I agree with this. I would say I have more than gripes with KH3: there's almost nothing of the game that I have liked. But I also doesn't like Re:coded at all, and it never affected my love for the series. Yes, KH3 is a more hurtful hit because is a main game, and because all the hype that has been building up for years. But I like Union Cross plot much more that I expected, and I'm really interested in knowing about the Foretellers saga.Same here. I have my gripes with KH3 and have voiced them on numerous Kingdom Hearts sites. But I still love this series and remain a loyal fan. I still have a blast playing KH3. My last Critical Mode run was nothing short of amazing. I want more Kingdom Hearts! I'm so sticking around for KH4 and beyond. ReMind can't get here fast enough! It feels like the wait for KH3 all over again XD
I know many people kind of blame KHUx for "contaminating" KH3 and, although I'm the first person who got angry about all the non-sensical connections between the two games that has appear, I don't think the problem is in KHUx details in themselves, but in the terrible writting KH3 had.
Because, yes, I think the KH3 plot is terrible, in an "objectively" way, something that I've never thought about KH saga. There's plot points along the years that I have liked more, and others that I haven't like. But there's not the same thing that has happened this time. DDD introduced time travel and free keyblades just for asking, and it was something I'm not fan of. But it was well told, so I'm ok. I didn't like TAV trio as I liked RAX, but I don't consider them bad characters: they were coherent to their personality, and I can understand why some people loved them even if they are not my favourites (and the plot of BBS was really good, too).
KH has always had some idiot plot here and there, some inconsistency, some miracolous solutions because of "friendship power" and so on. But I kinda like it too, like a "mark of the house". I like the convoluted plot, villains giving weird metaphysical speeches and that stuff. But the problem with KH3 is that is just doens't have a plot, because, like other users have said in various topic, there is not "cause-consecuence" effect, character development and it all seems like check boxes. More than that, there are inconsistence from one scene to the inmmediate after (Aqua disappearing from Vanitas fight in the KG, Lea's keyblade (no)broking...) and inconsistence between what's happening in the plot and the feeling of the scene (if I'm supposed to be shock by the failling of Guardians of Light, you just can't have Sora joking about "been disembodied" or all the characters been completely ok with what happened after they return, without any sign of fear, sadness or relieve).
So I'm terribly disappointed. I can't like the game, and it has really ruined the end of the Xehanort saga for me. But I still love almost every other game that has come before it, and even if I'm been careful of not letting my expectatives grow high from now, I'm waiting for anything that will come after. I'm not leaving the boat, not only because KH has been with me for more than a decade and is my favourite video-games saga, but because I believe there's more than room to make things right in the future.