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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)

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Genre: Role-playing / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2009-10-09 / Published by Square Enix

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      11.12.2013 08:58
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      I'd recommend

      Kingdom Hearts

      When you get disney and mix it with Final Fantasy you get Kingdom Hearts with Sora and his keyblade. A story that started off with Sora being set upon the adventure of defeated the heartless and opening the world to the light and to save his friend Kairie. Kingdom Hearts explores the different worlds of disney which involve; Aladin, Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and other disney known places which also involves the characters. Kingdom Hearts is a commencing story of loyalty and friendship and although the story is rather simple to follow if you haven't played Kingdom Hearts then you wont understand Kingdom Hearts two or any of the spin offs which appear on the PSP or DSI handheld consoles.

      How much and where from

      When this game first came out at £29.99 I was eager to purchase this game but decided to wait a little bit - I eventually bought this game from Amazon for £9.99 which more to my taste in price. This game does actually vary in price though in accordance to where you buy the game from. I would say that you would need to shop around but you can get the game for probably £8 new now.

      What does it look like

      When the game arrived in the post I was quick to inspect my purchase. The case is square/rectangular in shape and approximately an inche in depth but approximately five/six inches in length and width. The background is white and on the cover there is the castle and the beach from the destiny island's beach and a couple of the other nobodies some of which appear in both Kingdom Hearts one and two.

      What's the story?

      If you're a Kingdom Hearts fan then this game is the spin off between Kingdom Hearts one and two where it goes into detail about the time in which Roxas is with Organisation XIII (13). Organisation XIII's aim is to eventually gain their own hearts in which they would no longer be a nobody - the nobodies are the Organisation XIII where they are collectively the memories of some other characters who are not a member of the organisation. In 358/2 Roxas is given tasks at several Disney worlds and by collecting sigils Roxas can trade them in for skills upgrades or items to help him fight. By playing through the different challenging levels Roxas gains more skills and starts to understand more about his existence.

      Gameplay

      In the different levels that you play you will have instructions on the below screen on the DSI to tell you how to do certain moves and/or techniques. On the above screen you will see Roxas and the scenary but on the below screen you will see a map (except for when instructions or videos are being played). Although a lot of the levels are the same and it can become slightly tedious there are boss levels which are occassionally thrown into the mix to spice up the game a little. I would say that the game is actually easy enough to play but some of the levels can be frustrating to complete. One thing I was actually grateful for was that I didn't need to use the DS pen but just the buttons and this was a lot better for me as I don't like to use the pen - this made it feel more like a game to me.

      Graphics

      Thinking about Kingdom Hearts one and two which are both on the Playstation two you would expect the same kind of graphics on the spin offs for the Nintendo DSI. I didn't find this and I was a little disapointed really but the positive was that the videos are actually really food in terms of graphics. To be honest this doesn't spoil the game play for me as they're still pretty good but just not as good as what I initially expected them to be.

      Sound

      Anybody that plays Kingdom Hearts will be familiar with the repeitive tone that goes in the background - this is the same scenario for this game and it tends to irritate me so I turn the volume down until there's a video on. The sound is the same more or less throughout the entire game so it's very tedious and some others might find this really annoying.

      Difficulty and Complexity

      The difficulty of this game can be chosen at the beginning and I tend to choose the easiest level. I would say that the game is reasonably easy to play but this does depend on the level that you choose to play in. Unlike Kingdom Hearts one you can't choose what level you play at by the items you choose at the beginning. I would say that the game and the story aren't complex unless you've not played Kingdom Hearts before - otherwise it may all appear to be a little confusing and some of the bosses would be harder to defeat as you wont already know the weaknesses.

      Longevity

      The Kingdom Hearts series are actually really good when it comes to the amount of time you need to spend playing the game before you can complete it. With Kingdom Hearts one and two you needed to be playing for around 40 hours before you completed the game but this spin off is around 30 hours before you complete it so withe all of the repetitiveness you can start to see why it can start to get a little tedious in places.

      Multiplayer

      Although the multiplayer mode doesn't contribute to actual game play it's still as joyful as playing in story mode. I have only actually played the multiplayer mode once and it wasn't too different from story mode but it's not something that I was particularly interested in and it soon phased out to me just playing in story mode. For me I prefer story mode but it would be down to each individual person as to their preference.

