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    Sorry it's just what happened after I started playing the games back to back instead of pausing for several years between installments. Granted, I still have a lot of issues with KHII's overall design and I find it disappointing that KHII's battle system really doesn't shine outside of optional bosses. There are still a lot of problems with the gameplay like Drive Forms and Summons. The appeal of the Command Deck was that it fixed the issue with the menu based abilities from KH1 which were hardly optimal in that game. In fact the biggest issue I am having with 0.2 is going back to having to scroll through a magic menu in the middle of combat and the game not being intuitive enough with it's controls to make it easy to cast magic while in midair. I feel the only saving grace has been the fact that you only have access to four spells and get double flight near the beginning of the game. If we add three or more spells it's going to get a bit dicey.

    The issue I was having with command style is that it trivializes too much random combat but then falls a bit apart when you fight bosses. This is especially noticeable in 3D where bosses seem to have better defenses against commands and the game wiped out a lot of invincibility frames so you can't cheese them like in BbS. The biggest learning curve with the final boss gauntlets in 3D was re-learning to not rely on commands and instead stick to pure combos and healing since it gave you more leeway to dodge and not trade blows from bosses that rarely flinch from getting hit while attacking and prevented you from getting stun locked by their own combos since every final boss had at least one attack that could decimate your health to nothing since it's impossible to get out of their combo attack once you get hit by it. It was weird, I was fighting bosses more like I would in KHII by the end instead of BbS.
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    It's honestly not been that hard of a transition for me surprisingly enough. I hate to admit it, but after replaying the series again, I'm starting to come around to the KHII fanboys. It was more jarring going from KHII to BbS than it was to transition from 3D to AFP. It helps that KHII is super fluid compared to BbS which was something I got more adjusted to the longer I played. I still wish SE had put a bit more polish into making the game as fluid as 3D was. I mean at the end of the day, KHII and BbS are both super easy but KHIIFM's post/endgame content let's the combat shine more whereas BbS' sort of makes it more apparent how unbalanced the Command Deck mechanics really were. Helps that 3D offers a far more balanced approach to it since it's really difficult to build a team that will cover all of the combat support skills so you're always sacrificing something.
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    Okay, so thankfully 3D answered my Sora question. Forgot they finally tried to tie the Princesses of Heart back into the plot after neglecting it for... five games not counting re-releases. The game still leaves abad taste in my mouth but I feel I've reached the final stage of grief of and accept it for all of it's lunacy.

    Now I'm playing Fragmentary Passage, and it's is certainly living up to its reputation as a glorified demo for KHIII. Relatively short (I'm fairly sure I'm at the final area) most of the gameplay is a bit on the basic side. No real customization. Lots of repetitive mini-objectives to make you dive back into it. Plot is interesting and would likely be a bit soul crushing if I had played through it all after finishing BbS Final Mix. I just acquired Mickey as a party member and as per usual with Mickey, he's a total bad ass that is making this game a bit easier. Helps that he's good with healing despite the game relying on KHII rules.
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    Yes, I just read that. My understanding is that UX will survive as a movie mode just telling the plot. Dark Road will continue on a little longer, but it looks like it will be ending the following month after UX ends. It will be good to see if they'll answer some of the questions it raises. Like how the hell time flows in this series. I'm honestly convinced that Mickey is hundreds of years old seeing how he has a very checkered past and pops up throughout the timeline.

    It will be sad to see it go. I must admit I have a certain soft spot for the games plot and aesthetic, I just wish the core gameplay wasn't drowning in too much filler and gatcha elements. I still kind of hope they remake the game as a more traditional RPG title for the Switch or something.
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    Oof, I completely forgot how grueling the final boss gauntlet is in the final segment of the game. Especially Riku's side of all this. Spent most of my night trying to deal with that cheap ass anti-cloak nightmare and Ansem. Tried my hand at Young Xehanort and even got that stupid clock down to a bar and a half of life before the bastard shivved me from behind while I was trying to find my cure spell. I hate how retrying a fight has all your commands start at zero as well. Like my first playthrough, it's only when I reach this point that I truly regret playing on Proud mode.

    I also hope that KHIII resolves the massive plot hole with Xehanort's plan in this entry. I mean he needs seven light and thirteen dark hearts to forge his stupid super key and yet the guy who is practically the entire linchpin of getting those seven lights is the guy he's trying to make his thirteenth vessel? Where are you going to get the other half of your ingredients? Was he just going to track down some new people and train them to be keyblade wielders and hope to god he doesn't die from old age before he got his next war? Like if I didn't have confidence that KHIII is going to retcon all this into a brilliant plan by some mumbo jumbo nonsense of how he needed to weaken Sora so he could track down all of the people trapped inside of him, I'd be more pissed than I am by how ridiculous this plot is.
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    TWEWY is my favorite part of 3D to be honest.

