Final Fantasy 6: Worlds Collide

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Worlds Collide is an open-world randomizer for Final Fantasy 3/6. It follows the same features and format as other open-world randomizers FF4 Free Enterprise and FF5 Career Day. Set up your seed (seed being the type of randomizer you wanna play) by difficulty, randomizing heroes, Espers, monsters, gear and more! Your final goal in the game is to acquire the prerequisite heroes and Espers (which you can change the amount from 1 hero or Esper, up to all 14 heroes and/or 26 Espers) so you can enter Kefka’s Tower in the World of Ruin and win the game. A recent feature added was besides a certain number of heroes and Espers, you can set it that all 8 dragons need to be defeated in the World of Ruin as well, 2 of which in Kefka’s Tower. Not defeating them all prohibits you from continuing further. A spoiler log can be generated with your seed (in a handy zip file with the smc rom and txt log) if you so wish if you get stuck. Going to the website (linked below) you can see the latest version, and joining the Discord to see what all the latest updates are.

From the start you begin at Narshe with the airship Blackjack in the World of Balance and have access to all locations there, towns, dungeons, etc. Getting on the airship you have the option to fly around, go to the Floating Continent, or go to the World of Ruin. Going to the Floating Continent starts the trigger of forming a party of 3 and fighting your way through the Imperial Airforce and Ultros before plopping onto the Floating Continent.  The World of Ruin flips you to the World of Ruin with the Falcon, and again, access to all locations. But Doom Gaze is still around somewhere and could strike at any time. In the World of Balance and Ruin, you’ll always start back at Narshe. You can also set to start with Moogle Charms, which eliminate random enemy fights.

Finding heroes, Espers and high-end gear can be located at key points in the game in the World of Balance and Ruin. Key points being any points in the game where a hero would join your party in both worlds as well as when you would gain a new Esper. You can tell if you’re gonna get an Esper or piece of gear if there’s a random npc at the spot where you would pickup a hero in the original title (example: an Imp sitting on Figaro’s throne where Edgar is). That also includes the Veldt where you would find Gau in the vanilla game, and a dried meat is still needed to trigger this. Other options to randomize include Strago’s Lores, Gau’s Rages, starting heroes, shuffling or randomizing the spells learned and level-up stat bonuses between the Espers, and even randomize the shops to the point where stuff costs free (my fav option!) or a completely random amount. Even the Colosseum in the World of Ruin! Global options include starting with a multiplier on xp, magic points, and gold gained. Enemies and bosses can be scaled to your party’s level, or higher! Enemy groups can be shuffled around too, so you may run into something you can’t handle yet the minute you walk out of Narshe in the WOB! Best thing is to find good grinding spots in the WOB and WOR for levels and/or magic.

Hero gating was recently introduced with version 0.5.0. When turned on, you’ll start with 2 random heroes (or 2 more for a total of 4) along with any other settings you made for the seed. Essentially to trigger getting a hero, Esper, or gear at key locations, you need a certain hero. If you’re familiar enough with FF6, you can logically start figuring out what hero triggers different locations. This turns Worlds Collide into an even more involved randomizer cause you’re stuck on a set path for certain spots to try to find new heroes or Espers, and progress further to hit your requirements to attack Kefka’s Tower. Gating can be turned on or off when you generate a seed, and the website has a nifty graphic chart or txt link showing the locations that are and are not gated. Bosses are now randomized as of version 0.6.0! Maybe you’ll run into the Phantom Train where you would normally fight Doomgaze! Or the Goddess Statue at Whelk! New challenges were added such as no learning Ultima, no free Paladin Shields and no starter Moogle Charms either!

So I’ve done a few seeds on stream, as well as on my own. I have to say I’ve been enjoying this as much as I do Free Enterprise! Fact that both worlds are open from the start is great, and depending on how lucky you are, or how you set your requirement for Kefka’s Tower, a seed can be short or as long as you want.Below is a run through of a recent World’s Collide seed I did on-air, exported from my twitch channel to youtube in multiple parts. I’ve done multiple seeds under the previous builds and started learning my way through the new gating system recently on and off stream. Videos linked are from version 0.6.0 of the randomizer.

WORLDS COLLIDE STREAM:

Links:
Worlds Collide website
Beginners Guide
wob/wor character gating map w/ treasures
ff6wc Discord
A ff6wc Tracker

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Final Fantasy 3/6 Hacks Part 2: A Complete Hack & Brave New World

So I ended up diving into romhacking.net for FF3 mods, and tried out a couple other ones which I found enjoyable and a challenge. Let’s proceed with a mini-review of them, shall we?

