Kingdom Hearts II review

  • 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

Sora also boasts a newfound ability to literally merge with Donald and Goofy to take on different forms. Among them: the brawling, dual-wielding Valor Type, the skate-footed, spell-blasting Wisdom Type, or the better-than-both Master Type. These are timed gigs, but the forms' enhanced firepower has the potential to satisfy in a big, bloodthirsty way.

The final new spice in the combat stew is a very heavy dose of enemy-specific special attacks, which crop up at the proper time and which Sora can trigger with a quick press of the triangle button. These are the moves that enable you to take a ten-foot-tall knight's massive sword and clobber him with it, or to run up the leg of a King Kong-sized monster and stab the freaky dude sitting between its shoulder blades.

The amazing thing is that Kingdom Hearts II also does all sorts of things that would earn any other game a good kicking. It's just that you don't care.

You don't care that the story starts with a huge swerve (see our giant preview), stalls almost completely for a good 20 hours, then comes back with a hopelessly convoluted vengeance in the last ten action-packed hours of the game. Because when it does come back, you may have no freakin' clue what's going on, but the few things you do understand get you all misty-eyed.

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


  • 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.

  • VoodooPanda - January 19, 2009 1:37 p.m.

    Love this game. Hope new KH games keep coming out

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