Mongoosey, I'm loving the FF8 examinations!!
Holy fucking fun.
Ironically, the fact that Ghirahim and Zant served Ganondork in their respective titles made their individual character plots very weak, make for a fun run playing AS Ganondorf with them two as underlings.
Lana, Link (in all ver. but his normal one), Fi, and Ganon are my favs to play as off the top of my head.
I barely kept together when I played a little then just threw an extra $20 for DLC. God help me, I don't even know how much actual mileage I'll play out of this game.
I got totally confused during a bonus mission where you're against another character though. They killed me really quickly (I needed to level up I guess), but how do I get more allies for those missions (it was like 3am and I scrolled through the instructions way too quik D: )
Also, any recommended potions? I got way too many rupees, so I figure to just blow on weapon/material boosting ones.
I actually never bothered using the apothecary for potion stats. I saved cash for training low level characters to higher levels. I never needed to use material/weapon boost potions unless I was looking for a certain one to create more badges (materials potion). So if you wanted to use a certain potion type, go with materials.
Also, what you get is what you have to manage with each mission. Whenever you're against another Hero/Villain, I would suggest guard/dodging until they use certain skills that causes their stamina bar to appear, which you would then aim to deplete and automatically use a bigger-damage hit (as long as you are in the gold radius). Have fun! :)
For myself: more Hyrule Warriors. Lana is my higest at 120...need to work on that. Also, I think I figured a way to make use of Lana's Summoning Gate Strong attack without summoning (the initial burst does a decent amount): dash out of it as soon as you hear the second syllable of what she says (I have no clue what she says) when she uses the strong attack.
Also, WOW IS MANHANDLA'S POISON RADIUS IS AMAZING. That sucker just drains enemies' life. In all seriousness of this weapon, when you find the groove of each attack combo and nail down the attack distance between your target, this weapon is a lot of fun.