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===[https://www.nexusmods.com/finalfantasyxiii2/mods/1 FF XIII-2 HD]===
 
===[https://www.nexusmods.com/finalfantasyxiii2/mods/1 FF XIII-2 HD]===
 
{{ii}} This mod improves the quality of some of the textures ingame as well as increase the polygons of the character models making them look better
 
{{ii}} This mod improves the quality of some of the textures ingame as well as increase the polygons of the character models making them look better

Revision as of 05:42, 26 October 2021

Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XIII-2 cover
Developers
Square Enix
tri-Ace
Engines
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows December 11, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 75
IGDB 75
Taxonomy
Series Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy XIII-2 on IGDB
Final Fantasy XIII-2 guide on StrategyWiki
Final Fantasy XIII-2 on MobyGames
Final Fantasy XIII-2 on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy VII 1998
Final Fantasy VIII 2000
Final Fantasy XI 2003
Final Fantasy XIV 2010
Final Fantasy VII (2012) 2012
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn 2013
Final Fantasy VIII (2013) 2013
Final Fantasy III (3D Remake) 2014
Final Fantasy IV (3D Remake) 2014
Final Fantasy XIII 2014
Final Fantasy XIII-2 2014
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 2015
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD‎ 2015
Final Fantasy V 2015
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 2015
Final Fantasy VI 2015
Final Fantasy IX 2016
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster 2016
Mobius Final Fantasy 2017
World of Final Fantasy 2017
SaGa (series)
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2018
Mana (series)
Final Fantasy XV 2018
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition 2018
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT 2019
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered 2019
Final Fantasy 2021
Final Fantasy II 2021
Final Fantasy III 2021
Final Fantasy IV 2021
Final Fantasy V (2021) 2021
Final Fantasy VI (2021) 2021
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin 2022

Key points

Includes most of the DLCs from the console version
Ability to run at resolutions higher than 720p, and at 60fps.
English and Japanese audio voice overs are included in most of the steam region versions of the game except for the Asian steam region version.
SFX, voice overs, and music are slightly higher in audio quality compared to the console versions.
Unfavorable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions in areas such as:
  • Pre-rendered cutscenes exhibit darker colors and have lower quality audio compared to the PS3 version.
  • Shadow rendering is slightly different compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, producing shadows that look worse at lower shadow resolutions.
  • Alpha channel textures of objects are not considered when shadows are casted.[1][2][3]
  • Broken surround sound outside 2 or 6 channels
  • No Controller vibration.
  • Rain translucency is broken
  • Certain DLCs are not available out of the box on PC
Issues specific to the PC version:
  • Constant crashes throughout the game
  • Framerate is inconsistent and regularly dips to the low 40s or locks itself to 30 FPS.
  • Constant stuttering in game.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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XIII + XIII-2 double pack available in Europe
Windows
Publisher website
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European store
Windows
Publisher website
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North American store
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Visit Final Fantasy Wiki for more information on DLC.
Includes the following DLC from the console versions in the base game:[4] Note that the Coliseum Battles and Scenarios are only available after completing the game.
  • Coliseum Battle Opponents: Omega, Lightning & Amodar, Nabaat, Ultros & Typhon, PuPu, Gilgamesh
  • Serah's Outfits: Summoner's Garb, Beachwear, White Mage
  • Noel's Outfits: Battle Attire, Spacetime Guardian, Black Mage
  • Mog's Outfits: A Wondrous Wardrobe
  • Sazh's Story Scenario: Heads or Tails?
  • Lightning's Story Scenario: Requiem of the Goddess
  • Snow's Story Scenario: Perpetual Battlefield
The following DLC are not available on PC out-of-box due to copyright and licensing issues, but can be enabled using the Console Content Patch:
  • 2 outfits for Serah: N7 Armor (from Mass Effect 3); Style and Steel
  • 2 outfits for Noel: N7 Armor (from Mass Effect 3); Assassin's Creed
  • All 5 DLC weapons (3 bows for Serah, 2 swords for Noel)
  • 5 Japan-exclusive accessories (Delicate Diva's Microphone, Delicate Diva's Headphones, Delicate Goddess's Bangle, Delicate Goddess's Earring, and Stiltzkin's Diary)

