FINAL FANTASY VIII

FINAL FANTASY VIII

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FF8 "Ultra" Mods Guide!
By echoing.silently and 1 collaborators
Hello! This is MCINDUS, and after making a bunch of tasty mods for you, I've decided to take some time out and make a guide.

These are the mods that will give you the most out of your Final Fantasy VIII experience.
You have two paths you can go down:
1 - You download each mod individually from each different location and sit through ads and multiple steps -OR-
2 - You donate to the cause and get access to a MASSIVE FF8 ULTRA Lunatic Pandora Mods Pack (v1.0) that does everything for you.
*Information in the Guide*

It's a matter of convenience and being able to show your appreciation for all of our hard work over the past few years!
Thank you, no matter which way you choose!
 
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FF8 "Ultra" and Preferred Mods List
These mods should give you the best overall modernized FF8 experience!



Music
Roses and Wine (RaW)[forums.qhimm.com]by DLPB

This music mod is moderately easy to install and is by far the best music mod available. Choose between PSX/Original Sountrack, Orchestral Soundtrack versions, Rock/Metal versions (The Black Mages), or even input your own .OGG files to loop in the game!

Here's a sample of RaW in action:

Graphics
UPDATE! FF8 Ultra - Lunatic Pandora Mods Pack v1.0 is now available!!!
FF8 Ultra - Lunatic Pandora Mod Pack v1.0[mcindusmods.pcriot.com]
You can either go through the tedious process below or go to this website and donate (your own price) for a copy of all of the Tonberry Mods, along with an "Ultra" Launcher that Injects the UV Fix, the 'Hardmode' and 'Add-On's package, and comes with the GeDoSaTo config files. It is literally everything you need! This took hours to compile and I hope you appreciate the hard work we've put into the project over the years! Avoid those pesky adfly ads!
*TURN OFF THE STEAM OVERLAY TO PREVENT GRAPHICAL GLITCHES**
*Lunatic Pandora is currently English Only - for additional languages, see the individual mods!*

GeDoSaTo Configuration Profile[forums.qhimm.com]
Downsampling (4k), Anti-Aliasing, PostProcessing (SweetFX/Asmodean)
Enables use of Steam Overlay, Tonberry, AND SweetFX
***NEW!!***

World UV Texture Patch[forums.qhimm.com] by MaKiPL (Easy Patcher by MCINDUS)
World UV Texture Fix!
***NEW!!***

These Following Mods require:
Tonberry 2: Enhanced[forums.qhimm.com]

Tonberry Enhanced enables texture injection.

SeeD Reborn[forums.qhimm.com]
Text, Menu, and GUI Overhaul by MCINDUS
***UPDATED!!***
*Includes ALL Languages*

Project Eden[forums.qhimm.com]
Field Background Original Upscales by Omzy
*Use AngelWing OR Eden, NOT both. (This mod is over 1GB)

Project AngelWing[forums.qhimm.com]
Field Background Waifu Upscales by FatedCourage
*Use AngelWing OR Eden, NOT both. (This mod is over 1GB)
***NEW!!***

Tripod[forums.qhimm.com]
"Triple Triad" Card Game Texture Overhaul by MCINDUS

BattleFieldPack[forums.qhimm.com]
BattleField Upscales Project by MCINDUS and FatedCourage

Rebirth Flame[forums.qhimm.com]
Character Texture Project by FatedCourage[/b]
Art by Magochocobo, with additions/edits by Devina, Crestian, and Yagami Light
Big thanks to Mortael and Shunsq!

HorizonPack[forums.qhimm.com]
World Texture, Map, and Vehicle Upscales by MCINDUS and FatedCourage
***COMPLETE***

Project Hellfire[forums.qhimm.com]
GF Summon Replacements/Upscales by MCINDUS and FatedCourage
***NEW!!***

Apocalypse[forums.qhimm.com]
Boss Upscales by FatedCourage
***UPDATED***

Lunar Cry[forums.qhimm.com]
Enemy Upscales (100% Complete) by MCINDUS
***UPDATED***


Hashmaps[forums.qhimm.com]
If you don't have them already, get them here!

*NOTE: I use Project Eden's textures with Project AngelWing's hashmaps. They are fully compatible. I personally like this 'look' the best, and Project Eden's hashmap is incomplete.

Screenshots:


Controls
FF8 Controller Button Icons[forums.qhimm.com]
For PSX and Xbox360
by MCINDUS and Norwin

- These will give you actual button icons instead of those pesky B1, B2, B3, etc.!
- Now available for HID mapping interfaces! (DS4Windows, Autohotkey, Xpadder, etc.)
- Mod requires SeeDReborn v3.2


Gameplay Add-on's (Hard-mode Launcher)
FF8 Hard-mode and Add-on's[forums.qhimm.com]
Add-On's by Phun - Injector by DLPB - Mod by MCINDUS

Hard Mode:
- Decreases player's melee damage by a factor of 1.5, increases the level of enemies by a factor of 1.1, and increases the melee damage of enemies by a factor of 1.1; this does not effect magic damage.
HP Cap Fix:
- 9999 HP is now as high as 32,000
Damage Cap Fix:
- 9999 DMG can now be as high as 64,000


***Currently, you have to have the 'hard' mod enabled for the hp and dmg dll's to work, according to some users. Check the 'Tools' and the 'Gameplay Addons' section of qhimm.forums.com to see the latest work being done for difficulty and encounter mods!***

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Future Mods
Magic/Effect Upscale Project
GF Summon Animations
Limit Break Upscale Project
NPC Upscale Project

MCINDUS FF8 Let's Play:

(Find more on MCINDUS YT Channel)


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Lunatic Pandora Troubleshooting
This section should help you with any current issues!

