Return of the Dark Sorcerer
Hack of Final Fantasy III
Return of the Dark Sorcerer
Hack of Final Fantasy III
|Released By||Mike Ferrell|
|Patching Information||Header (SNES)|
|Hack Release Date||02 April 2021|
|Last Modified||02 April 2021|
Return of the Dark Sorcerer is an incredibly large fan-made Final Fantasy 6 modification that’s been in development since around 2010. Originally the brainchild of Gi Nattak, the project has evolved over the years thanks to a dedicated team and other skilled members of the FF6 romhacking community.
This mod promises to showcase some of the challenging aspects of FF6 romhacking, as well as plenty of fun and exciting new content; from an all new cast of playable characters with customized movesets, a radically changed story with many new and edited events, new overworld maps, a new musical soundtrack, difficulty selection, new battle scripts for monsters & bosses, and an absolute ton of custom monster/esper and NPC sprites.
It is a highly personalized modification of the original game and therefore naturally won’t appeal to everyone. It’s not a sequel, or a prequel, or a remake to FF6, it is quite simply a massive amalgamation mod and customization of FF6 which does contain a whole bunch of references and can be rather nonsensical or even immersion-breaking at times… but if you go into it prepared for this, you should have a much more enjoyable experience. That being said, a whole lot of time and energy has gone into this project and we are quite pleased with the result.
ROM / ISO Information:
- Final Fantasy III (USA) - NOINTRO
- CRC32: A27F1C7A
- MD5: E986575B98300F721CE27C180264D890
- SHA-1: 4F37E4274AC3B2EA1BEDB08AA149D8FC5BB676E7
- SHA-256: 0F51B4FCA41B7FD509E4B8F9D543151F68EFA5E97B08493E4B2A0C06F5D8D5E2
- Headered and unheadered patches included
|Contributor||Type of contribution||Listed credit|
|Mike Ferrell||Hacking||Lead Hacker & Project Manager|
|DarkMage||Original Hacking||FFVI improvement patch|
|GrayShadows||Original Hacking||Natural Ability Extension Patch, Golbez acting as normal magic learner hack, Stat Increase Items, Sp|
|HatZen08||Original Hacking||Guest Adder, Learnable Rage, Step Dance, Antimagic Field, Resilient Morph, Even Gauge, SwrdTech Read|
|angelo26||Original Hacking||Names clean-up patch, Restored ability names, spell granting event command, flashback color in battl|
|Leviathan Mist||Original Hacking||Battle speed up patch and fix|
|Drakkhen||Original Hacking||Physical damage overflow fix patch|
|Master ZED||Original Hacking||New game plus patch|
|Lenophis||Original Hacking||Natural stat growth, new RNG patch|
|assassin17||Original Hacking||Random monster encounter fix patch|
|Madsiur||Original Hacking||Most of ROTDS specific assembly coding (functionalities, additions, tweaks)|
|Synchysi||Original Hacking||Half damage spell back row flag, always sprint hack, gain level command, Health to Miracle|
|Edrin||Original Hacking||Palette change check for characters in WoR hack|
|Lufia||Original Hacking||Step Mine / MP cost ASM hack, in battle swap Steal/Throw function|
|James White||Graphics||all portraits / all monsters / esper sprites, WoB overworld tree, Dragon King, espers sprites|
|Poco Loco||Graphics||Most main characters and NPC sprites, a lot of monster re-colors|
|Zeemis||Graphics||FFIV Meteor spell graphic, Rifle (Auto-crossbow replacement), custom sword "Destiny"|
|Sutebenu||Graphics||A few sprites, Arc portrait, work on other portraits, Aerith, Opera Dress Tifa, Chained Tifa|
|Dr.Blank||Graphics||Elite Knight graphics (sprite)|
|Lijj||Graphics||Original Aurora portrait, and some help with the Onion Knight|
|XolarDark||Graphics||Some spell animations|
|Jackimus||Music||A good number of songs and compositions (see readme)|
|Tsushiy||Music||A few custom songs|
|JCE3000GT||Music||A few song hacks from other games|
|Lockirby||Hacking||WoB & WoR map design and hack|
|Lord Envoy||Script Editing/Revision||Some original bosses and and the FFVI Advance Dragon battle scripts|
|Poco Loco||Script Editing/Revision||A lot of dialog work|
|Sutebenu||Script Editing/Revision||Cleaning up some dialog/grammar in the early stages|
|Magical Trevor||Script Editing/Revision||For his amazing grammar and syntax help|
|Zozma||Graphics||Barberella ('Purple Haired Girl'), Zigfreid, Vargas, Clyde|
|FEOK||Graphics||Fusoya and Pirate sprites|
|Sathka||Graphics||Hector (Old hooded man) sprite|
|Eddie Lee||Graphics||Heartless sprite|
|Koreki||Graphics||Bow Wow graphics|
|Synchysi||Original Hacking||Limited Esper patch, various patches|
|dn||Original Hacking||Rage & Dance descriptions code|
|Lenophis||Original Hacking||Natural Stat Growth patch|
|B-Run||Original Hacking||Characters change palettes in the WoR check, unlearn spell command|
|Bropedio||Original Hacking||Elemental Mixing|
|Think0028||Original Hacking||Don't Reapply Status|
|Eggers||Original Hacking||Extended character palette code|
|seibaby||Original Hacking||Smart Cover, Disable Near Fatal being reapplied if Dead, Independent Stop, Muddle Cancel, Quake remo|
|ScarabEnigma||Graphics||Some sprite work|
|emberling||Music||A bunch of custom songs|
|13375K31C43R||Original Hacking||Lots of patches|
User Review Information
Better than the Original??Reviewed By: Fein on 26 Apr 2018
Where to begin…?
