Final Fantasy XIII-2

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Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XIII-2 cover
Developers
Square Enix
tri-Ace
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows December 11, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 75
IGDB 75
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person, Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 on IGDB
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 on Wikipedia
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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

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Only sold in bundle with Final Fantasy XIII.
Windows
Publisher website
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European store.
Windows
Publisher website
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North American store.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

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.

Monetization[edit]

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

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
No microtransactions The game has no microtransactions.

DLC and expansion packs[edit]

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[edit]

FF13Fix[edit]

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[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.
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

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
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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)

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.[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
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
DualShock 4 controllers
See DualShock 4.
DualShock button prompts
Use Console Button Prompts mod.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Generic DirectInput controllers are supported.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Use 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

Audio[edit]

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.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

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
English
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Fan translation by «FFRTT.ru».
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes throughout the game[edit]

The game can crash at multiple points due to the internal memory 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[edit]

Use FF13Fix[4]

Rain appears as white lines[edit]

The rain effect is missing transparency, making the rain appear as white lines.
Use Leviathan's Tears Mod[5]

Pixelated image at 2560x1440 resolution[edit]

2560x1440 resolution can make the game look pixelated.
Use FF13Fix[6]

Launcher doesn't launch[edit]

Bypass the launcher and run the program directly[7]

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[edit]

Incorrect shadow calculation for models with alpha channel[edit]

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.[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

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

Mods[edit]

Console Content Patch[edit]

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 patch[9]
  1. Download the patch.
  2. Unpack the content of the archive to <path-to-game>\alba_data\.
  3. Run the .bat file.

Leviathan's Tears Mod[edit]

Fixes broken translucency of the rain effect which is due to Square Enix adding an unnecessary additional alpha texture for the PC port. This mod replaces the texture file entirely with the one from the PlayStation 3 version.
Install mod[10]
  1. Download the mod.
  2. Unpack the content of the archive to <path-to-game>\alba_data\.
  3. Run the .bat file.

FF XIII-2 HD[edit]

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[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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
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

  1. FF XIII-2 PC WINDOWS release – 11th Dec 2014 - DLC included!
  2. FF13Fix: Performance and bug fixes for the PC versions of FF13 and FF13-2 - Uncaps the frame rate (optional)
  3. Game's manual on Steam
  4. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2022-10-12
  5. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2022-10-12
  6. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2022-10-12
  7. Launcher has stopped working - FINAL FANTASY XIII General Discussions
  8. Shadows and alpha textures - Final Fantasy Modding Steam group
  9. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2022-08-11
  10. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2022-08-11
    The original mod from the author's official download page doesn't work anymore due to a tiny error in the script. The version of the mod uploaded on PCGW is fixed and works as intended.