With Kingdom Hearts III on the horizon I began to feel the bug to play through the games I had available to me within this series again and it has led to me making this my June Game of the Month.
The past couple of months I have been playing through Kingdom Hearts 1.5 which has Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 (which is an HD remaster of all the cutscenes); and I have found myself falling in love with this series all over again. I look forward to getting into Kingdom Hearts 2.5 as soon as possible.
For those of you who may not be aware, or never gave the game a chance, this game was created initially by Squaresoft (before they became Square Enix) and acted as an interesting hybrid of your traditional role playing game (rpg) and adventure/hack & slash/platformer. Additionally, as you can see in the picture above, it mixes the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy.
You may think at first that this type of combination is odd and wouldn’t work, or at the very least, wouldn’t have the capability to be taken seriously; but I have found this not to be the case.
These games (specifically Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II) have incredibly compelling stories that are filled with the ups and downs you would expect from a dynamic tale and has even left me speechless or yelling at the screen when events took a turn I did not expect.
The combination of Final Fantasy and Disney is a little odd, but it doesn’t seem so out of place when you are playing it. It allows room for there to be a lot of cute moments as well as the serious ones.
These games were directed by Tetsuya Nomura who has been the lead director in about 20+ games, many of which are very popular Final Fantasy games (such as FFVI, FFVII, FFVIII, and FFX to name a few).
The music is predominantly composed by Nobuo Uematsu who has also worked on the music on the above mentioned Final Fantasy games. The music this guy creates for the Kingdom Hearts games is no less spectacular.
All that to say, if you haven’t had a chance to try these games yet I highly recommend them. They are much better than you might expect and it might end up leaving you surprised on how everything happens.
See you next week, and Enjoy!