Fans Have Already Started Modding and Improving Final Fantasy XIII’s Performance on PC

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Square Enix has very recently put the original Final Fantasy XIII on the PC, and the fan reception has been somewhat lukewarm. Like other predominantly console-oriented developers/publishers, Square decided to lock the performance at a certain cap of visual fidelity/performance, and it seems that cap is somewhat disappointing.

Enter modder/enthusiast Durante, known for his work on previously locked/underperforming games like Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, a game that he got performing better within 23 minutes. He’s now released an updated version of his GeDoSaTo tool/compiler, which enables fans to essentially “unlock” the potential that games have as far as performance goes.

With a vanilla install, Final Fantasy XIII is capped out at a 1280 x 720 resolution, which any PC gaming enthusiast knows is a pretty damn low setting for a supposedly bleeding-edge game, for its time anyway. Durante explains in his blog how it works:

“GeDoSaTo is a utility for modifying the rendering of games. Its primary purpose is allowing for downsampling without any limitations and with high quality filtering, but it can also be used to inject various effects, hid HuDs, or even add new capabilities with game-specific plugins.”

It’s worth noting the tool is still in beta stage, and as such might produce unsavory things for your Final Fantasy XIII game. Still, the above screenshot (from Durante’s blog) is evidence of how pretty the game can be running on PC. If you’re willing to give it a try, GeDoSaTo is now available on Durante’s blog.



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  1. Cy
    October 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    In other news, there are actually fans of Final Fantasy 13.

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    October 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Ohh well you know, I REALLY wanted to give the game a chance when I heard Maaya Sakamoto (she’s my favorite VA) was voicing Lightning. Then I found out there was no way of having Japanese audio :(

  3. Red Lagoon
    Red Lagoon
    October 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Well if this would have come to PC earlier, the mods would have already create a better game than FF13-2 and FF13-3!

  4. alex benhard
    alex benhard
    October 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    PC version has Japanese voice over thankfully

  5. Phelan
    October 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Sadly they can’t fix what is really broken in game.

    And that is
    gameplay (autoplay)

    Graphic isn’t that important for me.

  6. artemisthemp
    October 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    FFXIII-2 was good while, no among of modding will ever be able to fix FFXIII-3

  7. artemisthemp
    October 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I hear this is based on the Xbox 360 version and I am not sure if that version got the 1.4 patch

  8. Neojames82
    October 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    This is why I love PC gaming, because the actual gamers can make almost any game vastly better while making these “professionals” look like chumps at the same time.

  9. Siveon
    October 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    A polished turd is still a turd.

  10. Red Lagoon
    Red Lagoon
    October 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Yes FF13-2 was much better. I’m exaggerating a little here :) I know. But just saying that SE is punishing their games by not releasing them in many more platforms. I played them on my PS3 and didn’t think the first 2 were bad at all, but the third… never-mind the third, I like to think it never happened :)

  11. artemisthemp
    October 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Did you ever have the displeasure to play FFXIII-3

  12. AnarKreig
    October 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Why even bother? It’s not like anyone will actually play the “game”.

  13. Thanatos2k
    October 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I’m surprised anyone feels it’s worth modding, or even playing in the first place.

    It’s not like they can fix the game!

  14. artemisthemp
    October 13, 2014 at 6:52 am

    The biggest issue is that, the you lose the fight if, you are leader die

  15. Di Kelley
    Di Kelley
    December 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Unpopular opinion time: I watched a playthrough of Lightning Returns, and was actually fascinated with the story. I intend to buy it through steam when it hits PC.