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General Leo Edition

Hack of Final Fantasy III

Description:

This hack alters events of the game such that General Leo joins the party after the events at Thamasa in the World of Balance. The story has been tweaked in various ways so that this development makes sense in context. Shadow is demoted to “guest character” status in order to make room for Leo.

Leo is a fully-realized party member. His gear can be changed, he can equip relics and Espers, he can learn spells, he has a unique Desperation Attack, he has his own “rejoining” scenario in the World of Ruin, and he has his own scene during the ending.

Other changes include: new scenes and more screen time for minor characters, many new equipment items, the restoration of the dummied rages, modified shops and treasure chest contents, and more.

We are currently on Version 3.3, the seventh release of this hack. This release introduces new minor/optional story content, new townspeople, corrections to typos and minor graphical glitches, and other small adjustments. Please see the readme for details. And thank you to everyone who tried this hack!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy III (U) (V1.1) [!]
  • Unmodified ROM CRC32: 326CF6A2
  • Patch Applied CRC32: 5285953B

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
FauntleroyHacking

User Review Information

A Tasteful Twist on a Classic

Reviewed By: Wiseman on 05 Dec 2013

I played through the entirety of this hack, even finding most characters ultimate gear and learning every spell available for 8 or so of them.

I found myself fully immersed in FF VI again for the first time in years. The slight twists this hack provides are very tasteful and keep you interested to see what’s around the next corner, even if it’s just a new or modified weapon.

General Leo himself is very satisfying to take control of. Having a truly dedicated swordsman was awesome, as in past playthroughs I have generally equipped Edgar with a Holy Lance and the two female mage knights have been more dedicated to their magic arsenals, so their handheld weapons were never used as much as they should be. Having General Leo wield the Illumina and other swords before obtaining that one was awesome and incredibly powerful.

The added cut-scenes are very well done and they all stay true to the story the way Square had originally intended it. The way this alternate history plays out is almost as if it was dreamed up by one of the creators of FF VI.

The creator of this hack made the questionable decision of eliminating Shadow from your party to accommodate Leo. At first I was very skeptical of this decision, but after having read his reasoning and then playing through the hack to see his reasons firsthand, I must say it was the best logical decision. While Shadow is a fan favorite and always ended up being one of my main characters, Leo ended up being my number one go-to character, and Shadow never quite made that cut. Some would say eliminating Relm or Strago would have been better since not many have attachments to their characters or story lines… but would you really want lose abilities like ‘control’ or blue magic? Umaro would be another obvious choice, but once you examine his reasoning for that having too many technical issues, it becomes clear that Shadow is the best choice.

In conclusion, I’d recommend this hack to anyone interested in seeing a tasteful twist on an old classic. Don’t expect a complete overhaul, but the additions that were added make it like re-experiencing one of your old favorites for the first time again.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Even better than the original game!thepatrickinator08 Mar 20163.2Yes
Made me feel like I was playing for the first time all over again.Endymian24 Dec 20153.1Yes
A great hack making a gamer's dream come true !Ligeia19 Nov 2014N/AYes
A Tasteful Twist on a ClassicWiseman05 Dec 2013N/AYes