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Opening cinematics released for “Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns”

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If it’s one thing fans of the “Final Fantasy” franchise have always been able to brag about, it’s the cutting edge cinematics that move the game’s story along. Going all the way back to “Final Fantasy VII”, cutscenes that were animated with the latest and greatest CGI added a realness to the game that had never really been seen before.

By today’s standards, those scenes may seem outdated and it has become more difficult to differentiate between produced cinematics and actual gameplay.

Square Enix has released the opening cinematic to “Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns” today and though I may have had some gripes about SE’s decision making over the past few years, nobody can deny that work like this is just stunning.

Enough jibber jabber, here’s the video!