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Author Topic: Phantasy Star II Improvement v4.1 | Reparations: Phantasy Star IV v1.1  (Read 86110 times)

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    The original intent of Phantasy Star II Improvement was to rewrite menu terms to use mixed case, resulting in easier reading. However, thanks to many talented modders, it grew to become a bug fix and minor enhancement patch. Several of the project's highlights are listed below.
    • Optional 2x EXP/MST patch included. Please apply either Standard Edition or Doubled Edition; do not apply both. (Genesis exclusive at the moment)
    • Shir doesn't steal on Dezo (Must be LV 10 to steal VISIPHONE).
    • Script update with lore term consistency.
    • Mixed case enemy names, techs, items, menu labels, location labels; characters can be named with lowercase letters.
    • Bug fixes galore implemented from lory1990's disassembly, originating from Phantasy Star II Bugfix.
    • Faster walking speed.
    • Ally/enemy sprites only flash once when damaged.
    • Unused enemy VANLEADR implemented.
    • New equipment: SilverClaw, Wave Shot, ElastcVest.
    • LAC DAGGER stats fixed.
    • SHINB allows escape from organic and evil enemies.
    • Hugh can equip more chestplates.
    • Nei, Shir, and Amy's techs rebalanced.






    At long last, I can deliver the Phantasy Star IV project I've always dreamed of, all thanks to lory1990's Phantasy Star IV disassembly. Reparations: Phantasy Star IV is a complete script tweak that fuses naturally-spoken, more succinct English with the game's original script. With this careful method, players can experience a revised PSIV that heavily respects its official localization. Below are just some of the features of this proud accomplishment.
    • Implements all fixes from lory1990's Phantasy Star IV Bugfix.
    • Script tweaked to read more naturally for an overall more polished experience. Lore terms now conform to standards set by Phantasy Star I and II.
    • Location labels and several menu selections expanded.
    • Updated soundtrack titles for consistency with the international names and terms, and to avoid poor English.
    • Proper case menu text, replacing most mid-string dashes with spaces.
    • Updated ability names where appropriate to avoid abbreviation. Esper magic skills renamed to standards set by Phantasy Star I.
    • Adjusted inventory descriptions.
    • Item RYKR-RING is now a helmet for Hahn, Gryz, Demi, Raja, and Kyra.
    • Gryz can equip most knives; see the readme or equipment list for more details.





    To Steam players who would like to use these mods legally with the Genesis/Mega Drive Classics Simple Launcher:
    Please refer to Spooniest's guide Mods in the Simple Launcher: How I Did It.

    You may have noticed that I also have a Phantasy Star III mod; please play Rebecca Capowski and Peaches' retranslation instead.[/list]
    « Last Edit: October 14, 2020, 10:13:53 pm by vivify93 »
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    Now if only someone would go through those games and expand the menus and stuff so we can get full item names AND lower case fonts.

    Edit: I forgot to say it, but that looks amazing, btw.

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    Zippyshare deletes files after a time, so get ‘em while they're hot! Thanks in advance for checking them out, and have a lovely day! :)

    If you want I can make sendspace mirrors that will last for at least 3 1/2 years (the length of my max account) for you?

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    Now if only someone would go through those games and expand the menus and stuff so we can get full item names AND lower case fonts.

    Edit: I forgot to say it, but that looks amazing, btw.

    ~DS
    Thanks DS! :D I'd prefer people to get crackin' on Phantasy Star generation:1 and Phantasy Star generation:2, personally. I'd look into PS2 emulation for those games, no question! I've always really wanted to try the Phantasy Star series, but I've had many failed attempts... the generation duology looks like it'd be just right.

    If you want I can make sendspace mirrors that will last for at least 3 1/2 years (the length of my max account) for you?
    That would be amazing. Thank you, cobaltex!
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    Zippyshare deletes files after a time, so get ‘em while they're hot! Thanks in advance for checking them out, and have a lovely day! :)

    vivify93, why don't you submit those patches to RHDN?

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    Don't you need to supply a direct download link? The way those are accessed, you need to go to the website and then press the download button. Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think I can upload them here...
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    We provide a list of available options under the file submissions section, here: http://www.romhacking.net/?page=help&action=additionalhelp

    Personally, I recommend creating a dropbox account. It's quite useful even for non-romhacking purposes :)

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    Thanks for the info, golden! I decided to submit them. :thumbsup: They should be up sooner or later.

    They're up. I'll link them here for convenience, but I'll also link them in the opening post.

    vivify93's Phantasy Star II Proper-caser.
    vivify93's Phantasy Star: The end of the Millenium Proper-caser.
    « Last Edit: May 22, 2012, 04:23:46 am by vivify93 »
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    Thanks for the info, golden! I decided to submit them. :thumbsup: They should be up sooner or later.

    Cool! Glad to know :)

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    Edit: I forgot to say it, but that looks amazing, btw.

    Good screenshots, too...looks like you did your homework.

    Thanks again for your help with SG, btw...it really took it up a notch to have the larger font.
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    already started on Phantasy Star 2 with the reduced difficulty hack and this AND the retranslation all combined into one fine thing of beauty.

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    already started on Phantasy Star 2 with the reduced difficulty hack and this AND the retranslation all combined into one fine thing of beauty.

