Is it okay if I play Kingdom Hearts BBS and .hack/link without any prior knowledge of the previous games?

Is it okay if I play Kingdom Hearts BBS and .hack/link without any prior knowledge of the previous games?

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  1. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    You'll be fine. Grind the command board to get commands quicker

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      J-Party games are underrated

  2. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Why not start with the first one though? It's outrageously soulful. I booted it up after not playing in a long ass time just to see how it looks on my new OLED and actually started playing it with the intention to 100% it again because it was still so good.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      You can but a lot of the story will go over your head.
      Why do you ask? Do you only have a PSP?

      I do have the all in one collection, I just want a game to play on the go.

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        I have only played 1, CoM(and ReCoM), and 2, but I would highly unrecommend it. It's extremely story/lore heavy. And many people find it confusing without even skipping things. I never found it confusing even though I played them all in my teenage years but yea.

        • 6 days ago
          Anonymous

          It's not extremely story/lore heavy nor is it that confusing.
          It's stupid and a shitty story but it's not that complicated.

          Also it's a (shitty)prequel to the series so starting with it is moronic.

          Just play KH1/FM and 2/FM(preerrably PS2 versions since they are still the best versions despite 30fps) and maybe CoM. The rest of the games are garbage.
          I personally recommend playing 2 first because Roxas' prologue is so much cooler and mysterious when you don't know jackshit about the series

          • 6 days ago
            Anonymous

            The story is part 1 is gold. Everything after that is understandably divisive I guess. I don't know, I love JRPGs but hard to find one without at least a little bit of over the top ridiculous nonsense. At least post-PS1 era.

            • 6 days ago
              Anonymous

              kingdom hearts would have a respectible level of nonsense if xehanort couldn't time travel, there wasn't 4 keyblade wars already, and nomura wasn't trying to remake versus 13 within kingdom hearts as a series.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I wish Nomura didn't come up with the whole Ventus garbage in BBS and that whole Days garbage with Xion.
                He was too lazy to give Org XIII unique ''Somebody'' designs so he just ruined Roxas and the concept of Nobodies completely.
                The KH2 ending was also a perfect end for both Roxas and Namine.
                I prefer to pretend nothing after KH2 is canon.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I agree with most of what you said but I really like xion because I just really like her character trope.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                >because I just really like her character trope.
                Why?

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                something about artificial humans struggling to be real humans and fighting for their own existence really triggers my protective instinct and xion is a really moe example.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                >because I just really like her character trope.
                Why?

                Unrelated but I this is the most relevant thread at the moment.
                A really cool bit of characterization is that Xion as we all know is Kairi as Sora remembers her.
                This means that Xion's core personality is both the biggest indicator of what Kairi was like pre-KH1 and the kinds of mental filters Sora puts on people.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I still like that she's named after a flower that represents "I won't forget you"

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                >This means that Xion's core personality is both the biggest indicator of what Kairi was like pre-KH1 and the kinds of mental filters Sora puts on people.
                Sounds like bullshit to me considering Sora and Kairi bicker in KH1 and Sora is clearly aware of her bratty nature.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                At the start of KH1 the Destiny Island Trio are going through their teenage years with Sora and Kairi being 14 and Riku being 15, Kairi came to the Islands when she was 5.
                That's about 9 years of characterization we never got to see.
                Also the snark is there in 358 but its more subdued and mostly present in the clock tower banter.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                the thing here is, roxas and xion slowly build a heart from scratch over the course of Days, but their memories get tangeled with sora's and each other. Other nobodies still have their memories from when they are somebodies and can pretend to have emotion. so roxas and xion's personalities are really subdued because they get erased before developing a full heart.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                While I agree with you its also clear that at the very least Roxas was going to end up thinking and acting like Sora anyway with how his heart was developing, just with the urge to stay in Disney Brain mode replaced by Child Soldier killing intent.

            • 6 days ago
              Anonymous

              Nah, KH1's story is a pretty lame Naruto ripoff.
              None of the games have good stories at all, but they do have some parts that are very good in them like the KH1 ending, the KH2 intro prologue and the KH2 ending.

              The gameplay is where its at and KH1 and especially KH2FM(especially in Critical mode or LV1 Critical Mode) have fantastic gameplay.
              The music is great too as is the voice acting.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Kingdom hearts and naruto are the same flavor of autism but I wouldn't say they were rip-offs. they aren't about the same things at all. Kingdom hearts is just trying to be a hero's journey and a shounen series at the same time on purpose.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Riku in KH1 is basically a typical Sasuke clone and Sora is the happy-go lucky Naruto clone obsessed with friendship.
                Their frenemy relationship in the 1st game is clearly aped from Naruto.

                The character designs are ripped off from Yugioh and Digimon.
                Riku = Bakura from Yugioh
                Sora = Taichi from Digimon
                Kairi = Hikari from Digimon

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I think thats a stretch. sora isn't aiming to be the keyblade president, he isn't dealing with ostracization or an inner demon, he isn't a prankster character or incompetent.
                riku is an edgy rival but he's not as edgy as sasuke and he recovers far quicker and more easily. he's not out for revenge.
                The hero's journey is well documented, you could easily label KH1 by the tarot deck.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I ever mentioned any of those things, I was comparing Sora's goofy happy go-lucky character with Naruto's. They both are energetic characters who sometimes get wienery. Even in KH2 his oversentimental friendship with Riku where he cries when he finds Riku reminds me of Naruto with Sasuke.
                And Kairi is the token girl like Sakura except not a b***h.
                The execution is not 1:1 obviously but come the frick on.

