Product Type: Electronic Arts PS2 games
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Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
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Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
Advantages: Non linear play, excellent lifespan and adventure
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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