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Kingdom Hearts II review

AT A GLANCE
  • Amazing characters and atmosphere
  • Touching story, when it happens
  • Deeper combat
  • Camera and combat can get chaotic
  • Story is touching, but incomprehensible
  • A few boss battles are annoying

We're still amazed that Kingdom Hearts even exists. An action RPG that casts Goofy, Donald Duck and now Mickey Mouse fighting through multiple Disney worlds? Along the way, they interact with new characters and villains created by the developer/publisher of the Final Fantasy games?

This should never have happened, but it did. And it should never have been brilliant, even magical, but it was. So is this sequel, actually the third game in the series, after the PS2 original and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for Game Boy Advance. It's a whopping, 30+ hour fantasy epic filled with familiar gameplay: evil critter thwacking, spell-casting and Disney universe-touring.

Or is it? KH2 actually makes some big changes; most of which involve clubbing bad guys. The first game's mind-numbing scavenger hunts are out - there's not a Dalmatian puppy or Trinity Mark in sight - but a heavily retooled combat system is definitely in.

Almost every level is home to a new character who subs in for Donald or Goofy, be it Simba, Tron, Beast, Mulan, Jack Skellington or another. Still more can be summoned for brief cameos: Chicken Little, Genie, Stitch and Peter Pan. Most of those folks come with special team-up moves they can do with Sora, such as Mulan's dragon-powered meteor storm of blazing fireballs, or Stitch's oddly dangerous ukulele strumming.

More Info

Release date: Mar 30 2006 - PS2 (US)
Aug 25 2006 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Square Enix
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence, Use of Alcohol
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending

7 comments

  • KingdomHearts - November 17, 2008 8:50 p.m.

    FIRST!!!!! KH ROX!!!!!
  • Destro1228 - July 28, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    they will, eventually
  • OrganizationxMember - March 23, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    Kingdom Hearts II Is The Best Game Out Of The Series Yet, The Battles, The Storyline, All Of It EPIC! And This Review Says That Xaldin And Luxord's Battle Sucks, Well There Just Plain WRONG!!! DUD Xaldin's Battle Is SO Hart The First Few Tries And Luxord's Battle IS Strategic... This Game Gets A 10 From Me!
  • gamefreakl1996 - February 15, 2009 12:33 a.m.

    I ALWAYS Loved Kingdom Heart Games, They RULE!!!
  • unclemitso - May 16, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    Kingdom Hearts is incredible. i want them to release a new one lol.
  • TobiUchiha - April 6, 2009 1:02 p.m.

    I LOVE KH EVERYTHING!!!
  • VoodooPanda - January 19, 2009 1:37 p.m.

    Love this game. Hope new KH games keep coming out

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