                >he's not as edgy as sasuke and he recovers far quicker and more easily.
                It still takes him a couple of games.

                >he isn't incompetent.
                Nah Sora is pretty incompetent in KH1 which is why Riku beats him easily in the first fight.
                Also thankfully he had Donald and Goofy to help him.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Listen I think you'd have an easier case about the akatsuki vs organization 13. fool protagonists and edgy rivals are pretty standard tropes.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Nah sorry dude but the influence is definitely there.
                Nomura definitely kept up with Shonen Jump like most otaku.

                As for Akatsuki vs Org XIII... eh I think more like Gotei 13 from Bleach.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                I still say its a reach. I'll commit blasphemy and say that I compared guts and griffith to naruto and sasuke, just because the tropes are that common.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Well first off Berserk is a seinen dark fantasy series aimed at an adult audience.
                Guts is based off of Conan the Barbarian and he is a vengeful angry person for most of the beginning
                Griffith is based off of Elric of Melnibone only Griffith is the antagonist whilst Elric was the protagonist and it's his sword Stormbringer which is sentient that is the true villain

                So the concept is ''What if Conan and Elric were in the same series and opposites of each-other?''

                So yeah it's nothing like Naruto at all(which KH1 is) and you are full of shit.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                >hyper-ambitious gigachad rival makes a deal with dark powers to achieve his goals, while main character values his companions above all and maintains and goes beyond his humanity chasing said rival
                >dio puts on the vampire mask
                >griffith uses the crimson behelit
                >riku accepts darkness from maleficent and ansem
                >sasuke accepts training from orochimaru
                come on now, guts even has the fricking berserker wolf inside him that takes over his body and attacks his allies.
                Berserk is far better written than the other 3 stories I mentioned but the tropes still exist across fiction.

  3. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    You can but a lot of the story will go over your head.
    Why do you ask? Do you only have a PSP?

  4. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    BBS is garbage, don't play it
    Play KH1/1FM, KH2/2FM... preferrably in original PS2.
    Maybe Chain of Memories on GBA,
    That's about it.

  5. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    BBS is a prequel, so honestly I think you'll be fine. The story is a confusing mess anyway, just enjoy the ride.

  6. 6 days ago
    DoctorGreen

    >Is it okay if I play Kingdom Hearts
    No. it is not okay, anon. stop immediately

  7. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    BBS is neither the first KH game chronologically nor in release order. Might as well start with X unchained and back cover.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      Except dont since gacha games are fricking gay

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        X is just a cutscene compilation these days. even X dark road is more like an idle game and has no microtransactions.
        I'm surprised yoko taro doesn't have the pull to keep the nier gacha as a cutscene compilation, unless he just hates gamers that much that he'd let his game become lost media to make a point.

  8. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    the frick is .hack

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      Bandai's PSO

  9. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    no, bbs sucks
    play 1fm and 2fm with a texture mod and maybe chain of memories inbetween, then stop

  10. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    sure, sounds like you have awful logic in general so telling to do the right thing would be a waste anyway.

  11. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    If you skip just one KH game nothing will ever make any sense again. And is not easy to retroactively play a previous game and then connect things down. You must go in order. Also why would you want to skip all the best games and start with one of the worst ones? Birth by Sleep fricking sucks dude. If I didn't know any better I'd say you are a moron.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >You must go in order.
      Of release I mean not chronological. Because the writers of this franchise don't really plan out things in advance. They just keep adding stuff as they go.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >And is not easy to retroactively play a previous game and then connect things down. You must go in order.
      I don't really agree.
      I started with KH2 first and was able to make sense of everything just fine.
      I'm also glad I started with 2 and not 1. To this day I think the Roxas intro is just such a magical prologue that really works much better if KH2 is your first KH game.

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        The roxas intro is a really good intro if you haven't played chain of memories or days, but you can still play 1.

        • 6 days ago
          Anonymous

          I don't agree actually. I've seen so many people who started with 1 frustrated by the Roxas intro because they just wanted to play as Sora.
          Understandable since the prologue lasts 4 hours, which is not a big deal if it's your first game but if you are expecting to play as some other character then I can see how it may have felt agonizing to some KH1 players.

          • 6 days ago
            Anonymous

            yeah but the intro is designed with that emotion in mind, you are supposed to regret thinking like that once roxas gets absorbed. The major things to make the intro work are not getting spoiled on sora's status from chain of memories, not knowing anything about the organization, and not knowing any of roxas's backstory.

            • 6 days ago
              Anonymous

              Sure but that doesn't always work.
              I've seen people who ended up disliking Roxas because they hated the intro because the whole time they wanted to play as Sora.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                those kinds of people ae brainlets.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                Nah they aren't dumb, they know what the story was going for, but they just couldn't let go of their resentment.
                Similar to the MGS2 Raiden switch-a-roo.

              • 6 days ago
                Anonymous

                KH attracts tons of people with bad takes

  12. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    You can play BBS without playing the other entries, but a lot of BBS's best moments do hinge on the fact that you played KH1, CoM, and KH2 prior.

  13. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    >and .hack/link
    Separate from the fact that you also shouldn't play it because it's a very bad game: frick no, its story is entirely about series meta-knowledge.

  14. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    no you moron why the frick would you want to do that? just have a nice day already

  15. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

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