Final Fantasy XIII-3 Trophy Guide. Difficulty: ** A sci-fi fantasy RPG and a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XII-2. Though requires some strategy and planning, the Platinum is significantly easier and less-time consuming than its predecessors.
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Final Fantasy XIII-3
Final Fantasy XIII-3, titled as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2 and the final story in the trilogy. The battle system has been altered from its two prequels, while the world is much more open and less linear. An in-game clock counts down to the end, forcing the player to manage time in order to reach the end goal.
Taking place five hundred years after Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning awakens from hibernation only thirteen days before the end of the world. Having been chosen by the deity Bhunivelze, she must save the people of the world before its end, while also learn the truth behind Bhunivelze's plan and the world's coming demise.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII received mixed reviews, with an average score of 69%. Across most reviews, the battle system was praised while the game's story was poorly received. The in-game time limit received the most mixed feedback, ranging from adding excitement to frustration.
Considered easier and less time-consuming than its prequels. Unlike the other FF13 titles (or most RPGs, for that matter) this one is designed to be played multiple times. If you do your homework, strategize, and make the most of your time management throughout the game, you can earn this platinum in two playthroughs. There are three difficulty modes to play on, but none are trophy related, which means you can perform your multiple playthroughs on Easy.
Overall, expect anywhere between 40-90 hours of gameplay, depending on how many playthroughs you end up doing.
As we stated earlier, you can play through on Easy mode across all your playthroughs, as it has no bearing on obtaining the Platinum. It simply makes your life easier
To get your Platinum in only 2 playthroughs, you'll need to do a bit of planning. On your first playthrough, make sure you find at least 30 of the 49 possible Head Accessories. You'll need two of each (the second set will be collected during your second playthrough) in order to unlock the Expert Craftsman trophy. Also, in addition to completing all of the story quest, you'll want to aim for completing at least 50 of the side quests, as well as the Canvas of Prayers quests. At the end of this first playthrough, you should have a good majority of the trophies.
Your second playthrough will be a New Game+, which should make things easier after carrying over all your stats and equipment. Here, you'll need to find the same 30 Head Accessories and use them to upgrade each in order to unlock the Expert Craftsman trophy. Aside from working through the main storyline and the side quests you've done already, you should now be able to unlock the Monster Bane and Desert Dragonslayer trophies, as well as the last remaining Expert trophies.
If, after that second playthrough you haven't been able to obtain the Platinum, then it's time for another playthrough to mop-up anything you're missing.
IGN has a video Walkthrough, here:
And Ferry Groenendijk has a Walkthrough, here:
And a text-based Walkthrough, by Damir Kolar:
Here's a great Trophy Guide by Aeliana, with a detailed Roadmap:
And a detailed Trophy Guide here, by DaveyHasselhoff:
And an Achievement Guide (same as the trophies on PS3) by ImaginaryRuins:
Here's a Wiki with all kinds of valuable information:
Lastly, here's a basic Trophy List: