Hello, I am playing (almost) every single Kingdom Hearts game, join me on this silly adventure!

Oct 27, 2017
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I decided to Dream Drop DDD as I got a bit too close to burnout. Watched the rest on Youtube.
The story towards the end is garbled but fun (Kingdom Hearts' forte!) and there is a lot of new Disney stuff in this one.
The only downsides here are the TWEWY characters and the Dream Eaters add absolutely nothing to the game. They should have brought back any other previous ability system instead.

Union X was a short movie that is completely new to the story. The only recognisable item is a certain keyblade and thats it. Its only an hour long so there is no point in skipping this one anyways.

0.2 A Fragmentary Passage was a first step into the KH3 engine and it looks great. Framerate on my Pro is unstable and suffers from terrible frame pacing issues but that was only really noticeable moving from the solid 60fps of the older titles.
As for the game itself: this short chapter makes Aqua into a far better character just by animating her a lot more and not have her incessantly banging on about her poorly written friendship with Terra and Ventus.
One huge negative about this one though is Mickey's weird face and its got a skin texture and eww stop.

Its been a wonderfully baffling and very back-loaded ride but you know what? Watching through the KH3 intro cinematic now makes me realize I do genuinely give a shit about these characters.

Time to end a journey that I started just shy of 17 years ago...
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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Playing this version of KH1 for the first time I have to say the extra cutscenes they added (the ones focusing on Riku that are conspicuously missing voices) are really pretty bad. There's no need to learn Riku's whereabouts immediately after both of the times when his date is unclear, and the information that's conveyed in them is redundant with the scenes where he shows up again and kind of kills some of the actually pretty decent "show, don't tell" moments. Also the lack of voices and dreamlike atmosphere to them clash really badly with the rest of the game and don't even fit with the actual dream sequences that were already there.
 
Oct 27, 2017
702
Canada
For bosses, basically yes. With Duels, it automatically destroies the opponents sleight regardless of outcome. And if you have enough high cards, you should win it pretty easily. Riku's reload time makes dueling bosses simple honestly.
Definitely duel makes Riku's route bosses way easier. Make sure you have most of your cards with you when you do this, or just draw more otherwise. Usually I try to be strategic for the first 3 or 4 cards on a duel, and after that I just mash X for an easy win.
HUGE thank you. I could of used that a lot sooner, no guides ever said you can basically just bullshit your way through duels, but I seriously thought I was going to have to spend hours just grinding for levels. I wasn't even a third of the way beating him without abusing duels.

Officially on 2 now. (I'm seriously missing Dodge Roll though)
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,822
Costa Rica
HUGE thank you. I could of used that a lot sooner, no guides ever said you can basically just bullshit your way through duels, but I seriously thought I was going to have to spend hours just grinding for levels. I wasn't even a third of the way beating him without abusing duels.

Officially on 2 now. (I'm seriously missing Dodge Roll though)
Imagine playing vanilla 2 and NEVER getting Dodge Roll
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Imagine playing vanilla 2 and NEVER getting Dodge Roll
Imagine playing vanilla 2 and never getting the movement skills at all because it never occurred to you that they would be hidden behind the drive forms and the drive gauge refilled so fucking slowly why wouldn't I just save them for boss fights, there wasn't a critical mode, the normal enemies were never tough enough to need them!

Vanilla KH2 sucks.
 
Jan 20, 2019
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Imagine playing vanilla 2 and never getting the movement skills at all because it never occurred to you that they would be hidden behind the drive forms and the drive gauge refilled so fucking slowly why wouldn't I just save them for boss fights, there wasn't a critical mode, the normal enemies were never tough enough to need them!

Vanilla KH2 sucks.
yeah I don't know how the drive form gauge made it out of that development the way it ism i'ts so damn slow. Does KH2 do anything to assuage that I didn't catch?

I'm still using it until i'm on the last bar then using a save point to go to the world map then come back in with my full guage.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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yeah I don't know how the drive form gauge made it out of that development the way it ism i'ts so damn slow. Does KH2 do anything to assuage that I didn't catch?

I'm still using it until i'm on the last bar then using a save point to go to the world map then come back in with my full guage.
Actually the final mix version made it better as a baseline, but it charges way faster when you're in MP recovery mode.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Long Island, NY
So my girlfriend and I have been playing the original entry - I'm up to the point of no return, right at the end of Hollow Bastion, about to go back and do a sweep over all of the worlds for the items I missed. The stuff that caused me to jump off back in '03 were still issues but I managed to stick with it - a terrible camera and janky platforming mechanics, and environments the size of a Brooklyn apartment (which exacerbates the camera issues). Some of the platforming sections (the end of Tarzan's stage) and boss fights (the black dragon, Ursula's second form, or Ooga Booga on the torture wheel) were near unplayable due to the camera.

But I do like the story, especially towards the end as it moves away from Disney into more of a typical crazy SE storyline. The Hollow Bastion stage was really cool, felt like a classic RPG dungeon, going up through the waterways all the way to the castle chapel, unlocking new routes and solving puzzles. After this, we will go on to playing Chain of Memories, gonna try to eventually play them all in the order they're presented on the Story So Far collection.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Did you like the ending?

"It's the Road to Dawn" is the anime bullshit I live for
So. No lie, in high school we all got a page in our yearbook because it was a tiny school, and the weirdest kid in our school wrote this page long manifesto about how he’s better than all of us and has seen the light and titled it, no lie, the Road to Dawn (I graduated a little after CoM came out). I’m actually gobsmacked now because what I thought was super lame just got intensely cringey.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,822
Costa Rica
So. No lie, in high school we all got a page in our yearbook because it was a tiny school, and the weirdest kid in our school wrote this page long manifesto about how he’s better than all of us and has seen the light and titled it, no lie, the Road to Dawn (I graduated a little after CoM came out). I’m actually gobsmacked now because what I thought was super lame just got intensely cringey.
lmao, kid was quoting KH lol