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      15.06.2013 14:46

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      Overall, Kingdom Hearts is a must have for all RPG and/or Square Enix fans!

      *Background*
      Released in 2002, Kingdom Hearts is the first installment in what has become a phenomenal series in the RPG world. To date 5.85 million copies have been sold worldwide of this first game alone. The game was made under the direction of character designer, Tetsuya Nomura and still is today, 11 years on. Kingdom Hearts is a crossover between Final Fantasy (Also made by Square) and Disney Interactive Studios, which is clear in the game as various Disney and Final Fantasy characters make a frequent appearance. However, Disney is more involved in the Kingdom Hearts series than Final Fantasy as the worlds which you travel to as main character, Sora, are Disney worlds from movies such as Winnie the Pooh, Nightmare Before Christmas, Aladdin, Lion King, and Tarzan. This has made the game popular amongst children and adults alike.

      *Gameplay*
      The gameplay that you experience is simple, but great. Your mission is to defeat enemies, known as 'Heartless' using a weapon called a 'Keyblade' and collect their hearts to 'unlock' the world. You do this by using the analogue stick to chase the Heartless, and attacking them by pressing the 'X' button with the cursor over the 'Attack' command. It is very simple to heal and use other items also, as this is only a few clicks away on the command bar. Magic can also be used by selecting it on the command bar. These magic spells include Fire, Blizzard, Cure, and Thunder. As you progress with the game, you collect treasure chests, some of which contain more advanced spells such as Cura, Fira, Thundera, Blizzara, etc. Many Square fans will recognise these spells as they are also used in the Final Fantasy series.

      *Storyline*
      In my opinion, the storyline is amazing. However, while Square have continued making the series, they have failed to continue making the series on the same console platform. So if you only own a PS2, you can only play Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and miss alot of the essential storyline. If you dont want to miss the rest of the storyline and want to buy the spin off games, you are required to buy other consoles such as GBA, PSP, 3DS, and DS. If you do have the money though, I recommend you buying these consoles second hand and purchasing the spin off games as well as the original game as like I previously stated, the storyline is not one to miss.

      *My Opinion*
      As a huge fan of the series myself, I believe that this installment is still the best yet as it marks the beginning of something great. I had already been a big fan of Square, which was the reason that I decided to give Kingdom Hearts a go, and Im glad I did as I have met my fiancee through a mutual love for the series, and we also have a daughter named after one of the characters.

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      16.10.2012 13:11
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      Unforgettable

      When I first heard about Kingdom Hearts, I thought; what are Square up to, everyone knows Disney's reputation for bad games and so I thought this would be another one. Could I have been more wrong? Kingdom Hearts is one of the best games I have ever played.

      Graphics: Kingdom Hearts has high quality graphics; the in-game graphics are of a far better quality than in most other games FMV sequences, while the FMV sequences are so good it has to be seen to be believed.

      Gameplay: The game has great gameplay features; it takes the traditional turn-based battle system from Final Fantasy and transforms it into a far more enjoyable real-time system. Even though it has had some major changes from Square's usual battle system, it has retain many of Square's usual features, such as some spells (e.g. Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga) and it also has the summon system, although as a nice bonus, the summons are now Disney characters, (e.g. Aladdin's Genie and Mulan's Mushu). Despite the games cutesy appeal, Kingdom Hearts has depth to it. Its system enables you to go through the games worlds in different orders, removing practically any trace of linear gameplay.

      Lifespan: Kingdom Hearts has a vast lifespan; there is so much to do. The first time I went through the game it took me around forty hours. Also, if you think you are up to the challenge, you can go through in expert mode, which is much more difficult than normal mode. There are so many side-quests to participate in, e.g. Defeating Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth, finding the lost 99 Dalmatian puppies and rebuilding 100 Acre Wood.

      Story: The story revolves around a 14-year-old boy called Sora. He once lived peace fully on Destiny Island, with his friends Riku and Kairi, but his world was attacked and destroyed by creatures called heartless. He ends up transported to a new and unknown world (Traverse Town), with Riku and Kairi nowhere to be found. Elsewhere, in Disney Castle, Court Wizard Donald Duck discovers that King Mickey has disappeared, leaving only a note saying that Donald and Knight Goofy must find the wielder of a mysterious "Key". They head to Traverse Town and meet up with Sora. It is revealed that Sora must travel round worlds sealing the keyholes that allow heartless to come through them, searching for Riku and Kairi in each of the worlds. The heartless are being sent by a group of super-villains such as Jafar, Ursula and Maleficent. Soras's adventures take him to many worlds such as, Neverland, Wonderland and Agrabah. He encounters over 100 Disney characters such as, Winnie the Pooh, Tinkerbell and Hercules and Final Fantasy characters such as Aerith, Tidus, Selphie and the Moogles.

