Achievement Preview Spotlight: Lightning Returns

By Jonathan Barnes, 4 years ago
We're settling back into something resembling a regular release schedule and with it comes some very important choices; do we focus on the big retail release, the big arcade release, or the re-release of a classic? This week, we're picking the first option and profiling the end of Lightning's saga in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.


Lightning Returns does have a bit of bad news on the achievement front; eighteen of the game's forty-two achievements are "Hidden" and contain the game's highest-scoring achievements. The rest of the achievements seem to be pretty basic RPG affair: winning in battle, upgrading, changing outfits, taking on side quests, and mastering the game's battle system. Within those revealed achievements, let's take a look at a few noteworthy pops.

Right off the top, let's talk about "schema".

Novice Stylist in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Proof of customizing your first schema. Continue on this path to find your own style.

"Schema" are best described as the outfits, armor, and accessories that help to define Lightning's abilities. By changing Lightning's schema, you can change her abilities in battle and can vary between a wide range of melee attacks, spells, and other abilities. This first achievement serves to kick off this new twist to the combat system.

Moving right along from new combat dynamics into tried-and-true tropes.

Novice Swordsmith in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Proof of improving your first weapon. Did you make something worthy?

In addition to this achievement for upgrading a weapon, you will also find achievements for improving a shield, upgrading an accessory, and customizing the color of a piece of garb.

The previous string of achievements ties closely into the next string.

Expert Swordsmith in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Proof of modifying weapons 30 times.

You guessed it. You will also find similar achievements for modifying a shield 30 times, upgrading accessories 30 times, and obtaining 30 pieces of garb. With that in mind, it behooves gamers to experiment with upgrades early and often.

This next string of achievements is a bit boring, if necessary.

Hero of Might in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Proof of victory over 100 foes in battle.

If 100 slain enemies isn't enough to slake your thirst for battle, you will also find achievements for slaying 300 and 500.

The last achievement in our preview is one that feels very Japanese in its description.

Fatal Impact in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Proof of dealing damage so great that it goes beyond all reason or expectation.

"Proof of dealing damage so great that it goes beyond all reason or expectation."

Wow... that's a lot of damage. Damage that "goes beyond all reason or expectation" is asking a lot of a video game considering we've seen games that destroy worlds before breakfast.

Anyway, as I mentioned at the top, many of the "Hidden" achievements are where the big point values for Lightning Returns occur. In that "Hidden" realm there are four separate achievements that are each worth 90G, meaning that the big reveals and pops are probably quite "spoiler-y". That being said, we'll get all of those bad boys sussed out shortly so that completionists don't need to feel apprehension about finishing Lightning's journey.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is set for release next week.

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Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.