Final Fantasy XIII-2 Performance Guide

Final Fantasy is one of the all-time classic game franchises, with a long career of critically acclaimed and very popular games. The title we’re looking at today, Final Fantasy XIII-2, has been out since 2011 in Japan) and 2012 on the consoles. Finally, it has arrived on the PC and we could be more excited. But we’re not. Because it’s 3 years late. In any case, let’s take a look at its performance.

Basic features:

  • API: DirectX 11
  • Vsync: No
  • Anti-Aliasing: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Locked FPS: Yes (60)
  • Mouse acceleration: No

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Settings

Even with everything set to the lowest possible setting, this game’s FPS varies a lot, between 30 and 60. During cut scenes and combat, 60 FPS is rarely seen, varying between 25 and 55, with occasional drops and surges to 20 and under and 60 respectively. The FPS depends on the cut scene and the complexity of the environment presented. For example, in exploration mode, generally the maximum FPS I reached with max settings was 30, while in combat it hovered between 40 and 60. It’s extremely inconsistent, but one thing is clear: you will not reach 60FPS with any consistency regardless of your PC specifications. Knowing this, locking your FPS to 30 might improve your experience slightly, consistency-wise.

We have a few graphical options, AA and Shadow Resolution, which even for a port seems an incredibly small number. It’s time to look at what is being offered in terms of visual settings:

AA (only MSAA available): It has NO performance impact

Shadow Resolution: It has a VERY HIGH performance impact

ffxiii2img 2014-12-13 17-21-01-813AA has no impact whatsoever on the framerate of the game. It varied as much in and out of combat with the AA on its lowest and highest settings. The only thing that made an impact was the Shadow Resolution. Unlike the previous Final Fantasy game reviewed on this site, you can actually change the screen resolution.

If you want to know what these terms mean, check out the graphical settings glossary.

Be warned that when running anything else in the background, the FPS can drop even further, under 25 constantly even on the lowest settings. One last thing I should note is the stuttering problem some people have been complaining about. This can be easily solved by following these steps:

  • Right-Click Computer->Manage->Device Manager
  • Deactivate ALL devices which begin with HID-compliant

The only thing you can play with to find your perfect settings level is the Shadow Resolution. It warns you in the menu that the max setting is only for high end systems, so play around with it a bit to find your threshold. Also, this menu can only be accessed from outside the game, adding another black mark to this port.

This game uses about 800MB RAM, 350 MB V-RAM on the lowest settings and 2.1 GB on maximum settings.

Obviously the performance impact will vary from configuration to configuration, so the important thing is to identify which settings should be reduced first. Naturally you will reduce settings that have a “VERY HIGH” performance impact first and then go to “HIGH” and “MEDIUM” and so forth until you hit your desired framerate.

My Testing Machine Specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Video Card: GeForce GTX 770 2 GB DDR5 (driver version 344.75)


Final verdict for PC quality:

Final Fantasy XIII-2: SHITE (shite, mediocre, good, excellent).

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