      Overall: Kingdom Hearts is an unforgettable masterpiece, that you won't want to put down until it you have reached the very end. With great voice-overs from Brian Blessed, David Boreanaz and Dan "Homer Simpson" Castellaneta it is a top quality RPG from Square which shows the true greatness of Disney.

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      14.02.2011 01:56
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      A wonderfully different game combining two of my favourite things!

      Kingdom Hearts is a strange one in terms of reception. Disney fans love it, fans of Disney and Final Fantasy enjoy it, but many Final Fantasy fans couldn't stand it, many would not even try it. The mixture of Disney characters and Final Fantasy proving to be a step too far for a video game. I love both genres and thoroughly enjoyed the merging of the two.

      =Plot=
      Sora and his friends Kairi and Riku dream of leaving their small corner of the world and see if there are other worlds out there to explore. However before they can realise this dream their island is attacked by dark creatures known as the 'Heartless'. Seeing Riku sucked into a dark portal and Kairi nowhere to be found Sora acquires a strange key and is left to drift as the Heartless destroy his home. At the same time King Mickey dissapears from his own world to investigate the rise in Heartless activity. He leaves instructions for his friends Donald and Goofy to seek out a special key to protect their worlds. Donald and Goofy take their gummi ship to Traverse town where Sora has also ended up. The three of them decide to travel together Donald and Goofy to find their king and Sora to find his friends and discover the secret behind the mysterious keyblade he wields.

      =Setting=
      The game takes place across a number of worlds taken directly from the world of Disney (e.g. Agrabah, Halloween Town) or inspired by Final Fantasy (e.g. Traverse Town). Characters from both franchises frequent the worlds including the more popular characters from the Final Fantasy series. You start the game in the Destiny Islands and after your initial arrival at Traverse Town you then travel between the worlds on a gummi ship. The worlds are beautifully crafted and match the style of the Disney film that they are based on, while the original environments are stunning in their own ways. All in all the scenery is a joy to play through.

      =Gameplay=
      While your party will at most times contain Sora, Donald and Goofy, Sora is the only directly controllable character. Donald and Goofy will follow you and in combat can be customised to act in a certain way (offensively, defensively or supportively). In various worlds Donald or Goofy can be switched out in favour of the protagonist of the world you are currently visiting (Aladdin in Agrabah, Ariel in Atlantica and so on).
      The combat system is quite fast paced incorporating physical attacks, spells and summons. There are also wide ranging special abilities which you can perform individually or as part of a team.
      There aren't a great deal of puzzles to be solved in the game and those that are are solved using your keyblade or simplistic commands rather than any lengthy actions or strategies.
      While travelling between worlds you play a different kind of level, almost platformer in nature, where you take your little spaceship and progress through colourful levels while destroying the enemy Heartless ships.

      =Graphics & Soundtrack=
      One of the hardest things I think that must have faced the makers of this game is how to blend two completely different styles together. Disney is obviously bright colour central while the Final Fantasy look is much darker and realistic. So how do you put a Final Fantasy character next to Donald Duck and not make them look out of place? They managed it quite well. Keeping the Disney characters much the same the Final Fantasy characters are made slightly cartoonish but not overtly. In fact I think they resemble the style of Final Fantasy VII if anything, though obviously looking a lot better for the graphics available.
      They also manage to do it by changing the way the characters look depending on what world they're in. While in most of the worlds they retain their original appearance, in order to make them blend in the main team are altered slightly to fit. So when you enter Halloween town instead of a brightly coloured Goofy walking around he is now looks like a Disney zombie with a pumpkin on his nose. (It's a lot cooler than it sounds honest!)
      The soundtrack is superb. In a Disney world the music follows the original film soundtrack with some variations for the combat or different areas while the original environments support a wonderful musical score. Now would also be a good time to mention that all star cast they got to do the voice acting. Of course as it is Disney the voices are provided by the original voice actors which is great as you get to hear James Woods continuing to be awesome as Hades. New to the game are the talents of Haley Joel Osment (the creepy kid from 'The Sixth Sense') as Sora, David Boreanez (Angel) as Leon (Squall Leonheart from FFVIII) and Billy Zane as Ansem.

