Please play DMC3. Also throw on GOD HAND and Bayo 2. That’s all the master class stuff.
The thing about all the games listed that make them differ from KH2 is that they’re not supposed to make you feel powerful on basic play (outside using stinger in DMC3 because that thing has some weight when it comes out, especially compared to DMC2’s whimpy version). When you feel powerful is when you start getting the hang of the ridiculous amount of mechanics at your disposal. This is why GOD HAND reviewed very poorly, what with its awful graphics and ridiculous difficulty, but still has a rabid following that have made some of the most ridiculous combo videos ever.
This one, for examples, shows the player cancelling out of doing a special attack to get into a regular move faster to get both enemies in a combo before they get up, has them time when an enemy will fall from a platform to use them as a projectile to hit another, uses the added speed of god hand mode to sweep a boss into a mid-fall state and them juggle them with a new combo, use sweeps and launchers to make an entirely new combo, use a series of launching moves to buy time to use enemies as projectiles to down a miniboss before they can enter their attack stage again, use their knowledge of frames and hitboxes to turn that launcher into an attack that hits all three enemies around them even as one is about to attack them, cancel out of a forward hitting move to get faster distance than running would have to continue a combo after a bit hit away, avoiding damage from hammer attacks by executing attacks that give them armor from hits during the animation and then using the enemy they were beating up on to attack the other, set up hitting one enemy into another with a hit away, launcher, and another hit away, and I could go on and on and on.
Kingdom Hearts 2 was a solid character action game, but not a great one, because for all its RPG customization, it doesn’t allow for complex use of the mechanics like that. It’s a game you can feel great playing (and it blew my mind as a kid) but it’s not really comparable to a genre where the focus is getting better and better to the point you can create spectacle with just basic technique.
AND THEN THERE’S DEVIL MAY CRY 3. HOLY SHIT IS THERE EVER DEVIL MAY CRY 3.
There is a reason that one is still considered the crown jewel of an entire genre.
I have no idea how any of that happened other than EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED, NO EXCEPTIONS.