I thought Phantasy Star IV was excellent, right up there with FF. But PS III was awful. Meanwhile, on the SNES, there was the likes of 4, 6, Trigger, etc.
We are comparing the first 4 PS to the first 4 FF, why do you bring 6 and Trigger here?
I: PS > FF (the characters in PS are way better than the generic ones in FF)
II: PS > FF (PS II story is even better than IV, but IV gameplay > II)
III: FF > PS
IV: PS > FF
So over all, the first 4 PS > the first 4 FF.
Because I didn't game much pre SNES/genesis, so can only speak about what I know. I never played the Master system and didn't touch Final Fantasy until IV. I can't disagree because I have no idea, minus PS IV versus FF IV.... FF IV all day long. I loved both, but FF IV gets the nod for the characters. Kain and Cecil were excellent.
Not that any of it matters. The core point was Sega has been overrated for decades. They never were Nintendo. Perhaps the easiest example is 3D Sonic versus 3D Mario... not even remotely close. Plus Sega never had anything remotely close to Zelda and Metroid.
Ultimately people are welcome to disagree, but there are very few Sega games that have aged well. Meanwhile Link to the Past, Super Metroid and Super Mario World hold up great even today.
Last edited by Chrkeller - on 08 April 2022