      None of my friends were particularly keen on this game. They didn't like the idea of Final Fantasy mixing with something like Disney, but I loved it. I thought the worlds were done to perfection, it was a pleasure to explore them and I enjoyed the fast paced combat. The only thing I think I would have liked to have seen more of is the Final Fantasy characters. There didn't seem to be enough interaction with them (though there is a fair amount) and I would have liked to have known definitely about the backstories surrounding them, rather than what you glean from conversations with various characters.

      Kingdom Hearts is a very well made game. Everything about it just clicks together and blends really well, an achievement when bringing two such radically different things together. But everything from the soundtrack to the character appearance just works. I would strongly recommend this game to any gamer!

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      09.09.2010 16:52
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      A brilliant game

      I LOVE THIS GAME!

      This game - the love child of final fantasy and Disney - never should have worked, but it does, SO WELL. If you've ever got angry at a Disney villain you at last have the chance to fight them yourself! In the World, or should I say worlds, of Kingdom Hearts you fight with the Disney Heroes, against Disney and Final Fantasy Villains with epic fight scenes and destiny-filled plot lines typical of anime games.

      You play Sora, a boy who grows on Destiny Island with his friends Kairi and Riku. However, he is much more important than he realises as he discovers he can wield the powerful weapon - the Keyblade - and a whole load of worlds he was unaware of are soon to need his services. And he has therefore just made himself a whole load of enemies. Due to his destiny his world is torn and he is separated from his friends. He then quests, with Donald and Goofy who have sworn to aid the Keyblade Master, to reunite with them.

      The story is engaging, the gameplay entertaining, and the World of Kingdom Hearts is entrancing. The detail of the worlds and characters compared to original Disney films is fantastic and the battles are intense and often enjoyably challenging. You can swing vines with Tarzan, drink and shrink with Alice, be a streetrat with Aladdin and I could go on. With all the extra bosses and quests this game takes around 90 hours to complete and every minute is fun. The plot twists and turns and at the suspenseful game finale you will be desperate to play Kingdom Hearts II. Everyone will love this game.

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      09.02.2010 02:10
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      Overall a great game that mixes final fantasy and Disney

      Kingdom Hearts brings together a mix of Disney characters and final fantasy action in one game that is really good and great fun. It's definately worth giving a chance.

      At the start of the game we are treated to CGI video featuring the main charcter, Sora, He is having some sort of dream, however the dream turns into reality when he wakes up on the beach where he lives with his friends Riku and Kairi. They have all lived on this Island for a long time and since that time they have always dreamed of seeing the rest of the world and seeing something new other than their own isolated life. One night everything changes when a storm hits. Sora goes out to bring in their raft so it doesn't get destroyed, but as he does so he's attacked by creatures called 'The Heartless' and he soon wakes up in totally different world, a place called Traverse Town. And so the journey begins as he starts his hunt for his friends who are nowhere to be seen.

      Meanwhile over at Disney castle, King Mickey has vanished and left a note for his faithful wizard Donald Duck and guard, Goofy. He tells them in the note that they need to find a key which is the means for their survival. Eventually Donald and Goofy meet up with Sora in Traverse Town. It transpires that Sora has been chosen as the key barrier. So they all team up and go off to find King Mickey and Sora's friends.

      It all sounds quite simple but this adventure is one of epic proportions. It can quite confusing at times however which makes it challenging and frustrating. The locations in the game are so much fun that you will want to carry on throughout the whole story.

      In this game you travel between the different locations from an overhead map. Until you've actually been to a certain level you won't know what it actually is. Once you travel there the name of the place is revealed. Once you've highlighed where you want to travel you fly your ship in a little mini-game side-quest that will lead you to the level you have picked.

      Almost all the stages you play in this game are based upon different Disney animation movies. I like Disney films and being able to play in Disney movie worlds is great fun. Sora is accompanied by Goofy and Donald Duck in battle and in a nice feature depending on which level you are playing your group will be joined by one of the main characters of that particular Disney movie. The fighting is not turn based, but is in fact platform action where you actually move about the fighting area use your weapon to attack the enemies.

