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Final Fantasy IV - Ultima

Hack of Final Fantasy II

Description:

Final Fantasy IV - Ultima is a ‘deluxe’ version of Final Fantasy II for the SNES. This hack adds a bunch of additions to the base game while keeping the majority of the main story intact and the feel of FF2US the same.

List of features, additions and changes:

  • Party Swapping among 10 different members at Endgame!!
  • Dark Knight Cecil now available at endgame!!
  • A VERY Challenging BOSS RUSH Mode unlocked at endgame!!
  • 45 New Weapons! Including Magically Imbued Weapons!
  • 44 New Spells! Also revamped existing spells!
  • 28 New Bosses! Brand New Boss at Endgame with Randomized AI!
  • New Status ‘Aura’ for buffs during battle!!
  • Damage Limit increased to 14999! Can turn Encounters On/Off!
  • New Areas! New Side Quests! New and Upgradable Commands!!
  • New Enemy Graphics! New Events! New Endgame Scenarios!
  • New Equipment Screen with DETAILED buffs and stats!!
  • New attack/swing/spell animations!
  • New weapon graphics!! New sound effects! New items!!
  • New maps, new areas and new edits to overworld maps!
  • New events! New enemies!! Sprint with the Y button!!
  • New commands for characters. New Armors and Gears!
  • Revamped shops/equipment and balanced their progression.
  • Dark Knight Cecil now dual-wields and is 2-handed!!
  • Edge is now buffed offensively! Stealing is also buffed!
  • Rydia has also been buffed. It’s a surprise!
  • Cecil has been buffed as a tank.
  • Rosa can use more White Mage combative gears.
  • Kain has new offensive buffing spells.
  • Yang, Edward, Palom, Porom and others have also been buffed!
  • Rare items and summons now drop much easier! This hack’s main game is designed as a ‘play-through’ without grinding.
  • Many enemies now have meaningful rare drops, and all end-game enemies now have rare ultimate drops!
  • Lots of secrets that can lead to early acquirement of better equipment!
  • Few minor tweaks to the base game such as save points, etc.
  • MOST items/equipment are now non-missable. Meaning they will be acquirable in some ways at end-game.

More guides and info at:

http://www.8bitfan.info/ Discord: https://discord.gg/4MqjwJt

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy II (U) [!] (v1.1).smc
  • English
  • Version 1.1
  • Unheadered (1,049,088 bytes)
  • CRC-32: 23084FCD
  • MD-5: 27D02A4F03E172E029C9B82AC3DB79F7
  • SHA-1: 41A74EB369A7A91815529EF99AB1B20E20E2BDF3E26

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
8-bit fanHacking
chillyfeezHackingTechnical Producer - Custom Graphics/ASM work
vivify93HackingProject II used as base
Grimoire LDHackingCritical Hit bug fix, Adamant Armor bug fix
Myself086HackingImproved Sprint function
b0ardfaceHackingAttack Power Overflow bug fix
PinkpuffHackingFF4kster
AexodenHackingVarious ASM work
Crow!HackingAdvanced Equipment Screen mod

User Review Information

Shaping up to be one of the best hacks of all time!

Reviewed By: firedropdl on 11 Sep 2020

Way back I played an earlier version of this mod, and didn’t even realize early on that I was playing an updated version of it now. Even in its infancy it was very enjoyable, but the team has obviously put a lot of love and time into this project to bring it to where it’s at today.

Some people seem to complain about things like excessive grinding being present and will give a NO recommendation for this game, but I think that it needs to be appreciated that the mod wasn’t made for them. This was a game that was made at a time when excessive grinding in RPGs was the norm and everything wasn’t just given to you for free. That being said, if you were to play both the original game and this mod back to back you would find that the grinding has been significantly diminished from the original game, so really there should be no complaints at all on that front in my opinion. In fact, I had actually been overgrinding quite a bit since I had to spend a large portion of the final hours I played the game with the encounters turned off because they had nothing new to offer me since I was maxed out with most of the best gear.

I also disagree with anyone who complains about the placement of the new special dungeons as well. I actually thought it was kind of a treat when I realized early on that there were new caves in the overworld map and that most of them required a bit of thinking about how to actually get to them. Was it maybe a little annoying to put that work in and find out that I was way under-leveled to be there and that you couldn’t even engage with the bosses that early on? Sure. But at the same time it really gave a sense of wonderment at what the future of the game would bring once I progressed further in the original story. It made a game I’ve probably played 2 dozen times in my life “new” again.

