Some games are better than others, some moments better than others. I think Kingdom Hearts still gets small character interactions right. The plot has always been convoluted but got worse with the introduction of time travel. The series is at its best when it does what it set out to do, meld the Disney worlds into an original story. The first game pulled this off the best and it has been hit or miss since then.
This. KH1's story has that charm that magic. KH1 knew its intentions of being an amalgamation between Disney and original story with a hint of Final Fantasy, and they've done it...gracefully. It's the ONLY game that's done the integration with the two right without being forced.
Chain of Memories and Days, however despite the Disney worlds being so irrelevant, is honestly another instance of the story being well written. The mystery of Sora, Donald, and Goofy traveling through Castle Oblivion, the mystery behind Namine and the Organization, the introduction to Riku's redemption arc, it's honestly to be admired, really...it just didn't sit well with me when Sora had to factory reset all of it.
Then there's Days. Though I can't say RAX is my favorite trio, I do have to say that Nomura really has written the characters well. Then when you see the cutscenes in 1.5, you can't help just...be encaptivated by the delivery is to such impactful scenes like Roxas confronting Axel. Days, not my favorite game and RAX aren't my favorite among the trios, but I do have to give credit where credit's due.
Unfortunately, that's when things started to deter from both the original and Disney aspects. KH2 seems to be fine on a gameplay standpoint, which is probably why people on this community REALLY
want to put this game on such a high pedestal, but the story there was just...weak. And then came BBS, DDD, Re:Coded, and then just...all the other games that come after aside from Days, where the crossover aspect and the original aspect just fell flat. Now, the game is at a point where I question what's the point of traveling to the Disney worlds again?
No, you weren't listening. People who ONLY play a series like this for the gameplay are shallow.
It's a quote like this that makes me wonder...is THAT why people put KH2 at such a high pedestal?