RPG Hack Showcase: Final Fantasy C2 (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Final Fantasy C2 was originally released in 2016 by Naka no Hito. This hack is special as it takes the Super Famicom Final Fantasy 4 and transforms it beautifully into an updated version of Final Fantasy 2, the black sheep of the FF games originally released on the NES, and later ported to PSX, GBA, and PSP. The Professional Japanese-to-English localizer Clyde “Tomato” Mandelin, who is known for making the fan English patch for the GBA Mother 3 who runs the Legends of Localization website, dropped an English patch for Final Fantasy C2 recently in 2 different flavors!

There is a version A and version B of this patch. Version A uses the original hack’s FF4’s graphics. Version B changes the enemies FF4 enemies into that of enemies in FF2 with upgraded graphics. Tomato even recommends most people to play version B (version B is the one I played for this review.) A readme file included shows how to patch the hack if you’re not familiar with using ips files, along with a number of other changes including: quality of life improvements, a 5 member party with party swapping late in the game, new spells and gear, a treasure tracker just for fun, and more! Links to a news article about this hack and the website to download this included at the end of this page. So I was excited to play this spur of the moment! I love FF4 after playing Free Enterprise and the Ultima hack for the past month and wanted to see what this brought to the table. Plus I have little experience with FF2 so this would give me a chance to play without dealing with the wacky leveling system.

With most romhacks, strongly suggested to check out the readme files for advice on the changes to hacks and any gameplay tips, especially with rpgs. Readme files for rpg hacks can contain additional gameplay advice, etc, and it’s worth subscribing to hacks you like on RHDN to keep up with updates for bug fixes, additional content, etc.

So this review is going to be for the C2 hack itself, along with the English patch.
So how is it?
This was a lot of fun to play so far! The story is loosely based on the main story points of FF2, but some events occur within FF4 locations. Towns and castles tend to be base don those from FF4, or parts of them. Like Altair is based on Mysidia, but when you get to the war room area, you’re in the main hall of Fabul Castle, and then back to the Tower of Wishes from Mysidia! Some events from FF2 play out differently in the context of FF4 like instead of going with Josef to the ice caves you go to Mt Fabul instead, or you fight the CPU from the Giant of Bab-Il before destroying the Dreadnaught. The enhanced graphics for the FF2 enemies look great as do the sprites of the main and temporary heroes of FF2’s story, and you can find npc sprites from both FF2 and 4 running around town. Your temporary 5th character from the FF2 story beats are one of the heroes from FF4, like Josef is Yang, Gordon is Edward, etc. Additions were made to FF2’s heroes to make up for the loss of building your stats or buying magic in the original game. Firion has an incantation option in battle, Josef has Yang’s skills, and Maria starts with white, black, and summon magic like Kid Rydia in FF4. This hack is essentially a fanfic, but it’s so well done you’ll want to keep playing to see how much stuff from FF4 is incorporated into FF2’s story. The game does hit FF2’s story beats, but goes into a variation of FF4’s story elements at times especially near endgame. Because of FF4’s limitations, certain graphical elements such as destroyed cities can’t be shown, you’re just told. This hack is worth giving a playthrough seeing how its such an oddity among other Final Fantasy hacks.

This hack can be hard at times, especially near endgame when you need to go to the Pandemonium/Moon. Some of the optional battles related to Shinryu’s hunt for the elemental crystals is hard too, and that’s even when trying to spam Ultima spells. Even at higher levels you may run into trouble with this hack’s difficulty. Have fun fighting Gobez and Cecil! The battles at the alters on the Moon in FF4 are shifted around here, meaning the ribbons are in a different spot than near the last save before the Lunar Core, and so on. Some of the fights may try your patience easily. Having finished this finally I can also say don’t go into many boss fights using entirely the same strategy as you would in vanilla FF4. Some bosses retain parts of their scripts from their FF4 counterparts, but with changes to reflect who and what they are in vanilla FF2.

Other extras included from the original hack and when Tomato made his English patch are a treasure chest tracker to see how many treasure chests you opened just for fun. You can run using the B button, and secrets can be found from talking to the crystals, the chocobo forests will eventually have all the types of chocobos you all know and love! New spells besides Incant have been added and spells and skills have been reworked. The translation is quite good too! All music from this hack is FF4’s, so you’ll eventually come across your favorite turns from the game! Any glitches that can be done in FF4 are present in this hack too (like item duplication). If you have or haven’t played the original FF2 this is recommended, especially if you have a strong love for FF4! Think of this hack as FF4 but with FF2’s story beats.

I GIVE THIS HACK 4.5 OUT OF 5 CHOCOBOS!

Here’s the gameplay video:

LINKS:
https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/final-fantasy-c2-an-ffiv-patch-that-remakes-it-as-famicom-final-fantasy-ii-now-in-english/ – news article
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5298/ – romhacking.net patches
http://tomato.fobby.net/ffc2/ – The patch and screenshots
https://twitter.com/ClydeMandelin/status/1284261146866810880 – Twitter announcement

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