Final Fantasy XIII-2

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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 2014
Final Fantasy IV 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 Awakening TBA

Key points

Includes most of the DLC's 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.
Unfavorable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions in areas such as:
  • Pre-rendered cutscenes were encoded a bit differently resulting in them having some compression artifacts and washed out colors when compared to the PS3 version.
  • Shadow rendering is a bit different compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, producing shadows that do not look good in most cases.
  • Alpha channel of textures also cast their own shadows along with the shadows cast by other objects.[1][2][3]
  • Broken surround sound outside 2 or 6 channels
  • No Controller vibration.
  • Rain translucency is broken
  • Certain DLC's 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 40's or locks itself to 30 FPS.
  • Constant stuttering in game.
  • Lack of audio volume sliders, which makes it impossible to adjust the volume of different in-game audio elements.


General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

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
Gamesplanet
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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[edit]

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[edit]

Large address Aware Patch[edit]

Required for fixing the constant crashes.

or

4gb Patch[edit]

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

Console Content Patch[edit]

This restores and unlocks all DLC normally unavailable in-game due to copyright and licensing issues.

Leviathan's Tears Mod[edit]

The PC version's rain has broken translucency. This replaces it with parameters for a higher resolution version of the original PS3's rain textures.

FF13Fix[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Video[edit]

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[edit]

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

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

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

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

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

Input[edit]

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 Grey 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[edit]

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

Audio[edit]

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[edit]

Constant crashes throughout the game[edit]

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 Framerate[edit]

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.


If not using the FF13Fix then do the following:
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.

Shadows appear pixelated, jagged and blocky[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.


Broken surround sound[edit]

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]
Set your sound card to use stereo (2 channels) or 6 channel modes[9]
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.

Audio volume is low[edit]

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 crank up their speaker volume.


Rain appears as white lines[edit]

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[edit]

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 dinput8.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[edit]

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[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Pixelated screen bug when using 2560x1440 resolution[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Launcher doesn't launch[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Controller vibration doesn't work[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Mouse cursor stays on screen[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Xbox One Controller bug in menus[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Issues Unresolved[edit]

Alpha channel of textures casts shadows[edit]

On Console versions, the alpha channel of a texture is taken into account as shadow calculations are done. on PC, even the transparent part of a texture casts shadows, making every shadow coming from alpha textures a big angular blob[11]
No fix as of now.

Additional mods[edit]

Monster Glow Begone[edit]

Removes the incandescent glow effect from recruited monsters.

Monster Mod Pack[edit]

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.


Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

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


System requirements[edit]

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