Essential improvements

FF13Fix

Mod that fixes low framerates on capable machines, and uncaps framerates. How this works:
  • Removes aggressive frame pacer (proper triple buffer implementation).
  • Disables constant checks for input devices.
  • Uncaps framerate, also properly utilizes the display's refresh rate.
  • Fixes the slowdown when 2D elements are drawn in the HUD
  • Fixes missing text on enemy scans.
  • Enables vibration support.
  • Works around the screen glitches when using 2560x1440 resolution
This fix is NOT compatible with GeDoSaTo

Large address Aware Patch

Required for fixing the constant crashes.

or

4gb Patch

If you do not want to use the Large address aware patch, you can use this instead

Console Content Patch

This restores and unlocks all DLC normally unavailable in-game due to copyright and licensing issues.
Decompress the contents of the archive into your Final Fantasy XIII-2 Alba directory and run the .bat file.

Leviathan's Tears Mod

The PC version's rain has broken translucency which is due to Square Enix adding an unnecessary additional alpha texture for the PC port. This mod replaces the texture file entirely with a higher resolution texture from the PS3 version.
The .bat file at the above link doesn't work correctly anymore due to a tiny error in the script.
  1. Download the fixed file from here
  2. Decompress the contents of the archive into your Final Fantasy XIII-2 Alba directory and run the .bat file.

FF XIII-2 HD

This mod improves the quality of some of the textures ingame as well as increase the polygons of the character models making them look better

Better Quality audio for Pre rendered cutscenes

This mod adds in higher quality audio from the ps3 version for the PC version's pre rendered cutscenes

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\setup.xml[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292140/pfx/[Note 2]
All in-game configuration is stored in the save game data. The title screen configuration is not preserved between sessions.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\SquareEnix\FinalFantasyXIII-2\save
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/292140/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292140/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Up to 50 save files (886.92 MB) can be synced.

Video

Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Set in launcher. Do not use windowed mode, use full-screen.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Set in launcher or see Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the GPU control panel or a tool like GeDoSaTo.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. DSR and VSR can be forced through the GPU control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Default on. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Out-of-engine cutscenes normally capped at 30FPS.
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS. Uncapping the frame rate causes facial animation bugs during in-game cutscenes.[5]

Windowed

Force windowed mode
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change ForceWindowedMode = false to ForceWindowedMode = true.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Force borderless mode
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change Borderless = false to Borderless = true.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Force Vsync off
  1. Install FF13Fix.
  2. Open FF13Fix.ini.
  3. Change PresentationInterval = 1 to PresentationInterval = -1.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Movement and camera orientation keys are not remappable.[6]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Can confirm with the left button and cancel with the right button.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Mouse and keyboard required to launch and exit the game.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Only through DirectInput.
Xbox button prompts
Manual toggle in the settings: On-screen Button Explanations.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
No rebinding.
Button prompts
Additional information
Button prompts
The game comes by default with its own gray color Xbox styled prompts on PC.
Alternatively, the Xbox 360 version colored button icons can be used as well, see Console button prompts.

For DualShock button icons, see Console button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be modded back using FF13Fix.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Controller button prompts

The game comes only with gray Xbox button prompts, without differentiating colors; This mod restores PlayStation and colored Xbox prompts.

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
See audio volume is low.
Surround sound
Only 2 or 6 channel modes function correctly, see broken surround sound & buzzing sound. No in-game option.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Loses focus by minimizing in windowed mode. Does not mute when running an out-of-engine cutscene.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Worldwide (audio not available in Asia)
English
Mod which restores English subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Traditional Chinese
Asia only
Traditional Chinese
Mod which restores Traditional Chinese subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
French
Not available in Asia
French
Mod which restores French subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
German
Not available in Asia
German
Mod which restores German subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Italian
Not available in Asia
Italian
Mod which restores Italian subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Japanese
Worldwide (UI and subtitles only available in Asia)
Japanese
Mod which restores Japanese subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Korean
Asia only
Korean
Mod which restores Korean subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.
Russian
Fan translation by «FFRTT.ru»
Spanish
Not available in Asia
Spanish
Mod which restores Spanish subtitles to any version of the game. Download here.

