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  • While on the island, you are slowly introduced to the game's interesting battle system, which is a mix of classic menu-based RPG mechanics and fast-paced action-adventure button mashing
  • In truth, the only magic I found myself using regularly was Cure , which replenished health upon use, only using spells like Fire or Thunder if an enemy was resistant to physical attack
  • The voice acting is definitely a plus, with Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense fame playing Sora and most of the Disney characters being played by their official actors
  • One thing that brought the gane down, in my opinion, was the camera
  • Unfprtunately, the camera has a tendency to get stuck awkwardly in corners, making it difficult to see the battles, this becomes an especially big problem when fighting the more powerful bosses towards the end of the game

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      Kingdom Hearts is a Japanese Role-Playing Game developed by Squaresoft (Who is now known as Square Enix) which was released in 2002. The game takes elements from Square Enix’s popular RPG series Final Fantasy, as well as borrowing entire characters from those games, such as Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. What really makes this game unique, however, has to be the cues it takes from Disney. Sections of this game are divided into “Worlds”, which are basically different Disney movies you must travel to via your “Gummi Ship”, a customizable space ship. The main character is a fourteen-year old boy named Sora, who starts the game in one of the only worlds not based on a Disney movie.

      Sora lives on a world known as Destiny Island, and after the opening tutorial of the game, you are introduced to his two best friends, Kairi and Riku. While on the island, you are slowly introduced to the game’s interesting battle system, which is a mix of classic menu-based RPG mechanics


      and fast-paced action-adventure button mashing. At all times throughout the game a list of four options will be seen on the bottom of the screen, you select an option by scrolling through the list with the d-pad and pressing X to select a command. The top option is your basic “Attack” which will cause Sora to swing his weapon (A strange weapon known as as the Keyblade, which he is the chosen wielder of) at the enemy, selecting the command several times in rapid succession will cause him to string attacks together in a combo.

      Second on the list is “Magic”, this command will be unavailable until you obtain some magic commands, the more of these you obtain (Typically found throughout pre-determined points in the story) the larger the list will be. In truth, the only magic I found myself using regularly was “Cure”, which replenished health upon use, only using spells like “Fire” or “Thunder” if an enemy was resistant to physical attack. Each spell can be upgraded through different means, usually in events optional to the main storyline. The third option is “Items”, which will once again open a second menu.

      This menu will be filled with one-use only items used for various purposes, such as replenishing health or magic. I found myself using items on a very regular basis, typically “Elixirs” which completely replenish health and magic. The final command on the menu is context-sensitive, changing to “Open” when you stand near treasure chests or activating certain abilities at the end of a combo. Kingdom Hearts, like most RPGs, features a “Party” system that allows you to recruit different characters as members of your group.

      The only characters you will have the entire game are Donald Duck and Goofy, who were sent by King Mickey to find Sora. Donald specializes in magic and can be set to use cure when you need it, instead of you needing to do it yourself, something I found extremely useful. Goofy, on the other hand, fights with a shield,


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      and while he can also be set to defend you in times of need, I usually swapped him out for whatever world-exclusive party member was available (Tarzan in Deep Jungle, Aladdin in Agrabah, etc. ).

      For a game made a decade ago, the graphics are still fairly impressive, especially the opening CGI sequence. The game’s story is entertaining and made me want to keep playing to see how it all ended. The voice acting is definitely a plus, with Haley Joel Osment of “The Sixth Sense” fame playing Sora and most of the Disney characters being played by their official actors. One thing that brought the gane down, in my opinion, was the camera.

      The camera is controlled with R2 and L2 and moving it around feels very awkward. Unfprtunately, the camera has a tendency to get stuck awkwardly in corners, making it difficult to see the battles, this becomes an especially big problem when fighting the more powerful bosses towards the end of the game. If you can ignore

      the camera, though, the game is loads of fun, with lots of different equippable armor and weapons. One big plus was the extra bosses available near the end of the game, these bosses include the Ice Titan from Hercules and Sephiroth frm Final Fantasy VII, as well as a couple of others who all provide a whole new level of difficulty to the game.

      The closer to the big boss fights I got, the more I found myself “grinding” or fighting random enemies in the game solely to level up, which could be a downside to some, me included. Despite the attempt at strategy in the gam with magic spells, I typically just mashed X on the “Attack” command, which could get monotonous for some people, though I found it enough to entertain me, though I almost felt as if the magic commands were tacked on needlessly. All in all, Kingdom Hearts is definitely a game worth playing, and if you still have a PlayStation 2, this is a must-have.




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