Where do I begin with Birth by Sleep? I'd really like to know why ANYONE has said that the battle system is good. There are hundreds of commands, and three good ones. At least 90 percent of the commands do not work on bosses. NONE of your magic works on bosses. You are literally forced to mash square and run around the field like a crack addict. I shit you not. You CANNOT attack most of the bosses. If you do, you will be countered and killed. I have literally proven this by dashing towards them and immediately dashing away. And when I say killed, I mean killed. On STANDARD DIFFICULTY, the bosses one hit KO you when you hit them. You are forced to do nothing but deflect for minuscule damage for thirty minutes. Let's not get started on dying. The bosses don't just "attack". They fucking slaughter. You're sitting there spamming square, and they teleport, pop up out of the ground, and shoot you (with zero warning. I'm standing there deflecting, and then in two seconds, they rush me and kill me out of nowhere). If you miss a deflect, you die. Even your one avenue of attack will immediately kill you. You CANNOT make an action game with non staggers. That is not some "bring back staggers" issue. That is a "your game is broken issue". Enemies do not, under any circumstances, have patterns. They attack randomly, forcing you to keep flying all over the map. Lock ons are broken. You try to lock on, and you miss. Death. You lose a lock on for five seconds. One hit KO. You barely even do any fucking damage. A lot of the time, even your useful commands are forced to be spammed. D Links are useless. Whoever thought that was a good mechanic (as opposed to other things) was on crack. Every time you go to use a command, an enemy will often rush you, leaving no chance for you to do anything but die. Characters frequently do a COMPLETELY different thing from what you're telling them to. And then you die. Some of the bosses can heal. I'm fine with that. Oh, they spam heal while you've been dodging for 27 minutes? Shit game. Enemies don't just appear, buddy. They spam appear. You are literally fighting waves of enemies while you traverse rooms. Big, empty, pointless rooms. In fact, these aren't even worlds anymore. They're fucking rooms. Dialogue is COMPLETE SHIT. Sometimes, they say things that are completely out of place. The emotions are off even in the saddest moments. Voice inflection sounds like a limp dick. Aqua and Terra sound like they are slumped on heroine. No emotion AT ALL in most of the voice acting. Ability system is complete shit. You have ZERO useful abilities because you're forced to use your limited commands to meld them. These commands cost far more than you have. Terra cannot move correctly (been said many times before). Shotlocks (and ALL other useful mechanics) conveniently start getting you killed during most of the battles. Buddy, if you use a reaction command to counter an attack, theyll take half your health bar right there. I've literally been killed after using a finishing combo. The game doesn't feel like kingdom hearts. It feels like, as they say, a "side game". The shitty platforming, floaty boss battles, terrible mechanics, art style, etc, all bring this really "fake" feeling to it. There are really zero physics. Most of it is just hoping for some luck. You know the most annoying combos an enemy has? The "octoslash" type combos? Well, every boss has them now. And they don't just hit you with momentarily annoying attacks. Boy, they spam. Each. And. Every. Combo. You will dodge the same attack twenty times in a row. At this point, I'm just listing. Truly a shit game with an ok story. There are no words that can describe how utterly unacceptable this experience was for me.