ALSO YAY THIS IS MY 50TH BLOG POST!! *THROWS CONFETTI*

A COMPLETE HACK:
A Complete Hack is just that, a complete rebuild of FF6. The plot is the same, but it’s been turned into a parody, with a lot of funny moments and characters, even npcs. All of the heroes were changed, with new names, sprites, and portraits. Default names are by what their class are. Gear and other equipment has been modified, some new stuff added, and better balanced then was in the vanilla game. The plot follows the vanilla game, but becomes more of a comedy quite quickly, which may not be for everyone. Some bad language is sprinkled throughout the dialogue too. Some fights are harder than the original game, even some bosses! Included with the patch is a harder mode if you so wish. Learning magic is different; the Espers act as summoned monsters like from other FF titles such as FF4. Learning magic comes from various gear and relics. I recommend this hack for something different and quite amusing at times!

You can get A Complete Hack here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/650/ ver 2.0.1 May 23 2019.

BRAVE NEW WORLD:
On the other hand, Brave New World keeps the plot and characters, and overhauls everything else. The dialogue and plot is cleaner. Magic is still learned from Espers, but not everyone can use all of them as in the vanilla title. So you’ll have a hero who can only use white and support magic, and someone who can only use white and black spells. Leveling up stat bonuses are now different and each hero has certain stats that can be boosted depending on how you want to build them up. This hack is hard! You’re gonna have to un-learn things you would have done in the vanilla title to survive here, such as having Locke attempt to steal from everything that moves. Status ailments such as slow, muddle and poison are useful here and the key to tackling many bosses now. Equipment has been re-balanced and dead weight items removed. The optimize option when equipping is gone, so you can manually equip your heroes with gear and relics based on your likes, not just raw power. Relics also now give stat boosts when equipped! I definitely recommend giving this a try, and reading the readme file that comes with the patch to learn how this mod works.

You can get Brave New World here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2095/ ver 2.0 January 1 2020.

So I also did a showcase of A Complete Hack and Brave New World on twitch one night to show parts of the game up to Kefka attacking Figaro Castle. With Brave New World I went farther up to South Figaro to show the different way that gear is equipped. Check it out here:

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Final Fantasy 4 Ultima v10 (Updated 5/29/2020)

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Long time Final Fantasy fans know the US release of FF2 on the SNES was a dumbed down version from the original project of FF4. It was later called “easytype” for a reason. FF4 Ultima fixes that. You can call it the FF4 Deluxe Collector’s Edition package. Ultima keeps the plot going and makes TONS of changes to everything. The plot script is cleaner and makes more sense, you got new changes in the overworld, underworld and even the moon! Expect to get lost if you try to take the normal way to the Towel of Bab-il in the underground from the Dwarf Castle! Look out for new areas in familiar dungeons and caves too! New places to take the Hovercraft too! Best way to explain the changes is this list from the page on romhacking.net and the FF4 Ultima website:

List of features, additions and changes:

  • 35 New Weapons! Including Ultima Weapon!
  • 40 New Spells! Also revamped existing spells!
  • 26 New Bosses!!
  • Can turn Enemy Encounters On or Off!!
  • New Enemy Graphics!! (HUGE thanks to chillyfeez!)
  • New Areas! New Side Quests!
  • New Events! New Endgame Scenarios!!
  • New Equipment Screen with DETAILED buffs and stats!!
  • New attack/swing/spell animations!
  • New weapon graphics!! New sound effects!
  • New maps, new areas and new edits to overworld maps!
  • New events! New enemies!! Sprint with the Y button!!
  • New commands for characters. New Armors and Gears!
  • Revamped shops/equipment and balanced their progression.
  • Dark Knight Cecil now dual-wields and is 2-handed!!
  • Edge is now buffed offensively! Stealing is also buffed!
  • Rydia has also been buffed(slightly). It’s a surprise!
  • Cecil has been buffed as a tank.
  • Rosa can use more White Mage combative gears.
  • Kain has new offensive buffing spells at end-game and new commands as he rejoins the team.
  • Rare items and summons now drop much easier! This hack is designed as a ‘play-through’ without grinding.
  • Many enemies now have meaningful rare drops, and all end-game enemies now have rare ultimate drops!
  • New thrown weapons and back-row weapons!
  • Lots of secrets that can lead to early acquirement of better equipment!
  • Few minor tweaks to the base game such as save points, etc.
  • Useless finds now replaced with good items or equipment!
  • All weapons/armors used by characters no longer in party are now usable by at least one character from the end-game party!
  • MOST items/equipment are now non-missable. Meaning they will be acquirable in some ways at end-game.

v8.35 added the option to patch FF4 as Normal Mode or Novice Mode. I’ll copy the changes from the included faq file:

-= Normal Mode =-

  • -This is the intended version and difficulty of this hack by the devs.
  • -The Main Story parts of the game should be accessible to the general audience. The Optional and the Extra Endgame content, however, will see a spike in difficulty.

