Final Fantasy VI: Brave New World 1.8.6

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My most recent and arguably most ambitious project to date, Brave New World is a joint effort between myself and a fellow by the name of Synchysi, the result of which is a complete overhaul of perhaps the most beloved entry in the long-running Final Fantasy series.

Our mod proudly features...

• Character-based esper restrictions & new stat boosts that promote greater diversity and allow for customized development

• New and reworked formulas which rescue everything that isn't magic or magic evasion from the dump-stat heap

• Rebalanced equipment, items, spells, and skills that aim to remove dead weight and give players more (and better) choices

• A complete overhaul of enemies from their stats to their behavior to better challenge veteran players and newcomers alike

• Tons of bugfixes, as well as remedies to many of the game's more annoying aspects (such as rage hunting taking a lifetime)

• A new script that restores much of what was lost in translation and builds on existing plotlines and characterization

• Much, much more

But even though much has changed, I think one player who blogged about our mod put it best when he wrote, "...the goal seems to be to celebrate what makes FFVI the game it is, rather than undoing it and making an entirely new game out of it." Verily, Brave New World is beyond all else everything I feel that Final Fantasy VI could (and should) have been if at least half of its dev team wasn't on crack. And as the above post continues on to suggest, our mod was created to be accessible to brand new players as much as it was to people who've played FFVI dozens - or even hundreds - of times.

What's New in Version 1.8.5   See changelog

Released

 • Added several minor menu hacks to show the names of blitzes in the menu screen, correct a display bug for max HP/MP in the party creation screen, and allow easy switching between the equip and relic
   menus by pressing the "Y" button

 • Made the Colosseum function more like a trading post by nerfing the only two opponents of any real difficulty (Siegfried and WEAPON) and changed many trades to improve end-game equipment
   availability; also improved the readability of the "prize" menu by marking all invalid trades with dashes

 • Overhauled enemy status resistances (again) and removed the "immunity to fractional damage" flag from all randomly-occurring enemies previously flagged as minibosses (i.e. Dante/Virgil);
    also rewrote the scripts for two bosses (Phunbaba and the Battle on the Bridge) impacted by this overhaul

 • Corrected an oversight in Final Kefka's script that allowed him to potentially use two devastating party-wide attacks in quick succession; also lowered the inappropriately-high damage dealt by
    one portion of the first tier of the final tower of bosses

 • Lowered the defense/m.def of several end-game bosses to shorten the length of the fights, as well as to reduce the dearth of high-defense enemies in the late game which was causing an
   over-emphasis on defense-ignoring attacks (and thus weakening character builds that don't rely on them)

 • Edited the battle scripts of several early-game enemies to give players more/better opportunities to learn how counter-attacks work in the mod (this lesson was previously confined mostly to Mt. Koltz)

 • Addressed the tendency of players to overlevel while cash-grinding in the early game by lowering exp. gains from certain enemies and increasing the availability of GP (both from enemies and from chests)

 • Swapped Cyan's and Sabin's base magic power (NOTE: this change requires a restart or save editing)

 • Swapped the summons on Odin and Crusader (thus making Odin a stamina-based attack)

 • The Siren summon now sets Bserk on all enemies (instead of dealing MP damage)

 • The Mute spell now targets all enemies (instead of only one)

 • Halved the power of the Osmose spell

 • Raised the power of the Bio and Storm spells

 • Raised the power of the Dispatch bushido

 • The Fire Dance blitz no longer ignores defense

 • The Aurabolt blitz now sets blind

 • Desperation attacks now set Slow in addition to Sap

 • Changed Discord back to being a lore (replacing Grav Bomb)

 • Swapped the 7/16 (Moonlight) and 5/16 (Specter) steps on the Love Sonata dance

 • The Specter dance step now sets Muddle and Mute as advertised (it was only setting Muddle before)

 • Changed the attacks on several rages, most notably the ones with healing moves:

        Adamiantite     2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Cyclonic)
        Allosaurus       2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Attack 3x)
        Chickenlip       2/3 attack changed to Net
        Gargoyle         2/3 attack changed to Holy Wind (was 1/3); 1/3 attack changed to Quake
        Griffin              2/3 attack changed to Razor Leaf; 1/3 attack changed to Harvester (was 2/3)
        Kudzu             1/3 attack changed to Bio
        Mesosaur        2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Sun Bath)
        Peeper            2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Rock)
        Rhinotaur        2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Cure 2); raised 1/3 attack bonus to 3x damage
        Spike               2/3 attack changed to Lode Stone; raised 1/3 attack bonus to 3x damage
        Tumbleweed   2/3 attack swapped with 1/3 (Harvester)

 • Overhauled the stat boosts on end-game swords to focus on the store-bought ones, Apocalypse/Illumina, and Zantetsuken for this purpose while excluding the Excalibur and Atma/Omega Weapon

 • Raised the power of all spears except for Gungnir, which is now the second-strongest spear (Longinus is now the strongest) but now has a +50% HP bonus (and is the "only" item in the mod to offer it)

 • Reworked Shadow's knives to be more desirable for fighting by adding the "X-Fight" property to the Kagenui and more desirable as stat sticks by adding stamina boosts to them

 • Lowered the price of Shadow's weakest buyable knife (now renamed to Kunai) to promote it as an ideal single-target damage alternative to Shuriken (which are also cheaper now)

 • Changed Stormfang's random cast to Bolt so that the "vigor" claws now all cast direct damage spells

 • The random cast on the Quartrstaff will now multi-target (only) on MP-fueled critical hits, while the Doomstick will cast X-Zone instead of Doom (again, only on attacks that use MP for a critical hit)

 • Removed the evasion/magic evasion boosts from WoB rods and all brushes and added physical evasion to the Punisher (it now offers both).

 • The Dragoon Seal and Radiant Gown now increase the random spellcast rate of swords and paintbrushes, respectively; the Radiant Gown in turn no longer boosts MP or blocks fire damage

 • Raised the evasion/magic evasion of the Royal Jacket and Radiant Gown (respectively)

 • Lowered the stat boosts on the Moogle Hide and the elemental shields

 • Lowered the speed penalties on the Snow Muffler and Kusarigama

 • Fixed a bug with Setzer's (not fixed) Dice where three would be thrown if they were held in the left hand with another weapon or nothing in the right hand

 • Fixed a bug where the Ragnarok equip bonus was not working properly

 • Equipping Seraph now blocks Zombie as every other form of instant death protection does

 • The Tentacles (Figaro basement boss) are now listed in the correct order in the battle screen

 • It should no longer be possible to be blinded during the "Save Terra from the Guards!" sequence

 • Made several dialogue changes/additions, primarily in the form of advice to the player

 • Several other minor/insignificant changes


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Hordequester

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Brave New World is an essential upgrade to an already fantastic game. I know we all tend to look at FF6 with rose-colored glasses due to nostalgia but, it definitely had its quirks. Many, many bugs and balancing issues. A great story put on top of an Attack-Spammable combat system with characters that are all identical aside from their sprites. The system was capable of depth, but you had to ignore large parts of the game to get it.

Brave New World aims to fix all of those issues and more.. rounding out a great story with some really great strategic character design and scripted fights. The magicite character lock coupled with the varied learned and equipped boosts gives you the ability to highly tune characters to specific rolls. The revamp of skill bugs helps to round that out. I can't think of anything that hasn't been tweaked at some point and improved. Dance, Rage, Runic, Lore, Steal, Throw.. all character specific abilities have been improved and now they all feel useful and not bloated. This isn't so much of a mod as it is a expansion or upgrade.. it feels like it was supposed to be there in the first place and I can guarantee you'll miss its features if you go back to the original or a different mod. It really did ruin vanilla for me.