I’ve always been a fan of trying to de-construct how the RNG treats things like special drops through the use of save states as well, and I found it quite fun to grind some enemies with the help of the save states to get great gear. Really a treat when you figure out that an enemy early on will drop something like the Zeus Gloves and you can outfit your entire team with this huge boost far before you were meant to pick one up in a chest as well.

Very much looking forward to different difficulty modes being added in the future as well as any other surprises that might be found.

Some suggestions that I might add for the future of the game…

1. More and bigger Special Dungeons!!! Maybe even a “secret Moon” to put even more of them. These were a fantastic addition IMO, and it would be awesome to see them become larger than just single screen deals. Maybe even have some new NPC dialog trees in areas of the game that were long abandoned late in the story that say things which no longer make sense in the late game and replace them with “lore” about these new dungeons, the enemies and bosses inside of them and the possible rewards that they might hold. For instance, the dude with the telescope might have some new dialog and tell you to look into it again to see a pallet swapped moon that shows up after you trigger the event, and an additional option could be added when you touch the crystal in the Whale to go to the moon or to this new area?

2. Drop the “Encounters: ON/OFF” custom menu option and replace it with an equippable accessory like a Charm Bangle like other games in the series use.

3. Change or make additions to the end-of-game scenario if all “special/extra” post-game content is completed. As amazing as it is to have all of this post-game content, I feel like the spoils of battle end up being nothing more than cool things that you really don’t need after you’ve obtained them. By the time you reach the end game bosses, if you’ve been doing all of the extra content, you’re almost surely level 99 and all that extra gear is just going to make the final boss a cakewalk.

Hmmmmm…… Maybe AI becomes sentient when his master dies and comes back for one last battle with his plans to carry out his now fallen master’s wishes???

Anyhow. Awesome job here. I can’t believe you all are still working on this thing and I always feel like modders and hackers never actually get the amount of praise they actually deserve for all the unpaid time and energy they put into these types of things. Please know that you do have a very appreciative crowd for the work that you do.

THANKS!

Version 11.5 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Shaping up to be one of the best hacks of all time!firedropdl11 Sep 202011.5Yes
Best romhack I've ever playedIMainLucas24 Aug 202011.21Yes
One of the best expansion mod I playedElia11 Aug 202011.21Yes
A fantastic mod that is ultimate version of FFIVedgeworth07 Aug 202011.2Yes
Best FF4 hack out there, by far.NWCHAOS20 Jul 202010.2Yes
The best version of FFIV to playatlanta4023 May 20209.0Yes
Overpowered post game bosses that require grinding.zeteginara18 May 20209.0No
Not enough new content to keep me goingLigeia15 Apr 20208.52No
Good game, but still need some upgradesVolganos05 Apr 20208.35Yes
Ultima Edition is right!Cronobolt22 Feb 20208.0Yes
Not just the best FFIV hack ever, but possibly the best *ROM HACK* ever.scarlet15 Feb 20207.01Yes
Unlocks the "Ultima" potential of Final Fantasy IVAce_Aileron14 Feb 20207.01Yes
Lotta Love Went Into ThisPhaxuji11 Mar 20208.30Yes
Nothing Spoony About ThisKarsh Highwind11 Feb 20207.01Yes
An authentic but vastly improved experience.mathguy8608 Feb 20207.01Yes
Dream come true for FF4 fansNinjatemper15 Nov 20195.41Yes
A Really Good FF4 Expansion Modyeul120306 Nov 20195.21fYes
The best version of Final Fantasy 4 !!nookisabelle24 Aug 20194.31fYes
BeautifulIndyblackmage9730 Jul 20194.10fYes
Great HackQueen Zeal22 Jul 20194.0Yes
This is true present for us !tonshinden23 Jun 20193.21cYes
Awesome hack, play this even if you beaten the original many times.liraman24 Apr 20192.10dYes
The definitive version of Final Fantasy 4!Echoherb26 Aug 20194.32fYes
Final Fantasy Fans, New or Old, Definitely Give it a GoWebbhead0826 Sep 20181.0cYes