-= Novice Mode =-

  • -99% of the Main Story parts of the game remain the same as Normal Mode. The only changes are the Required Bosses in the Lunar Subterrane/Core, including Zeromus. They have been nerf’d.
  • -All of the Optional and Endgame Super Bosses have been nerf’d! They are now much easier and the difficulty progression should be much more natural from the end of the Main Story game.
  • -Saves are 100% compatible and transferable between the Normal/Novice Modes. So, if at any point in the Normal Mode becomes too difficult or overwhelming, simply move your saves over to the Novice Mode and you’ll be good to go!
  • -All other items, weapons, gears, spells and other aspects of the game remain the same as Normal Mode.

MY REVIEW:
So after multiple changes to my own personal review of this, and fact that I wrote this originally while doing end-game content, I finished this for sure some time ago. I had a blast with this, this is the best version of FF4 ever! I was surprised how difficult even some of the normal enemy mobs could be by the time i hit the underground and then the moon, old enemies I knew from the vanilla game and new ones! Don’t expect to always use the same techniques you used in the vanilla FF4 to fight some bosses either, some bosses have new tricks which could result in a dead party fast. So you may find yourself having to tweak your strategies. New bosses show up at some locations, and they seem placed there organically per plot or in general. Traveling by airship and Big Whale around the new world maps is fun and makes you want to see what’s inside any new locations. Some new items can be traded for something ever better too! The new gear is great from beginning to end-game of Ultima. Great that the treasure chests are all useful one way or another and not just crap you’ll have sitting around to sell off or choke your Fat Chocobo with. I was surprised by the cleaner script going along and during important events. Did I mention playing Ultima is the first time I EVER got a Pink Tail from the Pink Puffs after all the years playing snes FF2 and Free Enterprise? XD

Ultima also brings back Japanese only items from FF4 such as the silver and golden apples for increasing hp, sirens for rare enemy calls, the moon and starveil items, and more! Stealing is fun now and doesn’t feel a chore! The game starts out at a normal difficulty about the same as in the original, you’ll find a bump in the difficulty later in the game, then near the end it can get what some old school gamers consider “Nintendo Hard.” There’s also tremendous rewards for beating the superbosses as post-game content in the form of gear and new spells! Expect new areas on the Moon too! I love how some party members in what becomes your end-game party have new abilities and can equip new stuff! Having Rosa using something other than a bow and arrow is so much fun. Being surprised at the new spells and gear is great and the graphics are pretty too! Some members even learn new spells not in the original! Be prepared to run into old favorite bosses from other FF games too! Peeking around I’ve noticed many the new bosses, and end-game ones, are from other FF titles and they seem to have been inserted organically into the game, instead of “oh you’re here, so let’s just add x, y, z here even though it may not make logical sense.” Then again, logic does tend to go out the window at times with a FF title. I mean look at the Big Whale. XD  Also worth noting if you’re in areas that you’re familiar with, and you come across a save point that wasn’t in the vanilla game, SAVE, or you’re gonna have a really bad day.

I do plan to stream this at some point! I am a little scared of the upcoming huge difficulty bump. I love the quality of life improvements, but maybe I’m spoiled from playing Free Enterprise. Also kinda wishing all items had a tag at the top of the item screen telling briefly what they do. Kinda annoying when you find something, need to save, go into battle to see what it does, then reset so you don’t waste it.

In conclusion, I love this. If you like any FF game, or FF2/4, give this a try!!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Crystals sitting in the Lunar Palace

LINKS:
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4134/ – romhacking.net page
https://discordapp.com/invite/4MqjwJt – Discord server
http://www.8bitfan.info/ – main website with other information and tips

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Final Fantasy 3/6 SNES Hacks Part 1: Return of the Dark Sorcerer and Ted Woosley Uncensored

So I’ve been wanting to get back to my FF3/6 roots, being it my favorite FF title. Then I got lost in the rabbit hole of hacks/improvements on romhacking.net. Found 2 of them I gave a try to and I really like! So here’s some mini reviews of two of them!

