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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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Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PowerPandaProduction

User Review Information

No more loose ends

Reviewed By: Old_gamer on 10 Jul 2021

Ever since I first played this I was always bothered by the fact that some characters were just gone and left a lot of loose ends. Felt incomplete.

Divergent paths gets to the part that bothers many and gets some closure and changes things that frankly make a lot of sense and other situations you may have wondered about. The new added scenes are a breath of fresh air with excellent dialog. New situations work perfectly. Best is what happens in Thamasa is quite gripping and tense.

All Espers give some level gains, even a speed up one comes in much earlier. New spells are nice.

This is a great hack that makes this a more worthwhile game. I only would have one request is to merge this new awesome content with a slick original translation as to remove the often bad vanilla dialog that is present here to have a full excellent experience.

Still, this is the best version of Final Fantasy 6 to date.

Version 1.1 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