      Value for money

      At £9.99 this wasn't a bad price and to be honest for the quality and the length of game play I would actually be happy to pay up to £20 so it's actually really good. The other Kingdom Hearts are actually around the £10 mark as well if you look around. I would say that they are worth the money as they take a while to complete and has a really good story which is suitable for all ages.

      Conclusion

      I've been a Kingdom Hearts fan for a few years now and I've completed all but one so far and am now just awaiting Kingdom Hearts three Key Blade Wars to be released which I'm looking forward to... I think that the price and the gameplay are really good and it's a game that most people love even if they don't want to admit it. I have rated this game four out of five stars as I think that some of the levels are a little repetitive and the sound is repetitive as well. I would and have recommended this game to people I know as it's always been a game that I've enjoyed and it'll be something that I'm glad I own.

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      29.03.2011 20:29
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      Mission based game play knock this game down a few pegs

      I am a big fan of the Kingdom hearts series and have played many of the games. 1 and 2 were amazing games and Birth by Sleep was also extremely well made and fun to play, however I was a bit disappointed with this Kingdom hearts. First of all i just didn't really like the way story mode was carried out. The mission style game play just didn't make the game as fun as previous games for me. I really enjoyed traveling to different Disney worlds and the mini-game that was played between worlds. I understand that the DS has limiting hardware, but some sort of mini game such as the one in Kingdom Hearts 2 where you build a plane and shoo things would have been a nice break from the normal game play. I also felt that the missions were too repetitive and became tedious.

      Besides the missions style game play the game had a good storyline that holds up the standards of the Kingdom hearts series. It was also great that they gave the game a multi-player option. No previous Kingdom Hearts games have had a multi-player that i am aware of so it was fun to be able to complete mission with my friends. I was also happy that the game kept up with the action style combat system like the console games.

      Overall i would have to say the only good reason to get this game is to round out the Kingdom Hearts story and fill in some missing parts you are curious about. This game doesn't have good enough game play to keep a persons interest unless they are interested in really progressing the story in my opinion. If you have a PsP and a choice between Birth by Sleep and this game i would definitely suggest the PsP game.

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      19.05.2010 23:49
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      One for the hardcore fans

      I, like most RPG fans who follow the Kingdom Hearts franchise, was very excited at the announcement of a Kingdom Hearts game for the DS. Wow! What could be more exciting?

      For those who're wondering what this Disney/Final Fantasy magical kingdom is all about, basically it's not that hard to grasp: Square Enix combines famous and well-known heroes from the Final Fantasy series and throws them together with a bunch of original characters (from the previous PS2 games). The result? An action-packed RPG that has made it big time.

      Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is a spin-off that's story centers around the Organization XIII and mainly follows that of side-character Roxas.

      If you haven't played Kingdom Hearts before, this game will confuse you no doubt. I suggest going out and getting a copy of the original game, and playing it through before attempting to understand what the hell is going on in this one. KH 358/2 Days is for fans, and it was designed with that in mind.

      As mentioned Kingdom Hearts focuses on that of the Organization XIII, a group of powerful Nobodies. Their goal? Collect hearts. Pretty much. And anyone that gets in their way will feel the bad side effects of the Heartless. What Organization XIII want to do is reclaim hearts and complete their existence. If this sounds confusing, then it's probably not for you, or you haven't played Kingdom Hearts.

      So our main character, Roxas, who you may have seen introduced in Kingdom Hearts II originally if you got the chance to play it, is accepted into the Organization XIII and given the task of collecting those damn hearts. And just to throw off the balance even more, we're introduced to another new character called Xion, and boy, is she someone to get used to.

      Anyway, my first point over, I'd just like to state that I didn't complete this game before I sold it, but I tried quite hard to play through it, being the Kingdom Hearts fan that I am. It very much depends on what your standpoint is, but to me it didn't feel very Kingdom Hearts, and having to undertake repetitive missions got on my nerves.

