Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII cover
Square Enix
Square Enix
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows December 10, 2015
Metacritic 66
OpenCritic 61
Series Final Fantasy
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on HowLongToBeat
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on IGDB
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on MobyGames
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 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 all DLC except for an Aerith-themed garb, the Siegfried garb, and 14 adornments. All but the Aerith garb can be patched back in with a fan-made mod.
PC exclusive graphical features include a new lighting engine, an alternate color palette, glare and texture filtering improvements, with 4K resolution support.
Generally agreed that this game performs much better than XIII and XIII-2, with better optimization. Many players report solid 60 FPS.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
Icon overlay.png
European store
Publisher website
Icon overlay.png
North American store
Green Man Gaming
Icon overlay.png
Humble Store
Icon overlay.png
Icon overlay.png
All versions require Steam DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Outerworld Addons[edit]

This mod restores the Siegfried garb. It also restores the 14 adornments, but only after completing the game once.

The Thirteenth Ark[edit]

The ability to give custom names to schemata was taken out of the PC version. This utility effectively re-enables that function, and adds the ability to lock names to specific slots.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\345350\remote\SquareEnix\LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345350/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\345350\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345350/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Up to 64 save files (128 MB) can be synced.


Graphics settings menu.
Graphics settings menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the related WSGF post.
4K Ultra HD
4K is the maximum resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen unavailable.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Listed in options as Texture Filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SSAA available through built-in scaler. Can be used to downscale from 4K, if your screen resolution is lower than that.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard remapping screen
Keyboard remapping screen

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
No mouse support.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Confirm and Cancel buttons can be swapped in the Control Options menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock button prompts use FFXIII-LR - Console Button Prompts mod.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Console Button Prompts[edit]

This mod adds PlayStation or Xbox buttons.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
No volume settings of any kind.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Japanese edition features only the Japanese language.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game becomes stuck at loading screen[edit]

This issue is seemingly caused by the user's Anti Virus software (Avast in particular) deleting files after installation[citation needed]
  1. Add an exception in your Anti Virus software for the installation folder, default is:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\LIGHTNING RETURNS FINAL FANTASY XIII
  2. Verify the integrity of the game cache in Steam
  3. Once the files have been downloaded, start the game and all should be well

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9Ex [1]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Input DirectInput
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz dual-core CPU
System memory (RAM) 1500 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GT
ATI Radeon HD 4770
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/345350/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (345350) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-07-24
    Confirmed using Special K.