      The battles are pretty hectic most of the time and you can perform spells or use items during the fights. You have basic attack move in which you use whatever weapon you've got at the time to attack the enemy. The amount of hit points you have left is shown by a green bar in the bottom right corner of the screen. How many magic points you have left is also displayed by a blue bar. The system for combat is good fun and Sora will even jump up to attack an enemy that's flying without having to push the jump button.

      Apart from the fighting, the remainder of the game involves you exploring other worlds. Most of the game is quite simple really. However some sections of the game are confusing.

      Overall the game is a great deal of fun and you'll want to keep playing and find it hard to put down. There are well over 100 Disney characters in Kingdom Heart. The game in general is moderately easy with some places a little too hard. This a great game you have to try.

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      23.12.2009 01:50
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      enjoyable, will keep you playing for hours

      Who would of thought Squaresoft and Disney joining up together? i didnt, but im sure glad they did! kindgom hearts has to be one of my favourite games that i own. i love everything about the game, from fighting the heartless to visiting different Disney worlds. i know some people would say compared to final fantasy, this may seem like a kid version of ff but it really isnt. this game is for kids and adults and there are quite a few challenging bosses in it. the game is addicting and has a great story behind it all.

      in this adventure game, you play as sora, a keyblade master. the keyblade is a weapon but also a key. it unlocks other worlds and you are able to fight with it. during the game you will unlock new keyblades which are stronger and more effective. the main villain of the game is malificent, which is the villain from sleeping beauty. she has created heartless and set them loose to talk over the world. so your main aim is to destroy the heartless and work your way to defeating malificent. during the game you aren't on your own, you have goofy and donald at your side! they fight and stay with you as helpers to the keyblade master.

      the game starts off with an introduction. its introduces you to the story along with the characters and what they want. the controlls are quite easy to get used to. 'x' is used most as this is the button to fight, 'o' would be to jump. although for me and maybe others it can get confusing at first because alot of games i have played the 'x' button has been jump, so it can get a bit of time to get used to that.

      The game has new and old characters. you get the main characters sora, kairi and riku, a group of friends and are mostly new characters. some characters are from the final fantasy games and alot of characters are from the disney films.

      the game isnt all about fighting, there is magic involved to. throughout the game you will learn more and more magic, so you you will be able to guard and hurt enemies more effectively.

      the heartless throughout the game start off simple and easy to kill. but as you get more and more through the game the heartless will become more harder to kill and they have a bigger life bar. heartless always come back, this may get annoying and give you an achey thumb but its great for leveling up! leveling up is when you become stronger so you can kill enemies easier espechailly bosses.

      the levels in this game are great! they are just like being in the film and experiencing it. you will love being able to be with Disney characters and completing different missions in each level.

      i defo recommend this game to anyone who likes Disney and final fantasy! its very enjoyable

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        10.12.2009 20:48

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        Great game, good combination of Final Fantasy and Disney

        Kingdom Hearts follows the the story of a young boy called Sora, from Destiny Islands. After seeing his world destroyed by the Heartless, he finds himself in Traverse Town where he meets Donald and Goofy. After travelling to many worlds from many Disney animations, Sora, Donald and Goofy finally find the people they've been looking for.
        Kingdom Hearts is essentially Final Fantasy, mixed with Disney. A strange concept, but I know no way it could have been pulled off better. The storyline drew me in several years ago, and I'm still following it. Not only this, the gameplay itself is awesome. It contains elements of role playing games, such as gaining levels and skills etc. as you progress through the game. Some of the few disadvantages of this game are the annoying camera angles, which is common to the KH series, and the sometimes confusing missions, which give little guidance.

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        29.11.2009 17:39

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        10/10 better than any other game

        This is game is one of the greatest game to start off a start franchise, Disney characters and final fantasy characters how can you go wrong, or how can you make it better i will tell you how add in a great story line and great controls and you have yourself a great game that everyone should love. The story starts off with sora (the person you play as) riku (sora's best friend) and kairi (love interest) making a raft to go to another world but when the home is attack by heartless (the main baddies) sora find him self in a strange place and ends up teaming up with the one and only Donald and goofy to find there friends and king mickey. If you would like to know the rest of the story then buy the games because any more that i would say would be spoilers. this game does had very good features the game play is fun you enjoy battling to see what new skills you get when you level up sora or any other characters that happen to be on your team. Some bad points thought is that some boss do take a while to beat they are easy but they have so much HP that it takes such a long time and you cannot skip any cut scenes and fighting a boss for the 200th time and having to watch the same 10 min cut scenes over and over again can get so annoying.

