Both Lightning Returns And Bravely Default Were Among Last Month’s Best-Sellers

By Ishaan . March 13, 2014 . 11:26pm

“In February 2014, retail video game sales across hardware, software, and accessories grew 9 percent over February 2013, driven by strong growth in hardware and a slight rise in accessory sales,” a report sent by the NPD Group to Siliconera reads.


The NPD Group went on to mention in their report that software sales on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are “off to a great start”. Compared to the first four months of the Xbox 360 and PS3, software sales on the new platforms through month 4 are up 80%.


Finally, as you’ll notice in the chart below, both Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Bravely Default were present in the top-10 best-sellers in the month of February. Thanks to figures from Nintendo, we know that Bravely Default sold 200,000 copies, but that number represents both physical and download sales.


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Ghosts 360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC Activision Blizzard
02. The LEGO Movie Videogame 360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV Warner Bros.
03. NBA2K14 360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC Take 2
04. Thief PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 Square Enix
05. Grand Theft Auto V 360, PS3 Take 2
06. Battlefield 4 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC Electronic Arts
07. Assassin’s Creed IV 360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC Ubisoft
08. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII PS3, 360 Square Enix
09. Minecraft 360 Microsoft
10. Bravely Default 3DS Square Enix

Tracking period: Feb 2nd – Mar 1st (2014)

  • Ty Austin

    Glad to see Lightning Returns doing okay. That series gets way more hate than it deserves.

    • Vash bane

      must have something to do with those paradoxes

    • EinMugenTenshin

      I think the hate steams from the 2 previous games, that was below the expectations of many, while this last game in the series is actually good.

      • Herok♞

        I enjoy them all I will admit they have some problems, but I just people are always going to had something

      • Eric

        I usually defend the series but the stories for 13-2 and Lightning Returns became a really convoluted mess (the latter was probably as a consequenceof 13-2.) The apcing in 2 was sterrible, it didn’t feel organic, the paradoxes didn’t make a terrible amount of sense. The way the reexplained the ending in the first game was a huge kick in the nuts.

        I thought ff 13 had a fantastic story. They all had awesome battle systems.

        • Lucky Dan

          Lightning Returns should of been Final Fantasy XIII not made 2 crappy prequels that made no sense whatsoever/

          No towns in Final Fantasy XIII? Then put them in Final Fantasy XIII-2 then rework the system to actually making YOU PLAYING THE GAME not the game running through by itself like Ogre Battle.

          Seriously if you liked the previous 2 you might as well rent some bad movie and watch it 30 times cause that’s exactly what your doing but nothing is as bad as Valhalla Knights 3, I hold that as the worst jrpg game ever to be played. Everything that stems wrong with gaming comes from that game. It really is pay2win or free2grind4ever….

          2 BP per MONSTER kill and you need 10k to master a class. Jobs you can’t get unless you win the lottery (came from the horses mouth) or prepurchase. You need to play the Mini titties games cause THAT IS THE ONLY PEOPLE WITH A FUCKING DISPEL throughout the entire game and makes sure YOU have to get one in your party in the second half or the first half. So whoever says you don’t do slutty minigame is wrong cause once you completed the love quest you sleep with them in the hotel…. Arrgh everything is forced on you or you have to extend your grind longer and the encounters god……. you need job points but there are 0 monsters to fight for a minute, SO YOUR GRINDING YOUR FUCKING WALKING AS WELL.

          Jeez the list goes on and on.

          • Lelouch Vi Britannia

            that’s why I personally skipped this game and have put “Tales of Xillia 2” as my priority RPG this year. FFXV & Tales of Zestiria for 2015.

        • Lelouch Vi Britannia

          I think it’s more frustration than hatred in some ways when it comes to recent FF games, and I believe part of that frustration is how many fans like me have been waiting for Final Fantasy XV since 2006, and now it’s likely to come out next year in NA & EU.

          I don’t particularly h8 the FFXIII trilogy, but I notice what made FFI -FFX so exceptional, heck i’ve been playing FFIX and that game kicks ass. I just wish that FFXIII wouldn’t have been so linear with little for exploration,XIII-2 is good and all.

    • maruhadapurpurine

      Does it? You have to know where the hate comes from to say if it is undeserved or not.

