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Final Fantasy XIII-2

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Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XIII-2 cover
Square Enix
Microsoft Store Launcher Virtuos
Square Enix
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows December 11, 2014
Metacritic 75
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a JRPG developed by Square Enix in collaboration with tri-Ace. It is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII.

The game was originally released in 2011 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and later ported to PC in 2014.

The PC port features support for high resolution rendering, 60 FPS, higher resolution shadows, better anti-aliasing, and higher quality audio. Additionally, most DLC is included in the base game (details here) and the Japanese voice-over is available worldwide for the first time.
Despite improvements, the port suffers from some issues: alpha channel textures of objects are not considered when shadows are casted, unstable frame rate caused by the aggressive frame pacer (see FF13Fix for a fix), and missing transparency from the rain effect.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only sold in bundle with Final Fantasy XIII.
Publisher website
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European store.
Publisher website
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North American store.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
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Windows (unavailable)
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Version differences

The Microsoft Store version is a different build of the game that features a new launcher and an in-game quit option, added to the party and pause menu screens.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions The game has no microtransactions.

DLC and expansion packs

Includes the following DLC from the console versions in the base game:[1]
  • 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 restored 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


Fixes frame rate issues on capable machines and offers various features:
  • Removes aggressive frame pacer (proper triple buffer implementation).
  • Disables constant checks for input devices.
  • Uncaps frame rate, also properly utilizes the display's refresh rate.
  • Fixes the slowdown when 2D elements are drawn on the HUD.
  • Fixes missing text on enemy scans.
  • Restores vibration support.
  • Works around the screen glitches when using 2560x1440 resolution.

Game data

All in-game configuration is stored in the save game data. The title screen configuration is not preserved between sessions.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\setup.xml[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292140/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\SquareEnix\FinalFantasyXIII-2\save\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\292140\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-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.
Xbox Cloud


Launcher settings
Launcher settings
No graphics options in-game, all video settings must be changed from the launcher. If the launcher has been disabled, it can be started manually from <path-to-game>\FFXiii2Launcher.exe.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Set in launcher or see Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Unknown level. Can be improved up to 16x through the GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Can't be disabled, 2x MSAA is the minimum setting.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Default on. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Pre-rendered cutscenes and some menus (e.g. the Equipment menu) are capped at 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS. Uncapping the frame rate causes facial animation bugs during in-game cutscenes.[2]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)


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.


Controller layout
Controller layout
Keyboard & mouse layout and remapping
Keyboard & mouse layout and remapping

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Movement and camera orientation keys are not remappable.[3]
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No cursor. Left click acts as Confirm, right click acts as Cancel.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher requires mouse input. Keyboard is required to exit the game.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Manual toggle through the On-screen Button Explanations setting.
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See DualShock 4 or DualSense.
PlayStation button prompts
Use Console Button Prompts Mod.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Use FF13Fix.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only stereo and 6 channels modes function correctly, see Broken surround sound. No in-game option.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Languages are region locked. French, German, Italian and Spanish text is not available in Asia while Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean text is only available in Asia. English audio is not available in Asia. A mod which allows for text in any language in any version of the game is available here.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Fan - #1
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation by «».

Issues fixed

Crashes throughout the game

The game can crash at certain segments due to RAM usage exceeding 2 GB.
Use the 4 GB Patch
  1. Apply the patch to <path-to-game>\alba_data\prog\win\bin\ffxii2img.exe.

Inconsistent frame rate on capable hardware

Use FF13Fix[4]

High pitched buzzing noise

Revert Audio Changes made in Windows 10 and 11[5]
  • Disable Spatial Sound on Windows 10 and 11
  • Set FFXiii2launcher.exe compatibility to Windows 8

Rain appears as white lines

The rain has broken transparency effects, making the rain appear as white lines.
Use Leviathan's Tears Mod[6]

Pixelated graphics at 2560x1440 resolution

Use FF13Fix[7]

Launcher doesn't launch

Bypass the launcher and run the program directly[8]

Run <path-to-game>\white_data\prog\win\bin\ffxiiiimg.exe with the desired command line arguments:

  • -Width=1920 and -Height=1080 control the width and height of the display resolution.
  • -Shadow=512 controls the shadow resolution (512, 1024, 2048, 4096, or 8192).
  • -Msaa=4 controls the MSAA value (2, 4, 8, or 16).
  • -FullScreenMode=Force runs in full screen mode. -Fullscreen=window-mode forces windowed mode.
  • -VoiceJPMode runs the game with Japanese audio. Without this the game will default to English audio.

Issues unresolved

Incorrect shadow calculation for models with alpha channel

On the console versions, whatever model shape that the alpha channel has created is taken into account when shadows are casted. 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 casted.[9]

Other information

General settings
General settings


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Crystal Tools
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video


Console Content Patch

Restores all DLC normally unavailable in-game due to copyright and licensing issues.
This patch has to be installed first before installing any of the mods and patches listed below.
Install mod
  1. Download the mod and unpack the content of the archive.
  2. Inside the unpacked folder, open the FFXIII2ConsoleContentPatch.exe file.
  3. You will be prompted to select the FFXiii2Launcher.exe file.
  4. This launcher file is in the game's root folder. so navigate to the root folder and select the launcher file from there.
  5. After selecting the file, you will be presented with two voiceover options and choosing either one of them will begin the patching process.

Leviathan's Tears Mod

Due to intense anti-aliasing the raindrop texture appears far sharper than it did on the console versions. this mod alters the transparency of the texture to make it much softer looking and more natural in appearance.
Install mod
  1. Download the mod and unpack the content of the archive.
  2. Inside the unpacked folder, open the FFXIII2LeviathansTears.exe file.
  3. You will be prompted to select the FFXiii2Launcher.exe file.
  4. This launcher file is in the game's root folder. so navigate to the root folder and select the launcher file from there.
  5. After selecting the file, you will be presented with two voiceover options and choosing either one of them will begin the patching process.


Improves the quality of some of the textures and increases the polygon count of the characters models.
Requires 4 GB Patch. FF XIII-2 HD will automatically patch the executable if installed on the Steam version of the game, otherwise manual patching is required.

Better quality audio for pre-rendered cutscenes

Adds higher quality audio from the PlayStation 3 version to the PC version's pre-rendered cutscenes.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1.5 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


  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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: