Seriously, I don't see why 99% of KHinsider forums hate Days. I mean, Roxas being a "Xion fanboy" ? He's just a guy who cares about his friends, that's all.
Trust me, I am 100% in concord with your perceptions on this. Though, I will tersely explicate why many feel his "Xion Fanboyism" is downright grandiose in every sense of the word.
Many played this game for Roxas-instead they get Xion (much more than they bargained for.) If
you had the, what I consider "sensible" preconception like me:
"Xion is a new enigmatic character with an obscure past who was formerly the "14th Member" of Org. XIII. Up until this point, her very existence has been undisclosed, and never once alluded at nor referenced. She looks identical and sounds exactly like Kairi. She also has the ability to wield the Keyblade. Who is this young girl? And what is her connection to Roxas?"
-you would have fcuking long realized this game's story would be heavily
analogous to Xion, and the intricacies of the plot will fluctuate immensely around her. BUT
, many saw Xion as an "important side character"-not what they would consider a "protagonist." Xion receives a tremendous deal of camera time enough as it is: and all Roxas does is worry about/chase her the entire game. Since Roxas was supposedly
the prime focus of this game, it is only natural to suspect the game would be more about him
. No. They didn't get that. They had Xion shoved down their throats, and when she was not
around, Roxas was damn sure to "fanboy" and make you remember: I LUVZ XION.
Be pensive for a moment. Put yourself in their shoes. You now hate
Xion because she is a Mary Sue and overall camera whore. You want development on Roxas, outside of his infatuation with Xion-but you ain't gettin' it. So basically, even when Xion is not
on camera: "everything is still about her." In their eyes, she sullies Roxas' character development and squanders what potential he may have had. That is the general gist of it. Feel free to go to her Hate club for additional details.
I'm sure that statement would change to "Axel fanboy" if somehow Axel reverted to the same age as Roxas and was in similar predicaments.
I have mixed sentiments on this. Yaoi fangirls would squeal for this kind of crap...and more or less would find nothing wrong with it. Let's just ignore that insignificant demographic XD
Believe me, I like Xion's character very much. But Axel would suffer from extreme badass decay if he were written in a similar manner. I would resent it in every
conceivable way. It is horrendous enough their friendship was written with numerous inadvertent homosexual subtexts/undertones in KH2-but Days' would have worsened that. Sorry, but I don't like yaoi fangirl bait in my games :\
And the gameplay? I loved it. Its a great game to play during SPARE TIME after finishing homework. Yes, you heard me. 358/2 days wasn't designed for hardcore gamers.
The combat system is essentially the same as other installments. Most gripes regarding it are mostly derived from the almost unsalvagable tedium. It is the consistent repetition and lack of variety that this game mostly suffers from.
Also, even if it didn't reveal anything new to the series (Besides that Xion existed, Saix and Axel were BFFs), it would be redundant if it wasn't made as Roxas' time in the Organization is one of the unexplained time period in the Kingdom Hearts series. So all in all, I don't see why everyone hate this game.
...Countless people were satiated by the atrociously written garbage they were given in KHII, believe it or not. A few "feel it wasn't necessary"-taking into account it was explained via 20 second flashback in KH2 (halfassed flashback, mind you.) But sense these crappily written flashbacks lacked any inkling of Xion...they're 100% acceptable! And for bonus points: Axel and Roxas relationship is so unredeemably told-it's open to all sorts
of interpretations! (You people know who you are
On a more serious note, it left more to their imaginations and they can pretend that Xion does not exist-therefore "it is not needed"