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Shining Force 2, Challenge Mode

Hack of Shining Force II


This hack makes the monsters much stronger, and improves the weaker force members to better balance the team. Many members have new spells and abilities. Most monsters have double HP, 10% more attack and 10% more defense. Boss monsters are much harder. A comprehensive list of changes is included in the readme file.

Version 1.01 (released 6/30/2008) further improves the Zeon battle. It is compatible with saves from previous versions, provided those saves weren’t made during the Zeon battle.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Shining Force II (USA).md - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 4815E075
  • MD5: 6473B1505334EF5620D13191C18251FE
  • SHA-1: 22DEFC2E8E6C1DBB20421B906796538725B3D893
  • SHA-256: 9ADF662D09881F58EC37D174AB01E87A7FCFB24700B5F84B26C0CD4F351509E9




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User Review Information

favorite hack so far

Reviewed By: NiggelMyNiggel on 02 Sep 2017

This is the first hack I have played that feels like an improvement over the original game and not just an alternative. I pride myself on beating hard NES games (Battlettoads, Mega Man etc) and I rank SF2 up there with those games with this patch. This is impressive because usually rpgs are not challenging. This patch is not for everyone. Battles take a really long time and I was hitting the reset button a lot. It was frustrating but I got a major sense of accomplishment when I beat this one.

Pros: characters more balanced (could be a con if Peter is your favorite character); challenging; new spells for some characters (like that godzilla guy);looks and feels like the original

Cons: not much; the new spell icons are garbled looking (very minor complaint…I’m reaching here);

Things that might be a con for some: Character stats and spells have been changed(not really a con for me but it might bother you if your favorite character has been nerfed); because of the difficulty I found myself relying on the “desoul reset button” trick a lot; The last battle is so hard, and there is no egress spell in this hack, so it is very possible that you could get stuck at the end and not be able to beat the game (multiple save states could help).

Version 1.01 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
favorite hack so farNiggelMyNiggel02 Sep 20171.01Yes
Obob brings challenge and character balance togethZzasikar18 Oct 2010N/AYes
Breathes new life into an old classicstordarth27 Aug 2009N/AYes