Kingdom Hearts II and some BBS
I've waited a while to replay this game to give it a fair assessment. I remember blazing through it when I first played it on the normal difficulty. I've also been playing it along BBS.
= I can say with 100% guarantee, BBS is still a stronger title despite the 'look' and 'feel' of handheld. WHat I mean by that is when you play KH2, you see that it is SUCH a huge budgetted title. EVERYTHING had love put into it; the worlds are impeccably detailed, the models move along beautifully, the magical effects are always in top form, etc. Little things too long creating Winnie the Pooh's "100 Acre Woods" as a world inside a book, or of course the Tron world. But...
= ... there's a slight reliance on such spectacle. BBS is a played-straight action title; you can perform combos, fire of magic or super attack skills, use the shot-lock command, transform yourself into elemental-powered super forms, perform d-links to connect with other character's attacks. You do most of the action. KHII is where you can set up some really lame spells, use items, perform TRIANGLE-mashes to get out of a pinch, press "X" a bunch to get out of other problems, and summon commands. I know KHII is older, I just wish it didn't take so long to establish the BBS formula as it so brilliantly played out in both BBS and 3D.
= While I like how brilliantly designed the levels of KH2 are, I still think the size and scope of 3D is the most impressive in the series. The Hunchback level literally including every aspect of the film it's based on and recreating Notre Dame itself; and the new version of Traverse Town being MASSIVE in size.
= Honest to god I can't help but roll my eyes a little when Organization 13 stuff happens. For one, because it's so out of line with ANYTHING Disney whatsoever. But also... I mean... It's literally a bunch of 'nobodies' designed to look/act cool with little story relevance because the main players are doing their thing (like all 8 versions of Ansem). Certainly their matching attire doesn't help making players play "who's who" in the meanwhile. For a series with a needlessly complicated plot, throwing an "organization" of 13 members is just the beginning of that clusterfuck.
tl;dr: Org 13 is a pretentious idea.
= I need to 'freshen up' on KH "lore". And to explain what happens with Terra, I went to the Wiki and saw the most complicated sentence that explains how bad things are with the KH universe:
Xehanort was an apprentice of Ansem the Wise and the original persona of Ansem and Xemnas. He was originally "born" as Terra-Xehanort when Master Xehanort forced his heart into the body of Terra then he became simply "Xehanort" when he seemingly lost his memories.
WHAAAAAT. I needed to read that 5 times then link to the other names to really understand 'what the hell'; I love the ideas in the KH series, but it's truly over-complicated itself to a now humourous degree. And I'm sorry a bit too since I know there are people who adore the story... I just think it's terribly told. This point was kind of hit home when I read about Vanitas and how he was added because Tetsuya Nomura got 'carried away'.. ;/
= For as lovely and nostalgic as cutscenes are, they're very slow, and basically C-grade retellings of the old Disney film they represent.... Pause > Skip Scene. :(
BBS is slightly worse for this since they drag out the worlds into three-parters and throw in "light", "dark", and "heart" chatter into them even more than KHII did.
= Dear KH3: DON'T. USE. OLYMPUS. I know a Titan was in the trailer, but I hope the role of them is more like Ursula was in KH3D as a sort of tutorial/opener boss.
= Mirage Arena doesn't have Internet connection T___T
= I don't think I can get over how awesome it is Leondard Nemoy is Xehanort (the most obviously evil-looking man to have ever lived). I hope the hire him again if he's needed and don't replace him with a sound-alike.
I'm complaining a lot, but that's because KH can take it; I'm still having quite a bit of fun despite it all! I love mucking around with abilities, I love exploring worlds, and sure some of the cheesy dialogue is still fun to join in on because you're interacting with "childhood friends". The games are simply fun.