If you’re like me, you probably hated the first Final Fantasy XIII, then found yourself oddly loving the sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Unfortunately, the heroes we met in the first game were no longer playable characters in the sequel – which was a good thing in the case of Hope and his bane Snow. But the first game’s lead hero, Lightning, was only around in cut scenes.
Now, in its third installment, dubbed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the franchise hero is indeed back as the name suggests – and she’s got a “swag” load of new outfits.
The latest screens show Lightning fighting and haggling her way through the Dead Dunes, a new desert area in Nova Chrysalia.
She also appears to be fighting one of the many varieties of Bahamut. In one of the night scenes, which feels very graveyard-y, we get a taste of her dialogue as well. She says, “I’m used to fighting my destiny.” Holy crap, step back everyone. Lightning hasn’t lost her attitude.
Nor has she lost her sense of style. Pink hair isn’t the only thing cosplayers will be looking to replicate at Comic Con this year. They’ll also have a myriad of Lightning accessories to choose from. Perhaps Lightning made a trip to Sakks Fifth Ave for her comeback.
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