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this is exactly how i feel about the series. The only difference is that i think BBS will be the best in the series.I'm an enormous KH fan, but I have to agree that KH2 could have been better. For one, the gameplay really was too easy (Sora was ridiculously overpowered). Story-wise, the Disney worlds were practically irrelevant to the main plot, making a lot of the cutscenes feel dragged out. So while my overall impression of KH2 was that it's definitely high-end compared to other video games, it fails to come close to its two predecessors. In other words, KH2 wasn't a great KH game; it was a great game, period.
As for CoM, simply because of the story I found it only second to the first game. Its gameplay was enjoyably strategic, but at the same time somewhat frustrating which was its only problem.
Now BBS... I haven't played the Japanese version, nor do I plan to; I've tried my best to avoid spoilers. But from what I've seen it could just surpass CoM. After listening to a dozen of the tracks I'm already confident that BBS has the best soundtrack in the series. Gameplay-wise, watching the streams I can tell that they tried to bring back the best elements of the KH1 bosses; that is the bosses seem to actually take your position into account. The Vanitas battle for example really reminded me of the Rikunort boss from KH1 which was hard as hell yet still extremely fun since you can really make it look as epic as a cutscene battle. The best way I can describe it is that the fights are really "in your face", wherein the bosses strategize and don't just blindly charge at you wherever you are on the field like, for example, the Saïx battle from KH2. And best of all: the bosses don't seem to "abuse-by-looping attacks". I can't judge the story without playing it myself of course, but so far no one seems to be disappointed, so...