During my 1.8.4 playthrough I did a run specifically choosing people that were not optimal (too low, not enough esper levels, incompatible abilities, etc) for each fight and it did show a few issues with some characters completely crushing others. Given that the original game had everyone able to fill every role.. I feel like this was an intentional design choice by the developers. My purpose in doing so was to get a feel for characters I never really got to use or didn't know how they'd do in some situations. There are definitely perfect characters for each role, good secondary backups for roles, and rounders to fill whatever you may need in a pinch. This fumbles a bit with a couple characters like Locke always being either one-shot dead, one-cast out of mana, or survivable punching bag. This is in part due to him being underleveled for 90% of the game (if you don't specifically stop to address it) and also because he doesn't really have anything to balance it out like Throw with Shadow or Raw DPS and rando buff-heals like Relm. He's just kind subpar at EVERYTHING and can steal things that have no impact. A bummer (and possibly my misunderstanding of the character) but the rest of the characters are great and keep improving.. like the Gown/Brush update or the Rage updates.


The biggest criticism I can find while digging is that some of the new systems and scripts can be a bit overwhelming for first time players and people that come in thinking the old use-anyone method is going to fly. Not that they should expect that.. it's clearly right on the label. It's just a mindset that I see people fall into every time they come in. Not sure that's the developer's fault really. But, definitely something to keep in the forefront while playing if this is your first time. Second would be the heavy reliance on a lot of fights being turtle-friendly (sap and heal). I see a bit of work to try to mix it up with the latest patch and there are a few bosses that stop it.. just a shame there are all these new abilities and major confrontations result in button mashing again. Most of the current fights have two gears.. turtle-sap or random one-shots you have to clean up. There are definitely more interesting ones here than vanilla though.. at this point I'm just splitting hairs.

That said, it is still the most extensive and improving mod for a game I have ever played.. and I've been through romhacking.net's entire library of full mods (Unsure if the fact I'm not joking is sadder than if I were or not). It was the mod that introduced me to Insane Difficulty and NGPlus and all the great people here. One of the most important, and usually overlooked, parts of a mod is the community surrounding that mod.. they are the ones that give suggestions, bug fixes, and test the mods that get released.. it doesn't matter how good your mod could be if it doesn't have the people to help get there. BNW has that.

I really think it deserves 4.5 Stars but not an option. I can't do 5 Stars because.. that would mean it is perfect the way it is.. but I still want to see more updates! Can't recommend this mod more.. even if you weren't a fan of FF6 before, this would make you one.


P.S. I do apologize if this review jumps around a bit and seems a bit scrambled. My 4yo loves FF6 and won't stop jumping all over me to mention things about BNW that are cool. If that's not an endorsement you can trust.. I don't know what is.

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blitzkingjecht

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The original copy of Final Fantasy VI, to me, is broken. Once you've gained ultima, you don't need to think about your next actions. This fixes that, and takes the game to a whole new level.

Unlike the original, where each character becomes a carbon copy of each other due to magic being unrestricted, this fixes that to a new level. The original game saw Vigor, Stamina, and Speed be marginally useful, while Magic was basically the only stat that truly mattered. Each stat has value and purpose now to allow for characters to be built in specific ways. Do you want to turn Sabin into a Regen tank that heals other characters? Maybe you want Locke to be your healer, so you pump his MP to new heights due to the Esper Level system. 

 

Esper levels replace the "equip this esper and gain x bonus" that made gaining levels before espers feel like you were missing an opportunity to make your characters more powerful. This does away with tha completely by utilizing a second leveling system, called EL, or "Esper Level." Each character maxes their Esper level at 25, and each character can draw strength from the Espers they can equip. This means that characters like Shadow can only beef up his speed and vigor, while Sabin is focused on Vigor, Stamina, and HP.  It also does away with needing to learn magic to 100%, which speeds up the time you would spend grinding to learn the spells that each character has access to by creating a bank of spell points that you gain by defeating enemies. Even with these changes, the game doesn't lose or gain any difficulty. It completely changes the way you think of the game and each character has value in a way that's unique to them. Relm learns some of the most powerful magics, while Setzer learns the best healing spells. This changes how you build each character and subsequently, how you build each party.

Making these adjustments it feel like a completely different game that doesn't distract or take away from the main story. It makes playing the original feel, incomplete by comparison. 

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