Final Fantasy 13's PC release in October was met with a worrisome amount of disappointment and anger as its resolution was locked to 1280x720. Thankfully, modding extraordinaire Durante came to the rescue and released a mod that alleviated this problem, but not without a few flies in the ointment.
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The PC version of Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy 13-2 includes most - but not all - the downloadable content released for the console version.
UPDATE 11/11/2014 7.42pm: Final Fantasy 13-2 will launch with "custom resolutions" and run at 60 fps, Square Enix has confirmed on Steam.
It will also come with both English and Japanese voice options.
On the downside, the price has gone up a bit since Final Fantasy 13, and this sequel will cost £12.99, though pre-orders are 10 per cent off at £11.69.
The Final Fantasy 13 series is coming to PC, Square Enix has announced.
The Final Fantasy 13 development team is set to unveil a "new direction" for the Lightning saga.
Square Enix has ceased development of Final Fantasy Versus 13 more than six years after the project was first announced, a new report suggests.
Square Enix has teased more Final Fantasy 13 content - and some are speculating the Japanese publisher means to release Final Fantasy 13-3.
Square Enix has released a video that shows us what a next generation Final Fantasy game may look like.
The final slices of Final Fantasy 13-2 DLC are now available to download from Xbox Marketplace. PlayStation 3 players get the new content tomorrow.
Last autumn's Deus Ex: Human Revolution and this year's Final Fantasy 13-2 have helped Square Enix return to profit making.
A quadruple hit of Final Fantasy 13-2 DLC is now available to download, including Ezio Auditore's costume from Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
It is perhaps the most bizarre video game/real life cross-over we've ever seen.
Hot on the heels of news that GAME has entered administration, closed 277 stores and laid-off 2000 staff, supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced increased stock of new games and significant price cuts.
Shoppers can pick up the following discounts, among others, from tomorrow:
PlayStation 3 console: £164.99 (was £199.99)
The Mass Effect 3 N7 armour DLC hits Final Fantasy 13-2 next week in Europe, Square Enix has announced.
Lieutenant Commander Shepard's signature get up goes live on Xbox Live Marketplace on 27th March for 240 Microsoft Points each, and on the PlayStation Store a day later, on 28th March, for £1.79 / €1.99 each. In the game it is worn by Noel and Serah.
Square Enix released new screenshots, below, that show how the pair look wearing the N7 armour in battle.
UPDATE: The new Mass Effect 3 Final Fantasy 13-2 costumes will launch 27th March 27, priced 240 Microsoft Points, according to Andriasang.
Tickets are now on sale for the Final Fantasy 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Square Enix has announced new downloadable content for Final Fantasy 13-2.
While recent Final Fantasy games haven't been greeted with too much enthusiasm by fans, franchise creator Hironobu Sakaguchi says he still has plenty of faith in the series' current custodian Yoshinori Kitase.
Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi will abandon home consoles for his next project, an iPhone game centred on his hobby of surfing.
A fresh episode of Final Fantasy 13-2 story arrives on 28th February for Xbox 360 players and a day later on PlayStation 3, Square Enix has announced.
Sazh: Heads or Tails lets players control afro-sporting Sazh in a new quest that runs parallel to the main Final Fantasy 13-2 tale.
The extra slice of story costs 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360 or £2.99/€3.59 on PlayStation 3.
Like-for-like engine driven cut-scenes analysed.
Ding-dong! Ding-dong! It's time for the troops to shuffle into a side-room as we ring the bell for another Eurogamer Podcast in this, the 99th instalment of our irregular vowel movements. We're moving dangerously close to our 100th episode (and as you rightly pointed out last week it's not quite a centenary, but well.... It's felt like 100 years) and to celebrate we're talking about two recent high-profile RPG offerings.
Two new characters for Coliseum Battle, out today for 240 MS Points, £1.59 on PS3.
Final Fantasy 13-2 has entered the UK all-formats chart in first place, ending FIFA 12's reign on top.
Square Enix has explained Final Fantasy 13-2's "to be continued" ending, which last week sparked speculation that Final Fantasy 13-3 was inevitable.
Square Enix has teased character specific Final Fantasy 13-2 DLC episodes.
UPDATE 3: GAME removed Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from its website "as we reached out [sic] pre-order allocation," the shop said. "Your order is safe and should be shipped today."
