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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

Kingdom Hearts

I’ve been having these weird thoughts lately. Like, is any of this for real, or not?

So much to do so little time. Take your time don’t be afraid. The door is still shut…now step forward. Can you do it?

(You step forward. Three pedestals come up…one with a shield, one with a staff…one with a sword…)

The power sleeps within you. You give it form…choose well…

The power of the guardian
Kindness to aid friends
A shield to repel all

Is this the power you seek?

The power of the warrior
Invincible courage
A sword of terrible destruction

Is this the power you seek?

The power of the mystic
Inner strength
A staff of wonder and ruin

Is this the power you seek?

The closer you get to the light…the greater your shadow becomes…but don’t be afraid…you hold the mightiest weapon of them all….so don’t forget….you are the one who will open the door…

Kingdom Hearts is among the best video game series’ ever! Of course being made by Square Enix (SquareSoft at the time) you can’t expect much less! $20 (at most retailers) may seem like a lot of money to pay for a game made in 2002, but this game is worth every penny and more! It takes about 30 hours of gameplay just to complete the game! Not to mention the extra 30 or so hours of extras and unlockables!

G A M E P L A Y--- The graphics, sound and music, controls, just everything in this game is amazing! I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll start with the graphics. I can not believe this game was made in 2002! The graphics look like they are from 2005 at least! From simple ground textures, to even water, it all looks fantastic! The sound and music are phenomenal. The sound effects are wonderful, and the music fits each location and instance perfectly. It is properly calibrated for every section of the game. Utada Hikaru’s songs are ideal in where they are placed in the game. The controls may be a bit strange to the average action player at first, but are easily hewn into the players mind. Probably the strangest part of the controls is the camera angling. You use the L2 and R2 buttons to rotate the camera. Setting the camera rotation on buttons in place of the most commonly used right analog stick, casts out the ability to look from a partial bottom up or partial top down perspective. Luckily the game utilizes this skill automatically, but in not using the right analog stick, it, in a way, takes away from the player’s freedom. There are many abilities, spells, and keyblades to choose from, although if you compare them to those of Kingdom Hearts II, they seem limited. Most of the characters in the game are given a sort of childish appearance, despite the fact of most of them being around 14 years old.

O F F E N C I V E  M A T E R I A L--- Since Kingdom Hearts was partially developed by Disney, there is very little offensive content. Magic is used throughout the game, but you, as Sora, don’t necessarily have to use it. There is a world you go to, Atlantis, which is the world from The Little Mermaid. Ariel is wearing the same outfit that she wears in the movie, and as Sora in merman form, you are shirtless, which may offend some. Jasmine from Aladdin is also wearing her customary outfit, which may be a little but meager. Also Yuffie from Final Fantasy is also wearing her normal outfit, short jean shorts and a T shirt, which both look about 5 sizes too small. But she is in a childish form, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

S U M M A R R Y--- Kingdom Hearts gets an A++ on the JRMS! Overall, I would suggest this game to someone 10+. Anyone younger than that in my opinion wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy this game. It does have an addicting story, so if you aren’t prepared to spend 30 hours or more per game in the series, well you’ll have to prepare yourself because this game series is too good to pass up!

Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

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