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

Unfavorable to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions in areas. Has:
Inconsistent frame rate, with additional features over its predecessor exacerbating the problem. Mitigated by FF13Fix.

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:[1] 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]

Console Content Patch[edit]

This restores and unlocks all DLC normally unavailable in-game due to copyright and licensing issues. It also adds Serah's FFXIII outfit as a bonus.

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 mod[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
Must be set through launcher and cannot be changed in-game.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The game actually never is truly in fullscreen mode, it's always in borderless fullscreen windowed. Use Registry Edit to change.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the GPU control panel or a tool like GeDoSaTo.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Default on. Use the GPU control panel to change.
60 FPS
Out-of-engine cutscenes normally capped at 30FPS.
120+ FPS
Capped at 60FPS.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Movement and camera orientation keys are not remappable.[2]
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
Manual toggle in the settings: On-screen Button Explanations
For DualShock 3 icons, see Controller button prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be modded back using FF13 Fix.
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 unresolved[edit]

Shadows appear pixelated and jagged[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Audio volume is low[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Crashes when loading a new area[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

solved: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1221218362

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.

Issues fixed[edit]

Fullscreen mode doesn't work[edit]

See the section on this issue for Final Fantasy XIII

2560x1440 unsupported[edit]

The section on this issue for Final Fantasy XIII applies to this game as well, workarounds included. The simplest fix is to use FF13Fix.

Inconsistent frame rate[edit]

The section on this issue for Final Fantasy XIII applies to this game as well, workarounds included. The game complicates this issue further with depth of field and additional post-processing effect rendering issues.
Use FF13Fix as it removes the frame pacer and the slowdown caused by the drawing of 2D elements on screen.

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.

Broken surround sound & buzzing 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.[3][4]
Set your sound card to use stereo (2 channels) or 6 channel modes[5]
Try setting the FFXiii2Launcher.exe compatibility to Vista or Windows 7

Crashes when saving[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

SOLVED: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1221218362

Rain appears as white lines[edit]

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

Mouse cursor appears[edit]

See the corresponding section in Final Fantasy XIII.

Xbox One Controller bug in menus[edit]

See the the corresponding section on Final Fantasy XIII

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.

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.

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