Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3/X360 - 2013)
For those of you eagle-eyed amongst us, you’ll immediately notice in these screens something irregular for a game bearing the Final Fantasy moniker: you fight alone. Upending the party system standard, which sees you control a group of characters in battle, Lightning Returns sees you guiding the gorgeous and stoic namesake lead during a fight, and rarely anyone else.
“This time, it’s just Lightning,” says the game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase. “So it seems like the number of characters you control has decreased, but it still feels like you’re fighting with a multi-character party." Utilizing a "Style System,” players will be allowed to switch between several different arrangements of armors, appearance, and abilities during a battle. These Styles, in true Create-A-Class form, can be customized and tweaked before you throw Lightning into an encounter.
Managing your Style may sound like a concern reserved for handheld dress-up games, but in Lightning Returns, it’ll be the difference between looking good while felling your enemies and looking good while you’re crushed to death by a ten-foot monster.