I've been very busy looking into my preferred versions of JRPGs lately. At this point, I've been playing FF1 on the PS1 and I gotta say, its difficulty isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than the GBA, PSP and Pixel Remaster difficulty. This 'new' difficulty is just too easy. PS1 also gives you the option to go with that easy mode anyway, while fixing most bugs in the SNES and looking pretty beautiful. For FF1, PS1 is my new way to go.
Final Fantasy 2 I'm playing on the PS1 version for the first time at the moment. I played the GBA and PSP versions before, as I did with FF1. I'm still not entirely sure if I would prefer the PS1 version in this case. I like how things are more expensive here compared to newer versions, but on the other hand, I might prefer the faster levelling of these newer ones. Coming at a boss and doing 0 damage with physical attacks feels kinda off.
For Final Fantasy 3, I've played the NES version with Chaos Rush' retranslation. Was nice, but I'm pretty sure I will prefer the Pixel Remaster, with some minor mods.
Regarding Final Fantasy 4, I'd go PSP if it weren't for the bugs concerning the ATB. Now I go with the Namingway Edition hack for the SFC version.
FF5? Probably GBA. The new script is rather great.
FF6, Ted Woolsey Uncensored, though trying out T-Edition (which has just gotten an English version) is tempting. Can anyone tell me if the translation is new or if it simply uses the official SNES localization?
As for Pokémon, Gen. 3 through 5 are my faves. I always play these games in the order of:
- Black/Black 2
With Dragon Quest, it's sadly a lot harder to find my definitive versions. Regarding the original trilogy, NES versions are too old but have good translation (and otherwise it has good fan translations now), SNES ones are the best looking but are Japan only (and don't have great fan translations yet. Really excited for Re-Quest hacks for these versions). I love the style of the GBC versions too but the small text boxes are a detriment to writing.
With 4, 5 and 6, it's almost obvious to go with the DS versions. However, I hate the DS with a passion. It's inaccessible and hard to emulate with its stupid dual screen and touch screen nonsense. I'd love to see new translations for the original versions of 4, 5 and 6. Maybe a translation of the PS1 version of 4?
Mana series, originals, but with new translations (fanmade for Adventure (wanting to make one myself) and Secret, official for Trials).
Still wondering about whether I want to play the original SaGa trilogy as the Wonderswan (for 1) and DS (for 2 and 3) versions, or the original GB ones.
FFTactics I played only part of, but I used the PS1 version with the FFT: Prime hack. The PSP version had its music so compressed. I just couldn't stand it.
Tactics Ogre, that's gonna be PSP.
Chrono Trigger: SNES with Chronosplit's Bugfix patch. DS version just doesn't do it for me, with the dry script.
Tales of Phantasia I want to play the PS1 version of, with AbsoluteZero's translation patch.
I think that's it?