Let’s start with my credentials regarding this game..
I’ve put for sure over 200 hours into this version.
I’ve played through the game two times.
All characters max level.
All spells learned for all characters.
All bonus content completed.
With that being said…
I would play through this game a THIRD time if there was a reason to!
Here’s why I loved this mod:
First - there are multiple difficulty modes
I played through normal mode, then selected the new game + offered at the end, and played through the hardest difficulty mode - Insane mode.
The new game + is AMAZING! The only downside to this was you had to grind your levels back to 99 with all your characters again.. which is really time consuming.
The story line was much better (in my opinion) and made more sense, and was easier to follow than the original.
The espers were all nerfed for balance reasons (which is a negative in my opinion) and for that reason I used them less than 10 times between both play throughs.
Another downside was the character balance. Some characters were obviously overpowered and made the other characters feel obsolete. I realize this is almost always inevitable but some of the inherant skills in the characters were just a little TOO broken.
The difficulty curve was very high even for normal mode - not allowing for a casual playthrough. But, I actually loved this because it enticed the player to create more strategy in the battles.
Insane mode was definitely hard but because you got to carry pretty much everything over from your first file - this made things simple.
ON TO THE CHARACTERS:
Clouds level 7 limit break was completely OP taking almost all of the fun out of insane mode. Otherwise he was an amazing character.
Tifa was just an amazing and fun character during the first playthrough, but useless on insane mode because her reels ability is garbage once you get good gear.
Otis should have had the Steal Command, but he was a very balanced and fun character to use - his jump command was very useful and balanced.
Shadow (who, in this game replaced Gogo) was a very good unit who I think should have had Gau’s rage kit (not reaper). This character could have been much better.
MOG was underwhelming, but was still MOG from the original - I’m glad he’s still the same.
FuSoYa - completely overpowered from beginning to end. His mighty guard lore and his huge list of prelearned magic spells (when you first get him) are way too powerful for that stage of the game.
Golbez - YES AND YES. Amazing character, however his torment is pretty useless.
Eiko - she can summon the equipped esper using her summon ability, but because the espers suck, this is pretty much useless (on a side note, my eiko was bugged and is my favorite character now haha)
Serin (Edgar) has aethers instead of tools which are very balanced but he has one that gives any enemy weakness’s that they wouldn’t normally have (This is OP)
Ronin (Sabin) is generic and his attack power is pitiful… Which sucks because he was my favorite character from the original game. This character could use some love..
Arc is pretty cool actually and would have been my favorite if he received the proper love an onion knight deserves. There should have been special onion knight gear and sword that changed his appearance in battle, he also should be able to equip more gear than he does as well as dual wield naturally.
Oboro (Shadow from the original) was weak.. pretty much never a point to use him because every character can steal using thief knives with dual wield and oboro has to replace his magic slot with an accessory that grants steal… yuck. At least replace his fight command with Mug..
Avalon - completely broken character, especially in your first playthrough. His havoc ability deals damage equal to his life. So he’s dealing thousands of damage a turn where your other units are dealing a couple hundred… You will never take him out your party..
Last but not least, a brief rundown on
I did NOT like the name of the consumables..
Sour diesel? Etc…
I could NEVER remember which was which in battle and it didn’t display during battle! The digestol was remedy but why not just leave it remedy? The original names have been burned into every FF players mind, and just switching it is a bad move.. or at least allow us to highlight an item in battle and show text of what it does..
The weapons curve is bad as well.. the hardest items to actually get in the game are pretty much useless. The zodiac Sword is better than Eternity, Destiny, lightsaber (Leo’s sword), Gamma.. and it’s given to you for free.
The essence shields shouldn’t be in the game.. at all. Especially the gold and red! They absorb 100% elemental damage
The Divine gift is completely useless. Please fix this.
Elixers are impossible to farm or find, but Omni elixers you can buy for cheap… What?
The coliseum was very well done, but Buu is completely impossible to beat.
I could go on an on about development and adjustments, but this is just a review.
OverAll, I give the game a 8.5 out of 10.
The original I would give an 8 out of 10.
I absolutely LOVED this game and it was an amazing experience BOTH playthroughs.
I was thinking about doing an advanced guide for this game as there isn’t one yet. Hmm?
Maybe when 2.0 comes out!
Version 1.8.3 Recommended - Yes
|Great art, bad everything else (long review)||PokeFaize||01 Mar 2021||2.5||No|
|From brilliance to silly.||Old_gamer||12 Mar 2020||2.0.6||Yes|
|Quality Crisp||RayofJay||16 Feb 2020||2.0.5||Yes|
|Better than the Original??||Fein||26 Apr 2018||1.8.3||Yes|
|Best FF6 Hack of 2016||break||23 Aug 2016||1.6.0||Yes|
|So very good||jesusbaddog||23 Aug 2015||1.3||Yes|
|Very Cool Hack||Klaviaturist||27 Jan 2015||1.2||Yes|
|Kludgy, but deserves merit||Endymian||09 Jan 2015||1.1||Yes|