      It is not about the quality of the games on their own, it is about legacy. The name of Final Fantasy means a lot to the fans, it is not something you should just put in any game.

      Unfortunately the FFXIII series failed miserably to live up to the Final Fantasy name, and that is why many of the fans don’t like it or just outright hate it.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        When the ‘hate’ one sees is the same few screamers showing up again and again screaming the same taglines they did four years ago — the impact is pretty well lost by now. Final Fantasy as a series simply has too many legacies for any one of those to be more important or more representative of Final Fantasy ‘fans’.

        • maruhadapurpurine

          What kept the hate going for so long was the very fact that they made not 1 but 2 sequels for for the most divisive game in the series, which only incited more hate from those disappointed by the first.

          The fact remains that no other main FF game was so poorly received by the fans, and yet Square kept insisting on it instead of moving on.

          I think that is the main reason of the hate it gets.

          • They did try to address the previous issues, and Square as a company was in desperate need of profit.

            It was way easier to make sequels on an already existing game on the current gen.

            I’d say this is why there’s a focus on the mobile games. Low dev time, more cash in. Then we get visual spectacles like FFXV.

            Just my guess, take what I say with a grain of salt.

          • Samsara09

            yeah.Besides,FFs with huge myths,lores and huge world are way more interesting,at least to me,than a shallow FF with none of it,even if it is more ‘popular”.

            Considering the trouble it takes to do such a complex thing,the sequels are quite necessary and are quite quick profit.

            LOL,you despise the fanbase too?High five! :D

          • WOOT! Yeah!!!

          • Tiredman

            Yeah, and that line of thinking is why FF 13-3 is a budget bin buy for me, as was 13-2. Bought ff 13 full price, was disappointed. Waited for 13-2 to go under $20 because I was thoroughly disgusted with how they handled DLC, and after I played it, I became thoroughly disgusted with the story and the amount of stuff locked away till post game. So thanks to all of that my odds of buying 13-3 while its profitable to Squeenix are very low. This is their fault, and I have a feeling I am not the only one doing things this way. They may end up selling 4 million copies of 13-3, but I honestly wonder how many of those will be profitable sales.

          • No, they really aren’t expecting much from LR, it’s a sequel’s sequel.


            Experimenting with the games, you can never know what to expect critically, and it seems they already know that.

            “Yes I have scanned through more or less all the reviews, as well as user feedback available on the Internet,” Kitase said, through a translator “I wasn’t really shocked. There are negative reviews and positive reviews, it’s a real mixture. When I started making this game I took on very new challenges, so in a way I had anticipated that there would be mixed opinions, so this is more or less what we had anticipated.”

            I don’t plan on buying LR at all, only because I’m not too interested in the story, as it’s kinda boring– however the gameplay mechanics are great, and I say if you like what you see, go and enjoy that son of a gun!

            You don’t have to buy the games if you don’t like them, you know. And if you do, there’s nothing wrong with being a patient consumer waiting for a price drop!

          • Tiredman

            I was ok with FF 13, then the main characters and pet mechanic of 13-2 took me from buying it at $40 to buying it at $30. And then I learned all the arena battles were DLC only, including my all time favorite sub boss Gilgamesh (whose theme they completely destroyed, in a bad way), and that took me from $30 to $20. Squeenix just has no clue how to make their old school fans happy. Tying all the nostalgia to DLC was not the way to go.

            I have been playing Square games since the original Final Fantasy, as in it was released when I was like 8 or 9 years old. I know what I like and I know what was the most fun in Final Fantasies up to this point, and Squeenix seems to be getting rid of all of it lately. If they had made a console game like Bravely Default, without the dragging length of chapters 5-8, they would of reeled in old school gamers who feel disillusioned with modern day Squeenix.

            I used to be a day one, purchase anything with Square on the box, fan, then the merger happened and game quality suffered big time for it.

          • Jeffrey Thrash

            Such is the fickle nature of the modern video game industry. The problem with a long-running franchise is that, after 20 years or so, they have to make changes that could alienate older fans just so they can make the old dog appeal to a new generation, and so far, only Nintendo and Konami have been consistently successful in doing this. Unfortunately, from a commercial standpoint, it is better to try and fix what ain’t broke for the sake of innovation than to stick with what works and appear stagnant to the new generation of gamers.

