lol, i undestand the toughness on IV, i played/beat all the versions of IV, and i can assure you, the easiest one is the PSP Complete Collection one, you dont need to grind that much in order to win, the GBA one... brr still remember having trouble AT THE FIRST DUNGEON!!!
Similar issue with XII and the fucking hunts, jeeeesus. I actually left it for an entire year not completed because of them, then I got FF13 and decided "FUCK THIS I WILL BARREL THROUGH AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE STARTING ANOTHER SO HELP ME GOD."
And I did in about an hour, and it wasn't as satisfying as I thought, since the game felt mmfffffleh towards the end.
A-awwwww Cecil ; A ; you hurt his feelings! I haven't beaten I, II, V (in-progress! I would have before but my computer crashed and I didn't want to play it again for a while after that), VIII (NEVER WILL), X (died at least boss once, gave up/didn't care), or even played XII.