The Final Fantasy video game series has been around for 30 years, and it all started with the first game releasing in 1987 for the NES. In that period of time, there’s been a great number of mods and hacks that have been developed for a lot of Final Fantasy games. These aren’t anything new, but I was surprised to see how many existed for Final Fantasy I alone. Most of the hacks focused on the addition of more story content, or the ability to discover special items quicker in the game. Other mods for various Final Fantasy games include graphics changes, depending on how old the game is, or special boss fights.
But during my research, I also found a lot of interesting hacks that make the playing experience both unique and strange. I’ve seen a mod that includes the addition of fighting Dragon Ball characters as final bosses. There’s also supposedly a My Little Pony game mod that follows a similar gameplay structure like Final Fantasy I but with, well, ponies. However, for this story, I wanted to focus on hacks that make the games even more intriguing than they already are. Although yes, I’ll discuss some of the more weird ones too. But not My Little Pony. I don’t want to talk about that in this piece.
So without further ado, here’s 15 Final Fantasy hacks that you may, or may not, already know about. Let’s get into the weird, cool, and whimsical, kupo!
15. Well… That Looks A Lot Better
With Final Fantasy VII being as popular as it is, there’s a lot of mods for updating the graphics of the game. If you don’t enjoy the block-y, odd graphics of the original PlayStation game, there’s plenty of mods to choose from for a more visually appealing experience. Although, what’s the point in modding VII when the remake is on the horizon?
But if you’re impatient and refuse to wait for better graphics, just search “Final Fantasy VII graphics mod” for the option that works best for you. A lot of the mods are great, providing really clear graphics for players to enjoy. Yet again, the remake’s coming up. Be patient if you can and just wait for the remake that everyone’s been waiting for.
14. A New Game All On Its Own
The name alone sounds very intimidating. But Dragoon X Omega II is also a hack of Final Fantasy I. It’s intended to be a sequel to Dragoon X Omega, which is a hack of another popular Square Enix game, Dragon Quest.
Unlike its prequel, Dragoon X Omega II has a world map, enemies, and weapons that aren’t in a typical Final Fantasy game. Also, the hack only has one playable character, compared to Final Fantasy I’s party of four. This hack has a lot of big differences, such as no inclusion of an airship and no access to the overworld map.
Honestly, this was definitely the most impressive and detailed hack I found, and from what I’ve learned, a lot of detail went into it.
13. A Complete Overhaul
Even though I haven’t played Final Fantasy VI yet, I’m really happy that this mod is around for players to enjoy. Final Fantasy VI: The Eternal Crystals adds a lot of new content to the original game. This includes new events, dungeons, Espers, and even custom-composed music by the modder themselves. There’s even new characters, which gives gamers the opportunity to play as 15 different party members.
One aspect of this mod that I find interesting is the amount of detail that went into fixes for spell and Esper names. Since some of the names were shortened in the original game, this has even been edited. This is probably my favorite mod because of all the small details that were considered, even as intricate as the font seen in the game.
12. The Goddess Of Lightning
This sounds terrifying, and it really is. This hack for Final Fantasy XIII allows players to literally become a god, with unlimited health and one hit kill opportunities. Again, I don’t see why gamers would want this as an option since I feel like it takes the whole purpose out of the game. But here it is. God Mode for Final Fantasy XIII does exist.
Not only does this mod involve a crazy lot of health points and one shot death options; it also includes infinite gil, infinite components, and infinite items. Basically, it gives you the maximum amounts of anything you could ever want. That is, if you want it. Again, what’s the point in being this overpowered while playing the game?
11. Choosing A Different Direction In Life
In Final Fantasy XII, players have to choose a job, or class, for each party member. Once a decision is made, there’s no going back. But if you ever wanted to go back and allow class changes to happen, don’t worry! There’s a hack for that. Again, just search “Final Fantasy XII Class Change hack” and you’ll find all the information you need to know.
However, I feel like this takes the fun out of the gaming experience. As negative as this may sound, I feel like players should choose the best options and then just be stuck with them. It’s the gamer’s choice. But if this is something that interests you, just know that it exists and it’s relatively easy to use.
10. Fight Your Friend, Finally
So I’m sure a lot of people were really confused as to who Zack Fair was when they first played Final Fantasy VII. Thank goodness there’s hacks for that. Someone created a mod that makes Zack an optional boss battle in the game. As a big VII fan, it’s really interesting to me that someone did this. I mean, obviously I’d play the heck out of it. Because I’m a sucker for tragic backstories and games where you have to fight your friends.
The Zack boss fight does appear to be a battle that you should be very well prepared for, as it’s no walk in the park. But hey, if you ever wanted to see Cloud and Zack fight one another, here’s your opportunity.
9. Mario’s Going On A Fantasy Adventure
Now this combination just makes my heart very happy. Talk about nostalgia. Mario’s Fantasy Adventure is a hack of Final Fantasy I, where the layout is exactly the same, but with, of course, Mario elements. Honestly though, it is kind of funny seeing Mario, Luigi and Peach fight against Garland. Surprisingly, that fight was really tense to watch.