          • Tiredman

            Whats funny is this, they didn’t have to make a ton of changes. If they didn’t feel the need to “innovate” in every Final Fantasy, I was perfectly happy with many old systems such as materia, learning abilities from espers, and so on. You don’t have to completely change every game in a franchise, it adds too much pressure, and you make a lot of people who loved older game mechanics mad when they can’t figure out why a loved game mechanic was removed.

            For the record, I loved the job mechanics of FF 5. Mixing jobs of FF 5 and materia of FF 7 would make me a happy camper.

          • Lucky Dan

            They alienated it cause they mixed up the meaning of a movie and a game. FFXIII LR should of been the FFXIII

          • Ultimaniacx4

            Tying all the nostalgia to dlc? How does one single boss battle equate to all the nostalgia? Did you have to buy chocobos and the moogle too?

            Sounds to me like you’re suffering from the nostalgia goggles vs. modernization problem. Barring dlc because I admit most of it was bad, your main problem seems to be the characters and the party system. Every game in the series has had a leveling gimmick whether it was jobs, materia, individual stat improvement by use, sphere grids. What was so bad about this one? Taming a monster is like obtaining a new job, it’s par for the course.

            And I say this all the time about the characters, If you had to actually listen to Terra, Firion, Bartz, or any of the characters instead of mashing though dialogue boxes then you’d probably hate them too.I don’t really see much of a difference between old and new Final Fantasy other than better tech and new ideas. Sure whether you like those ideas is your own opinion, but when they stay based around the core of the game then the problem isn’t with them the problem is with you just growing away from them.

          • Tiredman

            Don’t really have goggles issues. I am just a huge fan of arena’s, and those used to be in Final Fantasies, out of the box, and now they are DLC.

            Leveling gimmicks are different in each game yes, but at least the rest of them gave you freedom to make interesting choices to change how your character developers. The 13’s series only gives you a choice of when you power up, and while 13-2 seems to give you freedom, it doesn’t really as you don’t change into a new type of character just by going to a different area on the board. All you get are stat boosts and boosts to spells. You can’t make a character go from magic oriented to a thief, for instance.

            As for listening to characters, I agree wholeheartedly. The day jrpg’s became vocal, a large amount of the believability was lost in the process. I see plenty of other differences as well though. Noel and Serah are basically the typical Japanese teenager. Even 13-1 had adult characters, and they were the ones who got the most applause, so why Squeenix went with basically two teenagers for 13-2 was a bad move. FF 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, all of them had adults mixed with younger characters, and starting from 10 on, the adults own the younger crowd. Auron and Lulu owned FF 10. Balthier, Fran, and Basch owned FF 12. Sazh owned everybody else in FF 13-1.

            What it boils down to is Squeenix has chosen a business model I can’t get behind. They have gone from, in my book, making blockbusters to making highly volatile titles that always cause controversy. I can honestly say that FF 13 has been the most controversial FF games I have ever seen, and that should of taught Squeenix something. They have a few guys they treat like Kojima of Metal Gear Solid fame. They let these guys have too much control of Final Fantasy, and just like our American politicians, they have no clue what is popular or not, and just do what they want to do to the detriment of all else.

          • Lucky Dan

            They trying to make their money back and realized it wasn’t working until they made a game you could actually play instead of sitting watching prerendered battles shown in e3.

        • Lucky Dan

          The hate was going on, cause you weren’t directly controlling your characters your more peering into a window of a game, which is essentially your just watching a movie doing the same actions over and over again. When the word “game” comes up you have to get some controls for a reason you don’t put a player as a role of a general controlling 3 fucking characters in a party which is what FFXIII essentially done.

          It’s like they haven’t playtested the game until Ligthning Returns, they didn’t sit a group of playtesters and ask “is this game is fun to play?” for the previous 2 games.

          And one person pushing his dream waifu onto everyone for 3 games is a bit much….. at least give us a selection of female characters and self insert your dream waifu at least you mask your intent. Even the most retard of gamers could see that Lightning is producers dream waifu so your playing with used goods.

