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« on: March 21, 2015, 08:06:34 pm »
For more recent visual updates, please skip to page 14 [Link below]

http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=19442.msg324127#msg324127






Hello,

This is my first post to RHDN, although I've used this site for a LONG time (and actually got a lot of my tools and info here). Anyway, I'm working on a hack of the original Final Fantasy. It is based on an early version of Grond's Final Fantasy because he had already rebalanced the characters and the enemies. So far, I've edited virtually every enemy in the game (with the exception of the bosses). Some have new attacks, some are updated versions of the same enemy. Many of the enemy sprites were taken from later FF games or Final Fantasy ++. Many of the class sprites were taken from later games, and 3 are uniquely original to my game. Ideally, I'm going to do a completely new soundtrack (although that has given me fits, so I'm working on graphics first). I've created a Facebook page and project homepage to post images and updates. Both locations serve as references for anyone who is interested in hacking Final Fantasy. I'm including a Spriter's Resources section in addition to my own images. I welcome anyone who is interested in visiting or making comments. Please follow the links below.


Home Page

http://www.ffreconstructed.com/

Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/finalfantasyreconstructed?ref=hl

Photobucket page [with all image changes throughout the project's lifespan]

http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/duke2go2/library/?sort=3&page=1


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Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 08:30:58 pm »
This looks promising!  Can you post those pics and lib to the videos in here?  I'd love to see the progress in this thread.  :D


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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2015, 08:35:42 pm »
Thank you very much for the kind words. I'm slowly beta testing everything right now and I have been able to play all the way to Chaos. I am actually updating the hack in stages. Originally, I had just replaced the individual tiles in the dungeons. After I reached what I thought was a point I really didn't know how to take it further, I started playing Final Fantasy ++ because I had read good things and I knew he had put in new music and new graphics as well. I was really blown away and inspired when I was playing that game. I felt that Grond did a lot of things right, but there were just a lot of places that I felt I would have gone in a different direction or tried to use different graphics. The hack is definitely a "work in progress" right now, but I really feel like I'm doing something different, special, and original with my version. I am however trying to stay as true to the original dungeon layouts as possible. Really I'm just making the Final Fantasy 1 that I wish I'd been able to play as a kid, and I'm loving it so far. I'm going to try to post pictures, but please, feel free to visit (and hopefully like) my Facebook page. That's the easiest place to find updates and also to look at resources for my game, sprites that I've created, and other different forms of Final Fantasy NES related sprites. I'm going to post some stuff from Final Fantasy IV and V too since those games most closely resemble the original (Although it would be interesting to do an NES game like FFVI now that I think about it). I hope that this project will be an asset to the Final Fantasy community and will be enjoyed by all. I've been very happy learning all that I have, and being able to do some amazing things with the NES hardware.

Enjoy,

Duke
« Last Edit: March 21, 2015, 09:54:31 pm by Duke2go »
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Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2015, 10:19:34 pm »
You're welcome.  I think your project has some great potential and ideas.  :D  I'm especially excited to hear the music. 

I don't do social media so I will keep tabs on the project here.   ::)


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Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 11:02:44 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2015, 01:15:31 am »
This is looking fantastic! Great use of resources borrowed from FFIII and IV, I must say! My only complaint is the Werewolf sprites seem to be cut off, but the rest of the monsters look wonderful!

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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 01:55:50 am »
Thank you very much. I am really blown away when I look at the screenshots, and play through the game, at how much I have been able to push the game engine to its limit graphically. I really tried to borrow from places where I could, and go in a new direction when I couldn't. And yes, the Werewolf sprite is cut off at the knees. A few of the Final Fantasy III monsters were too big to use, but looked ok if they were missing a little bit [ cough* Zombies =-) ]. I'm going to try to fix that eventually and make it like the wolf is lunging. I wanted to keep the same sized sprite so that everything wasn't 8x8. That was one of the only real complaints I had with Final Fantasy ++ was that there were so many large enemies. It felt like a constant 4 on 1 battle, and even at higher levels I was getting slaughtered. But seriously, thank you for the kind words. I'm really enjoying the time I'm spending and I love the project more and more every day.
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Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2015, 03:23:42 am »
Damn those pictures look amazing!  No lie those look like somebody the best graphics for Final Fantasy I've seen yet.  :)


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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2015, 07:29:59 am »
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Re: Final Fantasy Reconstructed
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2015, 07:48:28 am »
Very nice work :)
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2015, 12:13:30 am »
HELL YEAH!!! Sorry, but thank you so much to JCE3000GT for suggesting uploading to Photobucket. I'm not going to go as far as my own actual webpage at this point, although that might be an option in the future. Anyway, for the first time within the actual message board, here is an EXTENSIVE look at what Final Fantasy Reconstructed actually has shaped up to be!! Please enjoy and any feedback is more than welcome.

Coneria Town













Coneria Castle



















Matoya's Cave








Pravoka



















Elfheim
















I took screenshots using two different emulators, which is the only explanation I can think of for the different sizes. Pause for dinner. Will post more in a bit




« Last Edit: April 01, 2015, 10:10:35 pm by Duke2go »
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2015, 04:17:41 pm »
Your screenshots look amazing! Good to see you here finally! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted here. My Mega Man 2 hack, as you know is back in development and I'll start a new topic on that when I get further along. Still trying to find someone to help with some ASM, (making the Proto Shield Useful and some other tweaks) but after nearly 3 years, nothing. So, for now I'm focusing on GFX level edits, and music. Once you finish up with FF you should try your hand at doing some level design with Mega Man 2.

