Final Fantasy XIII was, at once, everything right and wrong with the modern Japanese RPG. It delivered on the spectacle, but seemingly at the cost of cutting down on the exploration and complexity that drew us all into JRPGs. The experience of those dim days of playing earlier FFs all night long in rooms lit only by the glow of CRTs, so engrossed we might as well have fallen into the worlds they laid out for us to explore? Gone. There was no room for that, Final Fantasy XIII was an experience, dammit.
Fortunately, Square Enix seemed to realize their missteps, and when it came time to make some sequels to Final Fantasy XIII, it worked on correcting some of its mistakes. Final Fantasy XIII-2 has environments with a few more branching pathways to explore, a time travel element to add variety to the environments and a monster-recruiting system to spice up the battles.
And now it’s coming to Windows PC, with an enhanced edition and a budget price.
The PC Version will support 720p, 1080p and unspecified other resolutions, run at 60 FPS, and include the original Japanese audio with subtitles. It’s priced at $19.99 and will be out Dec. 11, with pre-orders available now on Steam.
If you’re a PC gamer who wants to get caught up on the series from the start, Square Enix has also announced it’s adding new customizable resolution modes to Final Fantasy XIII, which was released last month on Windows.