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        28.08.2009 16:02
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        Great investment if you like RPG fantasy.

        Anyone who has even walked past a video game shop will have heard of Final Fantasy games, the best RPG fantasy games out there. And anyone who lives in this universe has heard of Disney.

        So, when put together, you get a very big bang, with a very welcome variation on the normal, repetitive storylines of Final Fantasy. This game is aimed at the upper end of the (typical, this indicates nothing about me) age range of Disney fans. It is quite a challenging game for younger people, but even individuals my age have a hard time at some points, so proves to be a good investment for keeping the kiddies entertained. The only problem is, it is addictive, and even food doesn't make them want to leave it. It should also have a warning label; "Infighting between siblings may occur".

        The characters are mostly from the Disney movies, and the player has great delight in identifying them ("ooooh, she's from ....."). It has a huge variety of different worlds, each themed on a Disney movie. There are a lot of video clips within the movies, making the game into a story, the baseline of which is the search for Mickey Mouse, who's gone missing.

        The only problem I can find with it is that there isn't all that much to do apart from fighting the huge variety of monsters. There are no puzzles or many extra quests that don't involve finding things in chests, which are dotted around all the worlds. However, I only noticed this fact after I had completed the game, and was playing it for the third time, which doesn't bother me: I've had many hours of fun playing it, and was fully worth the money I paid.

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        17.08.2009 02:46
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        A high quality role-playing adventure more than worthy of its sequel.

        Kingdom Hearts takes you on a journey back to your childhood, but with a modern twist.

        This role-playing game features you as a boy called Sora who is desperate to escape from his island home. He and his two best friends decide to leave their world and find somewhere new, but before they have the chance their world is wiped off the solar system by a dark force called the Darkness. The Darkness are creatures who suddenly appear and attack.

        The game involves Sora joining forces with Donald Duck and Goofy as they try to track down Sora's friends, as well as King Mickey Mouse, who has also gone missing. The game builds up to finding Sora's friends and the battle with the leader of the Darkness. Along the way you will be fighting with your keyblade, a special sword that chose Sora, casting spells like fire and lightning, and using items e.g. potions to replenish your health. There are no complicated combos e.g. no pressing X then O then X then O twice. You keep presseding X and Sora does the rest. The final battle is not easy or hard, but just right. The higher your level the easier it will be. It was the longest end battle I have ever fought in a video game, possibly only matched by the final battle in another role-playing game Rogue Galaxy (which is also great!).

        Good parts

        Easy to level up: Sometimes the bosses are so difficult you need to revisit old areas to fight Darkness to get to a higher level. In other games the monsters on the first levels you visited are really easy by now, so you gain very little for beating them. This means you must stick to the later levels, which can be boring over time. In KH1 the monsters in the first levels you visited also get stronger over time, leaving you free to 'level up' everywhere.

        Variety of boss battles: Boss battles involve Sora and friends fighting extra powerful Darkness enemies. This games features a vast array of different boss battles ranging from battles on gameboards to the team fighting a mansion to going head-to-head with a red-faced genie. You never know what to expect.

        Voice acting: Some games feature actors who clearly didn't want to be there. They literally read the lines off the card and go home. Not with KH. What makes the game even better is that Disney seem to have brought many of the original actors and actresses from the films, no matter how long the films were produced e.g. Jodi Benson reprising her role as Ariel almost twenty years later.

        Disney: Don't be put off by the Disney cast! This isn't a babyish game for kids alone. If you grew up with Disney like my sister and I did, you'll love seeing old faces again. It takes you back to your youth with familiar voices, characters, settings and songs. Memories pop back into your head and you're young again.

        Bad parts

        Space ships: I don't like the space ships mini-game in between worlds. When you travel to a world for the first time you must fly through various courses on your 'gummi ship'. I always dreaded flying on this ship that appears to be made of lego-like pieces. It seemed to drag and drag until finally I reached the next world. Flying space ships don't belong in role-playing games. However, the space ship levels are dramatically better in KH2- longer, harder and better looking.

