The real problem I had with KH was how much it made me wish they continued the Mana series with something along these lines as opposed to creating the Disney/Square mash-up franchise. I freakin' hate disney. I'm actually amazed I got past that aversion to play through KH.
They did. It was called Dawn of Mana and it sucked due to Unreal Engine shenanigans and a rather stupid progression system (if you can even call it that). The camera being ass and the added emphasis on platforming in a near fully destructible environment was even more insane.
Lastly, I am REALLY aiming for 108 stars but will not indulge spoilers... does anyone have any spoiler free tips on achieving this? I'm too afraid to look at any faqs or anything.
Ahahahaha....Er, ahem. My best advice is to not worry about recruiting anybody until you hit North Window which is like a quarter of the way into the game (except for a particular squirrel hanging out behind the main characters' house at the start of the game, because your next opportunity to get him will be at the very end of the game). Also, make sure to use one of the Listening Crystals on the Griffin (or is he a Hippogriff?) since you cannot recruit all 108 stars without him. Also also, make sure you throughly explore Muse early on and get the package from a woman in a white cape, if you don't do even this much of Clive's sidequest, then you wont trigger his appearance later on and cannot recruit him. Also also also, by the third strategy battle there will be an odd unit lead by a guy with a portrait, fight but do not defeat him and he will join afterwards (if I am wrong or the method didn't take, reload and try again).
That's all I've got for now.
Dawn of Mana was NOT nearly as Mana feeling as KH to me in terms of gameplay. And yes, I agree that it was terribly flawed but I cannot comment further seeing as how all I recall was trying and failing to throw around objects until I eventually rage quit. That title is on my "someday" list...
As for the Suikoden info, that is GOLDEN!! Thanks a bunch! Luckily I found the squirrel. Oddly enough I remembered to look for him because of an old post of yours like 2 years ago when I was playing Suikoden 1! LoL