I can't believe I made it to the end of FFIV. I haven't beaten it yet, but every boss battle was a learning experience with a narrow victory. I have no idea how I'm going to get through the final dungeon(s), as the regular enemies don't seem to be getting easier as I level up.
It is my understanding that Dragon Quest games are at least this difficult though. I saw DQ4 and DQ5 at my gamestop; perhaps I'll buy DQ5.
Nah, one of the things that really stood out to me was how DQIV was fairly fast paced even in the bonus post-ending dungeon, whereas FFIV really, really dragged in the final dungeon and most spells that'd help alleviate it either don't work or are too costly to use all the time. That's it really, FFIV just got obnoxious by the end whereas DQIV and V weren't challenging in an obnoxious, overly tedious way.