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Final Fantasy IV: The Darkness Within

Hack of Final Fantasy II

Description:

This romhack is a redesign of the original Final Fantasy IV game, focusing mostly on a revamped story and rebalanced gameplay. A lot of development time went into ensuring that the game was challenging and engaging to all playstyles.

Hack features

  • Character and Enemy stat, AI, and drop adjustments.
  • Spell lists and learned spell levels have been adjusted for most characters.
  • Several spells have had their power/accuracy/elements/cast time adjusted in an effort to make all spells serve a purpose. Some spells removed. Some spells added.
  • Summons revamped or altered.
  • Several new abilities have been changed/added/re-introduced to the game.
  • Equipment overhauled including new accessories which behave like relics from later games. Crow!’s TLD Equipment Screen mod makes the equipment menu far more informational. A Weapon/Armor Chart is also included for viewing items outside of the game.
  • Several characters are capable of equipping different weapon types. These weapon types offer differing styles of gameplay intended to allow the player to hybridize certain characters. Different weapons grant different stat bonuses.
  • Fat Chocobos no longer require an item to summon. They can be found in most small chocobo forests as well as a few other places.
  • Many dialogue and naming changes to coincide with later releases and easier reading.
  • Nearly every dialogue box in the game was edited or completely altered. Proper English is now used in most cases, and the characters should display more personality with their new dialogue.
  • Events occur in a different order from the original game almost right from the start!
  • A number of sidequests have been added at roughly the 2/3 point of the game which provide a break from the action as well as VERY lucrative rewards.
  • Y-button dashing, increased menu speed, and ATB bars visible in battle courtesy of Myself086!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Final Fantasy II (USA) (Rev 1)
  • (No-Intro version 20130701-030720)
  • File MD5: 27D02A4F03E172E029C9B82AC3DB79F7
  • File SHA-1: 41A74EB369A7A91815529EF99AB1B20E2BDF3E26
  • File CRC32: 23084FCD

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
RynzerHackingMod author
dee_ehnHackingHacking assistance
chillyfeezHackingHacking assistance & Critical Hit Fix patch
Grimoire LDHackingCritical Hit Fix patch
b0ardfaceHackingHacking assistance
Myself086HackingHacking assitance & Dash/Menu speed/ATB patch
Crow!HackingTLS Equipment Screen mod
Dragoon ZEROHackingLong Range Fix patch

User Review Information

A very interesting take on FFIV!

Reviewed By: cpzivich on 19 Jun 2020

Without giving away any spoilers, this hack changes the sequence of events right from the opening cutscenes. The overall plot is largely left in tact, but details along the way are reworked, and some events are witnessed from a different point of view.

The author has come up with a very creative twist on the story, and I really enjoyed going through the game, wondering what twist or turn was coming up next.

The difficultly is also a step above the vanilla version, which is a very welcome change. Most encounters will take a few rounds of combat, and the boss battles are intense. For a lot of the bosses, I ended up needing to come up with a solid strategy, and even then there were a few defeats along the way. As someone who finds the vanilla FFIV and FFVI games fun but just simply too easy, this was a breath of fresh air without being unfair.

The characters personalities have been amplified slightly through modified dialogue, and I found the changes entertaining. I think my favorite sequence may have been the lead up to the fight with the water fiend at Baron - it was simply intense what the author has created there.

Fantastic work on this hack - I really enjoyed playing through it and would recommend it to anyone who likes FFIV.

Version 1.08 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Cool new story. I didn't even know something like this was possible.firedropdl18 Sep 20201.08Yes
A very interesting take on FFIV!cpzivich19 Jun 20201.08Yes
Fantastic Hack!betspen29 Apr 20201.08Yes
Absolve the darkness withinOld_gamer21 Nov 20191.08Yes
A totally new take on FFIV, fun!tampa03cobra17 Jan 20181.07dYes
Come for the story, stay for the bosses!Toad00426 Sep 20171.07aYes
Not bad, but has room for improvementfaltain26 Jul 20161.04No
Shows why the original Final Fantasy IV should been family-friendly.thepatrickinator10 Jul 20161.04Yes