Publisher: Square and Disney Interactive
Platforms: Playstation 2 and Playstation 3
Imagine a world(s) where Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters can exist collaboratively. Well, this does exist. In Kingdom Hearts you play as a character named Sora. He is a happy go lucky teenager who lives on a set of islands known as Destiny Islands with his two best friends Riku and Kairi. They all wonder if there is life outside of their world and want to explore the vast universe in all its glory. In the beginning of the game, Kairi gives Sora the tasks to collect assorted materials to aid in their trip off the island for the journey. Later that night, Sora is resting in his room and notices a storm has reached their island and is worried about the raft they had to made to embark on their journey. The storm wasn’t actually a storm, but an attack on their world from creatures called the Heartless who are powered by the darkness. Eventually, darkness overcomes the world and all three friends are separated and relocated to different worlds. After being stripped from his home and his two best friends he is acquainted with a weapon that simply chose him. The Keyblade. This “Keyblade” has the power to lock or unlock the hearts of the worlds. The Heartless fear this weapon and will do whatever it takes to destroy it at all cost. Sora awakens in Traverse Town, a place where people go when they have lost their worlds to the darkness, only the ones with strong enough hearts do not get overwhelmed by the darkness. In Traverse Town you meet some friendly Final Fantasy characters. Apparently some characters from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII hang out here. You meet Squall Leonhart, Aerith Gainsborough, Cid Highwind, and Yuffie Kisaragi, who all aid in pointing you in the right direction and tell you the story about a man named Ansem who studied the Heartless and only through his research will they find more answers. You also find out that two famous Disney characters were sent to track you down. Their King ordered them to follow the Keybearer at all cost before he disappeared. Donald Duck as your handy magician and Goofy as your knight! Throughout the game you visit various Disney related worlds and some worlds exclusive to the Kingdom Hearts series. You basically fight your way through various Heartless and Heartless bosses, do the tasks that follow the storyline, and seal the keyhole for each world. You have the opportunity to get new upgrades to your keyblade called keychains. These keychains allow your keyblade to be stronger in magic or strength or both. You can also get better staffs and shields for Donald and Goofy, respectively. To travel to each world you use a ship called the Gummi Ship. Not just anybody can travel between worlds, Gummi Ships contain material called Gummi Blocks which allow them to do so, with Chip and Dale as your captains. Throughout the game you will find missing puppies, missing pages, and trinity marks to collect. The puppies all went missing from Pongo and Perdita (101 Dalmatians) back in Traverse Town and it is your job to get them back. The missing pages are from a book Merlin (The Sword in the Stone) received. The book reveals itself to be the 100 Acre Wood. And the Trinity Marks are simply marks on the ground that you will unlock the ability to use to gain different treasures, munny, HP balls, etc. Watching Disney movies is very enjoyable, right? Try visiting them. Going to Wonderland or Halloween Town is so exciting. Being able to fight along classic heroes such as Jack Skellington or Peter Pan is so enjoyable. This game brings out the child in us, but also has a very dark side and hard hitting scenes. It’s full of emotion and energy and keeps you going to the very end. Does Sora ever come back into contact with his two long lost friends? Does he ever rid the worlds of darkness? Do Donald and Goofy ever find their King? Play the game you won’t regret it.
- Everything about the Disney and FF aspects in this game are incredible and full of nostalgia.
- The boss fights are memorable and fun every time. I will always remember the battles with Oogie Boogie and Chernabog, two of my favorite battles.
- There are moments in this game that make you so frustrated and moments where you get very emotional.
- Bonus points on having Cloud and Sephiroth in the game.
- The Gummi Ship is fun to customize and create different ships based on the blueprints and parts you find.
- The music in this game is incredible. Some of the best video game music I have ever had. Keeps playing in your head nonstop.
- The fact that you have to move the camera using R2 and L2 is quite annoying.
- I wish when Sora flies he would move a bit faster.
- I want more of this game!
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