Swoosh! Zoooom! Biiiiuuummm! Yes I do like the "flowmotion" thing they added and hope it stays for Kingdom Hearts III, aside from being fast way to get around, it opens up a new option of attacks.
You play as Sora and Riku, no Donald Duck or Goofy. Instead you get Pokémon
for partners, called dream eaters in the game. I personally found them clownish and unsightly as all of them are garishly colored, not preferable to Final Fantasy or Disney character party members. Someone else might like the collect 'em all monster feature because they are useful and some are very cool looking...cool like a tie dye pinata though.
There are no final fantasy characters in this game, but that must be a style choice because instead you meet people from The World Ends with You
DS game. A game I did not play, so their cameos are not of interest to me. You also don't partner with any of them or fight against them as bosses so...meh.
This game hasn't improved on the whole 'world's being really empty' thing, that's been a series mainstay. And I really, really didn't care about visiting the Tron sequel
world. There aren't really any bonus bosses, just one really. But the bosses of the main game are awesome enough to make up for it, at least the Org XIII ones.
Sora and Riku are reverted to kid ages (different costumes though) from the first game without explanation and you might not like it. It changes nothing in gameplay, but if you prefer teen Sora & Riku, too bad.
I didn't like the Keyblades either, all pretty ugly in my opinion and not as cool as Riku's starter key. The timer and forced character switching got annoying.
All the Xehanorts are here, if you love that. So you got Leonard Nimoy
, Richard Epcar
and Paul St Peter
hamming it up in your face. It would only be greater if they brought Billy Zane
One of the harshest critiques one can make of it is that it's really just a holdover for Kingdom Hearts III
. What is revealed to you about Org XIII here, could probably have gone in that 358/2 game that mostly starred the Org.
The best praise, is Kingdom Hearts hasn't lost a step and has "BIG" plans for the last game...Kingdom Hearts III is Coming!
D-link and Command styles and shotlock from Birth by Sleep are gone so there's actually a bit less gameplay since last time, sadly.