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Final Fantasy VI - Sound Restoration hack and few framerate drop

Hack of Final Fantasy VI Advance

Description:

This hack, that could also be called “FF6 advance as it should have been”, basically replace the music with the original music from the SNES version (gone the aggressive fuzzy instruments).

The framerate drops, although not entirely suppressed, are greatly reduced, so this version plays almost as smoothly as the SNES original.

All 3 releases of the game (Japan, America, Europe) are supported.

The opera songs can optionally be patched to have true opera soloists, and the major part of the opera tunes are played by Tokio’s orchestra (European version of the ROM only).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • European version
  • CRC32: D15DEBA5
  • MD5: 7F6BF3B4D84F113AA454136E5B53FD77
  • SHA-1: C5B27ED0870EA64E6A001C5BC367F76571ACE973
  • -
  • American version
  • CRC32: D708F5AB
  • MD5: D1C3D1798A3F347FBAB41F151C99DECE
  • SHA-1: E9A2A58BC56ACE26CB56D0CF5CDAD1A10AA5DEDF
  • -
  • Japanese version
  • CRC32: D67478FE
  • MD5: 09DAF6531DED19B7921367084E439B2F
  • SHA-1: 1850FEDDE7305C4BAF42E0594AAABE17C549D7E2

Links:

Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BregaladHacking

User Review Information

Nope. Too much hissing. (even more than vanilla)

Reviewed By: IAMNOTRANA on 07 Nov 2021

I understand and really appreciate the hard work that went into making this, but it simply isn’t enough thanks to how GBAs are built, a system that never had a dedicated sound chip, and it had to compete with the CPU itself to produce the sound, hence why you see frame-drop in the GBA port.

The vanilla game already has a lot of hissing sound, so it’s nothing new for the game. But sadly, this patch not just replaces the music with the SNES version but also amplifies the hissing sound to some obnoxious level. I don’t even use expensive headphones, and I still notice the hissing sound throughout the game. Eventually, I got so annoyed that I left the game in the middle and went back to the SNES port. Probably the worst offender is how even a silent moment has a hissing effect, something not even the vanilla game had.

I’m probably stretching it, and maybe I sound like someone who played FF6 many times before, but this was my first time playing this game, and I still had a lot to complain about. I’m being too harsh here because you have to understand FFVI’s main hook comes from its music, and without it, it simply loses that magic.

The current state of FF6 ports is pretty bad overall without mods, but if I have to recommend a definitive way to experience this game, then the SNES port with ROSE patch is the way to go for new comers.

Version 2.1 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Nope. Too much hissing. (even more than vanilla)IAMNOTRANA07 Nov 20212.1No
Once you hear the hissing you cannot unhearG06124 Jul 20172.1No
Mostly Great - Opera is divisiveChibiNinja02 Apr 20172.1Yes
Amazingxordspar026 Jul 20162.1Yes
Backgound noise/hissingencoreAC27 May 20162.1Yes
Much better nowJohn Enigma10 Mar 20162.01Yes
That's much better!Chronosplit20 Mar 20162.01Yes
Thank you!safaribans31 Aug 2012N/AYes
Great job!TheZunar12330 Jan 2013N/AYes
A Musical PerspectiveSpooniest04 Jun 2012N/AYes
This makes the GBA version perfectHrith07 Feb 2011N/AYes
Fixed what the GBA version is lacking.Zoel27 Sep 2010N/AYes