I'm gonna leave this as a list of thoughts while I run through the game to make it digestible and fun. I'll sprinkle in random KH trivia, strategies and more. I got the idea for a Plat Run from Cin so shouts to him. Got to pay homage to this great series and I haven't played it in forever. Plus it'll be great to finally see how the Xehanort Saga flows as a whole. Anyway, enough rambling. Plat Series Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts II Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance First time playing this on PS5. Here we go. Always go staff for the extra MP. I'm gonna give up sword too. Love that they put the triangle Reaction commands back in for chests and other interaction. The PS2 version was so much more clunky in comparison. I bet there are plenty of new fans who never had to experience that. I always pick night for EXP although I won’t for the speed and no equipment runs you have to do to get the plat trophy. Darkside rising up is classic. Holy ****, if you go behind Darkside when it leans back and shoots the pink bombs you can jump to combo its head and get the 2 Tech Points. I always run up the arms there but this is so much cheesier. Still learning new things about the game almost 20 years later. Classic cutscene when Sora wakes up on the beach, this intro aged well tbh. It’s always nice to gain a level or 2 off Wakka or Selphie’s Tech Points but it’s faster to level once the Shadows spawn after you get the Keyblade imo. Love how muscle memory kicks in against enemies like Riku and Wakka. Been years since I’ve played this yet all the old moves come rushing back. God Tidus is so ****ing annoying in the 3v1 fight on Destiny Islands. I just wanna kick his whiny ****ing ass, he thinks he’s so cool because he ****ed Yuna in a lake but we both know who she’d pick if she’d had the choice between both of us… anyway, the fight wasn’t too bad after grinding Potions off Riku. Why the **** was KH1 the only game with parrying like this? The Tech Points are great... I love that you can spend a good 15-20 minutes fighting a range of enemies that teach you different game mechanics on the first day of Destiny Islands. It were those little touches that made this era of Square games so damn good. Disney was such a different company back when this was made, and that really shows with the first cutscene at Disney Castle. Their tightening grip on future titles wasn’t great imo. Oh god, the brown cloaked figure in the Secret Spot… there was an air of mystery in the earlier titles that still hits hard. Nomura really knew how to draw us in. It gets a bit messy later but hopefully this playthrough will untangle some of those threads. I can’t overstate how good the music in this series is but Destiny Islands truly represents that. Riku’s such a salty prick after the race when you win, he always pisses me off here. Gonna grind a bit on all the Shadows that spawn after you get the Keyblade while I order food, this was always a good early leveling spot. Haha, Darkside. I know your little secret now. Free Tech Points. Ordered wings. Just got to Traverse Town, that song tho lol. I'm gonna take a break and get back into this later tonight.