Issues fixed

Constant crashes throughout the game

The game can crash at multiple points due to the game's internal memory usage exceeding 2gb and while saving.
Use either the Large address Aware Patch or the 4gb Patch
  1. Apply the patch to <path-to-game>\alba_data\prog\win\bin\ffxii2img.exe.

Inconsistent 60 FPS

The section on this issue for Final Fantasy XIII applies to this game as well. This game further complicates this issue with additional post-processing effects, which locks the framerate to 30 most of the time.
Use FF13Fix to improve the frame rate
In the GPU control panel, set the power management mode to Prefer Maximum Performance. This is required even if you are not using FF13Fix. Set triple buffering to "On" as well.

or

Turn off the mini-map in-game

The mini-map can drop the frame rate up to 10-20FPS depending on the area in game. You can toggle the mini-map off in-game to improve the performance.

Shadow rendering and resolutions

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Broken surround sound

This issue occurs when not in stereo (2 channels) or 6 channel mode due to the game incorrectly filling audio buffers, causing buzzing audio and incorrect voice positioning.[7][8]
Doing any of the following steps can fix the issue
  1. Set your sound card to use stereo (2 channels) or 6 channel modes[9]
  2. If you are running Windows 10, set the FFXiii2Launcher.exe compatibility to Windows 8. If you are running an version older than Windows 10, then set the compatibility to Windows 7 or Windows Vista. This compatibility step doesn't work with the current version of the FF13Fix

Audio volume is low

The game has a low volume level that is about half as loud as a typical game, and there are no in-game volume options. The only thing a player can do is to increase their speaker volume.

Rain appears as white lines

The translucency of rain is lower and looks like white lines, much worse than the console versions.
Use Leviathan's Tears Mod

Game uses incorrect refresh rate

By default the game forces a 60 Hz refresh rate in full screen mode.
Override refresh rate set by game[10]
  1. Download the latest release of FF13Fix.
  2. Copy d3d9.dll and FF13Fix.ini to <path-to-game>\alba_data\prog\win\bin.

Notes

The game will now use the same refresh rate selected in Windows.
You can edit FF13Fix.ini to specify a custom refresh rate.

Character runs off screen in opening battle

There is a game-breaking bug where the character can run off screen in the first battle, rendering the current game unplayable. Restart the game to try again.

Fullscreen mode doesn't work

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Pixelated screen bug when using 2560x1440 resolution

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Launcher doesn't launch

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Controller vibration doesn't work

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Mouse cursor stays on screen

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Xbox One Controller bug in menus

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Issues Unresolved

Incorrect Shadow calculation for models with alpha channel

On Console versions, whatever model shape that the alpha channel has created is taken into account when shadows are cast. In the PC version, the model shape generated by the alpha channel is not considered for shadow calculation and instead the model shape without the alpha channel is taken into account and shadows of that are cast.[11]
No fix as of now.

Additional mods

Monster Glow Begone

Removes the incandescent glow effect from recruited monsters.

Monster Mod Pack

Adds new monsters as random encounters and Mog Throw rewards along with a few fixes. Each new monster comes included with its own unique moveset and Feral Link.
Requires the Console Content Patch to be installed.
The mod linked above is an older version and doesn't work properly
  1. Download the newer version of the mod from here
  2. Decompress the contents of the archive into your Final Fantasy XIII-2 Alba directory and run the .bat file.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Crystal Tools Proprietary.
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video Out-of-engine and few in engine cutscenes.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 or later
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8 Series
ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/292140/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (292140) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References