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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!!
  • New Game+ mode with higher MAX level/stats!!
  • 48 New Weapons! Including Magically Imbued Weapons!
  • 60 New Spells/Summons! Also revamped existing spells!
  • 36 New Bosses! Brand New Boss at Endgame with Randomized AI!
  • New Status ‘Aura/Color’ for buffs/ailments 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/Spell Menus with DETAILED info!!
  • 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 fanHackingHack Creator
chillyfeezHackingTechnical Producer - ASM work
Ace_AileronScript Editing/RevisionAdditional dialogue/descriptions
vivify93HackingProject II
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

Truly a "Deluxe" Version of a Beloved Classic

Reviewed By: Lilyily on 06 Dec 2021

Just to establish my background, I’ll say I’ve played FF2/4 for years on and off. Every couple years or so I’ll do a playthrough or pick up a new version. I own more or less 10+ variations of this Final Fantasy, whether it’s the original cartridge, re-ports, remakes, retranslations, remasters, and I’ve played the additional After Years content. Basically, I’ve seen a LOT of the world of Final Fantasy 2/4.

When they say this version is the “deluxe” version, they are not kidding. Some other very elaborate, well-made romhacks take the story and change it entirely or add new plot elements. FF2 Ultima takes the original story and game and greatly enhances upon it. For those looking for a dramatically enhanced experience while keeping the original FF2’s story intact, this is it.

The translation is one of the best I’ve seen. When one of your few mediums is text, the translation really matters! In this version the intended personalities of the characters come through wonderfully in text. Whether it’s Cid’s loveable gruffness, Edge’s edginess, Palom’s attitude, or Tellah being a stubborn old pighead, the characters are brought to life through even just text (and their sprites, but largely text).

The gameplay is kept intact yet enhanced. Many items that were not in the original FF2 US version are back again. They add additional options to your combat and allow characters that normally can’t do certain things to do new things, like using an item to cast slow so that your white mages can be freed up to cast other things or using an elemental damage item when they previously could just physically attack. These items were added in later official remakes, but it is nice to see them in the most classic version of this game.

Characters have been given somewhat rebalanced stats and commands that were not present in the FF2 US version are back as well. Some characters even have new commands and spells entirely unique to this romhack, which really makes things feel fresh even for someone like me that has played a LOT of FF2/4.

All of the familiar areas are still present and several new areas have been added. Treasure in chests has been arranged differently, with more powerful treasure able to be obtained earlier in some places, albeit behind trapped chests with tougher than average encounters. Throughout the whole game there are added dungeons with added items, both old and new. Unlike a lot of additions, these new areas are not exclusive to the end of the game, and are placed throughout the game in a very well thought-out, balanced manner. You are rewarded for exploring.

Multiple new bosses have been added, both optional and as a part of the game’s story itself. Like the new areas, they’re well-thought out and nicely balanced, with some presenting a decent challenge. The added optional bosses DEFINITELY present a challenge, and can be encountered at certain points in the story and defeated for powerful, useful gear. Beating them is not easy, and you feel very well-rewarded if you do so when they can first be encountered. I cannot speak for the superbosses at the end of the game, just that I know each encounter is unique and requires a different strategy. There are many of them, so there’s no shortage of extra things to do.

Rounding out all these new additions are just straight up improvements, like the ability to swap your party members at the end of the game. All those party members with new stats and new commands and spells? You can now experiment with many different combinations of them! Shops have updated item lists. Previously tedious to acquire items can be purchased (albeit at a decent cost).

Add all this to the fact that this romhack is STILL receiving updates and you have one of, if not the most definitive editions of Final Fantasy 2(4). Whether you re-play FF2/4 every so often or haven’t played it for years and are looking for a classic experience again, I highly recommend this romhack. Square Enix, take notes. This is how you treat your timeless classics.

Version 32k Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Pretty good mostlyhordeq11 Dec 202132kYes
Truly a "Deluxe" Version of a Beloved ClassicLilyily06 Dec 202132kYes
An amazing update to an amazing game!TrevorGayworth05 Dec 202132kYes
Great ROM hack that any ff enjoyer should try!Requiem05 Dec 202132kYes
Best FFIV hack I've playedStratosVX13 Jul 202125kYes
Play Itsmbai02 May 202125kYes
11/10 hack for suresd2207 Apr 202121.5Yes
The ultima.Anoram09 Mar 202122.1Yes
WOW ! Unbelievableryanimay09 Jan 202120kYes
One of a kind standard.Old_gamer20 Dec 202020kYes
Amazing Hackeinlanzer18 Dec 202012.1bYes
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!Echoherb03 May 202125kYes
Final Fantasy Fans, New or Old, Definitely Give it a GoWebbhead0826 Sep 20181.0cYes