    And it works with no hiccups? Also, in what order did you do the patching in?
    Who will quote me next?
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    Good screenshots, too...looks like you did your homework.

    Thanks again for your help with SG, btw...it really took it up a notch to have the larger font.
    Oh, no problem, Spooniest! I'm just kind of a nerd about fonts. ;D It was nice to begin with, as I believe I've said before. As for the screenshots, I'm a bit familiar with the series though I must admit I have yet to even beat the first in the Genesis set.

    already started on Phantasy Star 2 with the reduced difficulty hack and this AND the retranslation all combined into one fine thing of beauty.
    Well thanks, Validus! Though I must admit, I believe the retranslation already does what I did with a few missing instances. Still, if you applied mine first everything should still be okay!

    And it works with no hiccups? Also, in what order did you do the patching in?
    Well, I can't speak for Validus, but I'd assume the natural progression would be mine first (I asked it to be used first in the readme), then the retranslation, then the difficulty mod as it alters something other than the text. Hope that helps, Garoth! :)
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    Sounds like trolling if you ask me. I tried combining the proper-caser with the easymode in either order using LunarIPS, and recieved a res screen of death both times.

    So what's the story, morning glory?
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    Well, I can't speak for Validus, but I'd assume the natural progression would be mine first (I asked it to be used first in the readme), then the retranslation, then the difficulty mod as it alters something other than the text. Hope that helps, Garoth! :)

    That sounds like a natural progression to me, although wouldn't the retranslation redo your work? I haven't looked into how the retranslation works, so I'm just guessing, but I was curious enough to ask.

    Sounds like trolling if you ask me. I tried combining the proper-caser with the easymode in either order using LunarIPS, and recieved a res screen of death both times.

    So what's the story, morning glory?

    I wouldn't want to rule Validus's post as trolling just yet (although this user a new-topic-philiac or something...) but maybe that's me being optimistic...
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    That sounds like a natural progression to me, although wouldn't the retranslation redo your work? I haven't looked into how the retranslation works, so I'm just guessing, but I was curious enough to ask.
    Well, it'd change the character names and it'd redo some of the items, but as I recall some dialogue instances were never changed back, and a few menu strings weren't put in proper case... That and I restored the gay musician's original line. :D "Hey, he looks smart!" to "Hey, he looks cute!" Don't think the retranslation did that.

    Sounds like trolling if you ask me. I tried combining the proper-caser with the easymode in either order using LunarIPS, and recieved a res screen of death both times.

    So what's the story, morning glory?
    Fusion told me the checksum is incorrect. I'm betting that Reiska never fixed the checksum for PSII easy mode - that or combining the two messes it up. Fix CheckSum should work. I'll report my results.

    EDIT: Yeah, Fix CheckSum makes it work just fine. It's also possible that Validus has Fusion's "AutoFix Checksums" box checked off, which presumably does as the label says.

    Wow, that's a lot of "check."
    « Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 06:14:57 pm by vivify93 »
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    Confirmed, when treated with FixChecksum, applying the patches in this order works just fine.

    1. Proper-Case
    2. Retranslation
    3. Easymode

    Then treat it with FixChecksum and you're all set.

    I retract my earlier accusation of trolling...something about that Validus just rubs me the wrong way... :D
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    Glad it works for you, Spooniest! While we're retracting statements, I retract mine about Reiska not fixing the checksum. They likely did, it's just that Genesis emulation doesn't happen to like the fact that patches were mixed.

    EDIT: The reason I say combining patches is the cause of the checksum becoming incorrect? I also mixed the PS: Teotm proper-caser with the level 99 bug fix, and I know for a fact that Sixfortyfive corrected the checksum for that patch as I've briefly poked around in Teotm before.

    EDIT 2: I'd like to note that I would also be interested in making a version of this for Phantasy Star II's port in the Phantasy Star Collection for the GBA. I'd also like to tinker around a bit with the GBA port of Phantasy Star - as in the first of the series - and though it's in mostly ASCII so I could go do it right now, I really, really want to mess with the names of the battle commands and spells. ATTK, MAGC, HELP, PROT, TELE, TERR, WIND, and THUN all definitely, definitely need to be changed... But I don't really have the desire to do that right now.
    « Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 11:23:40 pm by vivify93 »
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    EDIT 2: I'd like to note that I would also be interested in making a version of this for Phantasy Star II's port in the Phantasy Star Collection for the GBA. I'd also like to tinker around a bit with the GBA port of Phantasy Star - as in the first of the series - and though it's in mostly ASCII so I could go do it right now, I really, really want to mess with the names of the battle commands and spells. ATTK, MAGC, HELP, PROT, TELE, TERR, WIND, and THUN all definitely, definitely need to be changed... But I don't really have the desire to do that right now.
    If you do just remember that psc's ps has a few bugs, just to name a few (that I remember), certain combinations of levels+equipment make the chrs immune to certain monsters (take no dmg>lvl up>start taking damage again), and the whole collection shares a bug where it'll randomly crash when you go to save (not a problem if your using save states :P, but when your playing on the actual cart it's pretty damn annoying :banghead:)

    P.S. Do you still want those sendspace links or are you good?

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    I'm good, cobaltex, but thanks for the offer and information!
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