The first batch of Final Fantasy 13-2 DLC launches on Xbox Live on 7th February and PlayStation Network the day after, publisher Square Enix has announced.
It's a Coliseum Battle titled Lightning & Amodar. These regular add-ons will pit the player against enemies from previous entries in the series, allowing you to recruit them into your party once they've been defeated. A price has not yet been confirmed.
Square also announced plans to release additional story episodes for some of the game's key characters, though wouldn't offer additional detail on exactly what to expect.
Final Fantasy 13 reflected the character of its heroine, Lightning: an elite, standoffish soldier who would let nothing come between her and her mission. The game presented a journey so focused and linear that its first 25 hours could be mapped out as an unbroken corridor. And Lightning's purity of focus saw Square Enix discard many Final Fantasy tropes so she could pursue her goals without distraction.
The series may reinvent itself with each new entry, but the games have always been tied together by common motifs: crystals, summons, Chocobos, airships, Yoshitaka Amano's Klimt-esque concept art, and that tinkling harp arpeggio. In Final Fantasy 13, both towns and exploration were discarded as extraneous trappings, unnecessary to Lightning's mission or - as it was referred to in the game's terminology - her Focus. Rarely has a game been so focused as to discard so much of its own heritage.
Serah, Lightning's younger sister and heroine of Final Fantasy 13-2 - a rare sequel to a mainline Final Fantasy title - is a primary school teacher in a seaside village. She has none of the steel composure of her elder sibling, none of that dogged determination that makes Lightning such a difficult character to empathise with. And the game world reflects this from the first moment.
Chocobo Racing! Slot Machines! Quizzes!
Lightning, star of Final Fantasy 13, can be made a party member in sequel Final Fantasy 13-2.
Head-to-head footage from the playable demo.
A demo of Final Fantasy 13-2 is now available on Xbox Live.
PS3 and Xbox 360 demos of Final Fantasy 13-2 will be released next week on 11th January, Square Enix has announced.
Americans can play the PS3 demo a day earlier on 10th January.
There's no detail of the demo's content.
Sony has given word that a Final Fantasy 13-2 demo will be released on PS3.
One of the less popular trends of 2011 was the ramping up of the retailer-exclusive in-game extra. You know the sort of the thing - pre-order a title from Game and get a couple of extra character skins, choose HMV and get some weapon unlocks, or give your money to Zavvi and get early access to a map.
Depending on where you stand, it's either a nice bit of added value or a nuisance that prevents fans experiencing absolutely everything a game has to offer. Until recently it's been fairly easy to ignore. But things took a left turn with the release of Batman: Arkham City earlier this year, when UK supermarket giant Tesco secured a significant slab of DLC content all for themselves - a separate set of missions called Joker's Carnival Challenge Map. A sign of things to come, perhaps?
With that in mind we approached a number of UK retailers, publishers and developers to find out more about the process, why it happens and whether gamers are doomed to suffer as a result.
Final Fantasy 13-2 entered this week's Japanese software chart at number one, but sales of the game were way down on that of its predecessor.
The RPG sequel sold 525,271 to take the top spot, but that's nearly a third of the 1.5 million copies Final Fantasy 13 moved in its first four days back in 2009.
The game is due out on these shores on 3rd February 2012.
Square Enix has announced Xbox 360 exclusive DLC for Final Fantasy 13-2.
It is a weapon called Azrael, which can only be used by character Serah. Azrael is a bow weapon designed through collaboration between Square Enix and Microsoft.
The downloadable content launches on 7th February 2012 - four days after the release of the game - and costs 80 MS Points.
Star Ocean developer tri-Ace helped make Final Fantasy 13-2.
Exploration! Monster training! Customisation!
Don't panic - the Final Fantasy 13-3 domain name was secured only as a precaution, Square Enix has explained.
The Active Time Battle system
Fresh from his appearance in fighting game Soulcalibur 5, Assassin's Creed's stabby star Ezio Auditore is to show up in Square Enix role-playing game Final Fantasy 13-2 - sort of.
Those who pre-order Final Fantasy 13-2 at Amazon.co.uk get an exclusive in-game item, Square Enix has announced.
The Muramasa is a weapon for Noel. According to the official blurb, it is a weapon of fey power, and increases chain bonuses.
More pre-order bonuses will be announced in due course.
The Final Fantasy 13-2 story takes between 30 and 40 hours to complete, the development team has revealed.
