Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII cover
Developers
Square Enix
tri-Ace
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Crystal Tools
Release dates
Windows December 10, 2015
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at Wikipedia
Final Fantasy
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
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 2018
Final Fantasy XV 2018
Final Fantasy Type-0 Online 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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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
Steam
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Windows
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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\345350\remote

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings menu.
Graphics settings menu.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard remapping screen
Keyboard remapping screen
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
No mouse support.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
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
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

DualShock / Xbox Button Prompts[edit]

This mod adds PlayStation or Xbox buttons.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
No volume settings of any kind.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Japanese edition features only the Japanese language.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Japanese
Traditional Chinese
Korean

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 game's 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]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Input DirectInput
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz dual-core CPU Intel Core 2 Quad (2.66 GHz)
Phenom II X4 (2.8 GHz)
System memory (RAM) 1500 MB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 22 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GT
ATI Radeon HD 4770
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 5770

References