Kingdom Hearts- You Never Know Who You'll Run Into Next
Written by: ChichiriAXS
Hello all. It's me, ChichiriAXS. I am now an official staff member and I'd like to kick it off with a Kingdom Hearts review. I know the game came out a couple of months ago, but I haven't gotten around to playing it until recently. Welcome to this incredible Action RPG surrounding the Keyblade Master and his struggle between light and dark. Enter the realm of Kingdom Hearts, and open your heart to infinity.
Kingdom Hearts starts off with a fourteen year old boy with brown hair and brown eyes. He is at the shore when a giant wave begins to head towards him. He runs towards the direction of the wave where a fifteen year old boy with white hair and blue eyes is standing. Just as their hands are about to meet, the wave overwhelms him. He is submerged into the ocean depths until he lands on a platform. The water around the boy disappears. In this screen, you are presented with three weapons: a sword, a shield, and a staff. You are allowed to take one weapon and cast off a weapon. This process is basically to see how you will start off offensively, defensively, and magically. After you choose, you move on to another platform. Here, you learn the basic controls. After this, you enter a door and you end up in what looks like a ship with three people on it: Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie. They ask you a question each. This determines how quickly you will level up. After this, you are brought to another tutorial screen. After that, you move to another platform. This time, you find a save point. After this, you climb some stairs and enter yet another platform. Here, you fight a giant figure of darkness called a Darkside. He is rather easy. You beat him.
Sora! Sora! Sora! These are the words you hear as the main character, whom you will fight as throughout the entire game is awakened by friends. Obviously, the main character's name is Sora. To make a long story short, we find out that Sora's best friends are the a fourteen year old girl named Kairi and the same boy he had been running to (the whole wave incident) in the beginning, Riku. Sora and Riku have lived their entire lives on the island they are on, called Destiny Islands. Kairi moved there a couple years ago. These three are planning on building a raft and sailing out to other worlds. Riku is especially intent on reaching this goal.
At Destiny Islands, there are two trips where you find items for Kairi to help build the raft. Let me note this. On your first trip to find items, you must enter a place called the Secret Place. Here, a movie will come on. Sora starts drawing himself giving Kairi a paopu fruit (if you share it with someone, your destinies are intertwined). After this, he notices a door that has always been in the hideaway. He never knew what it was, but never thought about it much until then. All of a sudden, a shadowy figure will appear and talk to Sora. Remember the conversation. It is very important. You can also fight against other friends: Tidus (from FFX), Wakka (from FFX), and Selphie (from FF8). You can also challenge Riku, who is the toughest. After you beat him here, you can try to face Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie together. There is also a race against Riku. After you have had all this fun, you tell Kairi that you want to get some rest. Basically, another movie comes on where the island is engulfed in darkness. You are put into control. There are a whole bunch of shadow-like monsters attacking you. Don't try killing them, your wooden sword has no effect on them. You have to go to the grounds where you fought Riku in the training challenges. Then another movie comes on where Sora tries to reach Riku. Once again, as they are about to meet hands, the darkness overcomes Sora. All of a sudden, a bright light shines and Sora now has a new weapon, the Keyblade. Now you can fight all those heartless, but its useless. They just keep coming back. Go back to the Secret Place. Hear, another movie comes up. Sora finds Kairi. That closed door is opened and a wind blows Kairi to Sora. Just as Sora is about to catch her, she disappears. Next, the island is basically put into ruins. Sora is holding on for his life on what is left of his world. Then he sees another Darkside, which you must fight. After this, Destiny Islands is completely destroyed.
Sora wakes up to find himself in a strange world. What is this place? What is the mystery behind the Keyblade? Who are those trying to attack him? What was that evil force? Find out by playing Kingdom Hearts.
I feel that this game is absolutely amazing. From the first time I saw the commercial, I knew I would like it. It is a mix of Squaresoft's characters and Disney's characters. What? Disney characters? Trust me, the Disney characters make it better if anything. This goes to the Squaresoft characters, too. Isn't it great seeing Squall, Aerith, Cloud, etc., all in one game. Woops. Was that a spoiler?
This game has amazing graphics. The best are shown in the end when you beat the game. Also, the controls are great. It is very easy to control Sora. The only problem is the camera angle. It's not that great, but you will eventually adapt. Trust me, it's worth it. It is definitely the best Action RPG game I have ever played. It might even be the best game I have ever played. I definitely recommend all to buy it. It is for the Playstation 2 console. Remember, "Those who know nothing can understand nothing." Not really, but it holds true for Kingdom Hearts. You don't know how good it is until you play it. Plus, that quote is one of my favorites of Kingdom Hearts.
There was an original Japanese version realesed in, of course, Japan. I note, the American version is not the same. Actually, it is better. Because of this, there has recently (Dec. 02) been a release of a new Kingdom Hearts game entitled Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix. It is basically the American version with several additions and changes. It will never be released in America, though. Therefore, to play it, you must have a Jap. PS2 or get the chip for your American PS2. Personally, I don't feel it's worth my time getting myself the Jap. version when I have the American version. Also, I don't think it's worth getting the chip and reducing my PS2's life span. It is easier to learn what the additions are and try to be satisfied with that, unless you want to pay a lot of money.
This concludes my Kingdom Hearts review. I hope you all enjoyed it. I hope you learned a little of the great realm of Kingdom Hearts. Give the game a chance. I think you'll be pleased. Until next time. "I'll come back to you. I promise." If there are any errors on the information, please contact me at ChichiriAXS@yahoo.com