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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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User Review Information

Hack With a Few Head Scratches

Reviewed By: ZeroXDash on 06 Sep 2022

First off, I love this hack. It’s something Square themselves should have done for the GBA or DS.

But there is also enough to make me wonder why change this? It’s not broken don’t fix it! Here are s few things that people who love this game should know going into this hack:

Relm can naturally learn magic. Makes sense seeing as how her mother was a magic user, but I think her sketch ability should have been fixed instead. Having her level match the ability used would have been nice.

Coin toss should really be Setzer’s move. It shows gambling as a waste of money, and it doesn’t fit Shadow at all. I don’t know why this change was even considered much less implemented.

Breakable weapons. Specifically Edgar. It makes his character almost a nuisance which is a shame because he was one of my favorites. Turns him into an almost Inspector Gadget bumbling buffoon character.

Those are my only gripes really. Everything else is smooth like butter and I can’t thank the hackers enough foe undertaking such a huge project.

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
A fantastic vanilla+ experience, but...ekusu27 Nov 20221.4Yes
Hack With a Few Head ScratchesZeroXDash06 Sep 20221.3Yes
I love this hackeinlanzer25 Aug 20221.3Yes
Great hack for an enhanced game, with a few minor misstepsLigeia22 Aug 20221.3Yes
A great experience!Rin Whyte09 Jun 20221.3Yes
The G.O.A.TKVG198809 May 20221.3Yes
Play it mostly for the few new story beats.Endarire04 Oct 20211.1Yes
No more loose endsOld_gamer10 Jul 20211.1Yes
An excellent spin on FF6dbbbb06 Jul 20211.0Yes
The definitive version of Final Fantasy 6Leqesai22 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