...There was a sound effect change? Oh dear. Whenever I can, I need to look at comparisons then... and get ready on v2.12 of Project II...
So, I've made it to Mt Ordeals (at just over 2 hours too---was this game actually this short before?)
Hello, magictrufflez. Not sure if you know, but I made Project II, the mod Namingway Edition was based off of. So I'm gonna answer some of your more general questions that also apply to Project II.
As for this first question, I've personally beaten FFIV on PSone in a little over twelve hours, so yeah. It's always been short! Even shorter for FFIV experts like you and I.
-Is the drop rate formula changed in this hack? Not that I'm [complaining, but I seem to be getting a metric ton more drops than I ever remember getting in the original SNES version or the PS version, so I'm curious
I didn't personally change any drop rates when I restored Project II's original items dropped, and I can't imagine Rodimus would've done so for a mod that is to replicate the Japanese version's difficulty. The only thing that should be different is that all Goblin-type foes can drop the Goblin Eidolon, all Bomb-type foes can now drop the Bomb Eidolon, and all Cockatrice-types can now drop the Cockatrice Eidolon. You are the second person to comment on the drop rates, however, but I think you both were isolated incidents.
-I like the additional commands for Edward, Tellah, Rosa and Yang. The only beef I have is the addition of Salve to Edward. Not that the hack's been particularly hard so far, but Salve pretty much breaks any difficulty for me right up until you lose Ed--I guess I just think a full-party potion command is a bit too OP for the beginning, especially when potions are so cheap.
I actually somewhat agree, but Salve was completely useless before. Also known as Heal, Salve split a Potion among the team, which also consumes the Potion in the process... Potions, in battle, restore 64-96 HP per person. (In the menu, it's a static 96 HP.) It would heal 13-19 HP with five people, 16-24 with four people, and 21-32 with three people. It was only marginally useful, and you'd honestly rather have Edward either Hide until you find the Lamia Harp, or Sing and hope it doesn't miss.
Salve now consumes a Potion, but it technically splits a Hi-Potion among the team, healing (At max.) 64-96 HP per person. I can see where you'd think it's overpowered with less people, but without drastically overhauling the Salve command to not call on items for its usage, there's no real better way to do it and stay true to what the command does.
Just my opinion of course, but I think the rest of the additional commands are a nice touch and don't blast the doors off the difficulty that much, although a lower success rate on Pray wouldn't hurt IMO
That is something Rodimus could probably do if he thinks it's worth it. Pray was originally a 50% chance to cast Cure on the entire team, and now it has a 70% chance to cast Cura on everyone--unless Rodimus changed it. I think, in the spirit of making Namingway Edition truer to the original, it could be lowered to 60%? But I'm not really on the Namingway team, so that's not my call.
-Speaking of difficulty, was this hack only supposed to reflect the Japanese version's difficulty or did it do some other things as well? Maybe it's just my billionth time through being somewhat routine at this point, but it doesn't feel like a lot has been changed on this front
As stated before, Project II (Namingway Edition's base.) did a plethora of things different compared to any other version of FFIV, although many of its changes were inspired by other releases. Further revisions of Namingway Edition should further reflect the process of undoing changes made in the transition from FFIV to FFII US, but as stated before, I'm not officially part of the Namingway team, so please don't take my word for it. However, given Namingway's manifesto, it should be a fair assumption to make.
So far so good though--I like what script changes I've seen, and I'm looking forward to getting farther along! Zero bug too, so basically great job all around so far!
Thank you for the kudos on the script, magictrufflez; I appreciate it a lot.