      Basically, the game is made up of hundreds of missions, that you'll complete as Roxas, usually teamed up with one of the Organization. The storyline is set around these missions and I always found myself just waiting for the mission to end so I could carry on with the plot. All the levels looked the same to me, granted the tutorials in the beginning is about 70 days long. If you're going to try this game, do your best to continue on past the tutorials and introductions and such, you'll probably benefit from it. It does apparently get better.

      One good thing about a Kingdom Hearts game on DS is, yes, multiplayer mode! If your friends have a cartridge themselves, then you can all jump in and play together, and the best part is you can play as any of the member of the Organization. Exciting, eh?! (Note: multiplayer mode does not progress the story unfortunately.. but it's fun all the same.)

      Something that fans won't have seen before is the introduction of the panel system, which in my opinion is awfully confusing, even if it is smart. Level ups, spells, weapons, items and anything else are represented by a panel or block which is fit into a board to customize how your player fights. This gives you full control over anything you want to do, which is nice, but it takes a little while to figure out.

      The main disappointment for me was, as I mentioned before, the worlds. Not only do they get kind of monotonous, but if you're expecting anything different from the previous games, you'll be disappointed. All the scenarios and environments are like carbon copies of the originals. Even the music tracks are the same.

      I could go into too many reasons why this game failed to do anything for me, the most obvious reason being the repetition.

      In closing, this game really is just for hardcore fans, who can put up with the repetition and have played through most of the series previously. That said, the combat is decent and the story nostalgic. Any huge Kingdom Hearts fan should at least just give it a go.

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      01.04.2010 20:09
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      Ideal for anyone who isn't a dedicated gamer, and perfect for Disney fans.

      Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is, an achievement I'm proud of, the first console game of this era that I've managed to play all the way through alone (the only other game I've ever achieved this with is World of Illusion, the Mega Drive game).

      This says two things about KH: it's easy enough for me to work out, and it's interesting enough to keep me hooked.

      With quality characters voiced by the likes of Haley Joel Osment and Jesse McCartney, the game brings to life an elaborate story about The Organisation and the main characters Roxas, Xion and Axel, accompanied by addictively catchy Disney music and beautifully-produced, colourful cut-scenes (only interrupted by an irritating yet frequent oversight on the developer's part meaning that Xion has her cloak hood up or down whenever she feels like it - it seems that the game was pieced together in such a way that it was forgotten how she was supposed to look at any one time, and this can get distracting if you're as picky as I am!).

      The story itself was, for me, a little confusing. My boyfriend has been a big fan of the previous KH games on PlayStation consoles, and was able to explain the very basic history of the Kingdom Hearts series and The Organisation, but stepping in as a first-time user with no real backstory I played through most of the game relatively clueless as to what was going on. It's very clear that the game is supposed to be played after others in the series for a true understanding from start to finish.

      Gameplay itself, likewise, is a mixed experience. With only two 'heartless' bosses proving difficult for me, I reached the end of the game with limited difficulty, but it was time-consuming and kept me occupied far more than long enough to make it a worthwhile purchase. At times, the game was monotonous, as you live through most of the aforementioned 358 days as Roxas and complete very similar fighting missions on each, but this monotony is broken by a collection of Disney Worlds from films such as Aladdin, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast, keeping a Disney-lover like myself extremely interested. The lands are fun to explore, and as Roxas you get to meet various Disney characters including Tinkerbell, Pete and Abu, making the game as enjoyable as it is linear.

      The game's combat system is relatively simple. You're given slots to fill with various abilities and weapon upgrades, and you fit things into these slots in Tetris style to make best use of your space. In battle, you have the ability to use basic attacks and magic attacks (some enemies are immune to specific magic elements), and enemies themselves range from the simple 'hit to kill' to the more complex enemies that duplicate themselves to stay alive.

      The game also features a 'mission mode' allowing you to play as any of the characters within the game, and as classic Disney characters Mickey and Donald, and is therefore suitable for quick pick-up-and-play moments or wireless gaming with a friend.

      Whilst the similarity of missions lets this game down slightly, it's ideal for those who want a light but enjoyable game that they're guaranteed to be able to finish, but that they'll have to put time and effort into; and with an excellent storyline (if a little confusing until the end) and brilliant music, it can keep any Disney fan happy, too.

