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Final Fantasy 6: Divergent Paths

Hack of Final Fantasy III

Description:

Final Fantasy VI: Divergent Paths is a complete modification of Final Fantasy 6 for the SNES. At it’s heart, it is a storyline modification, re-arranging content, re-purposing content, and sometimes adding new content in order to make the game flow more naturally. Leo has been repurposed from a guest to a main character, with a full character arc, sidequests, and even his own musical theme. In addition, every named character receives an end to their story arc, both main characters and side characters.

There are more edits than just storyline modifications though. Instead of replacing an existing character, Leo is added as a 15th fully-playable character. A secret 16th character has been added too. You can even recruit crew members to the Falcon! There are new spells, new espers, new abilities, a reduced encounter rate, dummied content restored, and more. Over 2 dozen hackers are listed in the credits of the manual for contributions to this project.

Even with all of those changes listed, Divergent Paths has become somewhat noteworthy not for its changes, but for its restraint. There is no difficulty rebalancing, no retranslation, no graphical changes, and only a handful of spells and items renamed. Every change is made in service to its characters, and the core of the game remains the same. It never stops feeling like the Final Fantasy 6 you know and love.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Final Fantasy III (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210222-050638)
  • File SHA-1: 258BCBC5B7BCC25098BF598C4FF2AA6AC00FDE16
  • File CRC32: D184D919
  • ROM SHA-1: 4F37E4274AC3B2EA1BEDB08AA149D8FC5BB676E7
  • ROM CRC32: A27F1C7A

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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PowerPandaProduction

User Review Information

The definitive bugfixed and expanded version of the greatest classic Final Fantasy.

Reviewed By: SerjTargarien on 20 Jun 2021

Final Fantasy VI was always my favorite when I was a child. Only when I grew up I discovered that it was plagued with bugs and inconsistencies in gameplay that prevented it from being a real masterpiece in game design as much as it was in graphics, music and world building. Now, 31 years after its release, the romhacking community is thriving, and we have lots of revised and fixed ways to enjoy this classic.

Final Fantasy 6: Divergent Worlds takes what made this game special and makes it more so, without reinventing the wheel. The gameplay stays mostly the same, but every bug in the original game (and there are loads of them) is fixed.

What makes this hack special is that it takes time to make little variations to the story that close most character arcs in a more satisfying way. It takes inspiration from real interviews and development notes for its changes and it really feels coherent with the overarching plot. Some characters that were underdeveloped, abandoned halfway or whose arc was cut short in the original game really shine here, with most secondary characters being at least able to join your airship crew in the late game.

If its your first time playing Final Fantasy VI, maybe try the original plot instead, if just to appreciate the changes made in this mod. Otherwise this feels like the definitive expansion to and already great game.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
No more loose endsOld_gamer10 Jul 20211.1Yes
An excellent spin on FF6dbbbb06 Jul 20211.0Yes
The definitive version of Final Fantasy 6Leqesai23 Jun 20211.0Yes
The Way FFVI Should Have Beenranatalus22 Jun 20211.0Yes
The definitive bugfixed and expanded version of the greatest classic Final Fantasy.SerjTargarien20 Jun 20211.0Yes
Really fun hack!Sarah Shinespark20 Jun 20211.0Yes