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503 downloadsChrono Cross meets Bravely Default in this re-imagination of Final Fantasy 5. The main ideas were to make the battles more dynamic and give each character more, well, character. As a result of that every character has now access to an individualized job list of 21 out of total 31 jobs (freelancer is NOT available) while each job level now has a permanent impact on a character's stats. For example klutz Bartz can not be a chemist and Lenna hasn't in her to go Berserker. More dynamic battles are achieved via !Brave, !Def and field elements. Move a future turn to now with !Brave or take two turns at a later point with !Def while modifying the field elements to your liking with each skill or ability used. Changed field elements affect damage, healing and status effect chance. major features: all party members can be renamed at any time difficulty can be adjusted via in-game menu elements play a larger role extending to every item, ability, status effect and monster rebalance of equipment, spells, abilities and enemies instead of helm, armor and relic you can now equip 3 relics relics add a mix of resistances, weaknesses and power bonuses to same-element attacks spells scale with weapon power keeping them relevant until the end spell lists have been altered, e.g. Fire1/2/3 was reduced to just Fire and there are now new spells replacing the missing spells items are not consumed but introduce a cooldown on !Item, !Mix, !Drink and !Throw auto-heal some HP after battle victory (trade-off for disabled potions) ATB does not proceed until the currently active actor is finished with their turn, but then moves instantly to the next event most importantly - a New Game Plus mode!
Edit: download in new main topic So I got the feeling that the increasingly misnamed Final Fantasy series is wholly underrepresented on this site at only 5 out of 13 uploaded mods. Jokes aside, I wanna brainstorm some ideas what could be done with this game. 1) MP/action economy Battle starts with 0 MP, except for certain class bonus (below) and some equipment. ELEMENT1 spells would cost 0 MP, stronger and more specific spells > 0. Magic damage would have to be reworked so that even the lowest spells remain relevant. Guarding would grant 100 MP, next to the usual recovery options like Ethers and Osmose. If MP is at least 100 at the end of a turn, that character skips wait and immediatly gets to act again. If you're seeing parallels to Bravely Default, it was kinda the inspiration. To make that relevant, a form of nATB is required. And yes, that makes the Quick spell useless. Replace it and be happy over some freed RAM. 2) classes We have 4 characters and all have access to the same 22 classes, including Freelancer and Mime. No more! Noone gets to keep the Hobo class, they learned a profession after all Aside from that, I'd block 6 classes per character, so each one has 15 classes to choose from. E.g. Bartz can never be a Chemist while Lenna just doesn't have it in her to go Berserker. Less breakage, more character diversity. Each class gets to teach 7 abilities, some duplicates across classes for the basics, but the heavy stuff like !X-Fight and !X-Magic should stay unique and as a 7th ability. Additionally stupid stuff like White1-6 goes and only teaches White once. You don't have to learn 6 times how to wield a sword either, neither has !Blue that problem. Changing into a class no longer changes stats, instead levelling a class grants permanent stat bonuses, 3 out of HP, MP (starting bonus and max), STR, AGL, MAG, VIT. Duplicates possible. E.g. each level of Monk gives +2x VIT and +1x HP (30 HP before VIT %bonus) ABP required should not be based on which ability you learn next but purely on how many class levels you already have. 3) items Consumables aren't used up, instead you get a cooldown during which you can't use !Item. Higher item stacks increase effect or lower cooldown. E.g. 1x Potion heals 30 HP, 99x Potion 2000 HP. Would probably require to prohibit out of battle healing coupled with a free mini heal after victory. 4) equipment Equipment is changed from Helm, Armor and Relic to 3x Relic. Non-shields would have to get renamed. 5) elements Everything could get one of the eight elements this game has instead of 90% neutral. Weapons could belong to one element per type, i.e. swords would be fire except for special cases. Armors for defensive obviously, each element would give 2 resistances and 2 weaknesses, mix gear badly and you're suddenly weak to 6 elements. The only thing I'd allow to be neutral would be the final boss. Everything else, enemy or otherwise, should have elemental affinity (i.e. weaknesses). Warning: utter drawing incompetence ahead (8x8px per icon times negative talent) to the left how it could look ingame, to the right just all 8 element icons: fire, ice, lightning, water, wind, earth, poison, holy
I'm a longtime lurker-but-never-poster of InsaneDifficulty. I've always been a big fan of the site and the concept in general, as it's given me a way to stay connected with and continue to enjoy games I grew up loving. But I've never understood the lack of modding for FF5. I assume it's because it wasn't released in the west during that era so it doesn't have the nostalgia effect that FF4 or FF6 have for most people. I know it's harder to get into older games when you don't have the binding effect of nostalgia. And of course the story and characters are kinda meh. But IMO it has some of the best game play and replay value of any of the older FFs. I've played through so many different types of playthroughs, with random jobs, crappy jobs, all mages, all melee, etc. I love it when a game has interesting equipment that makes a difference too. I believe there is only 1 FF5 mod and it was only half completed and I don't think it's being worked on. I'd love to see an abrasive difficulty patch. Perhaps even a patch that changes the order you get the jobs. Lastly, would it be easier to mod the PC version?