Ahh. So I've been a fan of this series since 1995. Waited and waited and waited for the patch, nearly had a heart attack when it dropped, and now it's been all said and done (a week ago, actually...) Overall, this is a fantastic game. Easily on my top five of GBA, and I think its probably going to make it to my top 10 evar. All throughout though, It seemed like it was missing something Zero and EB had. I came to the conclusion that this void I was sensing lied in the non-open world vs. EB. However, I did realize that it was the only way to have the story flow like it did, in the nifty chapter format. As far as story is concerned, its much meatier than its predecessors, and can pull those heartstrings a hell of a lot more. Before the patch, I played through until roughly chapter 3, so I had SOME idea of what was going on in the first chapter. I didn't think it would hit me as hard as it did, but being able to read what people are saying helps a lot. I've experienced that loss in real life, so I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up a bit during chapter 6. I guess the only complaint I can really have about the game is that Flint's character wasn't nearly as developed as I had expected. Dude goes looking for Claus, then re-appears at the end just to get his ass kicked. I was hoping he'd be more of a badass or something I guess. Rambling at this point. Discussion!