Chrono Cross - Didn't have much time to play this time around. Got through the Sea of Eden "dungeon" (found the Forget-Me-Not Pot in the process), and took care of Lynx/FATE. Can't imagine how tough that battle would have been without the black plate... Managed to steal the fantastic Holy Healing element.
I'm now at the point where the super dragon and weird floating island have come into existence. I have no idea how to get up there (don't tell me! - I'll figure it out... hopefully).
That's one part of the game that's poorly explained. I complained about it a LOT in my playlog.
Yeah. I love CC but that's the dumbest bit in the game (although slightly less dumb if you get one of the alternative NG+ endings and find out that joke character is not actually joke character but stonecold killah).
Also I think... idk if I consider the plates a bit cheat-y. They're not exactly /secret/ items but they're not exactly NOT not secret items.
I don't consider their use as cheating. As you said: they're kind-of secret items, but the truth is that they are easily attainable by any player. Sure, using them might feel
like cheating, but we (plate users) are just playing the game in one of many ways the developers intended. It's not uncommon for some enemies to spam powerful elements. Gotta have adequate protection, yo.
...Yes, this is how I justify it.