Fantastic Game With Fault
Kingdom Hearts is my all time favorite video games series. I was hooked on the series once I picked up this game way back in 2002. The story was charming, and this game brings me back to a time when the story of Kingdom Hearts wasn't so difficult to follow and understand. The idea of mixing Final Fantasy and Disney was something unheard of and just sounded like an idiotic idea at the time, but it was strangely one of the best decisions Square Enix could have made. Ultimately, as a child I never played a Square Enix (J)RPG once in my life. The thing that reeled me into this game were the Disney characters and worlds.Thanks to Kingdom Hearts, I've discovered that RPGs are my favorite genre of video games. Now while Kingdom Hearts had a somewhat simple plotline in this game, (I use the term 'simple' extremely loosely) the story was extremely charming and felt almost magical. Playing as a boy who's suddenly forced into becoming something he wasn't ready to be and him being separated from the two most important people in his life, so therefore he decides to go after them seemed like such a simple and almost cliché concept, but the story becomes progressively more and more complex in a good way. Not to mention the character arcs which were phenomenal in this game. Also, back to the time when the Playstation 2 was the pinnacle of all gaming systems, the Kingdom Hearts graphics were great. Square Enix also does a great job at keeping lasting appeal on this game. When you beat the game there are many things to do such as defeating optional bosses such as Sephiroth, The Ice Titan, and more. There is also item synthesis so you can create the Ultima Keyblade. There is plenty to still do once you beat the main story. Following Sora, Donald, and Goofy's journey is an unforgettable experience, so unforgettable that I feel I'm betraying this game by giving it a 9/10. Although I would like to very much rate it a 10/10, there were obviously a lot of gameplay issues. Mainly the camera. Horrible camera system using the R1 and L1 buttons. It would constantly glitch and make fighting and such so much more difficult. Although the combat system was great, (ARPG combat is actually my favorite type of combat system) there were some things that could be greatly improved. That isn't to say that the gameplay is bad, because it certainly isn't, but there is some obvious faults and if you can look past them you will have a fantastic time playing Kingdom Hearts. I suggest this game to anyone of any age because It's a game that a child will enjoy with all of the Disney aspects and also something an adult could appreciate. I suggest anyone to go out and pick this game up and play it, or pick up Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for $40.00. Well worth the $40.00 with a beautiful HD remaster of this game, and it also includes Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and the cinematic cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days. In case anyone is confused about the timeline of all the Kingdom Hearts games it is Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep < Kingdom Hearts < Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days = Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories < Kingdom Hearts 2 < Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded < Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance < Kingdom Hearts III. That's the chronological order of all the games, and if you wish to play the whole series you MUST play them in that order, except for Birth By Sleep which can be played at anytime as long as you play before Dream Drop Distance since it is a prequel and you need to play Birth By Sleep before Dream Drop Distance to understand certain things. You could also switch 358/2 and Chain of Memories around because technically 358/2 starts during Kingdom Hearts I while following a different protagonist and Chain of Memories starts directly after Kingdom Hearts I ends and 358/2 ends right before Kingdom Hearts II starts, so that could be beneficial if you play the series right through. You could also skip Re: Coded if you want, but I advise against it because It's still a fun experience and does have some relevant plot points. I know this might be confusing, and if all of this is too confusing, just play it in that chronological order I have up a bit more and you should be fine.
UGGH!! Right in the Feels. This is what started it all for me. I remember playing this younger and trying to hard to beat the bosses and get the cool keyblades. I never did get the Ultima keyblade in this but it didnt ruin the amazing experience for me. Im even replaying this to relive those Glory Days. you just cant put it down. And im glad i got into this game.
HOLY MOTHER OF DESTINY THIS GAME IS AMAZING!
this is the start of the greatest video game series of all time. i love this game so much. i can play it over and over and over.... AND OVER AGAIN! it combines my favorite things action, adventure, and classic disney characters. and classic disney characters kicking butt. this game also has one of the best storylines of all time.
One of the GREATEST GAMES of all time
The first time I rented this game, I fell in love with it. One problem is that my brother hated it. After that never rent it or play it for 11 years. My brother is gone and I finally buy it. The reason why I bought because the third game of Kingdom Hearts is in development and the game would not get out of my head. Kingdom Hearts is still an amazing game with the perfect story, graphics, and game play. There will never be a game where they have Disney and Final Fantasy come together in one. The game is perfect in every way and that is why I will treasure Kingdom Hearts throughout my young days.
Don't buy this version
This is a really good game but don't get it for the PS2. Square enix is coming out with this game in HD and its the final mix version (extended version) to the PS3. I only recommend this game if you have a PS2 not a PS3.
This one the few PS2 games that I adore. It has pretty good graphics for a 2002 game, tons of memorable bosses, a terrific storyline, and an excellent amount of Keyblades to unlock.
A good start for the series
The best aspects of Kingdom Hearts are probably the Disney and Final Fantasy fanservice, graphics and voice acting. The commendable thing about it is that it should've failed miserably, but it didn't, somehow Tetsuya Nomura found a way to put Goofy and Sephiroth on the same disc without it being a total travesty. As for the gameplay, the action-RPG interface works decently, but it's a little clunky in comparison to later games. This is also the only Kingdom Hearts games with a good story, because if you though giving abstract concepts like darkness a physical form was dumb, wait until KH2 where they literally turn NOTHINGNESS into a race of beings. So yeah, Kingdom Hearts, by NO intensive purposes is it perfect, but it's still enjoyable and charming.
It is breath taking and wonderful
This game was my childhood. I love how deep the stories go and how it defines each character as you progress through the game
This game is probably my 2nd favorite games of all times behind kingdom hearts 2 I recommend this to everyone that like open world game play and Disney stuff
Fantastic Start To A Fantastic Series
As of late, I decided to brush the dust off of my old PS2 and Kingdom Hearts game, and I decided to take on playing the whole series. Let me just tell you first-hand that this entire series is touching and unlike any other. This game is a great start to a fantastic series. The game follows Sora, an over-confident yet friendly 14 year-old boy. He and his friends, Riku and Kairi, want to set out on a raft to explore brand new worlds and escape the small routine world that they live in. The trio end up getting much more than they bargained for, and it ultimately leaves Sora in the position to find his two friends, so that they can be reunited again. The plot of the story is extremely unusual, but also touching. Not only is the main plot exciting, but visiting all of these colorful beautiful Disney worlds feels almost nostalgic. Jumping in and actually getting involved in a beloved child story is always a good way to sucker some die-hard Disney fans into playing their game, good going Square. Ultimately, the plot is fantastic, the controles are simple to get used to, (except for the camera, can be a pain) the graphics are great for a PS2 game, and the combat system is fantastic in my opinion. It's everything that you ask for in a RPG. Totally worth a buy. My favorite game series ever.