The combat system from previous Final Fantasy XIII games was based around the paradigm system. This system allowed you to switch your roles, or “jobs”, on the fly during combat. This way of doing combat is back in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII but has gotten overhauled to make it faster.
Instead of the paradigm system, this game has a dynamic wardrobe system. While it works similarly to the paradigm system, this system allows for a greater degree of customization. You can change pieces of your equipment and this can give you specific advantages during battle.
You can’t just be aggressive if you want to win and you’ll sometimes have to evade or block attacks. Like the other games in the series, you’ll have to stagger enemies in order to be able to deal the most amount of damage to them. Correctly gauging when to attack, defend and find openings will be the key to victory.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 11th. A demo is currently available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.