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Final Fantasy XIII’s PC release is a bit of a mess By Erren Van Duine on October 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Final Fantasy XIII saw its release on PC yesterday and well… it’s not pretty. User response has been lukewarm at best, with much controversy aimed at the game’s lack of video options – a typical PC staple.

The port seems to be based off a mix of the 360 version, according to fans who spent time digging around in the game’s source files. While it does run at a variable 60 frames per second – a jump over the console version’s 30 frames – the PC version comes locked at 1280×720 resolution with no further options present in the game’s menus. Despite its hefty 60GB install size, graphics adjustment options also appear to be absent and the game’s video sequences suffer more compression artifacts than the original PlayStation 3 version, according to reports on NeoGAF. Other curious inclusions center around questionable keyboard mapping and the absence of language options once you boot into the game. Both Japanese and English audio, however available, can be selected from the PC launcher window.

Thankfully, modder Durante who is behind the PC resolution enhancement tool GeDoSaTo has taken the case and released a pre-alpha version which allows upping of resolutions and other enhancements. The mod itself is still early – after all, Durante did get it up within a matter of hours following the game’s release – so expect things to be rough with it for just a bit. According to Durante, image output currently isn’t as sharp as it could be and missing HUD elements and blurry cutscenes should eventually be adjusted given time.

We tried out Durante’s mod ourselves and while shaky for the moment, it seems to be getting the job done. If you’re eager to replay this version, the final release of his fix is probably going to be the best option. In our other tests, forcing anti-aliasing and depth of field options through a video card’s graphics control panel also helped but is ultimately a band-aid fix for something that could have been there in the first place.

Square Enix plans on releasing Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on PC as well. Both titles should be out by Spring 2015.

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  • Franggio Hogland

    Funny how the PS3 version is the prettiest still, that is without “modding” 🙂

  • Sothe Zephyr

    #PS3Fanboy I don’t see why it matters….

  • MistwalkerKilyK

    Based on the Xbox 360 version? That explains why the game doesn’t look as good as it does on PS3. The colors aren’t as vibrant and the characters look a lot edgier. Also, there’s a lot of frame rate drops sometimes, something that’s almost none existent on PS3.

    So far, the best feature that can lend you to play this version is the chance to play it on Japanese. That’s what made me buy it, at least.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I still can’t believe that it takes up 60GB of space… That much space is really precious for someone like me that keeps their entire life backed into their laptop.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I was hoping to purchase it, but since I already have a physical copy, I guess it won’t hurt not to buy it. I was just hoping I could legally smash a bunch of FF games into my trusty laptop, but I’ll just skip XIII. What I’m REALLY waiting for anyways is IX.

  • Karysonson

    Lol, ok. So the version you can’t bring the most out of is the better version? I prefer 60fps.

  • Franggio Hogland

    Ohh no no, I really like that its 60 FPS. But looking like the 360 version? On PC? Ffs that’s just sad.

  • Franggio Hogland

    smh….dude

  • I know what you mean. I have a bunch of movies and anime on my computer that take up most of the space. 60 GB for one game is ridiculous. I mean that is precious anime space FFXIII is taking up!

  • Wazi the pa

    It’s nothing more than a port. Don’t expect much.

  • Jesus Christ

    I was watching someone streaming the game on Twitch and the ground texture is like doo doo while the character models looks detailed. LOL This version is sad.

    Man, this game gets it so hard. People complain since day one.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I bought it thinking the control scheme would be the same as it is on PS3 with a PS3 controller. Nope. Unless you use a 360 controller the control scheme is all kinds of F’d up on the PS3 controller. L3 is start. Triangle is X. I think either O or X is square…Aside from having to get used to the absolutely ridiculous control scheme using a PS3 controller, it was nice to see the game at least in 60fps. Definitely saddening there was absolutely no graphics options. As a XIII fan I really wanted this to do well on Steam. /sigh

  • Mugen

    I don’t get it. Seems like they just given up on XIII in general. Wouldn’t you think they’d try their best for their fans for some sort of redemption for the series that got the most flak…

  • Krijn van Alten

    Given up on XIII? For me it’s just the opposite. Al right, they made there mistake with this release, but you can also say: now we got a port to the PC. And during last E3 they where talking about those (JP only) books about XIII. So no, I think the have not forgotten about XIII at all.

  • Mugen

    No, more like they just ported it without any effort for the PC to make money. Have you noticed they kept the graphical limitations of the game in the hush hush before and after release just for unfortunate buyers to find out? If they really cared, they would have optimized it properly for the PC. Lets see what happens to XIII-2 and LR.

  • Michieie

    Messy ports be messy.

  • LukesAlike

    This doesn’t help the negative press the game gets, and I REALLY like the game. So far I’m just dealing with the game without the mod, but once it gets better I’ll certainly download it.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I got lucky then that the only system I ever played XIII was 360 anyways lol

  • Crystal Power

    So it’s pretty much like their Dragon Quest X 3DS port??? *sigh*….

  • Pekola

    Cannot hide the contempt. Lol.

    But yeah, the highlight of this article should be the mods and fixes being done by the community. Specially Durante’s, which seems to be a godsend.

  • Mina-P

    Not everyone has your infinite capacity for forgiveness, Lord.

  • Jesus Christ

    Bless your heart.