Well, Small Panda and I just beat the game, and I must say, ZOMG THAT WAS THE BEST GAME THAT I HAVE PLAYED IN FOREVER!
At the end, when Mickey jumped into Riku's arms, I was so amazingly jealous. I wanna be able to pick up Mickey and give him a big hug too!
Now we are patiently working our way to level 80 and synthesizing along the way, trying to get to be able to kill Sephiroth. I can't wait to face the SOLDIER commander in person, and then watch the final showdown between Cloud and Sephiroth! Is anyone besides me as ed out about seeing Cloud v. Sephiroth again?
As for synthesizing, it is kind of a pain. You basically have to collect the little drops off of the Heartless and Nobodies and just keep giving them to the Moogles (greedy little buggers). The more stuff that you give them, the more they give you in return. Using the items that give you double moogle xp and that reduce the amount of materials needed are definitely helpful. Right now we are Level 8 Moogles, and we have successfully synthesized Save the Queen (Donald's ultimate weapon) and Save the King (Goofy's ultimate weapon), but need more stuff to make Sora's Ultimate Weapon. The best way to level up as a Moogle is simply to equip all of the weapons that have increased luck, and just run thru whatever area that you like. Also, we do have a luck ring equipped, and we are getting almost every enemy to drop something. Also, the higher you level as a Moogle, the better the bonuses get. I guess synthesizing is just a lot of running around and killing a ton of baddies.
And as we were discussing the end...
Not only does it totally leave the door open for Kingdom Hearts 3, but the second time that Maleficent saves you (I can't believe that I'm saying that) she tells you that once you defeat Organization XIII, she will take over the castle for herself...interesting...