>>2771701 For all three: The original NES/famicom versions (patched to fix minor bugs, if you prefer) on your favorite emulator Optional: Use a computer with an older graphics card and output to your favorite CRT
FF Origins on PS1 is the best version of FF1. It's a proper update to the game speed-wise, it (optionally) gets rid of the part of battles where you'd wiff at the air of just-defeated enemies, but otherwise the rest of the game remains intact with no nerfing or changing of the magic system like other versions.
>>2771701 GBA is an OK remake that still retains 2D but gives it a more 16-bit style. It a bit dumbed down, though (low difficulty level). If you want the same graphics as the GBA but with difficulty more like the original then Dawn of Souls, but unfortunately you'll have some loadtimes (not too bad iirc).
If you want authentic go for the NES versions though.
>>2771739 >>2771802 One thing to note about the PS1 version is that it does away with the highly limited inventory from the NES original. Each party member could only carry four weapons and four armors, including what they were wearing. PS1 version just gives you unlimited space to carry all the fat loot in the world. It's not as big of a difference as the removal of vancian casting in the later versions, but it does make the game a bit easier since everyone can access any spellcasting weapons or armors without having to equip them over other items with better stats.
If you're unwilling to deal with the weird design choices of the NES/Famicom originals, Dawn of Souls is the best version of 1 in my opinion. The PSP remake is the same, but I think the graphics look terrible there. 2's best version is PSP, hands down.
>>2771713 I agree with this chap. Although I have to wonder about this point: >Use a computer with an older graphics card Why? Ignoring the obvious fact that flashcarts are the best way to go if you want CRT goodness, why an older card? I don't see how a modern one is going to have any problems outputting to a CRT monitor. I'm interested to know whether there's a differece that I don't know about here.
>>2771701 From somebody who has actually completed FF1, and played numerous versions of it:
Play the PSP or (if you really have to) the iPhone release. Graphics and sound are all great, plus all of the bugs are fixed so that none of the spells are buggy. And there are some extra dungeons at the end. Because once you get strong enough, the final boss isn't too difficult and you'll want to be playing a little more.
Seriously, get the PSP emulator and play the PSP release, it's the most complete version. I completed it on the GBA, and while it was really good, I really wanted to play the extra dungeons.
If you want to play the NES version, get a patched ROM, because a lot of the spells are really buggy (or they don't even work).
Same goes for FF II. Not sure what to do about FF III because I haven't played it yet.
>>2776619 Thanks for the infos, same as OP I was wondering about this.
My PC is kinda crap but it can run the DS emulator and Mario Kart DS without any problems or lags (from what I've tried so far) - will it be enough to run a PSP emulator? I checked a video and it doesn't seem to be asking much resources (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nloJbM1Ypnw) but I've never tried or played any PSP stuff.
>>2777063 They were ok desu I mean, nonsensical shit and railroading aside, they at least added content. Mainly I really liked some of the cool shit you'd find, like the capes which you could put in the shield slot of mages.
They were stupidly drawn out though. Also, I couldn't ever beat the water one, I beat the earth, wind and fire ones, but the bosses in the water one would just not roll over and die, maybe I did it wrong?
>>2777157 But modern cards are pretty much guarenteed to ship with a DVI to VGA convertor. Everybody owns one or two of those. Even in the unlikely scenario where somebody didn't own one it's bound to be an easy, cheap and effortless thing to buy. (Not that I would know, damn things just seem to pop out of nowhere.)
If you're playing the GBA version, get the "Mod of Balance" hack. FF1 is way too easy without it, I'm playing it right now without it (found out about it too late) and it hasn't been a great experience, random battles get very boring when all you need to win is press A. Also it seems to fix things with FF2 most people dont like. I still dont go there but I'm gonna use it. I'd recommend the NES original for better difficulty, but it's waaay slower. I never played it back in the day so it was very hard for me to stay interested on this version.
>>2778057 I must mention that while I own a PSP and have a PC gaming setup ready to run PPSSPP, I didn't choose the PSP version because the aesthetics on these "HD" remakes dont appeal to me at all. The fonts are ugly, in fact everything UI-wise looks very cheap. The sprites are fine but look weird in motion. The GBA ones are lower res but have a better look overall in my opinion, very close to the SNES games. Seriously, check every version on youtube before making a decision.
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