Ever since Xbox One backward compatibility was announced, gamers have been asking for a few high-profile games. While the majority of requests revolve around the Call of Duty franchise, the Final Fantasy franchise has been another hot series. Recently, Microsoft announced that Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII would be backward compatible. Furthermore, these games would receive an Xbox One X update.
Naturally, when gamers heard of this, many wanted to know what the new resolution on Xbox One X was. According to Digital Foundry, Final Fantasy XIII originally ran at a disappointing 1024 by 576p on Xbox 360. The Xbox One X version pushes the resolution to 3072 by 1728p. However, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII have received the biggest upgrades. The games ran at 720p on Xbox 360, so they're native 4K on the Xbox One X.
All three titles look stunning on the console and it's great to see that these classics are being updated for the modern age of gaming. The difference is striking to say the least. You notice detail that just wasn't possible on Xbox 360.
Final Fantasy XIII
Players follow Lightning, Snow, and other heroes who are destroyed by a god-like enemy. Cursed and regarded as enemies of society, they have to rely on each other. Will they find the strength within themselves to break free of their curse and determine their own fates, or will they succumb to this higher power?
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Three years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors decided to start over. Lightning however is nowhere to be found. When the town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save Serah. Together they set off on a journey to find Lightning.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
The world of Gran Pulse is sinking into the sea, and what remains is now called Nova Chrysalia. As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new regions.
Be sure to check out Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in particular if you're a fan of the Final Fantasy games. Many Final Fantasy games aren't just cult classics, they're also a lot of fun to play due to their compelling plots.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
XIII and XV are about the same for me. big disappointments.
are XIII-2 and LR actually better?
Was about to ask the same question. I'm trying to get through XIII now for the second time and the battle system is just boring as hell. Basically just spamming the next attack button. XV was ok but far too short and the story was half-hearted. Visuals were amazing though, and I quite liked the fishing aspect. X and XII were the last decent releases.
Great work by the Xbox team.
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