      • Your Face

        I and many others don’t think it failed to live up the name at all. In fact I’d say it is better than about half of the series.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        if we change FFXIII to FFXII we get a 6th generation argument

        • Lucky Dan

          At least you control one character unlike FFXIII

          • Ni ~Algidus~

            disable the auto battle function. that argument is already flawed yo.

          • Lucky Dan

            No, even watching a battle when its disable everything just seems a bit off. You know something that just doesn’t feel right, long time since everyone’s play it so here’s a you tube video, like everything is trying to be free moving and exciting but everything is just off, scripted is probably the best definition


            Also i’ll add no one really complained about Bravely Default’s auto battle.

      • whatinthewolrd

        Hate? What hate? The few minority that bitch about it online? The game continues to sell millions, making it the best selling RPG series of the last generation. The millions flock back to both sequels. All youtube videos have 90%+ likes over dislikes whatever you search. There is no hate. Just stupidity among the same people no one cares for.

        FFXIII remains unbothered.

    • Michieie

      Agreed. While XIII was certainly tedious at times I found XIII-2 pretty enjoyable, and LR while not having having an exactly spectacular story or dialogs has a fun gameplay.

  • Woohoo! I am so glad to hear that for BD! And while I don’t have much (any basically) love for XIII-any, it’s nice to see LR doing well, especially since it sounds a lot more solid than the other two.

  • Oguri Murasaki

    Dat COD, American sure love their FPS

    • landlock

      To be fair, COD even does well in Japan nowadays.

      • That’s incredibly sad >.<

        • landlock

          Not really. I really enjoy the single player campaigns in COD personally.

          • Oguri Murasaki

            Only FPS i ever enjoyed in campaign mode was Halo!
            I like shooting aliens more then people… Meh in the end FPS ain’t my type of cookie

        • Shippoyasha

          It’s mostly the military otaku of Japan buying stuff like COD and Battlefield. At least the game variety tends to be much wider in Japan compared to the West where too many big hitters are the usual suspects more so than in Japan. I can’t even fathom a puzzle game, mascot game or a farming simulator taking the top spot in America.

          • Samsara09

            military otaku?The more I fuss the weirder things get.

          • Lalum

            There are a whole bunch of otaku. Not just anime/manga/video games.

    • LustEnvy

      CoD is the only FPS I enjoy on a regular basis. People hate and hate, but the easy to play, hard to master, faced paced gameplay is a recipe for success. Yes, it’s the same thing, barely switched around year to year, but the majority of the population is fine with it (myself included).

      I’m a JRPG guy, but for mindless fun, COD is always a safe choice. Never understood why popular games are constantly getting attacked. CoD isn’t the only series that gets rehashed and sold on a regular basis. Battlefield, Gears, Halo. These games are essentially the same things over and over, just improved here and there. CoD gets ragged on because it’s the most popular, and people love to hate on whatever is popular.

  • landlock

    Good they both deserve to be there. I had a lot of fun with Lightning Returns it’s my favorite FF since FF8 I would say. I could be down with more games that are similar.

    I haven’t spent much time with BD but it seems good so far.

  • Robgoro

    Both games are essentially dress-up simulators; coincidence?

    • Customization does seem to play an important role in the appeal of RPGs these days. I remember Dragon Quest IX was the same. The dress-up features were the main marketing point of that game in all of Nintendo’s commercials.

      • Your Face

        Dress up is pretty fun to be honest.

        • Captain Levi

          Dress up?

          What about “actually being able to see how the hell the equipments look” ?

  • Square-Enix is smiling right now lol

    • Anime10121

      I’m sure they’re not smiling TOO wide considering it was not that long ago that almost any console Final Fantasy release would have nearly topped the chart :(

      That being said, LR was fun, a little too sidequest heavy over actual plot, but still fun. However, I’m glad we can finally move on to the next Square JRPG now…

  • Yan Zhao

    After finishing Lightning Return then starting Tales of Symphonia Chronicles within the past month, its a shame that I’ve found way more enjoyment out of the decade+ old game in Tales of Symphonia.

    LR wasnt bad, but it left much to be desired still, where as ToS felt more complete as a JRPG. Not surprising that it didnt make the top 10 best seller of the month though.

  • Slickyslacker

    As embarrassing as this is, I consider LR to be one of my favorite games of all-time.

    ..Yeah, yeah, I know.

