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Final Fantasy C2

Hack of Final Fantasy IV

Description:

Final Fantasy C2 is a Super Famicom/Super NES ROM hack hack that remixes elements of Final Fantasy IV to loosely retell the story of Final Fantasy II.

FFC2 uses Final Fantasy IV as the base, meaning it still uses FFIV’s leveling system, music, room layouts, town layouts, etc. It also adds new side quests, summons, spells, items, characters, etc. that aren’t found in the original FFIV.

There are two versions of this FFC2:

  • Version A: uses the original patch’s FFIV enemy graphics
  • Version B: replaces FFIV enemies with FFII enemies and gives them enhanced graphics - This is probably the one you will want to play!

In addition, all of the text files, custom ASM code, C# source code, and more for fellow FFIV hackers have been made publicly available. Most of the text system enhancements can be used for other hacks or translations, for example. These files can be found here: http://tomato.fobby.net/ffc2/

For more information and details, see the readme file.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Final Fantasy IV (Japan) (Rev 1)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File SHA-1: E3A6BBCCCDE3C532CC4FBC3375E3B4E73B7FBEAC
  • File CRC32: 6099A3B6
  • ROM SHA-1: EAC14578B3465FFCE874119005F9B244E8565A79
  • ROM CRC32: CAA15E97

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Naka no HitoOriginal HackingOriginal Japanese ROM hack
TomatoTranslation
TsushiyOriginal HackingEnhanced enemy graphics

User Review Information

Don't think of it as a FF2 remake, think of it as a FF4 remix

Reviewed By: Ballz on 11 Aug 2020

You can’t talk about Final Fantasy II for NES without talking about its frustrating system of leveling your characters up. Instead of the traditional experience points and leveling systems you get from other RPGs, your characters get stronger instead depending on how they battle. Using attack increases your strength, not using spells decreases your magic, etc. As the game progresses it becomes an exercise in futility to keep your characters balanced, to the point where you might regularly find yourself attacking your own characters just so their defense can go up.

Final Fantasy C2 takes a unique approach at resolving this problem: it presents the story of Final Fantasy II, but instead uses the engine of Final Fantasy IV to do so.

At first this sounds like a brilliant idea; you meet the characters of FF2 and watch its storyline unfold, but the battle mechanics and leveling up system is something much more manageable and familiar. But don’t mistake this as a straight-up remake of FF2. It’s much more a Final Fantasy IV remix than a Final Fantasy II port.

While the main characters and plot do hit the beats of FF2, the graphics, music, and maps are practically untouched from FF4. The game begins in the town of Altair, but if you’ve played FF4, you’ll immediately recognize it’s actually Mysidia, although the Crystal Temple is now the interior of Fabul Castle. The next town you visit is exactly identical to the Village of Mist in FF4, complete with Rydia’s empty house and secret passage in the fireplace. Fynn is Baron Castle and town, and so on.

The original FFC2 hack barely changed any graphics at all, but a few years after its release another hacker remade the majority of enemy graphics to more closely resemble FF2. Tomato translated both versions and they are presented here as Version A (unaltered graphics) and Version B (new monster graphics). At first you might be inclined to go with Version B, but honestly because the rest of the game is so clearly just FF4 re-arranged to tell the story of FF2, having the original FF4 monster graphics feel right at home with everything else going on. But either way, it was nice of Tomato to translate both versions to give players a choice.

And speaking of Tomato, the only reason I ever learned of this rom hack is because of his efforts to translate it into English. Much of the translation is based on official FF2 and FF4 translations, but Tomato did a great job seamlessly bringing it all together. There are a few times when his voice clearly peeks through, such as translating the Piggy spell to “Porky,” in a nod to Mother 2 and 3. Another point later in the game he has an NPC warn the player of a game-breaking bug by saying he learned of it from a talking tomato in a dream. It’s a very clever workaround.

And as good as Tomato’s translation work is, the game itself does have its share of quirks and bugs, some worse than others. With the game firmly rooted in the FF4 engine, there are instances when certain events happen (such as an airship bombing multiple towns) but the game can’t show any of the destruction. The supposed decimated towns look completely untouched, just now some characters speak of the death and destruction that you can’t actually see. Another time, you can trigger an event that includes dialogue from a character… who might not have yet joined your party if you didn’t go a certain path.

Overall, it’s an interesting and ambitious idea for a rom hack, even if at times it feels rough around the edges. The world of rom hacking in other countries like Japan is completely foreign to me (no pun intended), so I appreciate Tomato helping bring light to projects like this one.

Final Fantasy C2 is worth checking out, just don’t go in expecting it to be “Final Fantasy II but with IV’s leveling up system.” At its core, it’s still very much a Final Fantasy IV game.

UPDATE/CORRECTION: While I originally thought Tomato was giving us a sly wink about the “Porky” spell, he reached out to me after this review was published to say that this is actually how the magic spell was translated from the original Japanese.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
An awesome idea!jmd648814 Aug 20201.0Yes
Don't think of it as a FF2 remake, think of it as a FF4 remixBallz11 Aug 20201.0Yes