Tetsuya Nomura/Shinji Hashimoto/ Disney Enterainme Kingdom Hearts

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Kingdom Hearts is a story that revolves around Sora, a young 14 year old boy living on Destiny Islands with his best friend, Riku and the girl he loves, Kairi.

On a fateful day Sora has a dream which places him into a dream world. In this world he encounters a voice telling him to open a door. He then awakens on the shore of his island both with Kairi and Riku. All 3 of them decide to leave the island the next day. However, when they prepare to leave, that night a fateful storm approaches and Sora meets with an unknown dark black enemy. Sora is also equipped with a new found weapon - the Keyblade.

Sora then heads out to find Kairi who has vanished. Riku later meets up with Sora but then decides to leave as the darkness takes over Sora.

Sora awakens in an odd world and meets Donald and Goofy. An adventure then unfolds that will change the very life around him. The fate of others are now in Sora's hands.

Gameplay

Like many traditional role-playing games, Kingdom Hearts features an experience point system which determines character growth. As enemies are defeated, a player gains experience leading to a "level-up", where the player characters grows stronger and gains access to new abilities.

Unlike many other games of its genre, Kingdom Hearts allows a certain degree of character development and customization. By choosing certain options, the player is able to manipulate how Sora learns abilities, grows statistically, and even gains levels. Depending on how you start will affect when and how you learn certain abilities.

Combat

Combat in Kingdom Hearts is in real time and involves complete interactivity with the character on-screen. A menu found at the bottom left of the screen provides other combat options such as using magic and items. In addition to Sora, your two party members Donald and Goofy are usually present who also take part in combat. Though these characters are computer-controlled, you can still customize their behavior to a certain extent through the menu screen.

Graphics

This installment in the square games houses tremendous graphics. The in game scenes are truly something to be admired. The first opening scene rivals graphics such as Halo and other strong graphically modern games.

Sound

The soundtrack of Kingdom Hearts is calming and yet still strong. Many people have said it was and still is the best soundtrack for an RPG title. Kingdom Hearts fuses classical music with upbeat tempos, and J-pop from Utada Hikaru.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this game to any RPG fan. I'm sure you may think Disney and Square... are you serious? I thought the same of the game until I got it in my hands. There's a great amount of replay value.

Go and get yourself a copy if you haven't already and get into the KH fandem.

Official website at http://na.square-enix.com/games/kingdomhearts/.
Keywords: Keyblade, Disney, final fantasy, donald, goofy, magic, fight
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Excellent
Approx. Retail Price $29.99
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) Action RPG
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Naruto1988
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  1. 21/3/2007 10:16pm
    1. _gwenibe_
      ~jUsT sMiLe~

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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 9
      Pros: Great story and loved the themes that came with it, plus loved how it had FF characters comeo in it
      Cons: I would have loved to have gone to more worlds - but the second one makes up for that ^^
      I was also one of the skeptics. Disney? from the trailers and pictures I saw it looked like a little kids game, Until I was forced to play it, and until I had to be forced from it because I enjoyed it that much.

      I'd disagree with the re-play value though. But I do agree with getting your own copy particually if your a FF fan, it goes nicely with the collection.

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  1. 21/3/2007 11:46pm
    1. exderz
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: love it big fan alsome sounds and alwsome graphics
      Cons: not as many ff char. in it as KH2
      i personally think that its the best game that Disney ever made except that square pretty much did everything except for some Disney char. sound but i think it was alsome hope they put allot of ff char though. like KH2
         
  1. 10/8/2007 1:41am
    1. tsurara
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 5
      Pros: high production values, quite a bit of "oh neat" value
      Cons: linear, terribly repetative, weak plot tying together what is essentially a giant commercial
      I'm not a big fan of Kingdom Hearts. Aside from representing the gross commercialization of two companies I used to enjoy quite a bit: it's a game requiring little in the way of skill and yeilding few pleasures. It's more fun to watch someone ELSE play Kingdom Hearts (the graphics ARE lovely) than to mash buttons to collect bubbles and wander through worlds that are extremely limited in scope over and over on vague fetch-quests to accomplish an even vaguer ultimate goal.

      The level design is uninspired, the controls are frustrating, the original characters are bland, and there is never a good cohesive reason for the Disney and Square worlds co-existing in the first place beyond the need to generate massive wads of cash in the endeavor.

      Pass.

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