    Glad to see that it didn’t totally bomb, and in fact did quite well for itself.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      You liked Lightning Returns? …You are banished from the Siliconera kingdom! Never darken our doorway agaiyn

      • Slickyslacker

        I also [spoiler]like VIII more than most others.[/spoiler]

        I’m sure the gallows are being prepared as we speak.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          I’m sharpening my hanging rope right now!

          • Slickyslacker

            Rap in Peaces.

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Bah! I’ll let you off with a warning this time (it’s nap time). But let this be lesson to ya: never have an unpopular opinion on the internet. No go, get on, get!

        • Your Face

          VIII is my favorite game of all time and I enjoyed the entire XIII series.

          I guess it’s a good thing for me FF fans don’t rule the world lol.

        • DarkRoxas

          Finally someone that doesn’t hate FF VIII. I think I finally found Heaven *v*

        • HIGH FxxKING FIVE.

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          We people that liked VIII more than the others are out there we just don’t show up because of the witch hunt.

    • Shippoyasha

      The only thing truly wonky about FF13 series in general is the plot and a few characters hamming it up for the tween crowd. Pretty much everything else had a silver lining to it, especially the combat. If it had an epic story that pulled it together, people would be heaping praises over it.

      • Slickyslacker

        Most recently, and particularly right before and round Lightning Returns’ Western release, a lot of the common criticisms about the characters themselves and the character development in the XIII saga were exacerbated. Most of them being about Lightning as a sort of ubiquitous protagonist and what sort of archetypes she was intended to fall into.

        I suppose it’s the failure of XIII’s critics to reconcile Lightning’s origins as a “female Cloud” with the concept of her becoming an omnipotent being and the savior of her world: which is practically just what you pointed to, “hamming it up for the tween crowd.”

        I don’t know what it is about me, but I’ve a maudlin attraction for games featuring dying worlds, like Majora’s Mask and Lightning Returns; I’m particularly enamored with LR’s combat system just as equally.

        If anything, it’s the very ending of LR that’s remarkably cringeworthy and culpable.

      • Lucky Dan

        Nah you could have Lightning sleeping with the whole city if you wanted to and the people she slept with became your party members whether animal, human, alien, cyborg or whatever and become your allies and make it a pesudo h game if you want to.

        However you had 0 control over your characters which pissed everyone off and all the battles were automatic. If we had control of a single character in an action rpg or control over 3 in a turn based which FFXIII done and respected that. Then people wouldn’t of been so hard on the series but no they insisted this is Final Fantasy the Spirits withing the second movie and lets us sit there watching the same prerendered fighting scenes over and over again.

    • Ultimaniacx4

      This trend of hating things because it’s popular to hate em needs to stop.
      There’s no reason to be embarrased for liking a perfectly good jrpg.

      • Samsara09

        The voice of reason!!!Fuck,I have drifted here for quite a long time searching for you!

      • Tiredman

        I dislike 13-2 because in my book it was a horrible game. I would of punched myself if I had bought it at full price.

        • Ultimaniacx4

          I was mainly talking about how Slickyrider said they liked the game and felt bad for it. That doesn’t make sense.

          I liked XIII-2 a lot actually. To me it was basically a modern Chrono Trigger. Traveling through time to solve problems, paradox endings. The gameplay was also a lot better than XIII (which I also liked) because you didn’t have to stagger every single enemy and there were no limits on how far you could level so you could grind. If you don’t mind me asking, what specifically did you hate about it?

          • Tiredman

            Ok, glad you asked =)

            1. The main characters were rather weak. They lacked the cool factor of many FF toons.

            2. Sever lack of gear. No way to really raise your power makes things boring.

            3. Story. The story was annoying, and convoluted. Quests were all over the place and a majority of them had nothing to do with the story, and tended to make things more convoluted as it makes you think about stuff that is just confusing. Plus, I really disliked the ending.

            4. The challenge was stripped from it. At least FF 13 had challenge and tons of fun fights that taxed your abilities. In 13-2 I never felt challenged. The closest I had to challenge was the final boss, but I still took him out the first time I took him on. The only hard part of the game for me was at the end taking on super behemoths, iirc, the enemies that could take out one or more of my characters in two moves while all other trash in the area was a joke.

