Close out the Final Fantasy XIII saga in style – enter to win a custom PlayStation 3! By Erren Van Duine on February 12, 2014 at 4:52 AM

It’s been nearly eight years since Lightning and the cast of Final Fantasy XIII burst on to the scene and now – three games, several novels and other media later – they’re on their way out to close the current generation of video games. In celebration of this milestone, Nova Crystallis is bringing fans a once in a lifetime treat to close out the Lightning Saga in style.

We want you to craft a short video explaining “What does the end of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy mean to you?”, as the goal here is to really reward those fans who have been with the Saga through the thick and thin! Together with Square Enix, we’ll be giving one winner a brand-new PlayStation 3 system decorated in a custom Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII theme. Only 13 of these special consoles exist in the world and so the winner of this contest will be receiving something no true fan should be without.

For that reason, we want you to pull out all the stops. Record a short 30-60 second video that truly captures your feelings (it can be longer if needed), while of course remaining appropriate and respectful to the creators and people in general. Once every entry is gathered we will hold a peer voting contest on the site – that’s right you guys will decide the ultimate winner.

Read the contest rules below carefully and send in your submissions before the deadline on March 1st! Contest submissions are limited to residents of North America due to the nature of this prize.


    How to Enter:

  • Create a 30-60 second video that best describes the phrase “What does the end of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy mean to you?”
  • Include the following details with your submission:
    • – Your full name
      – Your email or contact information
  • Submit your entry to [email protected] with the subject line “Lightning Returns PS3 Contest”.
  • Deadline for Submissions: March 1st at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.
  • Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or any other file service.
  • Rules for Entry:

  • Only residents of North America may enter.
  • You are limited to one (1) video submission.
  • Non-worksafe submissions will be moderated/discarded.
  • A winner will be chosen by our staff and be given 24 hours to respond to a notification email sent to the address corresponding to your submission. Failure to reply in time results in a forfeit of your prize and another winner will be chosen.
  • Prize:

  • one (1) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII themed PlayStation 3 system.
  • Sothe Zephyr

    Will definitely be entering this since Canada isnt off limits i assume haha 😀 FF13 saga has meant so much to me its time to cram it all in to 60 seconds! Good luck to everyone who is going to enter!

  • Are we allowed to include images from the FFXIII games? There’s one promo image from the first game that I’ve kept as my phone’s lock screen, and if I were to talk about its significance to me, it would help to show it in the video. Obviously, I wouldn’t want to be disqualified because of its inclusion.

  • あかりん (Akarin)

    Just to get this straight, the recording is only of yourself and your response to the question? In other words I am not allowed to make a sequence of images blended with sound and fancy writing giving my response? I just want to make absolutely sure.

  • Slickyrider

    I’m pretty sure the video doesn’t need to include footage of ourselves.

    As a matter of fact, it would probably be best if it didn’t. Unless someone here is a seasoned cosplayer, or something.


  • Ehren Rivers

    No, you shouldn’t need to record your face or anything if you don’t want to. We did want people to record voice or at least use text, though. For this contest, we wanted something special that really captured how fans felt about the games and the end of the subseries. Also, we didn’t want people to just flash some merchandise and win because they have spare cash to spend. If you can explain how it makes you feel without any use of voice or text, though, go for it!

  • Ehren Rivers

    You can use images and sound as long as the video falls within the time limits and provides a proper response to the question.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Images and text are fine, yes.

  • あかりん (Akarin)

    Thank you! Haven’t seen you here for in a long time! How have you been Ehren? This is jaundrè, just changed my name on disqus.

  • Ehren Rivers

    To be perfectly frank I’ve been terrible; I nearly lost my home recently, and am bogged down by some very unpleasant matters. I am trying to be around whenever I can, but… Yeah.

    On the upside I have a copy of Lightning Returns.

  • FFFan

    =( I know we had our “differences” in the past but I really hope you can turn things around Ehren. May LR distract you from the present “unpleasant matters” and I wish for the best.

  • あかりん (Akarin)

    I am very sorry to hear, I wish I could help! You are welcome to email me if you need any advice, particularly financial, since I have a degree in actuarial science, or just to get perspective on matters. But I hope every trouble will run its course and that you will be in better situation soon! On a lighter note, hope you enjoy Lightning returns!

  • Guest

    Only residents of North America may enter. Why? ;(

  • Guest

    So is 60 seconds like the MAXIMUM, or is it possible to make a video that isnt like 2minutes but like 1:10-1:15?

    Do we have to upload the video to youtube or just send it to you only?(i know the answer to this…just wana be sure haha)

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity and thank you for opening this to all of NA 😀 Good luck everyone!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    However, we can record faces correct? Not to flash merchandise (because i really have like none…haha) but just because recording voice would seem……idk unfitting imo…

  • Ehren Rivers

    “No, you shouldn’t need to record your face or anything >>if you don’t want to<<."

    The post already contains your answer.

  • Ehren Rivers

    60 seconds is the maximum. Attach the video to an email sent to the address above please, although I’m sure if youtube is the only option available to you we can work with that.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Omg im so sorry……again haha 😉 I fail to read/see the obvious! Sorry for that! Thanks though

  • Ehren Rivers

    Thank you very much for the offer. I am enjoying it, yes, and will put up a review when I have played more extensively.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Thank you for the well-wishes.

  • Sapientia

    26th is the deadline, huh? Oh lawd, right during AIMS testing. Bollocks. >.>

  • Somni

    What does the end of the XIII mean to me? A miracle and a blessing.
    The nightmare is over, and the future is bright! To XV and beyond.

