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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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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
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres JRPG, RPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Final Fantasy
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Key points

Includes all DLC except for an Aerith-themed garb, the Siegfried garb, and 14 adornments. All can be patched back in with two fan-made mods.
PC exclusive graphical features include a new lighting engine, an alternate color palette, glare and texture filtering improvements, with 4K resolution support.
SFX, voice overs, and music are slightly higher in audio quality compared to the console versions.
Outside engine pre-rendered cutscenes have lower quality audio compared to the PS3 version.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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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Essential improvements

Console Button Prompts

This mod adds PlayStation or Xbox buttons back from the original console releases.

Higher Quality Audio for Pre rendered cutscenes

This mod adds in higher quality audio from the PS3 version for the PC version's pre rendered cutscenes

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

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


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)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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


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


Japanese edition features only the Japanese language.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation – download.
Fan translation by "ZOG", [1].

VR support

Issues fixed

Some bugs occur when the game is running at 60 FPS

The Gysahl Green patches after planting seeds can sometimes become non interactable.[1][2][3]
Rocky crag moles can sometimes become non interactable, making it unable to be collected.[4][5]
When picking up the fireworks in Yusnaan from one of the chocobo girls, the Miqo'te garb can sometimes not be obtained even though Hope says you got the garb in the conversation that is triggered after you get the Fireworks. Also, one of the fireworks may not be obtained making it unable to even proceed through the story as well.[6][7]
All of these bugs can be solved if the game is running in 30 FPS
  1. Save the game before interacting with the Gysahl Green patches to plant a seed or when collecting the Greens. Set the frame rate to Fixed and reload the save file. the patch should now be interact able.
  2. Before collecting the Rocky Crag moles, save the game and set the frame rate to Fixed. the crag moles should be obtainable.
  3. When doing the fireworks quest in Yusnaan, save the game and set the frame rate to Fixed. Reload the save file and start the quest.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9Ex [8]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Input DirectInput
Cutscenes Bink Out-of-engine and few in engine cutscenes.


Outerworld Addons

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

Aerith Garb

This mod restores the Aerith garb.

The Thirteenth Ark

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.
Incompatible after the 12/7/2021 game update

System requirements

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. Gysahl Greens farming bug - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  2. "Gysahl Green glitch" becoming a huge problem that needs fixed. - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  3. Gyashl Green Bug? - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  4. Any glitches with the dynamic FPS? - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  5. List of bugs and glitches - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  6. Didn't receive miqo'te dress - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  7. Post on Gyashl Green Bug? - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  8. Verified by User:Aemony on 2020-07-24
    Confirmed using Special K.