Square Enix is really trying hard to win back its loyal fanbase by going over and beyond to include as many costumes and content as possible, including dipping into brands under their publishing label, such as Tomb Raider.
Square released a new trailer for Lightning Returns featuring the latest bit of DLC for the game, which includes a snazzy outfit from Eidos' newest Tomb Raider reboot.
The DLC includes a couple of items to help transform Lightning from a fantasy, pink-haired heroine into a grimy, archeologist. This means Lightning gets Lara's cargo pants, hiking boots and tank top. The savior of the world isn't just limited to cosplaying as the famed treasure hunter, there's also the inclusion of some weapons and shielding, too. You get a pickaxe and a riot shield to help you ward off the baddies while you raid future-fantasy tombs in an alternate reality.
In case you haven't been keeping up to date with the game, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is supposed to be the finale to the very controversial Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.
The game pits Lightning against a clock that counts down, as she has a limited amount of time to save the world and stave off an event of apocalyptic measures.
Square took a completely different turn with the newest game, by including parkour and environmental scaling gameplay mechanics, allowing gamers to scale buildings, climb up on stuff, jump off of stuff and explore the verticality of some spaces.
The change in gameplay could really help expand the game's appeal. However, that's not really the issue most people have with Lightning Returns, as majority of the criticisms is about the game's real-time timer, counting down as players are tasked with getting to the end of the game before time runs out.
Personally? I think it's a neat mechanic and I'm glad the developers at least implemented something that helps push the concept of the game a bit further than what's been done with the previous two games.
Added to this, the timer being used in more open-world time environment means that players may have to play the game two or three times over in order to explore areas they may have skipped out on in hopes of getting to the end before they meet a timely ending. It's inventive, at least.
Lightning Returns, complete with a full cache of cosplay DLC costumes and content, will launch next week for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Need more info? Feel free to visit the official website.