Square Enix wants to launch a new Final Fantasy once every year or two.
Square-Enix sequel due this February.
If you don't like Final Fantasy 13-2, it's your own fault.
For better or worse, the sequel to Square Enix's hard-to-love 2009 effort is a product of democracy. From its opening moments, it's clear that the franchise's core fanbase - or at least its noisier elements - has played a central role in how the game has taken shape.
Did you complain that Final Fantasy 13 was too linear? Square has listened - the corridors have widened out. Thought the first one took an age to get going? Fixed - FF13-2 throws you straight into a wildly OTT boss battle. Were you one of those stamping their feet at the lack of towns to explore and NPCs to chat up? Fear not - 13-2 is busier than Bluewater on Boxing Day. Or perhaps you took to a message board to decry the lack of merchants or Moogles? Rejoice - they're back.
Square Enix has hinted that the inevitable Final Fantasy 15 may ditch the series' turn-based roots in favour of action role-playing gameplay.
The Final Fantasy 13-2 and Dragon Quest 10 teams are sat next to each other at Square Enix's Tokyo HQ and regularly compare notes, according to 13-2's producer.
The performance gap between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of forthcoming Square Enix RPG Final Fantasy 13-2 should be significantly smaller than it was with its predecessor, according to the game's producer.
The bosses are tougher in Final Fantasy 13-2 than in Final Fantasy 13, Square Enix has said.
Final Fantasy 13-2 does not allow you to import your Final Fantasy 13 save data, but it will reward those who played the game.
Futuristic cityscape shown off.
Final Fantasy 13-2 will launch in Europe with two special edition versions and a pre-order pack available from select retailers, Square Enix has announced.
Keep your finger on the Gran Pulse.
Square Enix has revealed its paid downloadable content plan for Final Fantasy 13-2, promising one or two updates a month.
Square Enix has revealed what extras US gamers can pick up with a Final Fantasy XIII-2 pre-order.
The Xbox 360 version of upcoming Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy 13-2 comes on one disc, Square Enix has confirmed.
Square Enix will release downloadable content for upcoming Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy 13-2, the company has confirmed.
Square Enix is making downloadable costumes, monsters and weapons, producer Yoshinori Kitase said at the Tokyo Game Show (reported by Siliconera).
Some DLC will be reserved for pre-order bonuses.
Catch a glimpse of Hope and Snow.
Final Fantasy 13-2 will arrive in Europe on 3rd February, Square Enix has announced.
North America will receive the game slightly earlier on 31st January.
Final Fantasy 13-2 launches in Japan on 15th December.
Plus time travel mechanic announced.
Massive new Squenix RPG out 2012.
Square Enix has lifted the lid on its new Luminous Studio engine, which it intends to use to power its next generation of games.
With producer, director commentary.
Square Enix teases new images.
Square Enix has pegged Final Fantasy XIII-2 for release in Europe in "early 2012".
RPG sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 arrives in US stores in January for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, just a month after its Japanese launch, publisher Square Enix has revealed.
Colourfully coiffed character combat.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be playable at the Eurogamer Expo in London this September.
Say hello to Noel.
Flash of footage surges in.
Square Enix has confirmed that young boy Noel Kreiss will be joined by other new major characters in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Square Enix on for 2012 European release.
Will Lightning strike twice?
What with Final Fantasy XIII's soggy reception in 2009 and XIV Online's disastrous false start last year, these are dog days for Square Enix's flagship brand. Considering how stablemate and chief competitor Dragon Quest kicked into a new gear with last year's gangbusting Sentinels of the Starry Skies, suddenly the JRPG behemoth is looking decidedly fallible.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released early 2012 on PS3 and Xbox 360, Square Enix has announced.
Dated December 2011 for Japan.
Square Enix is blaming a bad year on a "weak" console performance; the "continued delay in billing" for embattled MMO Final Fantasy XIV Online; the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan; and the write-off of goodwill - i.e. companies bought by the publisher now not being worth as much.
Square Enix has told Final Fantasy XIII fans it's probably a good idea to keep hold of their save files if they plan to play direct sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 – there could be a surprise in store for them if they do.
Lightning bolts in.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be a darker tale than Final Fantasy X-2, the last direct Final Fantasy sequel, according to Square Enix comments reported in Dengeki (thanks Siliconera).
Release date set for "next Winter".
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will launch in Europe and other PAL territories next winter, Square Enix has announced.