There are those who are eagerly awaiting Final Fantasy XV, those whose lives have been engulfed by Final Fantasy XIV: A Real Reborn, and then those who’ve been itching to get their hands on Lightning Returns, the continuation of the Final Fantasy XIII story. You may fall into more than one of those categories, but if you happen to fall into the last one, you’ll be happy to know that the playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available on Xbox Live and will be available on the PlayStation Network sometime today.

LightningReturnsThe return of the series’ first post-VII female main protagonist will bring about a few changes from her previous outing. In the demo, you’ll catch a glimpse of the real-time elements that have been added to the field and battle system. Similar to Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Lightning will fight on her own and without a party accompanying her, battling as a one-woman militia.

Speaking of Final Fantasy VII, pre-ordering the game will get you Cloud Strife’s SOLDIER First Class uniform. You’ll also receive Lightning’s Utsusemi Samurai outfit just for playing the demo and an undisclosed, limited edition DLC item for posting your final score after battling through the demo. That’s a pretty decent return, wouldn’t you agree? Take the demo for a spin and let us know how you feel about the updated battle system in the comments.

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