Final Fantasy has been around since the late 1980s, and since then, has become one of the most well-known ongoing JRPG series worldwide. Many of these games have previously launched on various platforms, with the first six mainline games in the series now officially available on PC, Switch, and pS4.
Like the majority of popular PC games, these remasters also have fan-created mods to help curate the experience, changing up the visuals, audio, gameplay, and nearly everything in between. Because there are six games, there are an immense amount of different mods and plenty of variety.
Updated on June 2, 2023 by Quinton O’Connor: The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are now available not just on PC, but PS4 and Switch as well. These versions have a few bells and whistles that PC presently lacks, including a much-desired additional font choice that alleviates some of the pain of the original. While PlayStation and Nintendo players can’t mod their games, PC players may want to read on for some great little tweaks.
7 Origins Normal Mode Rebalancing
Some players find the Pixel Remasters to be too easy, but there are some difficulty rebalancing mods for those who seek more of a challenge. For the Pixel Remaster of the first game, there’s snake78nw’s Origins Normal Mode Rebalancing mod, which adjusts the difficulty to be closer to that of the versions that launched on the Nintendo Entertainment System and the original PlayStation.
In addition to having three difficulty modes, this mod changes values, including the growth curve, leveling, and prices. It also changes the contents in each chest, restores the infamous peninsula of power, river monsters, and includes names from the PlayStation release.
6 Final Fantasy – Kingdom Hearts Edition
There are a few mods that change in-game sprites to resemble characters, weapons, and items from other games, such as Mirby’s Final Fantasy – Kingdom Hearts Edition mod for the first Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster. This mod change’s every party character to a Kingdom Hearts character and changes some weapons into gear from that series, alongside some revised descriptions.
This is a fun change when you aren’t particularly fond of the original Final Fantasy universe, since its party characters lack characterization and are more of blank slates compared to those featured in the Pixel Remasters of the series’ later entries.
5 Synthetic Origins FF6 Pixel Remaster OST Mod
Some fans love the redone soundtracks of the Pixel Remasters, while others aren’t so fond of them. There are some soundtrack mod options for each game, but since the soundtracks of each one of them differ, there’s not yet a soundtrack mod that works with them all.
AlterPayot’s Synthetic Origins FFVI Pixel Remaster OST mod stands out among other soundtrack mods. Instead of using the Super Nintendo or Game Boy Advance Final Fantasy 6 soundtracks, it replaces the Pixel Remaster’s with tssf’s synthetic Origins Final Fantasy 6 Soundtrack, which recreates the soundtrack of the original Super Nintendo release using the instruments its sound samples came from.
4 FF6 UI Overhauls
There are specific mods that change the User Interface of each title to improve their visibility or make them look closer to how they do in previous versions of each game. Would you like the UI in the Pixel Remasters to look like the UI featured in the Super Nintendo version of Final Fantasy 6? Then Metalliguy AU’s FFVI UI Overhaul mod is perfect for you.
There are also several more specific UI mods, such as Metalliguy AU’s SNES UI mod for Final Fantasy 2 that makes it look like the UI from the Super Nintendo version of Final Fantasy 4, for those who like to check all the options they might have for each game.
3 Memoria FFPR
Memoria FFPR is a mod created by Albeoris for all six of the Pixel Remasters that improves playability for those more accustomed to modern JRPGs. This mod adds the ability to increase game speed, disable encounters – things currently present on the more recent PS4 and Switch versions, but not PC! – highlight interactive items and hidden passages, and switch to ATB combat by pressing the necessary keys.
A few of the Pixel Remasters also have unique features added through this mod, such as color change for used words and items in Final Fantasy 2 and Easy Blitz, Moddable Magicite, and improvements to the party character Gau in Final Fantasy 6.
2 Final Fantasy Pixel Keeper
A handful of mods can change the sprites to look the way they did in past games, such as Shiryu64’s Pixel Keeper mod, available for all six Pixel Remasters, which changes character sprites to the ones seen in the late, great Final Fantasy Record Keeper mobile game, which some fans may prefer due to their cleaner and sometimes more detailed look.
Not only does this mod include both in-battle and overworld sprites for all the party characters, but it also includes alternative sprites for a select number of them, in case you don’t like their default Record Keeper sprites for some reason.
1 Any Font Changing Mod
The default font is one of the most disliked features of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters. It was poorly received enough for Square Enix to include a second, frankly superior, option in the recent console ports. PC fans have not as yet been so fortunate.
Luckily, modders immediately fixed this with various fonts that look much better visually. These font mods are also easy to install in any of the six games, only having to replace a font file in the selected language.
These fonts are typically based on the fonts used in the previous releases of these games, like Alice Grimaude’s Cornelia Sans font replicating the font used in Final Fantasy Origins or Enfyve’s Final Fantasy 3 DS font imitating the font used in the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy 3. No matter which you want, you have a plethora of choices.
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