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        22.01.2010 18:06
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        If this is your first Kingdom Hearts then it's worth a go. If not, then don't waste your money.

        Let's get one thing straight. I love the Kingdom Hearts series. KH1 was and still is one of my favourite games. The battle system was decent, even if the magic system had flaws, it was difficult throughout, and the plot was amazing and indepth with the mixture of Final Fantasy and Disney working surprisingly well. And while I didn't feel KH2's story was quite up to the original, the battle system had been refined and the addition of the drives was most welcome, though they did make most battles a breeze.

        358/2 takes all of this and scraps it. The plot is terrible, it is incredibly easy all the way through, and the entire game is just made up of doing the same missions over and over again in different locations with the odd story mission thrown in. The music is still as good as ever, but that is about the only thing.

        358/2 tells the previously unknown story of Roxas, 13th member of Organisation XIII. If you didn't know that, I suggest you go buy KH2 instead since it is infinitely superior to this. But I digress. The story begins when a new member joins the Organisation, Xion. She and Roxas quickly become friends and must work together to find the meaning on friendship and regain Xion's memories. Although the greater part of the plot is simply Roxas with the knees pulled to his chest complaining.

        Basically, it's easy, it's repetitive, the story has taken a serious blow and they've completely changed the characters. The only redeeming feature is the music. Although, that is just my opinion and I'm taking it as a Kingdom Hearts game, rather than a game in its own right. Compared to the other Kingdom Hearts, it comes up short, but it would probably be worth a go if you're unfamiliar with the rest of the game.

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        10.12.2009 20:28

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        Great game, 5*s would reccomend to anyone, fan of KH series or not.

        After playing Kingdom Hearts, and Kingdom Hearts II, I found a lot of questions unanswered. After getting Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days I found them all answered. Though similar in some aspects to the Playstation games, it's also very different. It's the first game in which Sora isn't the focus. Instead we play the character who perishes during Kingdom Hearts II; Roxas. Though the gameplay is similar, instead of playing playing through the different worlds 1 at a time, you're assigned missions every day by the 'Organization.' These missions can get slightly tedious at times, but the story line which develops around them is unmissable.
        In addition to this story mode, there's a mission mode, in which you can play all the Organization XIII, Riku, Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and of course Sora. In mission mode it allows you to play with friends over WiFi, adding a new edge to this game compared to the earlier releases.

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        29.11.2009 16:47

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        good game 9/10

        This is a great game with a strong line that made me lose so much sleep, it is all about roxas's time in the organization and that is all i will say, now I know that might sound boring but there are so many twists and turns the the game that every day you will never want to stop playing it. it has a lot of good point the graphics in some cut scenes are fantastic and like i have said the storyline keep you playing the game and playing everything. how the game works is that every day siax gives you a number of missions to do but you might have 10 missions to do but to move on you will only have to complete 2 of them and for a game like kingdom hearts where there are so many secrets you will want to play every mission to find out all you can about the characters back story. There are a few bad point and that is just the camera can be very annoying in some area and the boss can take along time if you do not have the right weapon, and if you have not played the other kingdom-hearts games then the story in this one is a little hard to follow.

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        04.11.2009 18:52
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        Great Disney DS game

        Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days DS a great adventure game provided from Disney. The game in general: the good points are the mission variety's which are all challenging. The presentation is simply superb! The bad points are the camera rotation and where it can allow you to see and some moves and actions in the game are rather slow.

        As you may not of known already the game is produced by Disney with Disney characters in the game like Mickey Mouse. From the 358/2 days bit, it simply does mean the game starts from day 2 and for instance every time you complete a challenge it will go one day higher. Even me I have not yet reached the 358 day and so would not know which happens, but even if I did and I told you it would ruin the story ending.

        The game is mainly battling with friendship. You get not only to be peoples friends but objects such as Majic carpets and doors. Some levels can be real hard which can give some real frustration but I am sure eventually some how after long hard work at the game you will finally figure out what to do.

        It takes about roughly 25 hours to 30 hours to complete the whole story mode as a pro! You change the difficulty of the battles and game play in the options to easy, medium and hard.

        Overall its a pretty good game from Disney and their world creations where old and young will enjoy. Great game.

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