of view, and the trend here is open-world, sandbox games that allow freedom– which in turn means that XIII was never intended to be open-world. I know it’s obvious from the gameplay, but it means they tried to experment with an RPG without open world elements.

            With all that said, I guess I can’t truly say Japanese players loved it any more/less than westerners here, so I can see your point has been made here.
            It’s got me thinking though… people do complain that an RPG like XIII without open world is just not an RPG at all. I think I’m starting to see exactly what Square tried to do here…

            Square being Square, tried to experiment with XIII, and tried to make it a different RPG, one that attempted to be good WITHOUT the need to explore. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out because to some fans, exploration and towns are a staple of the FF series. This reaction worsened when the game they did not appreciate was allowed to have not one, but two sequels. Although these sequels were given exploration more so than the original, they were unnecessary in the first place because of XIII’s closed ending. But then there was money to be made, which Square so desperately needs at this point, and so I’ll leave it at that.

            That leaves me to make a more ‘improved’ theory— that if the story of the trilogy, or even the original game, had been much, much better, the players of the game would have been able to overlook the linearity and lack of towns. This is why people (including myself) are excited about XV, which seems to come back to open world exploration, and even though some people are put off by a lack of turn based battles (which I don’t mind at all), and female characters (kinda ironic “WE HATE LIGHTNING/ I WANT MORE FEMALES!) the story’s premise is exciting enough to hold that negative judgement for some.

            As for my opinion, though the XIII games lack a clenching story, I strongly feel that it gets more hate than it deserves, even as an FF game, and that hasn’t changed. Though, Toriyama’s antics aren’t helping my defense.

            As for LR, I don’t see myself picking it up solely because I’ve spoiled myself on the whole story. I might pick it up anyway when the price drops. The gameplay is great, and that is one thing I can say for sure was great throughout all 3 Lightning games, except for XIII-2 which felt a little watered down.

          • Herok♞

            To be fair FFX was sold on two systems with cross play meaning some people bought it twice, while LR was sold only on one system in Japan. It does make sense the lifetime sales would be passed quickly. For the games most sequels to sequels start to sell less and less each time

          • Superior Spider-Man

            You have a very valid point. I didn’t take it into account that it was also released for vita. But when people say sequels tend to sell less, I can’t say that is always true. Games such as DMC2, Halo 2, Mass effect 2, Smash Bros Melee, and Resident Evil 2 have sold more than their predecessors. Mainly because people found the originals so great. However some stuff does sell despite the game being rehashed over and over (Thinking of Call of Duty).

      • Ric Vazquez

        Very true what you said on Toriyama, X-2 still haunts me.

        • Superior Spider-Man

          I played half of X-2 last summer just for the hell of it… For some odd reason the pain wasn’t as bad as it was 10 years ago. I found it rather playable… Maybe I was drunk.

          • Ric Vazquez


  • megaten666

    And not a single Terra Branford outfit made that day.
    Seriously SquEnix, WTF?

    • 하세요

      Sadly, FFVII on anything will sell it, and both Yuna outfits + Miqo’te were clearly to push X / X-2 HD and XIV sales (same as the Theatrhythm Curtain Call demo songs) so I don’t see other FF ones making an entrance.

  • Superior Spider-Man

    Let’s have a moment of silence for the people that paid $50-120 for yuna or aerith costumes on Ebay.

    • 하세요

      I don’t feel bad for idiots.

      • Superior Spider-Man

        shhh silence.

    • nathaniel

      are you serious? i’d given mine away for free to some guy on the internet :(

      • Superior Spider-Man

        dead serious. go to ebay and search for Yuna or Aerith DLC.

    • Herok♞

      Nah I rather laugh at them, but then again at least you can’t claim they aren’t hardcore.

  • Randgriz

    Too late! Im already done with the game…

  • SerendipityX

    Yes! I was waiting for this. I just need Aerith and all the samurai armor except for Art of War( it came free with the strategy guide). Then I’ll have all the DLC costumes. Hours of fun shall be had!

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Not gonna lie, this game is alot of fun, but it could have been so much better if the story was finished the right :( Overall this one is the best of the 3.

  • MaskedHero99

    Well you should have beat this game by now

  • artemisthemp

    Why is the 360 version cheaper?

  • monkey king

    Got a bunch of those as pre-orders and I have to say the dark samurai outfit is one of the best looking ones in the game.

  • Amazon gave me these apparently even after I canceled my preorder. If you play on the Xbox 360, live in Europe and don’t have the preorder samurai set, here you go:

    Note: Each of the code represent one costume

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