Well...seeing as Ys III was the first Ys game I owned (aside from the recently-bought VI), it's what hooked me. I liked the Genesis version (which was surprisingly difficult to me first time through) and I have the NES ROM version, but only barely touched it. Suffice to say, I'm looking forward to the remake.
As for the leveling-up stuff, try growing to high levels simply by cutting up the bees and spiders at the beginning of the Tigris Mines (Genesis version, remember). Yeah...took me hours to level up really high. Suffice to say, I killed most of the early bosses in one or two hits...
I also heard that Dogi was playable in the Genesis version. Never tried it, but I do believe GameFAQs turned up something, if I remember correctly. I wonder if they'll make him playable in the remake, as either a tribute to such a rumor/cheat or as a bonus to the die-hard Dogi fans out there. That would seriously kick-ass so much...
lmao...for the snes version all i had to do was at the first cave wait until you find the first hill, and the fly keeps repeating on the screen....tape over the y button and went about my day....came back and i was pumped and ready to go.
The OST is available right here in PSF2 format. I also converted it to MP3. Anyway, I think the PS2 version of YsIII is great - if not the best of them all. The Mega Drive/Genesis version is the best one of the old ones in my opinion, but this might just be the best of 'em all. I love the graphics, they are so beautiful. The music is pretty good as well (definitely the best music of all versions of YsIII).
I am talking about YsIII here - NOT Ys: The Oath in Felghana.
See, I hated the PS2 remake, for the simple reason that Adol is TOO SLOW in it. He's supposed to be fast as lightning, not a slow and cautious swordsman. No more rapid-fire sword-swiping, no more moving at 60mph, no more anything of the sort -- just slow, plodding gameplay.
Have you played YsI? How about YsII? Or perhaps YsIV? Even YsV. Adol is slower than a 200-year-old man.