After several years away from PC, Final Fantasy VII Remake makes the jump to Steam with the Intergrade edition, featuring a new mission and other content for fans of the game. With news about new FF7 instalments also unveiled, here's five Final Fantasy mods for previous games to help get you into the swing of things!
A graphics and audio overhaul of Final Fantasy VI (PC) featuring reworked sprites, battlebacks, monsters and more with a wealth of content available in different install packages for your convenience. Featuring as well a mod launcher that builds compatibility within the game with all the component files, A World Reborn is a deeply customizable experience that puts power into the hands of players regarding how much - or how little - they'd like to deviate from the original FF VI game.
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Moguri Mod is a total revamp of the PC version of Final Fantasy IX helped by deep learning techniques (ESRGAN). The most important changes are in the background arts, that are now cleaner, more detailed and higher resolution. Moguri Mod also includes a custom implementation of Memoria Mod, offering more options over the original game.
FFVIII Crystal is a rebalancing mod for FFVIII that began as a self-imposed class-based challenge playthrough roughly 10 years ago and still retains some of its features. It attempts to make each character more distinct, dial back some of the overtuned mechanics and abilities of FFVIII, and make the game more challenging while keeping the "flavor" of the original game.
Final Fantasy Tactics: Rebirth (FFT: Rebirth) is a modification for Final Fantasy Tactics which features a rebalancing of almost everything in the game, in particular classes but also items, abilities, characters, random encounters, and storyline battles. The modification also features a few new graphics and a complete overhaul of the speed system. This mod caters to an audience already familiar with Final Fantasy Tactics - those who wish that some of the weaker classes were better balanced and want some new interesting and refreshing encounters.
Struggle for Freedom (SFF) is a difficulty/rebalancing mod for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC). The ultimate goal of this mod is to create a more challenging, rewarding FFXII experience where tactics are rewarded, and where battles are more thrilling than ever. To that end, enemies are tougher, faster, and hit harder. Ultimately, if you want to be free of the Empire's grasp, you'll need to struggle for your freedom. Each party member has their own role to play in the party, and each battle fought truly feels like a fight. Play using either the new set jobs for each character, each filling a unique role, or play using the old 12 Job License Boards.
Remake, Rebirth, Re...Something
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most fondly loved entries in the classic FF line-up - defining an era of RPG video games and remaining nostalgia bait for many today. You might be forgiven for thinking the remake was a simple grab at these fans, but not so - the Remake is actually remarkably divergent from the original, taking liberties in everything from characters, to storyline, to gameplay, and this is all an intended part of a larger plan regarding FF7, for much like its brethren in the Final Fantasy franchise, the game is a gateway to its own miniature universe.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is just the first in a series of FF7 spin-off titles, with a central trilogy geared around the game's story. The second entry will be titled "Rebirth", which has connotations all of its own, and the third title is currently unknown (though we reckon the clever thing to do is stay with the "Re" motif). The Remake available on PC is its own edition, Intergrade, coming with a mission featuring another major character from the game.
The remake's gameplay takes a step back from the classic turn-based system of old Final
Fantasy titles and moves into the real-time third-person action of the newer games
The Final Say
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (which just rolls right off the tongue) is available on Steam for $70 USD/£70 GBP, though the game has a sale on at the time of writing until the 23rd of June.