Before I start I want to say that the D23 trailer was Awesome and I like how Sora can now transform his keyblade BUT I also think we are missing something from the past (Drive Forms)
In KH2 gameplay we had Reaction Commands, Limits and Drive Forms. Now in KH3 we already know there are no Reaction Commands, as for Limits they have not been shown yet but I think we can assume they're likely going to be in the game, about Drive Forms(DF) Nomura told us they are going to be in KH3 but actually both Guard Form and Power Form turned out to be simple Keyblade Transformation(KT) and this is the reason I decided to make this topic: are Keyblade Transformations going to REPLACE Drive Forms? if the answer is Yes (and I'm afraid it is) I'm not seeing KH3 gameplay as an improvement (in comparison to KH2)
Going into more specific detail we can say that KT (as shown in the trailer) don't give the player the same freedom as DF, in KH2 we had the Drive option in the command menu, from that we could decide to use a DF from a list at any time we wanted, as for KT there are 2 per Keyblade and you unlock them by filling an meter by attacking enemies in a short time, if you fill this meter a second time you unlock the 2nd level of a KT (for example Hyper Hammer "evolves" into Drill Punch). Basically KT are an option you need to achieve and not something you can rely on at any moment and this is why I can't see KT as the successor of DF. Also, it appears, you can only use the two KT your Keyblade has (example: no Hyper Hammer if you use Kingdom Key) and you can't have direct access to the 2nd level of a KT immediately, I believe this limitations could be felt during a boss fight
Now I'm going to say a personal opinion (but I'm sure I'm not alone) about why KT shouldn't replace DF: Swords are the most iconic and best weapons in videogames and KH is mainly a sword(key-sword actually) game and that's how it should remain, now what's better than a sword? TWO SWORDS! that's why I think we all love DF. Now I'm not saying KT are bad but personally I think using a bazooka or a giant hammer simply isn't as epic as comboing an enemy with Valor or Final Form (best DF imo). Also I hope in KH3 using the Keyblade as a sword won't be a tiny 10 sec interval between KT
that said Nomura told us the gameplay is still in development so I really hope he decides to add Drive Forms eventually (after all Focus Gauge being used only for Shotlock is quite lame). So let me know what you think , do you feel Keyblade Transformation are the righteous successor of Drive Forms? or do you want dual wielding Drive Forms in KH3 too?
also sorry for possible bad english
Edited by MasterLorX, 17 July 2017 - 08:19 PM.