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Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

This will probably be my last Shining Force 2 project.

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Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Tue Jan 07 2014 1:23am

This will probably be my last Shining Force 2 related project. I would simply like to state that this is a wonderful community, and it has been truly a joy to work on this project that originally started with some silly patch where I made Kazin a Warlock. I have been editing Shining Force 2 since before I graduated High School and now as of last month I graduated College. I not sure I will have time to edit like I used to, but I will probably poke in here and there. I have been playing this game almost my whole life, and to this day I love every second that I play and edit. I hope you download my patch, I hope you enjoy it, and more so than that I hope I do this game justice.

Anyway please review on romhacking.net if you feel the game is worth it.

Or send me a message here https://www.facebook.com/alex123456789a to tell me what you think.

Again it has been an absolute joy for me to do this.

Sincerely,

Alex Harmon


PS: The differences are not drastic from the beta version, but Peter and Skreech are balanced a little bit more. (Peter is something of Red Mage) Also I touched up some stats and stat growths here and there.


Character Changes:

Each character has had their sprite changed to reflect that each character has been adjusted. Basically each character is now more or less equal. Below I will give a brief explanation of each class, if you wish to see specific stats of each character open up SFEdit.

Hero

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Cleric

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Master Monk

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Magic Knight

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Pegasus Knight

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Brawler

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Soldier

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Wizard

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Warlock

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Ninja

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Monster

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Phoenix

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Bow Knight

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Fenrir

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Sky Warrior

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Sniper

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Gunner

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Robot

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Greater Devil

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Equipment Changes:

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Blacksmith Changes

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Story Changes

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Errors

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Miscellaneous

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Hint

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Here is the download:

Please download from the below link so that I can better keep track of how many downloads I get.

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1736/

I figure this is already known, but apply the patch to a 2MB bin format rom.
Here are some screenshots too:

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Again this is a beta so please voice any and all concerns in this topic. Please enjoy this mod for what it is. Basically please, please enjoy this :)

SPECIAL THANKS TOO:

BNC- Without his editor and his hacks this would not be possible.
Space King- Without his editor this definitely would not be possible.
Nightshade- I borrowed some of his sprites and his hack was an inspiration for me to get involved in making my new hack.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Tue Jan 07 2014 1:59am

Sounds good, I finished your previous project, I will give this one a bash once i finished with Shining in the Darkness :)
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby metateen » Tue Jan 07 2014 2:51am

Never seen Gyan so fit before~
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby FinFish77 » Tue Jan 07 2014 2:53am

There seems to be a problem with the download. I'm only getting a 30kb .rar file and I can't unzip it.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Tue Jan 07 2014 3:12am

Submitted the change in the mean time use this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vdig36rt8qxa0d9/Shining%20Tactics%20Absolute%20Final%20Edition.rar

Romhacking link fixed.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Tue Jan 07 2014 3:23pm

I remember a few things in the previous mod which made it quite easy.

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Did you do some changes?
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Tue Jan 07 2014 3:44pm

Nope, I totally left those in there. The Heal rods lose their usefulness as the games goes on, and the Angelic Sword just serves to as an infinite Healing Drop for one character. Probably Bowie depending on how one plays the game.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Tue Jan 07 2014 5:16pm

Alright, no worries, I will try and make the game harder for myself by restraining use of those items :) and also maybe using no more than 6 people in the party.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby metateen » Thu Jan 09 2014 3:18pm

I'm ready to play this game!!!~
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby ShininGeek » Fri Jan 10 2014 3:26am

i just started to play this, and it is quite challenging! however, i sadly report that Kiwi's portrait is gliched and EVERY black pixel on his adorable little face is instead transparent. he looks very odd when they are green.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Mon Jan 13 2014 7:20pm

So it's been roughly a week since I first posted my hack and according to romhacking.net it has 167 downloads. What does everyone think? I would love to get some feedback.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Tue Jan 14 2014 12:01am

Haven't started playing this version yet but its in the pipeline! Im in the process of finishing Shining In The Darkness Tribute the 2nd time round and then will start on your one.
As far as i remember in your previous patch, Chester as a Magic Knight was pants, and so was Slade lol.
They died after 1 to 2 hits in the late game.
I have in mind i will use:

Bowie
Sarah as Cleric
Jaha as Brawler
Chester as Pegasus Knight
Kiwi
Rick as Magic Knight
Peter

Will see how the game goes, if it gets too difficult, I will add 1 or 2 more characters in the party.

Edit: So far im at the Kraken battle and all is good, i see you made Peter have more decent spells, and also fixed the bug where if you stun an enemy with lets say Kiwi, and Kiwi does a 2nd attack, the status change wears off straight away.
But now after 2 attacks, the enemy still remains stunned / sleep etc :)
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby NoobX » Thu Jan 16 2014 12:43pm

Seems pretty good to me from what I've read. Gonna patch the rom and give it a try :)
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Fri Jan 17 2014 12:44am

Game is pretty challenging as it goes on.
Im at the battle where Jaro joins your force, some powerful enemies from here on :)

My party so far:

Bowie
Sarah as Cleric
Jaha as Brawler
Chester as Pegasus Knight
Kiwi
Peter
Rick as Magic Knight
Eric as Magic Knight

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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Fri Jan 17 2014 1:20am

SaCred wrote:Game is pretty challenging as it goes on.
Im at the battle where Jaro joins your force, some powerful enemies from here on :)

My party so far:

Bowie
Sarah as Cleric
Jaha as Brawler
Chester as Pegasus Knight
Kiwi
Peter
Rick as Magic Knight
Eric as Magic Knight

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Not a bad party I think you will be interested in where Peter goes as the games goes on. Yeah, Skreech lost Blast, I wanted to differentiate between him and Luke more. Luke is more of a sweeper where as Skreech is more of a front line fighter who can fly. If you compare there stats at the same level you'll see that Skreech has a nice boost in HP, ATK, and DEF to make up for his lacking magic.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Fri Jan 17 2014 1:48am

oh okay, i used Skreech for one battle, his defense was a bit poor so i sent him instantly to the Caravan :D
I notice Eric is weaker than the vanilla SF2 version but i still keep him for now, Jaha had good defense early on, but now hes falling behind.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Shadow of a Dragon » Fri Jan 17 2014 9:57pm

I've had fun with the hack so far, but the Greater Devil can't equip his Ragnarok and after trying to equip it he learns Higins 3 and doesn't equip it. I think there was a bug in the game with dark sword that something similar would happen? IDR. Kinda irritating, I was looking forward to use him but now he hits for 10 =( lol.
 
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Dark Claw » Fri Jan 17 2014 11:48pm

Try a different emulator that is the problem.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby SaCred » Sat Jan 18 2014 12:40am

Shadow of a Dragon wrote:I've had fun with the hack so far, but the Greater Devil can't equip his Ragnarok and after trying to equip it he learns Higins 3 and doesn't equip it. I think there was a bug in the game with dark sword that something similar would happen? IDR. Kinda irritating, I was looking forward to use him but now he hits for 10 =( lol.


Yeah use Fusion, Gens has that bug with Oddeye / Lemon in SF2 vanilla where they cant equip weapons.

And infact, Skreech is one of best fighters once you level him up a bit more which i did with 7 brave apples.
Now hes in front line with nice attack and defense.
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Re: Shining Tactics Absolute Final Edition

Postby Shadow of a Dragon » Sat Jan 18 2014 10:15pm

Ohh, I remember someone talking about that before, thanks guys. :thumbsup:
 
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