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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 Way FFVI Should Have Been

Reviewed By: ranatalus on 22 Jun 2021

I used to get up in the middle of the night and sneak downstairs to play FF3 on my Super Nintendo while my family was asleep. Like…multiple times a week. FF3 is without a doubt one of my favorite games of all time, and over 25 years later, it still means a lot to me.

When I first read about this romhack while it was in progress, I assumed it would end up a kludgy pile of nonsense with some self-insert fanfiction–but I gave it a shot anyway. I was absolutely blown away. Every single story change made me go “Oh! That fits way better!” and gameplay changes were equally fitting. While it’s certainly no HardType hack, there are minor changes made to make some parts of the system feel more coherent, as well as all the typical bugfixes.

This replaces the original for me. This *is* FF6, the way it was meant to be.

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