  • Caliburn

    “something no true fan should be without.”

    Wut… Did you really write that? So according to this article there will only be 13 true final fantasy fans, and what does that even mean? a “true fan” doesn’t mean anything…

    Sure the price looks good, especially since I don’t own a PS3. And staying with a franchice through thick and thin should not be revarded. Using your money resposibly should. A franchice should never have your loyalty, if you like the games then buy the other ones of the same name/developer but if they start with bad business practices or make bad games, then don’t buy the game. We are the consumer our power is money, not loyalty. If a brand truly manages to get your “loyalty” as its cald they will ripp you off, loyalty is bad.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Actually it can be slightly over a minute if you need to.

  • Anime10121

    Calm down, its a contest for fans of the game, that is all, its not some concocted plan to make EVERYONE think Light is omgz mai waifu! Its for fans of the game to win something nice, no more, no less :/

    ;tldr, it aint that serious :/

  • Anime10121

    Damn bro, hope things turn around for you, hard to hear stuff like that, you seem like pretty cool peeps, so I wish the best for you and hope things become better for you in the short term…

  • Mohannad

    Is this just a normal ps3 with a decal skin on it? … from the picture it sure seems like that’s the case.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Its definitely not a transformer in disguise as a ps3 or some super computer o.o just a ps3 <3

  • Mohannad

    Smartass, If it’s just a black PS3 with a skin on it, it’s literally not worth anything special, if it’s painted on and the box has FF13 art then that’s a whole different story.

  • Erren Van Duine

    No, the bottom is blue. Here is another image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BgUPfkYCEAAC2fa.jpg

  • JoeDowntown

    In 2008 I was in this same boat and it sucks. I commend you for even having the willpower to still be a part of the conversation here.

    Wish you all the luck in the world.

  • Caliburn

    I AIN’T CALMING DOWN SON!! NOT UNTIL THE UNIVERSE ENDS!! But seriously i meant what I said, I truly dislike the term “true fan”. And it ruffles my feathers every time someone says/writes it. Considering I also believe being a fan of anything is not actually a good thing, it may be an overreaction to this post but I stand by everything i wrote.

  • h8gwb

    It does pretty much look like a Slim with a decal, and if you REALLY HAVE THE ITCH for the color combo (IMO black/sky blue is just fugly), you could switch half the case with a custom one.

    But I say that mostly because I have NO CHANCE of winning this contest….

    ….considering I’m probably not fan enough to even ATTEMPT to customize my PS3 in a similar fashion….just so you know (=n=)* orZ

    (well, at least the top of the controller doesn’t have the chrono print on the face like the retail LE controllers; that would be DANG HELL HARD to replicate…)

  • h8gwb

    What I’m a fan of is Lightning in her Purple Moon garb/dress:

    If a figure of her in that pose and attire actually existed…and a contest to win one was reality too…….well, I'd be up all night and day.

    Ehhh…more night and day than usual.

  • Joana Eme

    I will be forever jealous of whoever gets that PS3. Not just because of the customizations, but because I need a new one….

  • Hi, may I ask if you know where the other special consoles are(out of the 13)? Are all of them NA-exclusive? So far I’ve identified:
    -Nova Crystallis
    -OfficialXIII #RT
    -Collector’s Edition Sweepstakes

    -(?) DeviantArt (3 Xbox 360s?)

  • Erren Van Duine

    Yes they are all NA only.

  • Awesome. If I manage to finish my entry in time for the deadline, it’ll be about 8-10 seconds over. Is that okay?

  • 4FFAN

    I thought the deadline was February 26th…Am I just dumb or did they change the date?

  • If you change the future, you change the past. 😉

    (I guess they extended the deadline)

  • Erren Van Duine

    We increased the deadline time.

  • The irony… I’m too busy playing Lightning Returns to put adequate time into a worthwhile submission, even with the deadline extension. Oh well. Good luck to everyone who submitted an entry. That’s one heck of a prize. 🙂

  • 4FFAN

    Can you guys forfeit for me? 🙁 I need a Playstation 3! Mines broken! Just kidding…but my PS3’s broken for real.

  • Zahk Scott

    This was my problem with the costume design contest – I was too busy playing the game to put any effort into it until right before the deadline.

  • Erren Van Duine

    You still have time! It doesn’t have to be very long!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Oh my Bhunivelze i forgot all about this! Iv got like…..6ish hours to do a video, upload, and send! RAWR! Well…its only a minute video anyway….iv got time…..-keeps procrastinating- back to LR…..

  • I hope that the deadline isn’t a typo and that you guys are still accepting submissions until the end of the day at 11:59 pm (Saturday, March 1).

    I managed to pull myself away from playing Lightning Returns and stayed up all night working on the submission. I’m currently uploading the file to Dropbox, so I will send the link to share it in an email later today. Is that cool? The file size is 200+ MB, so I didn’t think it was practical to just attach it to an email.

  • Erren Van Duine

    That’s fine.

  • 4FFAN

    When does the voting start?

  • Awesome. Thanks for confirming.

    My submission has now been submitted.


  • Erren Van Duine

    It will start on Monday.

  • 4FFAN

    Okay! Thanks 🙂

  • 4FFAN

    No voting yet…

  • Sothe Zephyr

    And i was so busy i forgot to submit my video…….well happy for whoever gets it 😀

  • GoosestepPanda

    Anybody have any word on how it ended up?