I would also rank this as one of my favorite mods because of the nostalgia it offers to those who grew up with both Final Fantasy I and the Mario series. Also, the world map theme for the mod is from Mario, so that makes this even better. So I definitely recommend looking into this hack just for the sake of nostalgia.
8. For The Lazy But Dedicated Gamer
If you ever found playing Final Fantasy I to be too difficult, there’s a mod (EasyType) that makes the game easier. But don’t worry, it doesn’t make playing it boring at all. Instead, it just makes it so that players don’t have to grind like crazy, which pulls you away from the story. So in order to make gameplay easier, there’s been, of course, the addition of some god-tier items that are available to purchase right in the first town.
There’s also a “free exp” monster located in two places within the game. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. If you need easy experience points to level up, there’s an option for you. I’m one of those people who likes to play games mainly for the story, so this is definitely a mod I’d look into.
7. Cell From Dragon Ball Z, Kupo!
Seeing the worlds of Final Fantasy VII and Dragon Ball Z collide is a very interesting mix. And if you ever wanted to see that, well, of course, there’s a hack for that. However, this mod is beyond ridiculous and I don’t really think it’s worth downloading. Even with a highly leveled party, Cell can wipe out members with over 9000 (heh) HP with a single move.
Don’t get me wrong, the background music and graphics for Cell’s sprite match perfectly with Final Fantasy VII. I just don’t see why someone would want the option to fight a character that is so overpowered and has no relevance to any of the game’s story. Unless you just want the chance to say, “Once, I fought Cell, and I died happy!”
6. Who Is Frank Fnatnsy?
Yep. That’s typed right. And I’m not even sure how you pronounce it. So like most of the list, this is a version of Final Fantasy I with more challenges, new items, and new classes. With the hack, new challenges vary depending on the party members you select. There’s also a total of 12 classes to pick from, so there’s a wide variety of challenges this mod has to offer.
There’s still elements true to the original game, like swords, axes, and magic. But it’s basically the first game with a twist. Although I still don’t understand why the mod is named like it is. Who is Frank? What does Fnatnsy mean? Do we want to know who Frank is? Well, I guess we’ll never know.
5. Sometimes, You Just Want New Clothes
This is read as Final Fantasy 1 (one) X. Don’t get it mixed up with Final Fantasy IX (nine). This also is a hack for Final Fantasy I, which enables some small changes to be made. It allows players to change the appearances of the party members in battle and also makes less powerful weapons, armor, and magic stronger. Some of the spell additions include Aura Bolt, Fire Dance, and Lightning Storm. And those sound pretty freakin’ cool.
Personally, I don’t really see this as a life-changing hack, but I figured I would mention it anyway for those interested in spicing the game up just a little. I still find it strange just how many mods exist for Final Fantasy I alone.
4. Unlimited Gold? Sign Me Up!
I feel like everyone already knows about this hack, but I’ll mention it anyway. The most recent game in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XV, has its own multiplayer online mobile game, A New Empire. Gold is the main currency of the mobile game, as it’s used to get rid of time limits. And, it can be purchased within the game’s in-app shop.
But why bother when all it takes is a Google search of “Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire hack” to help you find a way to hack the system and get unlimited gold? Seriously, the answers are everywhere. Google it. YouTube it. Unless you don’t play the mobile game and are just anxiously awaiting Episode Lunafreya like me. In which case, that’s fine.
3. Final Fantasy: Annoyance
I’ll be honest here. I found next to no information on this hack besides it existing all for the sake of changing the towns of Final Fantasy I into long mazes. I really don’t know who would want this hack in the first place, especially since I feel like some parts of the game are already mazes in the first place. So why add more?
I guess if you’re an adventurous type who likes exploring areas and finding special items, then this hack’s existence makes sense. Sort of. But it really does baffle me. Why would you make this? If you wanted to explore more areas, why not just buy another game? At least we know that this is around, and if you’re interested in making town areas mazes, then here’s something for you.
2. Final Fantasy: Before The 2nd
Here’s a hack for, you guessed it, Final Fantasy. This mod focuses on Haan, who is the first dragoon knight mentioned in the game. It includes a new story for the game, and all of the characters can use any type of magic, weapons, and armor. Since I love storytelling, I’ve always been captivated by how video games tell stories, so I really appreciate hacks that add further content.
I also find it interesting how many mods exist for all of the classic Final Fantasy games. But this makes sense, considering the huge leap of improvement the gaming world has made from the 1980s to now. People want to add more story to games that could only do so much with their plot in the early days. They want to update graphics and fix glitches. Which is totally okay.
1. Death Warriors
Death Warriors alone sounds intimidating, like it’s a fight-to-the-death. But actually, it’s just a hack that changes the storyline for the game. It focuses on a team of villains known as the, you guessed it, Death Warriors. There are some minor gameplay changes included too.
I find this to be a very interesting take on Final Fantasy I, since it’s a game about light and hope vanquishing the darkness of the world. Honestly, I’d like to play a sequel or a spin-off of Final Fantasy I where we take the game in from a villainous perspective. It’d also be really cool if we could get that experience with other games in the series too.
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