Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the concluding chapter to the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, will be coming to PC on December 10th. The series has taken its sweet time getting here, but get here it has. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, players once more take control of the titular heroine Lightning, embarking on a massive time-hopping quest to save the world from total destruction. Trust a JPRG to get all histrionic.

I had a play of this on PS3 and it has to be said it's got a mighty fine battle system amidst some stunning, globe-trotting environments. In typical Final Fantasy form it's absolutely massive as well, and where else can you have a fight with an anthropomorphic cactus? Before sharpening your blade however, have a look at the official Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII system requirements to see if your rig's up to the task.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 5000B Dual Core 3.0GHz
  • RAM: 1.5GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 512MB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 4770 512MB
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c
  • HDD: 22GB Free Hard Drive Space

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770

If you've played either of the two previous FFXIII games then you'll be aware the system requirements for Lightning Returns are essentially identical. If you haven't played either FFXIII or FFXIII-2 first then I highly recommend you do so first, if you want to make any sense of this one's plot.

Anyway, yes, these system requirements are identical in all but a few minor areas. The first of these is installation size. Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is actually a lot smaller install at 22GB, way down from the 60GB needed for FFXIII. This probably means a lot less cut-scenes and a lot more gameplay. 

Secondly, the minimum graphics card needed has taken an ever so slight jump. A GeForce 8600 GT or Radeon HD 4550 won't quite cut it. Now you'll need an 8800GT or HD 4770. This still shouldn't be a problem for most though. The recommended AMD has also taken a slight dip, with the HD 4770 bringing the AMD requirements more in line with Nvidia's GTX 460. 

Other than though there really isn't a lot to worry about here. Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns doesn't look to be a very demanding game at all, which makes sense considering it's made to run on decade-old console hardware.

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