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Kingdom Hearts review

AT A GLANCE
  • Disney and Square are great together
  • Awesome characters and locales
  • Graphics aren't bad at all
  • Fighting is surprisingly shallow
  • Uncooperative camera
  • Gummi ship shooting levels suck

Oh, you've got some magic fireballs, ice shards, and some fancy combo moves that make your keyblade a formidable weapon indeed. And you mostly fight with two CPU-controlled partners - usually in the form of Goofy the knight and Donald Duck the wizard, but sometimes a Disney character like Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid's Ariel. But the magic system and strategy requirements are still far less robust than those of a typical RPG.

In fact, combat can even get a little monotonous; new enemies are introduced just frequently enough to keep the tedium tide from rising too high, though some challenging and revered bosses from both sides of the Square/Disney divide will keep you glued tightly to your controller.



The Gummi Ship leaves one with a sour taste too, even with collectible rare ship parts and blueprints. Its rudimentary graphics and half-baked space shootouts make the trips from one planet to the next something of a chore. And to be completely honest, the story premise is wonderful - a boy searching for his lost girlfriend and best buddy, saving the galaxy en route - but the actual story boasts lots of other confusing, random threads that make little sense.

More Info

Release date: Sep 17 2002 - PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Square Enix
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Violence

5 comments

  • Metroidhunter32 - November 10, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    Awsome game. Havn't played any sequels yet though. And in regard to your opening paragraph goku could probally eat our the whole pac-family alone.
  • KingdomHearts - November 17, 2008 8:43 p.m.

    and FIRST!
  • KingdomHearts - November 17, 2008 8:43 p.m.

    i luv this game and the second one.i made my gummy ship look like a penis XD.they should get their asses out of their ears and hurry up with the 3d one.
  • charley235 - July 22, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    yep kingdom hearts kicks ass, if the next one has another sephiroth battle, i hope they make it even harder, i love the feeling of kicking the bad-assiest villain ass'
  • OrganizationxMember - March 23, 2009 12:55 a.m.

    Kingdom Hearts Series Is PrettyMUch The Bamfest Thing Ever!! And I Cant Wait For 358/2Days In June!

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