MANDATORY:
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* Lunatic Pandora MUST be installed in your parent FINAL FANTASY VIII folder!!!
(~/Steam/steamapps/common/FINAL FANTASY VIII/)
* If your OS is not on your C: drive, you MUST change the drive letter in tonberry/prefs.txt
* Turn OFF the Steam Overlay unless you're using GeDoSaTo!!
* Use "FF8_Ultra_Launcher.exe" to Launch the game!
(If you use FF8_Launcher.exe, the Add-on's and UV Fix will not be injected into the game, however Tonberry, RaW, and GeDoSaTo still will be.)




Current Bugs:
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Maki's UV Texture Injection needs a tweak to the .ini file.
- Open /FINAL FANTASY VIII/HL_Files/Settings.ini
- Change the delay from 2000 to 5000 (or 6000 if you're still having an issue)
(Or just download THIS FILE and replace the one in "/HL_Files/")

Triple Triad came with the wrong hashmap, which leaves out only the menu card upscales.
- Follow this link and replace your 'Tripod_hm.csv' file with the one here:
Triple Triad Hashmap (fix)




For issues in Windows 10:
- Download the DirectX9c June2010 End User Runtimes and Install the most recent package, do NOT use the 'normal' Web Installer.
GO HERE: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109

- If you get the classic "MSVC100.dll" missing issue, please install Microsoft VC+ Redist 2010


Note:
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If you don't want to use the Add-On's, go to "/HL_Files/DLL_in/" and remove them from the folder, but leave "Hext_in" alone.

Performance TIPS
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For faster injection:
Put your /textures folder on an SSD and direct tonberry/prefs.txt to the folder location.

Extras:
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GeDoSaTo is a Supersampling, PostProcessing, and Anti-Aliasing Tool
To use GeDoSaTo, click below to install it and follow the instructions in your "FF8_GeDoSaTo_v2.2" folder to enable it in-game.
GeDoSaTo Installer: http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?page_id=582

Recommended: (not included)
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FF8 Controller Buttons
PSX/Xbox360/HID Buttons
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=15905.0

Roses and Wine (RaW)
Full Music Overhaul by DLPB
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=13715.msg241574#msg241574



More Info:
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UV Fix by MaKiPl - powered by DLPB Hext Tools - modded by MCINDUS
Hardmode/Add-on's by Phun - for old FF8Launcher 1.31 - ported for Steam by MCINDUS
The "FF8 Ultra Launcher" was created using DLPB's Hext Tools 3.0
The Tonberry v2.04 (Mod Tool) was created by Omzy based on the work of Matthew Fisher, and then further improved upon by JeMaCheHi and Mavirick.

LOOK HERE FOR NEW UPDATES: http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17322.0

Happy Modding!
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Updated: 9/10/2017


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533 Comments
twin0mega Feb 15 @ 4:30pm 
Excellent! Easy choice. Paid the $2.99. Would have liked a way to enter an email for updates though. Although I have no problem spending more money to support these projects, it would be nice to get an email notifying me of new project updates.

Thanks for the hard work!
IoI Feb 15 @ 12:58am 
@echoing.silently ok i will try it,i hope it will work.and i will inform you.
Love me some red wine Feb 14 @ 12:06pm 
@MRemingtonB: I had the same error after copying my old installation over to a new computer. I could solve it by deleting FF8 completely and installing it from scratch. Somehow just installing the redists didn't fix it, Steam installing the redists however did the trick.
echoing.silently  [author] Feb 14 @ 10:32am 
@MRemingtonB - hm. Try the msvc fix above. The DirectX/Microsoft VC Redist/Msvc fixes should help your issue. Maybe update your .NET to 4.0 or later as well. :)

@lol - I have no idea! If it works as a normal DirectX input, then it should work fine. I would just get the xbox360 buttons and see if that mod works for you! Let me know if you get it to work!
IoI Feb 14 @ 8:32am 
can Controls work for xbox one s controller?
MRemingtonB Feb 3 @ 6:57pm 
I keep getting the message: <The application is unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application.> Any ideas?
Drake Ravenwood Feb 1 @ 6:12am 
Thank you. Wasn't sure last I checked the mods only really changed modifiers and variables. No real reworking. So I'll look into reqeum
echoing.silently  [author] Feb 1 @ 12:24am 
Actually, a lot of people are working on it. Right now, my mod has a difficulty patch - but I've seen the 'hardcore' mod work, and I'm actually using the old PC FF8 'Requiem' on my copy. Which makes it VERY hard. So... there are options :)
Drake Ravenwood Jan 31 @ 6:14pm 
Just wanted to give a quick shout out and thanks for everything youv'e done for ff8. Can I ask as a curious question, why is it so hard to mod difficulty for ff8, ff7 has mods. Even ff9 has a difficulty mod for pc already, why is 8 so hard to do so, this is a genuine question (not a smart ass one)
Love me some red wine Jan 31 @ 2:37pm 
Had to work my way through making the pack work in the German version (adjusting the process name settings, installing norwins german seed version over the installed one), but it seems to work fine for the beginning of the game. Didn't encounter any noticeable bugs so far. Great work there.