Return of the Dark Sorcerer:
Dark Sorcerer is a fanbased hack project that’s gone through many different versions since 2010. This mod isn’t just FF3 with a new coat of paint slapped on the heroes, gear, and towns. The plot is about the same from the original, but with enough changes and twists to make it fresh, along with the plot making more sense in parts. The new set of heroes aren’t just stand-ins for Terra, Locke, and the others, their storylines remain the same but with some changes too. Wait till you see who Gau’s replacement is! New gear and Espers were added. Even on the normal difficulty the game can be off-putting with the tougher boss fights, and there’s a new game+ feature. Some heroes were rebalanced, or some made too weak.

Espers can only be equipped by certain party members, limiting everyone knowing the same magics. The level up bonuses with each Esper were eliminated, replaced with the stat boosting tab items from Chrono Trigger. Some equipment even teaches you spells! You even have some heroes from other Final Fantasy titles! The music is a cornucopia of various tracks from other rpgs and games ranging from Lufia to Dragon Quest, and there’s a 2nd soundtrack to play with if you want to insert it into the mod. Speaking of, the enemies are all new and some range from previous FF games, DragonBall Z, Pokemon, Dragon Quest, and others! As of this writing, I’ve completed the 3 scenarios after the raft, and I plan to restart this on a stream soon to be surprised at what else shows up. I recommend this! As of this writing, latest update was February 2020, version 2.0.6.

You can get Return of the Dark Sorcerer here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2207/

Ted Woosley Uncensored:
This mod could likely be the definitive Final Fantasy 3/6. When the game first came out, it was heavily censored with a different script, the psx was uncensored but used the old us FF3 script. The GBA port had a new script but not as well received and the sound was awful. This mod rewrites the script from the us edition done by Ted Woosley using elements from the GBA port and others who worked on this analyzing and reworking it for a better, more exciting experience to make it closer to the original title. The spells, gear and other issues were renamed, and the graphics were uncensored now.

This build is a combination of various smaller hacks as well that fixed various glitches and errors and some new stuff to make it a more rewarding title. Even the Opera script was reworked to the version from the GBA! You also have a dash button now which wasn’t in the original, but in the GBA and PSX versions. I can’t wait to play more of this and re-experience FF3! Highly recommended! As of this writing, last update to this improvement was November 2019, 2.0.7a.

You can get Ted Woosley Uncensored here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1386/

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My Final Fantasy 6 Collection (Updated 5/22/2020)

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This is me showing off my FF6 collection stuff. Will be updated as I get more various FF6 stuff. XD

So I’ve mentioned before i love the Final Fantasy titles, 6 is actually my favorite. My top 4 being 6, 9, 4, and 7. I really got into 6 at a teen with friends. The storylines, the heroes, the villain Kefka being one of the few to actually succeed in destroying the world and so on. Offhand only faults I have are that the game can be linear at a couple points and very open ended at another, and how every party member can learn all of the same magic from Espers. You can logically keep spamming the powerful Ulitma spells to bulldoze through the later half of the quest. And Gau still sucks like Edward in FF4.

I still ship Locke x and Celes forever. ❤

So over the years I’ve been trying to build a FF6 collection. I’m still working on the games themselves, mainly the snes FF3, and the US and Japanese gba FF6 Advance ports. Aside from those 3, I’ve built a nice little set of any supplemental guides and such.

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The above are the Japanese FF6 Remastered soundtrack, the Super Famicom FF6, and the 3 Japanese FF6 game guides. I never got a chance to get the American FF3/6 soundtrack in the 90’s called Kefka’s Domain, and I never had a chance to get the Japanese ost over the years. When I heard about the remastered osts of FF4-6, I jumped on getting the 6 ost. Very glad I did. The FF6 sfc cart is complete with the game, manuals, and cart. The game guides are really cool! They came in a set of 3, each displaying different information on the game: the weapons and armor, the timeline and story itself, the heroes and other characters, and works as a hint book too. The artwork is beautiful! I highly recommend trying to find the 3 of them either on ebay or a Japanese auction site.

I also finally got both the Japanese and US editions of FF6 Advance for the gba! I decided to treat myself for my birthday and took awhile but got the us FF6 Advance complete under $100. Dunno why it went up so much so fast. So glad i got both complete and had spare protector boxes for them. they’re so pretty too!

The first 2 of the above photos are the Final Fantasy Anthology guide and the old Nintendo Power FF3 guide. FF Anthology being the psx ports of FF5 and FF6. I’ve had the Nintendo Power FF3 guide for years, and it shows just by the one photo. lol Both guides have a wealth of information and maps. I do kinda like how one guide can have some different information then the other.

