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Lightning Returns Time Mechanic Enhances Game's Longevity?

As some of you already know, there will be a time mechanic in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Exactly how it works hasn't been determined yet, but we have plenty of hints.

During a recent 4Gamer interview (as cited by Kotaku), designer Motomu Toriyama reiterated that the adventure will span 13 days. Once 13 full days have passed, the game ends, apparently regardless of your progress.

The interesting part is that Square Enix hasn't yet decided on how long to make each day; i.e., how long it would take the player in real-time. They're considering 1-2 hours, which would put the game at the 20-25 hour mark, right? Now, you can extend the in-game clock by doing various things, including beating enemies and completing quests. Furthermore, due to the game's structure, how you utilize the time available to you will result in different play-throughs if you opt for multiple experiences. You'll even see different cut-scenes depending on your decisions. This should greatly boost longevity and replayability, yes?

Toriyama did say we won't be able to see everything in only one play-through, which should give people incentive to keep playing after beating the game once. ...however, this time constraint thing bugs the ever-loving sh** out of me, and I have a feeling other RPG fans feel the same way.

Related Game(s): Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Tags: lightning returns final fantasy xiii, lightning returns ffxiii, lightning returns details

12/3/2012 11:11:15 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

BikerSaint
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 11:39:32 AM
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UGG, I hate being rushed by any game's timed events.

I'd rather set my own pace so I can soak in the whole game & everything else that it has to offer.

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daus26
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 11:52:33 AM
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This has to be a straight up action game. It can't be a rpg game in which you have to develop and level up. Nearly half of the experience in rpg game is developing your character, and with the time limit, it won't be fun at all. Now if this was a straight up action game where you don't develop that much, it can work.

Then again, if this game does have a bunch of side quests and opportunities to stall the time, maybe we won't feel as rushed as we think it might?


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homura
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 11:53:35 AM
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Hmmm.

It reminds of the movie with Johnny Depp " In The Nick Of Time". I wonder if this game can give a feeling of intensity like in that movie.

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thedaini
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:16:59 PM
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First thing I thought of was Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. I liked that game but time boxed games really stress me out. By the end I was really tired of playing those three days over and over and over again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 1:06:36 PM

It was horrible, couldn't finish that game.

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Zeronoz
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 8:53:34 PM

The time concept in Majora`s Mask was pretty cool...It was the first game that made me rage quit...

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Temjin001
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:18:18 PM
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Final Fantasy XIII: LIGHTNING DEADLINES

Who want's to race against deadlines in video games? I do enough of that every day as it is between school and work =)

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Knightzane
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:27:43 PM
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Is there a special ending where you unlock FFvs13? IF so i will buy this game just for that special unlock.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 1:09:13 PM
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That time thing is what's gonna kill this game. Not that the further destruction of FF as an RPG won't piss people off, but this straw is going to break the back of fans I think.

Hell I'll still play it, but not new and probably used so they don't get any of my money for doing this.

What good is it if I can't linger around fighting enemies and checking out the world? This is such bullsh*t. I've been replaying XIII because I needed something actiony and mindless and it's crazy to think it could have gone down hill from there and yet the rolling calamity rolls on.

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cLoudou
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 1:27:06 PM

Agreed on all points except replaying XIII for its action. There are plenty other action games that are better and worth playing. The only reason I'd replay XIII is for the soundtrack.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 2:13:17 PM

You missed the word "mindless," I needed something where I didn't have to think at all... for specific reasons.

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cLoudou
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 1:29:19 PM
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At least give me the possibility to get everything on one playthrough!

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 1:52:36 PM

From what I gather that is not what the games even wants to deliver, it wants to make it heavily interactive in the sense that you actions will change the events of the world. So your 2nd playthrough experience may very well be different and reveal more than the 1st. I'm not to opposed to it in all honesty. Normally I am the first to hound down on something which breaks away from the series tradition. As I have not even seen a glimpse of the game yet I can only say I am curious.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 2:09:57 PM
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meh i dont see it as an issue... ppl complained (and still do) about majora's mask.. 3 days thing.. even though i tell em you can slow down and turn back time as much as you want thus the time is never really a factor lol.

point being Im sure FF13-3 will be beatable just fine by everyone without them feeling like they need to race against the clock to do it

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 2:14:55 PM
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They tried this added reason to replay stuff with XIII-2 as well, I don't think it made anybody play it more than once.

I'll play this game once, then find the rest on youtube.

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 2:24:34 PM
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The more I hear about this, the more disinterested I become :/

It's not so much the time mechanics (I loved Majora's Mask) but the implementation is what could break it. (1-2 hours per day? No thanks).

And what's this? 20-25 hours? I remember a time when I would spend double or triple that time on one playthrough with a FF game.

It's official. I'm buying it used.

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tes37
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 6:03:09 PM
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Time challenges are a pet peeve of mine. I always skip those events in games like Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet and Clank.

inFamous was the only exception, in recent memory, where I didn't find timed events as annoying. It's probably because it wasn't used much.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 8:31:43 PM
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The idea of a time challenge in most games annoys me.

The idea of a time challenge that basically encompasses the entire game makes me physically ill.

The idea of a time challenge that basically encompasses an entire Final Fantasy makes me so depressed I want to cry.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 9:51:19 PM

That's really all that needs to be said about this.

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Dreno
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 10:08:01 PM
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So each in-game day is currently looking like 1-2 hours real time, for a total of roughly 20-25 hours of game time, start to finish?

Wtf square, wtf...?

What the hell happened?
Atleast they got it right with the kh series, the main games, and little branch-off connecting games.
Seriously, I put in 60+ in kh1, on proud mode, beating all the bosses-including the phantom of neverland, kurt zhisa, AND sephiroth, locking all the keyholes, and gathering all the dalmations.
I put in 25-30 hours on each of the 3 characters in birth by sleep on proud mode, and getting the secret endings, and so far I've amassed 40+ hours in kh:358/2 days, AND THERE'S NOTHING extra to do really. Maybe get the sigils and all the chests. Plus I've got 12 houra logged on re-chain of memories.

Hopefully the time mechanic will increase longevity of lighting returns, for the people who buy/rent and play it, otherwise its almost like they're getting shafted.
If people can't sink ATLEAST 40 hours in this game start to finish, not including little side missions or what have you, I call shenanagins.

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LowKey
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 @ 12:26:17 AM
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Now, some of you need to chill... Personally I have always wondered what a game like this would be like. Like ALWAYS. Now, I get to see one in action. The only 2 examples I can think of is Ghostbusters (Sega Master System) and Majora's Mask.

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