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Final Fantasy Ultra Champion Edition

Hack of Final Fantasy

Description:

Final Fantasy Ultra just got better! The philosophy is still to add and change as much as possible for the better, while still staying true to the spirit of the game.

Here is a list of improvements over Final Fantasy Ultra:

    X. Version 1.1 has an easier Volcano section and many little improvements.

    1. Enemies have more hitpoints, making fights more strategic.

    2. BLNK (evasion for one character) has been replaced with SLD2 (about as strong as the original SHLD). There’s now a SLD3, which is about as strong as the previous SLD2.

    3. Some of the white spells have been shifted around for balance reasons and to make classes more specific in their role.

    4. CUREring replaced with TMPRring.

    5. Ninja now gets 4 attack rating per level.

    6. Lots of little aesthetic changes, like new colors for the classes!

    7. Many many many little rebalances and tidbits (like more npcs saying what magic does, items in different places, and more gold from enemies around Crescent Lake)

    8. You can’t get to the Ice Cave unless you have the Airship. Too many playtesters went there for the Floater!

    9. Two new secret equips. Good luck finding out how to use them!

    10. Tents/Cabins/Houses got buffed

    11. Class selection bug removed (thanks Disch!)

    12. Volcano dungeon got nerfed, Water shrine buffed.

    13. Paladin, Ninja, Ranger, and Monk cast slightly less spells.

    14. Running away is harder and better balanced.

This hack still has all the improvements found in the original Final Fantasy Ultra:

    12 classes at the start instead of 6

    Each class is especially good at one thing and average to bad at everything else.

    Except the Fool class, who is bad at everything.

    Battle animations sped up. Spells are divided into direct (the top two spells in a store) and indirect (the bottom half).

    Many spells added and altered.

    Spell names changed to be clearer as to what they do (SHLD instead of FOG, CLNS instead of PURE, etc.)

    Every level of magic has a single target damage spell and all enemies spell.

    FIRE only hits one enemy, making the HARM spell better against armies of undead.

    Generally less spells that kill or stone in one hit.

    More spells can be cast, especially for dedicated casters.

    Intellect influences the power of spells.

    Healing is much stronger

    Spell damage is also stronger, but since hitpoints have also increased, damage spells are only relatively stronger for casters with high intelligence.

    Enemies use more abilities, and do so in more interesting ways

    More interesting battle formations

    More interesting enemy properties, such as regeneration and elemental properties.

    TMPR spell works properly.

    Everything has more hit points, making fights more tactical.

    Enemies drop less gold, making chests much more attractive, and forcing the player to choose between which items they want to buy the most.

    Only two types of armor (Body and Shield) so there’s more room to store magical items.

    Only the 10 magical items can cast spells.

    Poison and regeneration is now at 10%.

    Any combination of classes (without twins or Fools) can properly beat the game.

    No combination of classes is remarkably better at beating the game than another.

    Dungeons:

    Added escape teleports in most of the dungeons, making it more attractive to level up where the action and gear is.

    Balanced game to make full trip through whole dungeon on first try very hard, but rewarding to go in, get some loot, restock and go in again to get further. Most dungeons take around three trips to complete.

    Most fights can be run away from, except on ‘tiled’ squares. Dragons, Mindflayers, Eyes, Worms, Basilisks, and Bosses are not runnable.

    Getting the Ship, Papyrus, Oxyale and Crown requires doing a dungeon.

    Four extra dungeons to do after Tiamat.

    All sorts of new paths and new tricks.

    Dungeons feature items found in nearby towns, giving incentive to try to get the items there instead of just buying them in shop.

    End dungeons feature special end-game weapons for each class.

    Boss battles made much more interesting.

    Overworld

    Dash button added.

    Player can immediately go to Dwarf Cave, which is a tough trip but grants extra gold

    Player doesn’t need Ship to get to Elves.

    Player doesn’t need Airship beat the game, as ports have been removed.

    Three places where player can fight against tougher enemies for experience boost if they’re into that kind of thing (like the original PoP).

    You now save a prince instead of a princess. Corneria has two queens. For gender diversity.

    Secret overpowered enemies for bragging rights.

    Mystic Key only unlocks items in Dwarf Cave, Elf Castle and Human Castle.

    No poison inducing enemies until the Elf area (by then the player should have some CLNS potions.)

    Other:

    Hundreds of tweaks not worth mentioning.

    Years of polish thanks to dozens of playthroughs and feedback from playtesters.

Credit is due to PinkPuff for letting me build upon their hack, Final Fantasy Negative One.

There are two complete ‘Let’s Plays’ here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG8tnpjgDvw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r1-bIEqmRs

Discuss the game here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/522595-final-fantasy/72712637 And since I’m always keen on feedback, you can email me at: robertaugustdemeijer@gmail.com

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy (U) [!].nes
  • CRC32: AB12ECE6
  • MD5: 9B0F042C FDC5F9E8 200B4710 4A4768A9
  • SHA1: 80CE108F BC066C98 5D4FB541 BD68E9A7 C8994FEB

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User Review Information

Fun hack with a lot of polish

Reviewed By: retrohacknerd on 03 Oct 2022

Really recommend this hack to FF1 fans. The new classes are a blast. The equipment has been simplified. Maps redone, new dungeons to explore, and a lot of options re: where to go and what to do next as the game goes on.

The magic has been redone and it works great. All spells are useful and magic users all get spells specific to their intended combat role. I like that there are no level restrictions. For example, my ninja ended up able to use level 7 direct black magic and would have eventually gotten level 8 charges if I kept leveling. This made the ninja a viable hybrid throughout the entire game with no drop-off in usefulness. I love it. Same with Paladin - he was a viable healer for the entire game. Hybrids are not completely overpowered though, as they get spell charges a lot more slowly than full time casters.

The difficulty felt good to me, though by the end game I felt overpowered. That is fine though. I don’t need every hack to be a difficulty mod :) ToFR felt like a victory lap and that’s OK. The real fun of FF Ultra CE is the class system and the many choices for building your party. I went with a balanced party (Paladin/Viking/Ninja/Sage) that probably made the game feel easier than with some other parties.

If you’re looking for a fresh take on FF1 with some fun new unit choices - you’ve found it. Great work to everyone who contributed to this hack.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Fun hack with a lot of polishretrohacknerd03 Oct 20221.1Yes
Fun mostly. Confusing as hell sometimes. A great change of pace, but dont expect any challengeepicmask10 Jan 20221.1Yes
Good and interesting. Feels midlly unfinished. Not ideal for a 1st experience with FF1.Bananadine05 Aug 20211.1Yes
An improvement over vanilla FF1cpzivich18 Jun 20201.1Yes
A Nice Change of Paceorin690907 Jan 20191.0Yes
Play Now, if you liked FF1Webbhead0813 Sep 2016LatestYes