        Graphics: I don't actually mind them but they weren't fantastic. I know the game was not made for the next generation of game consoles, but there were other better looking games like Ico from the same generation.

        Overall I would highly recommend this game. You really end up caring for the characters, especially the ones you liked as a child, and the storyline builds up tension until the epic ending. Definitely worth the price for over 40 hours of gaming with optional battles and items to collect included.

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        Good RPG.

        Kingdom Hearts is a role playing game from Square Enix and Disney developed exclusively for the Playstation 2.

        The game stars a new protagonist (not from the existing Final Fantasy or Disney universes) called Sora he is just a regular boy dreaming of going on exciting adventures. Soras world is then attacked by the Heartless, the main villains in the game, and his friends are gone. Sora must rescue his friends and save the worlds from the Heartless bumping into many familiar faces along the way ..

        The balance of Disney and Final Fantasy is tipped towards the Disney side of things and has you travelling around with Goofy and Donald for most of the game. The worlds you visit are also usually Disney environments though populated with some Final Fantasy favourites such as Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall it is nice to see them in more detailed 3D!

        Gameplay is done all in real time, Sora is equipped with a keyblade which is a sword but shaped like a key. Simply mashing on the attack button is enough to get you through most fights but you do get a variety of special moves that are lifted from the Final Fantasy universe. Goofy and Donald fight with you can are pretty helpful, healing you if you are low on health and fighting the bad guys. It can get a little monotonous but the story usually kicks in when your interest starts to wane.

        There are Gummy ship segments which you will have to play to travel between worlds but for some reason these just didn't seem as interesting. You simply fire upon enemies for a few minutes as you travel, it just isn't very exciting!

        Graphically Kingdom Hearts is still quite good capturing the look and feel of the Disney and Final fantasy characters well, the voice work here is also very good with most of the original Disney actors returning to record lines for the game.

        Despite its strange collaboration of two different franchises, Kingdom hearts succeeds and provides you with a good role playing experience.

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        06.08.2009 21:09
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        Its availble quite cheaply now and well worth the money

        I only originally bought this game as I saw it was made by the Square Enix team and Disney. I'm a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series so figured this hopefully wouldn't be too nad. What was once the game I bought for £10 out of boredom has become one of my all time favourites.

        The story
        At the very beginning of the game, you must choose what kind of fighter Sora is going to be, by choosing between certain things. These will determin if you are a warrior, mage or somewhere in between.

        Sora lives on a little island, Destiny Island, with his best friends Kairi and Riku but he dreams of adventures. One night a storm hits the island and Sora gets swept away, and taken from his friends. When he wakes up, he finds himself in an unfamiliar place and all alone.

        At the same time, the Disney world is in trouble as King Micky has gone missing. Donald and Goofy set out to help and find the King and while on adventures of their own, flying from world to world in their Gummy ship, they come across Sora. The three of them learn about the Heartless, monsters from another place who dont have hearts and that they were responsible for the big storm. The Heartless can only be destroyed by the Keyblade, which fortunately, Sora has. Finding out the link between the storm, the Heartless and the King's dissapearance, the three new friends decide to join forces in order to save the world, and their friends.

        Main Characters/ Voice Actors

        Sora - Haley Joel Osment
        Riku - David Gallagher
        Kairi - Hayden Panettiere
        Ansem - Billy Zane
        Squall Leonhart (Leon) - David Boreanaz
        Aerith Gainsborough - Mandy Moore
        Cloud Strife - Steve Burton
        Christy Carlson Romano ... Yuffie
        Tidus - Shaun Fleming
        Wakka - Dee Bradley Baker
        Selphie - Molly Marlette
        Sephiroth - Lance Bass

        Gamplay
        As you fight your way through the many different worlds, Sora and his friends have to defend themselves against the Heartless, who follow Sora around. Each of the Heartless has different strengths, weaknesses and abilities but they also drop useful items for the party like MP and HP orbs, Munny and other items. Some of the items that the Heartless drop can only be obtained this way.