    I think my other issue with this game is how they retcon Master Xehanort into this chessmaster Dr Doom wannabe whose past failure have all been retcon into always going according to plan. Like the revelation that the best way to screw up his plans in past games was to sometime have the heroes fail is a bit maddening and just makes almost every game feel a bit like a Shaggy Dog story.
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    And now the bulltrout begins. I reached the World that Never Was, which I'm happy we got to return to this one because it has such a cool aesthetic to it. It's funny how I went from the plot lite Fantasia to now being in the plot heavy final chapter.

    I manged to get the Dive Keyblade but I'm sure that will be the best I can do this playthrough since Ultima is locked in post game and the only other keyblade I can remember is locked behind the awful Secret Portal questline. I also opted to finally break out of my rule of only switching out Dream Eaters after I master them so my boys can play with dinosaurs. Who conveniently have a lot of good skills locked behind them. I think the element that has irritated me the most this playthrough has been finding all the treasure chests. Not that it isn't a hassle in every entry but considering Flowmotion and the scale of the stages the devs hide them is devious places. I'm already dreading KHIII in this regard.
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    Yeah, the other issue is that the key blade hits are registered as random percussion instruments so it makes everything feel off.
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    What do you mean not Donald and Goofy? I imagine this world takes place sometime after the events of Timeless River but not necessarily after Mickey finishes his apprenticeship with Yen Sid. Course I may be partial to the idea that Mickey married into royalty and Minnie is the true heir and leader of Disney Castle.

    I think Fantasia was still the biggest surprise for me since I never even considered that film as a world choice. One of the sad things for me going into KHIII is that I simply don't have the same nostalgic love for the Disney worlds like I did for the first two numbered entries. I definitely love Renaissance Disney more than Pixar and modern 3D Disney. The fact the only retunring Disney worlds are Hercules and Winnie the Pooh was a bit disappointing but considering how off the 3D models look for the 2D films, perhaps this was a blessing in disguise.

    I just reached Fantasia world, so I'm only one world from the end and then I can finally dive in guilt free into Aqua's side game.
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    You know which character in KH I feel bad for lately? Maleficent, poor girl hasn't been a real threat since the first game. Even in BbS, she didn't feel like that great of a challenge to the heroes. Now every time she shows up, I just shake my head and wonder why she bothers? Like does she still think she's the biggest threat in the series? I mean it's a little sad when you think about it.

    In 3D news, I just reached the Three Musketeer World, which I still find is the weirdest choice of the bunch. Not that it's a bad choice or world, but it is a bit odd being one of the only direct-to-video films in the franchise.
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by Fynn on 06-06-2017 at 05:37 PM
So there's this nagging issue I've had for quite some time now. It's a pretty abstract issue but one I think is pretty interesting and perhaps even important to share nonetheless. For many reasons, it has only become more pronounced recently.

As some of you may know, I want to be a writer. I try to do as much writing as I can. I even do writing for a living, though as an SEO copywriter, it's not exactly that I have an opportunity to spread my creative wings as part of what keeps giving

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by Fynn on 11-23-2016 at 12:16 PM
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Welp, got all the way to the Shinra building. I was thinking of barging in for once, but it just feels so stupid. I just had to take the stairs again. What sane person would just charge in, guns blazing, when there's a clearly safer, less-disruptive option?

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by Fynn on 07-01-2016 at 12:13 PM
So there's this thing I've been struggling for quite some time. I don't want to call it a "writer's block" because it kind of seems like an excuse for being lazy. And it usually doesn't last long. This is something that's been eating at me for a long time.

I just kinda feel that I can't write anymore.

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On story expectations

by Fynn on 03-30-2016 at 12:57 PM
So this is kind of a general discussion, but the general rant I have is based on three popular 3DS RPGs: Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. Sorry if this is chaotic, as I'm just writing this as it comes into my mind. Also, spoilers from the three games abound.

All of those games were very well received, though for different reasons. SMT is kind of here to serve as a neutral ground, as the evaluation of its story is pretty divided, whereas the consensus

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Character Appreciation: Junpei Iori

by Fynn on 03-30-2016 at 11:37 AM
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Junpei Iori is a character from the Persona franchise. He first appears in Persona 3 and all of its subsequent releases as a playable party member. He becomes a social link character as well in the female path of Persona 3 Portable, though he isn't date-able. He is also playable in

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