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
Modes Singleplayer
Genres JRPG, RPG
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 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.
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
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
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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.
Incompatible after the 12/7/2021 game update

Higher Quality Audio for Pre rendered cutscenes[edit]

This mod adds in higher quality audio from the ps3 version for the PC version's pre rendered cutscenes

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.
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

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
Royalty free audio


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

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Some bugs occur when the game is running at 60 FPS[edit]

The Gysahl Green patches after planting seeds can sometimes become non interact able.[1][2][3]
Rocky crag moles can sometimes become non interact able, 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 triggered after you get the Fireworks. Also one of the fireworks is not 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 runnining in 30fps
  1. Save the game before interacting with the 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[edit]


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.

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.