        The battles are fast paced, frequent and fought in real time, unlike the Final Fantasy set up. Party members can take damage at any time so be careful when casting spells or using summons. You only actually control Sora but can change other members' fighting styles in the main menu. Hitting X at the right time can allow combos to be used and if you use triange, Donald and Goofy will come to help with Trinity and use special moves that cause a lot of damage.

        As well as hitting the Heartless with the Keyblade, you are also able to use magic and summon Disney characters to help. Magic available is Fire, Blizzard, Thunder and Cure. Each spell can be upgraded to make it more powerful and Cure can be made so it cures everyone, not just Sora.

        Summons are obtained by either clearing part of the game or finding summon gems and giving them to the Fairy Godmother. Each summon has it's own abilities and are most useful for others in certain situations e.g. Dumbo uses a move called Splash, streaming out water from his trunk to take out the Heartless.

        As Sora levels up, he (and the other members of the party) gain exp and different attributes such as more strength and a higher maximum AP. Each character has a set of abilities they can learn and can be swapped around in the main menu. Abilities are gained from using up AP or finishing part of the game.

        By using the items e.g Blaze Crystals, that the Heartless drop, and the help of a Moogle, you can synthesise new items, weapons and potions. Each item comes from certain Heartless in specific worlds so be sure to make a note of what item comes from where.

        Kingdom Hearts isn't all about fighting though. There are plenty of mini games and missions to keep you entertained. The 101 Dalmations quest goes on until nearly the end of the main game and took me hours to find them all. If you complete the game 100%, including all of the puppies, locking all worlds and beating every Colosseum fights you will unlock a preview for Kingdom Hearts II.

        That's enough about the gameplay and what you need to do, I'm sure you will want to discover it all for youselves.

        Some fun trivia about the game:
        - Atlantica and Halloween Town are the only two levels in the game in which Sora, Donald and Goofy change their appearance.
        - The only villain not seen in this game is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, even though Belle and The Beast both appear.
        - Irvine from Final Fantasy VIII was replaced by Wakka.
        - Sora's role as the hero was originally meant for Mickey Mouse. You will notice that Sora wears large yellow shoes, red shorts and white gloves.

        Opinion
        I first though that this game was going to be really cheesy and get boring quick but I was extremely wrong. Ok, so it was really cheesy at times, and it might make you guys want to throw up, but as a girl, I didn't mind it too much. As for the end cutscene, I cried, so be warned.

        I was really glad the fighting wasn't the same as in most FF games. The turn based style of fighting can be a bit slow at times for me and I thought this was one of the biggest things that made Kingdom Hearts different to other Square Enix games. It certainly livened up the pace.

        I was wondering how the mix of Final Fantasy and Disney was going to work at the start but I actually think both sides worked really well. Neither is too over done, or their own little stories too long. Some of the cutscenes are a little lengthy but very important to the main story and Sora.

        The music is fantastic throughout and for the main part, makes the game have such a mystical feel to it. I loved that at times there was creepy, interesting music but then we get to sing along with characters like Ariel from The little mermaid. Each world has its own theme music so we don't get bored with it easily.

        When I learned who did the voices for the main characters, I was truely shocked. I wasn't expecting so many big names. I think everyone did a fantastic job because I couldn't tell who any of them where. The voice of Sepheroth was probably the most shocking as it is Lance Bass from N Sync doing the vocals. Who would have thought someone so nice could play the ultimate bad guy?

        The graphics are pretty good for a PS2 game. Although it doesn't exactly have the same feel as the Final Fantasy games, I wasn't dissapointed. Each character is extremely detailed and a lot of attention has been paid to the little things in the game. I was especially impressed with the amount of different enemies and how detailed they were as well. With this much detail, loading times should be quite long but I didn't think they were unreasonable at all, if anything, they were pretty quick.

        Overall this is an amazing game and was by far, better than I ever could have imagined. The mix between SE and Disney should have been something crazy, silly and just plain wrong, but it was right on so many levels. The game is rated 7+ so it will be fun for a lot of different people. I must have played this game for weeks the first time round and I still go back to it every now and then and remember just how beautiful the story is. Well worth the money so please give it a try!!

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        25.07.2009 17:35

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        Combines the best Disney and Final Fantasy characters into a single game.

        This game has a very heartwarming story and is good for all ages and for Final Fantasy and Disney fans alike.

        You control Sora as he journeys from his home Island of Destiny Islands and visits many worlds featured in Disney movies including but not limited to Tarzan, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and the Little Mermaid.