            5. All the things that looked interesting either somehow being missed or being post game. I tried post game, it bored me to tears.

            6. Sticking all the fun fights behind DLC, especially my favorite Final Fantasy sub boss, Gilgamesh. I would of actually had a bit of a positive about 13-2 if it wasn’t for them making the arena absolutely worthless and nothing more than a teaser.

            7. The leveling board while interesting looking, was still the exact same as 13’s. It was incredibly linear, and was just a waste of time having to go in there and fill in points on the grid. You don’t really get new abilities by playing around on the board, you just get to choose when you get upgrades to spells you already have.

            8. Oerba, I think it was called. That zone was just plain annoying, especially with how annoying it was to run into certain monsters there. If I am wrong about the name, its the deserted town.

            There are a few other minor things, but the majority are listed here. The serious ones sound minor with the few sentences I listed, but you have to take into account that a lot of the things I listed, well, the game is built around what I listed. Story, leveling, gear, all of these make or break a game. Getting two types of weapons per character, just stronger versions of the first 2, was just plain lazy. Leveling board, lazy, story, well, enough people have full listing of whats wrong with that.

            I have no problem with you liking the game. Heck, I like FF 10-2, but 13-2 is not how I want my future FF games.

    • Tinye

      Same here dude, no shame. Stand proud!

    • Herok♞

      you shouldn’t be ashamed about what you enjoy. People will always hate what you love and love what you hate.

    • Samsara09

      it isn’t embarassing to like something you THINK isn’t popular.I am quite sure MANY people like it too,perhaps much more than the ones that hate it.But they prefer to have fun with the game rather than distill poison here on the web.

      It is quite refreshing to see a positive and constructive opinion about XIII.

      BE PROUD,buddy!There is really no need for shame.It isn’t wrong to play a game that makes you have fun.

    • Hound

      I played Final Fantasy I-XII (haven’t had time for a full console RPGs since then and have stuck to handhelds.)

      In my opinion, Final Fantasy VII did little to improve on Final Fantasy VI’s formula and was a stunning disappointment in that respect. And I feel that my favorite title in the series, Mystic Quest, gets too much hate despite the fact that modern jRPGs can only get better by going back and copying or improving upon its ideas. Not just the absence of random encounters, but some of the others such as monsters hunching over or looking like they’re mortally injured, streamlining, zelda-like acrobatics and puzzling in dungeons, an auto-attacking AI partner, up-beat Electric guitar music, Invisible enemies, dungeons becoming empty and towns changing when you save it from monsters, fun attack effects, no CG movies, less dialog and more gameplay, ability to interact with the world by breaking things, ability to easily cycle weapons in combat, partner AI with specific benefits and uses, quick yet effective magic that looks neat, , etc.

  • Vash bane

    …too many shooters as usual

    • 하세요

      You also have to consider the amount of multi-platforming FPSs have, so sales will always be massive. RPGs tend to limit themselves.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Man I have to go back and play Lightning Returns… and Bravely Default… and Kingdom Hearts HD… Tales of Xillia… Shin Megami Tensei IV… Super Mario 3D World… man, my backlog is really out of control :p

    • Samsara09

      I need to play Shin Megami Tensei Overcloked,Bravely Default,Lightning Returns,Tales of symphonia,and soon enough Final fantasy X/X-2 hd.
      yeah,this is quite a wild period for us rpg fans.

  • Seven of The Scions

    I played most of FF series and Lightning Return is AWESOME!
    That battle system are genius.
    The story may absurd at the first, but i felt escalating just like what a video games should be.
    It’s only lacking in graphics.
    Days deadline must be annoying at first, but then it felt like it was a balance and challenging in someway.

    Lightning has become a quite character, oh i just love it when she being sarcasm toward NPCs lol

    Been playing LR for whole week, and Dark Souls 2 came out too.

    Gaming just awesome, lol

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I just beat Lightning Returns today! It was a fun game.

    • Skeptika Crediblus

      So spill: was the time mechanic as restrictive as it seems? Having a clock hang over your head is what’s keeping me on the fence about buying into this.

      • Ryuukishi

        It’s really not. As long as you keep fighting battles to refill your EP, you can spam Chronostasis enough to keep time stopped indefinitely. If you use Chronostasis you can easily finish all the quests in the game with multiple days left over.