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My Sad Time with FF7

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So FF7 is in my top 4 Final Fantasy titles, the others being 6, 9, and 4. I’ve never finished any the psx or later FFs, even back in the day. 7 I always enjoyed watching the videos for for its story and characters, and the cool Materia system. But, never finished due to time, lost interest, etc. Story of my life with my dumb brain.

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So the pc version of FF7 was the first one I actually owned. It was glorious and I enjoyed it a lot. I think the pc version was when i got the Bradyguide which I still have, along with various sheets for extra stuff i would print from gamefaqs. Note: if I have a game guide I paperclip the page of where I leave off in case I forget, along with any extra stuff I print. I think when I stopped playing it for some reason I was still somewhere in Disc 1, I had Yuffie and Vincent. May have been sometime past the Rufus parade sequence.

At some point I got the psx FF7. I may have gotten it at Gamestop or EB Games (remember them?), or was gifted by an ex-friend who at the time, claimed he was giving up video games. But anyway, I enjoyed playing it again, but didn’t want to restart. So doing some looking around on early Google, I heard about the Dexdrive which would do the duty for me. Found one on clearance or cheap at EB Games. Tried it out. Couldn’t figure it out or get it to work. Boo!

Annoyed, I just restarted at some point when I got renewed interest. I think somewhere between then I got a new pc, or it broke, sold off the pc FF7 or something. Left off before things happened at the Wall Market. 😦

With the Steam and console remasters of FF7 through 9, I really liked the improved graphics and sound! I especially like the added gameplay elements to jump to level 99, turn off encounters and the like if you’re trying to go from point A to B, or want to experience just the story for the first time or again. Heck the turning off encounters is great with save spots far apart or if you’re trying to go somewhere or navigating a puzzle.

ff7-3So I recently rediscovered the remastered version. This being one the reasons I’d love to get a Nintendo Switch too. I may have to get it on Steam for pc once I have the extra money, especially since there aren’t any Steam sales coming up soon. I did try the apk’s for the Android version and love it! Once i get a new gamepad (long story) I’ll have to sit down with it more. Currently at Shinra HQ as of this writing. Really enjoying it all over again!
So for March with the upcoming FF7 Remake I planned to finally play FF& Crisis Core on-stream. I’d love to play 7 but debating playing it on my own so I can go when i want, or on a stream. Still don’t have a console hookup to my pc so it’d have to be psx emulator or wait some point to get the Steam version. I do plan to keep going with 7 this time, one way or another.ff7-6

(And how’d I make it through most of February without any blog posts?!)

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FF4 Free Enterprise

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Final Fantasy 4 Free Enterprise is a different kind of randomizer. This turns the world of FF2/4 into an open-world rpg/scavenger hunt type game. Right at the start you have the airship and can go anywhere you want and do whatever you want. The catch is you start with 2 random heroes from the game, and the boss fights and acquisition of key items are randomized. Where in the normal game you would fight the Mist Dragon in the Cave of Mist you may run into one of the 4 elemental fiends instead! Where you would normally obtain the package at the start when Cecil and Kain leave Baron Castle you might end up with the Magma Key to open up the Underworld! Going to the website (linked below) you can see the latest version, and joining the Discord to see what all the latest updates are.

Your goal is to find or buy an item called the Pass, which when given to a woman in Toroia, takes you to the Moon right to fight Zeromus instead of going through the lunar dungeon. of course you could do that. Or set a flag to finish the game with the Giant of Bab-Il.

Key items are randomized, as well as obtaining new heroes where you would normally gain a new one in the normal game. Shops in the towns and the Moon are randomized as well as treasure chests. Its a different game each time! Going to the website you can begin making your ff4fe seed, or randomized game. You can set the flags automatically as an easy, intermediate or hard game, or set different ones individually. Flags able to be set include stuff like changing the names of spells to their Japanese counterparts, keeping certain glitches from FF2 intact (like the item duplication), randomizing shop items or making everything free, gaining duplicate heroes, and even changing Zeromus’ sprite after using the Dark Crystal on him. On heroes you can end up obtaining duplicates of who is currently on your team. You could end up with 2 Cecils or 2 Edwards. Cecil can be upgraded to paladin as normal, and Rydia to her adult form and Tellah learning all his spells at Mt. Ordeals.

LINKS:
http://ff4fe.com/ – Free Enterprise website
https://discord.gg/AVeUqkb – FE Discord
http://schala-kitty.net/ff4fe-tracker/ – SchalaKitty’s fe Tracker
https://fftracker.dunka.net/ – Another tracker v1.9.3

So I’ve been doing a number of seeds and streaming them on Twitch, and exported to my youtube. Here’s the link for my Free Enterprise playlist:

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