        One of the worlds is also from one of Disney's sub company's movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.

        There are also nice little mini-games featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends which my little sister enjoys.

        At first I thought I wasn't going to like this as the idea of Final Fantasy characters meeting Disney characters seemed a bit of a bad idea but I gave it a chance and it turned out to be one of the best games I had ever played.

        The control style is unique as it mixes the attack menus of Final Fantasy and other RPGs with real time fighting.

        You don't fight alone either as you are joined by Donald Goofy and a range of Disney characters each with their own special abilities.

        The main reason I bought this game was because of Final Fantasy and Nightmare Before Christmas but it ended up relighting my passion for Disney movies.

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        24.06.2009 21:26
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        A superb and original RPG

        I fondly recall when Kingdom Hearts first reared its head back in 2002 - people were astounded at the mega-power pairing of Square and Disney. Although curious, Kingdom Hearts turned out to be a delightful, entirely unique RPG that had a cultish fanbase that remains today.

        You play Sora, a 14-year old who lives on an island that is invaded by a nefarious force of enemies called the Heartless. They attack, and Sora awakens in Traverse Town, which is full of your favourite wonderful Disney characters. Soon enough, you meet Donald Duck and Goofy, who become your battle companions throughout the game (as truly strange as that sounds). From here, you enter many different Disney worlds, where you must defeat the Heartless, rescue King Mickey, and of course find your way home.

        The graphics and general aesthetic design is marvellous. The world is incredibly vast and extremely well-rendered. Also, all of your favourite Disney characters are captured with an eagle eye - there are no half-measures here. It's a given that, in a story firmly revolving around a cartoon world, that things are going to look a bit...hyperreal, and here, it goes down a treat! The aural side of things is also extremely well-honed - fans of Final Fantasy will doubtless enjoy hearing their favourite characters, such as Aeris, Cloud and Squall be lent actual voices. Sora himself is voiced by The Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment. What's more, most of the Disney characters have their actual voice actors returning to voice them, and in a few instances, some extremely good imitators. The only real gripe is that the soundtrack does become a bit samey here and there - it would have been nice to hear some theme tunes from the various films, but I guess that would have been exceedingly expensive and a potential royalties issue.

        It's fair to presume that many who have played this game will have been big Final Fantasy fans, and so the control scheme certainly takes some getting used to. Combat is far more technical than in the FF games, button-wise, but after an hour or two, I guarantee that you'll be used to it, and moreover, loving it. Further unlike the Final Fantasy games, combat begins as soon as an enemy is sighted, taking place wherever you are standing, sort of like a primitive version of what was achieved with Final Fantasy 12 a few years ago. This combat is very agreeable, and not too far removed from what FF fans are used to - enemies drop balls which restore health and MP (yes, magic is in the game), and your fighting companions Donald and Goofy are generally very well-programmed, in that they won't just sit idly by if you're nearing death - they'll chuck you a health potion if need be (seeing as there is no respite mid-battle to heal).

        It's a strange pairing, but it definitely works - combining Square's well-honed RPG sensibilities with the wonderful and fantastical world of Disney, Kingdom Hearts is a magical adventure that will have you reminiscing your days as a toddler. Spellbinding.

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          08.06.2009 13:26

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          Buy this game then the sequel

          I have not really ever been a fan of RPGs, I prefered sim games or more realistic action games. I did, however, ever since going to Disney World, have a soft spot for disney. So when i saw a game which heavily involved Disney characters, but wasn't dumbed down for kinds i jumped at the chance to play it.

          The game started of slowly, too slowly in my books, if memory serves me, if took me about 2 hours before i even saw a disney character in the game. The begining dream sequence however was very well done and set the stage for some crazy gameplay later.

          Pretty soon after you meet the disney character you can access many strange and wonderful worlds from the disney films, at one point you even become a mermaid (with goofy becoming a turtle and donald an octopus)! These crazy levels add huge variety to this long game to keep you entertained for a long time.

          The graphics are ok, and the disney characters all look great in 3D. The story line is also interesting and keeps you wanting more.

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        Ever wondered what would happen if the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney collided? It+s an odd concept to be sure / but from the most schizophrenic of acorns the mighty gaming oak of Kingdom Hearts has grown.