        • 하세요

          That’s what happened to me. I did just about every sidequest and still had two days to spare. Reavers get easy to kill over time so after a point you can just easily farm them for EP.

      • Ferrick

        no it’s not, it takes more effort to lose because of time than to lose because of other reasons

      • sakusakusakura_nyo

        I had enough time to beat the game without any problems. There was only five side quests I didn’t finish.

  • beepboopity

    I’m a rare fish that actually bought and enjoyed Lightning Returns despite not playing the prequels.

    …Or maybe it’s precisely because I didn’t? Regardless, I had tons of fun. Seems unlikely, but I hope to see the battle system and customization make a return in future installments.

  • terranoie

    Lightning Returns isn’t actually a bad game. I quite enjoy it myself. People just hate it for no reason at all being that they want Square Enix to move on to new stories. They’re just taking it out on the game. Glad it did well!

    • Your Face

      I guess that is a reason, just a bad one.

      • terranoie

        Fanboy rage you could call it.

    • Longshadow

      It’s okay to enjoy things that other people dislike. That you enjoy something others don’t doesn’t mean the others’ opinions are illegitimate, though. People like different things for different reasons.

  • Domii

    Amazing time for gaming. For the first time since I’ve worked full time I’ve thought of using some vacation days to stay home and play Dark Souls 2. Good times! Also, PS4 outsold X1 again this month. I guess Sony is finally stocking enough systems to retailers. PS4 was hard to find a few months back.

  • harmonyworld

    ya know, for series that people seem to not like, it’s doing surprisingly well!
    I haven’t picked up lighting returns yet, but I will eventually :3

  • Herok♞

    Glad both Bravely Default and Lightning Returns are both doing well, had the CE of both and wasn’t disappointed by either so far.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Good Square now show us at E3 an official English language trailer of FFXV with an official American release date.

  • Samsara09

    Glad to know both Lightning Returns and Bravely were a smashing sucess.The bravely default series is an extension of the final fantasy series,hence,we are all on the same boat.
    Any infighting here is quite counterproductive.

  • Kayriss Wins

    Man I still need to pick up 2k14, I’m also glad to see Bravely doing well, I love that game.

  • Kornelious

    I LOVE Bravely Default, Lightning Returns…..Well I’m kinda forced to say I like it since i spent so much money on the Collectors Edition X(

  • leingod

    Glad for Bravely Default… not so much about Lightning Returns. I mean, if that keeps up… maybe they’ll make (oh god) … FF XIII – 4

    • 하세요

      They’ve already stated that LR was the end of the XIII series but Lightning herself may appear in other games. The ending of LR seals the deal – anything else would be a ridiculous stretch.

      Of course, that has happened before in many game series and they’ve stilled pushed it or claimed “no no, that was just the end of that trilogy (I’m lookin’ at you, Halo 4, no matter how fun you were.).

      As much as I enjoyed the XIII trilogy, even I would get upset at another XIII game.

  • Alex Webber

    Yet Lightning may return once more in FF XV dammit as for those wondering why FF XIII gets a lot of hate its because it got as many spin off games as FF 7 despite being pretty rubbish in comparison. The FF XIII games aren’t actually bad but as FF games they are awful. FF games sold quality gameplay, characters and story as part of the package now it doesn’t.

    It doesn’t help that the worst main characters in the FF series are Lightning and Vaan both made by Square Enix. Lightining is basically Squall in permanent brooding mood. Yet neither of them really had a good reason to be so damn grumpy.

  • Look I I adored the 13 saga I believe its one of the best series I have ever played but there is major flaws in it though. 13-2 had weak storytelling espically with the all the dumb paradoxes. They were absurd and most of them didn’t make sense but the stories of Alyssa, Noel, Caius were all amazing. Also the combat system for the game was a step up from 13. Lightning Returns on the other hand had a terrible story, all the main characters from the first two games are pretty much made into side characters, no character development, and the ending was half assed. But on the other hand LR had an amazing battle system which was far better then the other two. Actually taking action and controlling the movements, combos etc made for a highly enjoyable game. Idk I think whenever Square did something right they also missed out on something that would have made the games excelllent.

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