Your hack is looking great though and if you need a beta test you know where to find me!

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2015, 08:48:45 pm »
Those pics are do salivating.  It had been a long time since I got excited about a Final Fantasy 1 hack.  Great job so far.  :D


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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2015, 11:59:08 pm »
Next set of new pics. Thank you everyone for the kind words, inspiration, and assistance!!

Northwest Castle
















An original to compare how far the graphics have been altered from where I first was with the hack.  ;D


Marsh Cave





















Thorbardin (Dwarf Cave)













Castle Elfheim







My contribution to the Final Fantasy I mythos, female elves in Elfheim haha.









Terra Cave




















Ice Cave






















This is about the extent of the level editing that I've done. I'll do a separate enemies only post later herein.


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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2015, 05:40:06 pm »
I'm looking forward to this one; it looks fantastic. Have you considered incorporating CaptainMuscles' Dynamic Action hack (along with Grond's unofficial update?)
It might add a little more freshness to the rest of the technical tinkering and fancy new coat of paint

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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2015, 06:12:55 pm »
I'm looking forward to this one; it looks fantastic. Have you considered incorporating CaptainMuscles' Dynamic Action hack (along with Grond's unofficial update?)
It might add a little more freshness to the rest of the technical tinkering and fancy new coat of paint

I was not aware of the Dynamic Action Hack, although it does sound vaguely familiar. I also didn't know about Grond's unofficial update. This hack is actually built upon an early version of Grond's Final Fantasy that was basically just a rebalance, although I've rebalanced a lot myself. I am interested though. Could you elaborate on what this might help me with? I'm definitely trying to make this the DEFINITIVE Final Fantasy 1 hack that stays true to the original, just with a flashy new coat of paint. I've already been able to push the graphics far beyond what I thought was possible, and would love to go further with this project. Thank you again for the feedback. Since this is a new reply, I'm going to post the pics of the Sky Palace now as well. This, besides the Mirage Tower, is the last area that I've edited so far.

Sky Palace









































Will try to post Mirage Tower pics later tonight if I can edit level 1. I used the Sky Palace Sprites to give it a Tower of Babil feel i.e. Final Fantasy IV. I'm still tinkering with another idea for it, but not sure if I'll have room for the editing that I want to do. Once again, thank you to Grond especially for showing what could be done with this game. His games have definitely been an inspiration for my own work.


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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2015, 07:19:12 pm »
The dynamic action hack changes battles so that instead of entering all the party's commands at once, each character takes his turn when he is ready, basically a quasi-ATB system.
It eliminates the "innefective" attacks and streamlines battles.
It can be found here: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1769/

And Grond made an update that fixed a minor issue: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1972/

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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2015, 07:25:27 pm »
Wait, you're telling me that there is a patch that will eliminate the player characters attacking enemies that no longer exist in the battle?!?!?! THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!! That was something that I really was going to start to inquire about on the message boards because I actually thought I remembered an ATB patch, or at least one that did actually get rid of the ability for the party member to attack air, but I couldn't find it the last time I looked. And if its a quasi-ATB, that is even better. I would love to add that and will certainly try it out to see if it fits with what I'm going for. Once again, edited this post. I went ahead and applied both patches. It is a very interesting take on the ATB battle system, and I think that I will leave it in. Thankfully it didn't corrupt the rom again to where I couldn't use the saves that I had. By the way, could you please elaborate on the comments about the town sprites, either here or in the poll thread? I'm trying to make this thing perfect and I definitely appreciate the input on what I'm doing right or wrong aesthetically. Thanks again.
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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2015, 08:39:56 pm »
Re: the sky castle pictures.

The tiles look good, but it's all very monochrome.  You're only using 1 or maybe 2 palettes (and even when you use 2 they look very similar), and each palette is all different shades of the same color -- there's no contrast.  As a result the graphics look boring -- even though they're not.

Get some contrast in there.  Use more colors.  Sky castle being heavy on blue makes sense, but you need something else besides just blue.


EDIT:

Actually, you have this problem with a lot of your caves, too.

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2015, 10:50:25 pm »
Never let it be said that I can't take constructive criticism.  :laugh:

After looking back at the screenshots, Disch is absolutely correct. I see where there isn't enough contrast in a lot of locations. I'm actually using 3 different palettes (4 if you include the control). 1 of the palettes is devoted to floor tiles, 1 to wall tiles, and 1 to torches/barrels etc. I'm still tweaking everything, but I went back and re-did the colors in 3 of the locations. I'm including the waterfall, but after looking at it, I think its too similar to the Ice Cave, and I'll probably change it.  I'm just uploading one shot of each because the colors will be seen throughout. Feedback is appreciated on the new contrast and colors used.

Thorbardin



Ice Cave



Waterfall



Sky Palace




I still might change the colors before the final release, but I do agree that the lighter floors and darker walls do give it more contrast and depth. As I told my buddy, I trust the comments of the people responding because of your different involvements in other projects. I am really glad that my project has caught the attention of so many people. Can't wait to get some feedback from beta testers. Not too much longer and that might actually be a reality.
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